Why I Left The Restaurant Industry

I used to be a restaurant chef. I hated it. Not because it wasn’t fulfilling…. It was. I actually thrived in it. It was hot, fast-paced, and loud. And I loved it. I was able to overcome the chaos and dive deep within myself to find clarity, peace, and creativity. I was nicknamed “ninja” because

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Blueberry Basil Brioche Swirl Bread

As you can see, I’ve been on a big baking and pastry kick lately. My experience with savory cooking has started to take a back seat to my baking passion these last few months. It is where I got my start, after all. I was a 6-year-old who preferred to bake brownies and cookies than play with

Basil And Olive Oil Macerated Raspberry Ice Cream

You guys, life has been buuusssyyyy. Between planning for my family’s upcoming cross-country move, all of the traveling we’ve done recently, work, and a growing (now VERY mobile) 10½ month old daughter, finding kitchen time has been a little bit of a challenge. So as soon as I learned that this past weekend was a free

Homemade Applesauce

Can’t decide between pumpkin, pecan, and apple pie this Thanksgiving? Why don’t you sneak the best part of apple pie onto the dinner table instead of trying to cram it onto the dessert table? Making homemade applesauce is not only easy but tastes wayyyyy better than anything you’d find in the grocery store. Plus you

Seared Tuna Niçoise Salad

I may be a professional chef and therefore have endless ingredients at my fingertips, but there are some days I just don’t have the time to put into a carefully crafted lunch. Shortage of prep time doesn’t mean I want to skimp on flavor, however. And one of my favorite lunches that satisfies my lunchtime

Autumn Harvest Granola Bars

For those of you heading out to the pumpkin patch like we are this weekend, make sure you have plenty of snacks for all of those hay rides, corn mazes, haunted houses, and pumpkin hunting that you’ll be doing! I love having a stash of these homemade granola bars in my pantry for days like

Homemade Pomegranate Ricotta Cheese

What do guacamole, jelly beans, sourdough bread, and cheese have in common? Basically nothing except I am literally rendered helpless when those foods are placed in front of me. Self-control goes out the window and I become a face-shoveling fiend. They are my kryptonite. But do you know what makes it even worse? When the food

Salsa Verde

Don’t you just hate it when you have a bunch of leftover herbs piling up in your fridge? Unless you are blessed with a full herb garden in your backyard (ah, the dream) and can pick a sprig or two when needed, it seems like any time a dish calls for herbs, only a portion of that little

Roasted Fall Vegetable Salad with Sage-Brined Chicken

Now that fall has officially started, I’m diving in deep to all of my favorite fall foods. I was able to put down my pumpkin butter long enough to enjoy the fall produce at our local farmers market and came home with my favorite squash: delicata! The delicata squash has a sweet, nutty taste very similar

Artichokes

Every time I eat an artichoke, I can’t help but wonder how on Earth someone saw this weird looking food and decided it was edible. “Hey, check out this flower. Do you think we can eat it? What about if we cut the sharp, prickly tips of the leaves off, cook the whole thing, and

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries with Aioli

To me, a burger isn’t complete without a side of sweet potato fries. And as much as I wish I could eat the fried version every week, I wanted a baked version that was just as tasty. Unfortunately, as I’m sure some of you have discovered, “crispy” and “baked” are not synonymous with sweet potato

The Beauregarde

I don’t know about you, but I was SUPER bummed to hear about the passing of Gene Wilder this week. My dad was a huge fan of his, so much of my childhood was spent either watching his movies or reciting his countless (genius) one-liners. And since I can only imagine my dad and Gene are

Homemade Ginger Beer

My fun drink of choice lately has been the Moscow Mule. They are way too delicious and go down way too easily. So, naturally, I had to learn how to make my own ginger beer. If only I could make my own vodka. Maybe my next culinary challenge… Just kidding. Well, maybe not… if I