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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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

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