Plantain Cubano-Style Sliders

This one was born out of my husband’s love for Cubano sandwiches and a fridge stocked with plantains and pork sausage. Also, if you’ve never seen the movie, Chef, go out and rent it right NOW. Not only is it incredibly entertaining and heart-warming, it will also make you want a Cubano. Usually they’re made with…

Berry Chocolate Pudding Tart

My Memorial Day weekend was filled with bags of clothing and furniture and box cutters. Everyone’s favorite kind of weekend activity : Moving! We didn’t move far but that doesn’t change the fact that we had to move ALL THE THINGS.  My poor 8 1/2 month pregnant body was definitely feeling the burn.  Fortunately, some…

Lemon Rosemary Deviled Eggs

This past weekend was the Easter holiday and I was very happy to host some friends and their adorable baby girl for brunch! I love all things breakfast, especially when they include sweets! Our guests were kind enough to bring some incredible gluten-free cookies to share. To break up all the cookie eating, we also…

Clean Almond Joy Bars

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for a hump day/afternoon sugar boost! Seriously, munch on one of these and try not to jet out the door and run around the block 5 times. It’s amazing how sensitive our bodies can become to sugar when we limit our consumption of the sweet stuff. Even during my pregnancy,…

Maple Orange Almond Cake

  Your weekly dose of yummy, healthy treats is here! When I tasted this cake, the first words out of my mouth were “Oh My God.” It’s delicious and decadent and also incredible user-friendly. I have this thing for simple baking recipes. I don’t like having to be super exact or go out and buy a…

Zesty Pineapple Coleslaw

I feel like coleslaw is a classically unimpressive dish. Like one of those tv shows you watch, not because you like it, but because it’s on and you’re too bored to care. This is a problem because I’m an advocate of really ENJOYING every food I put in my mouth. That’s why I decided to take it…

StoneHaus’ Prosciutto, Fig, and Goat Cheese Sandwich

I was travelling back from Santa Barbara to San Diego and the traffic report made it necessary for us to stop and eat in order to wait out some terrible bumper to bumper action (#thanksLA). We ended up at a fun little spot in Westlake Village called StoneHaus. It’s a miniature winery with a tasting…

Pear and Chard Frittata

~ Continuing on this week’s theme of equinox-inspired meals, I offer you a delicious fresh pear breakfast dish just in time for your weekend brunch ~ Pear and Chard Frittata 12 eggs 1 pear, cored and sliced thin (apples would work too) 1 bunch rainbow or swiss chard, stemmed and roughly chopped (any dark leafy green will…

Basil, Peach, and Bacon Salad

As we near the end of summer, I want to encourage you all to enjoy the fruits of the season in as many ways as possible! Contrary to common knowledge, fruit isn’t just a snack or something you put in a smoothie. If you want to get really creative in the kitchen, use fruit in your…

Thai Crunchy Cashew Salad

As a former employee, I have it on pretty good authority that Thai Chili and Lime Cashews are pretty much the pinnacle of all Trader Joe’s nut aisle offerings. They’ve been around for a long time so I don’t imagine they’ll be demoted to the dreaded discontinued list (but you never know… TJ’s is mean sometimes). Trader Joe’s crew members…