Thai Peanut Salad with Lime Dressing

I don’t know about you, but I lose my appetite in severely hot weather. I’m sitting here in central California sweating my eyeballs out. It’s supposed to be 107 degrees today and tomorrow. Let’s just say it’s not exactly spaghetti weather. Since I can’t NOT eat, I have to eventually find something appealing to nourish…

Turmeric Mango Slaw

I love slaw but I don’t love all the chopping. This one is mega easy cause you just drop in to your local Trader Joe’s and grab a bag of cruciferous slaw, add some sliced bell pepper, mango, basil, cilantro, parsley, green onion, mayo, squeeze of orange, and Trader Joe’s Turmeric Almond Butter dressing and…

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

In this edition of “Things I find at Trader Joe’s” we will be visiting the land of mega-hot-spicy. For some palates spicy is no fun, but I recently grabbed a jar of harissa paste and have been searching out ways to add the heat (within reason) in my meals. Harissa paste is essentially a jar…

Creamy Butternut Sage Pasta Sauce

One of my favorite things about Autumn is squash. In all forms. So I look for any excuse to use it in my meals, much to the annoyance of my husband (not a squash fan). Roasted? Yes. Pureed? Yes. Sauce? Heck yaaaaas. Around this time of year, it’s really common to see grocers coming out…

Orange Fennel Slaw

Is is normal to have a cabbage craving? No? Ok cool. Just asking for a friend. But seriously, I’ve been jones-ing for some tasty slaw and a last minute cooking gig was just the thing to motivate me to get creative. I’ve noticed that a lot of people dislike traditional coleslaw because it’s very heavy…

Jalapeño Avocado Crema

This is, by far, my absolute most favorite time of the year. Being lodged in the transition from summer to fall. The tourists in San Diego have made themselves scarce, there’s a chill in the air in the morning and evenings, grocery stores have a bounty of summer fruits mixed with autumn squashes. The air…

Colombian Guacamole

Apparently Colombians are wayyyy better at guacamole than anyone else. I’m so fired up about this version that I’ve been putting it on everything. In salads, on eggs, on meatballs, inside rolled deli meat, spoonfuls straight in my mouth! There’s a blended mix of chilies, onion, and cilantro as well as hard-boiled eggs. The flavor…

White Balsamic Cranberry Sauce

You remember that bottle of white balsamic vinegar that’s just chilling in the back of your pantry because you bought it for that one salad dressing that one time? Well, it’s your lucky day because I have something incredible for you to make that will utilize your lonely vinegar. This sauce has the classic holiday…

Bacon-Fried Brussels Sprouts with Tahini Orange Dressing

It’s December 1 which officially kicks off my holiday season. If I start Christmas music before this day, it feels wildly inappropriate. I hold absolutely zero judgement if you’re one of those people who starts in November, or post-Thanksgiving. For me, it’s a personal impossibility to get into the Christmas spirit prior to December. I’ve…

Tangy Harvest Slaw

Southern California isn’t exactly known for it’s blustery Fall season. It’s more known for, oh I don’t know… fires. Heat waves. Offshore winds and good surfing. People often complain saying they miss leaves changing, sweater weather, and hot apple cider. I’ll hand that to you. Changing leaves are gorgeous, I certainly have some sweaters which…