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…

Sweet Miso Yams

Do you ever find yourself eating or drinking something only to realize that 1. you don’t like it and 2. you are feeling compelled to finish it simply because you made it? That was me 5 seconds ago. It’s the afternoon and I poured myself some iced coffee. Mind you, I try not to drink…

Basil Parsnip Meatloaf

I seem to be leaning on the blog’s archived sauces lately. While that may be a bit uncreative of me, there’s nothing wrong with using what works! And the basil cream atop this meatloaf just plain WORKS. Basil and tomato are classically summer flavors, but you can side step that little detail  by grabbing some frozen…