Strawberry Jalapeño Jam

A while back I made some strawberry jalapeño jam and OH EM GEE. I’ve made it twice using fresh and frozen berries and it turned out great each time. If you’re not in strawberry season, this would be fantastic to try with cranberries, figs, or mango. The awesome thing about adding a somewhat savory component…

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…

Chocolate Banana Buckwheat Bites

Hey there, how are you? Hanging in? Doing okay? Doing horribly? It’s all welcome here. I feel like the days of COVID are, among other things, one giant emotional experiment. One day I’m up, positive, even motivated. Other’s I feel like like a slug of inactivity and despair. No offense to slugs of course. They’re…

Coffee Chip Snack Bites

I have been wanting to throw together this little snack for a while. And when I say a while I mean that I’ve had a “draft” with the title in the queue for actual years. Sounds ridiculous but here’s the thing about my creative process; I do not like going to the store to get…

Thanksgiving Meatballs

  Until I became a cook, Thanksgiving didn’t seem like a very good food day. Dry turkey, weird green bean thing, brown gravy, mushy yams, pie, jello, … Well, the jello was actually pretty good. Stuffing had some flavor, but only if it was cooked in the bird… and now we all know thats unsafe….

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…

Chocolate Avocado Banana Bread

Hey, hey! So my household has been STRUG. GL. ING. with the fall cold season and I am 100% fighting the good fight to keep myself healthy. There are many reasons for this: If mom gets sick, how will the world keep turning? I’ve been a peak level Nikki excitement (that’s huge you guys, I…

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…

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…

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…