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…

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…

Spicy Ranch Yam Fries

Take your sweet potato fry addiction to a new level. You’re welcome. Spicy Ranch Yam Fries 5 small yams, chopped lengthwise and into strips 1 tsp. onion powder 1 tsp. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. chili powder 1/2 tsp. dried chives 1/2 tsp. dried parsley 1/2 tsp. dried dill pinch of red pepper flakes 2 tsp. salt…

Spicy Mango Shrimp Salad

I’m in love with this fresh, light, and colorful salad. I don’t cook with fish or shellfish too often, but this dish makes me want to change that PRONTO. Spicy Mango Shrimp Salad 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and de-veined (tail-off) 1 Tbsp. red palm oil or coconut oil 1/2 jalapeño, seeded and diced 1/2 cucumber, peeled…

Spicy Shaved Brussels and Yams

I have good news and bad news. Bad news first. Trader Joe’s discontinued Cashew Meal. As a former employee, I am well acquainted with the overly dramatic reactions of customers who discover that their “favorite item” has been “let go”. While I am bummed that now I have to find a new source for my…

Bacon and Jalapeño Omlette

Other names suggested were: 1. The Jalap-acon Omlette 2. The Jalap-acon-tro Omlette They seemed a little too gimmicky for me, so I stuck with the original food spellings (plus I like using the ñ in Jalapeño). Enjoy this as a fancier-than-normal beginning to your day, or cook up a bunch for your weekend brunch! It’s not…

Mango Blueberry Salsa

I was fortunate enough to spend this past Sunday having a picnic with my family. My Dad has a connection to a winery somewhat near his home in Ventura and we always seem to congregate there for any family gatherings. It’s a really beautiful and low-key place. You can bring all your own food and…

Cinnamon Chipotle Pumpkin Soup

I think we’ve officially reached fall-time here by the beach. I mean, the temperature hasn’t risen over 80 degrees in at least 2 weeks. Oh, autumn in Orange County. Here’s an idea: This recipe will definitely help you contribute to your awesome day. Why? Well, for starters, it’s obscenely simple. Like… a caveman could do…