Turmeric Hot Chocolate

My socks are on! Which means it’s officially cold weather in the southern California region. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still wearing my flips flops on the regular. Just not so much at night or early mornings. I had been dying to make a turmeric version of Hot Chocolate ever since a friend mentioned she…

Turmeric Pecan Banana Bread

I hate making returns. There’s almost always some sort of “complication” that makes returning items an absolute nightmare. My solution? Never buy anything ever again. At least that’s the mindset I’m having today. Some of my favorite memories from working at a grocery store where when customers would try to return items. First of all,…

Spiced Lamb Shepherd’s Pie

I’m often asked how I create new dishes or find ideas on how to pair flavors. Sometimes I’m falling asleep and I think of something delicious, but more often I find inspiration from browsing the work of other cooks. I’ll see something in a magazine, on a menu, or in a cookbook that sounds amazing and…

Turmeric Chocolate Chip Cookies

Q; How do you make something hipster? A: Put a bird on it. How do you make something anti-inflammatory? A: Put turmeric in it. Okay, okay, turmeric will not magically make that wedding cake turn from sugar bomb —> health food. It sure doesn’t hurt though. Turmeric is having it’s time in the spotlight recently. It’s a…

Turmeric Sweet Potato Mash

If you’ve recently been on my instagram, then you’re probably aware of my current love for anything I can make into a “bowl”. My latest bowl was not of the acai or smoothie variety. During the cooler months I’d rather have something closer to an oatmeal. So I decided to steam a sweet potato and create…

Mocha Spice Brownies

I”m thinking everyone is probably a bit “over-sugared” right now from the candy-centric holiday this week. There has to be someone out there with a sweet tooth that no amount of holiday goodies can tame. Or maybe you’re the person who needs an alternative sweet to help avoid the mountains of leftover Halloween candy. If…

Vegetable Curry Stew

Have you watched the television show, This is Us? I’m a Mandy Moore fan girl so I had to check it out based purely on that fact. Side note: Because I Said So… genius chick flick. Her new show actually pretty good so I think I’ll be adding it to my very small rotation of Hulu shows which includes…

Vegan Cheese Dip

I feel a rant coming on so I’m going to begin by lightening the mood. Take a look at my adorable dog and his new giant rope! Okay. Now that that’s out-of-the-way… I’ve gotta be honest, the stuff in the “dairy-free” cheese section of the natural foods stores reeeeeaaaallly freaks me out. So many INGREDIENTS. Why my…

Golden Milk

I’ve lived in Southern California for about 99% of my life and it still continues to intrigue and amaze me. This past week I spent an afternoon hanging out in Venice and while I’ve visited before, I’d never really looked though the area with the keen eye of exploration. I checked out a “real food” shop called Another…

Burger Eggs

I wanted to make some burgers to use for meals throughout the week, but I was also hungry for breakfast. This is the story of how Burger Eggs were born! This recipe is great because you can get two things done at once and only dirty up one skillet. Lately, I’ve been a huge fan of…