Monday, October 20, 2014

Skinny-ish Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Everyone wants "Skinny" something these days and I did the best I could to turn Spinach and Artichoke Dip into Skinny Spinach and Artichoke Dip. I think I made it half way, I mean it's still gotta taste good, and this dip tastes delicious. So, I'm calling it Skinny-ish. My middle school and high school days inspired this recipe. Back when my friends and I were California Pizza Kitchen's "CPK" most frequent customers. An order of spinach and artichoke dip to start and a half order of the buffalo chicken salad, please. This dip is one that your guests will ask the recipe for, so I encourage you to make this for you next dinner party, pumpkin party, or The Mindy Project get together. Oh and for the upcoming World Series, too! (Go Giants!!)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Baked Bacon and Avocado Egg Rolls

Baked Bacon and Avocado Egg Rolls. The name in itself makes my mouth water. I've always been a huge egg roll fan, but anything fried kind of scares me. I just imagine myself getting burned from all the flying oil coming out of the pan and me giving up. So, you know what they say, "Those who can't fry - bake." Oh they don't say that? Well, I do. Not only is baking (in my opinion) easier, but healthier. Win-Win according to me. Anyways, I've come to a realization that appetizers may be my favorite things to showcase. So I present you yet another delicious appetizer that will be a hit with everyone (especially those bacon lovers!)!

Monday, October 13, 2014

T2T: Sausage Stars

This Take Two Tuesday I decided to make a fan favorite - Sausage Stars. I've been making these a lot lately, whether it be for football gatherings, pumpkin painting parties, or pre-parties, they seem to be constantly requested. I didn't change much to the recipe but I thought the final pictures were a little prettier and it's perfect for a fall (football) appetizer!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Baked Orange Chicken Wings

It's football season and I'm actually paying attention this year. I can thank Fantasy Football for that. I happen to be an extremely competitive person and this whole Thursday, Sunday and Monday thing is giving me reason to throw football game gatherings while making sure I'm #1 every week (3-0 so far!). I've been thinking about making Baked Orange Chicken Wings since before W.A.L.T. was even born and now this is my chance. I served this last Sunday and I'd say it was the highlight of the night, especially since every top player decided to get hurt. Baked or fried - you can't go wrong with the delicious Orange Chicken taste!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mediterranean Panzanella Salad

I first had a traditional panzanella salad with my dad at Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills back in high school and I immediately became obsessed. The first thought I had was that it was very similar to a fattoush salad that I grew up eating (I'm half Middle Eastern - who woulda thought?). Since moving to San Francisco, I kind of forgot about the panzanella / fattoush dish since I wasn't visiting my dad every weekend anymore (he makes the best fattoush). Then I went to a delicious place called Blue Barn and there on the menu was a fattoush salad and it all came back to me. That's when the twists and turns started rolling in my head and I thought combining the two would be brilliant. And it was. Enjoy this fast and easy dish!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Caprese Pasta Salad

Let's be real. Pasta salads are everyone's favorite salads. Mix it up with caprese flavors and you really can't go wrong. I added broccoli to put a little more umph to it and I think its a perfect and light dish for your next fall gathering.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Take Two Tuesday: Soba Noodle Salad + Seared Ahi Tuna

My original Soba Noodle Salad post was a hit and I thought it'd be perfect to remake it as a Take Two Tuesday treat. If you haven't tried soba noodles before, I encourage you to give it a taste because it is absolutely delicious (+ buckwheat is pretty good for you). You get a sense of eating pasta, but with some Asian flavors and you (or at least I) don't feel as guilty eating it. I added in some fresh seared Ahi Tuna because...well because you can't go wrong with adding seared Ahi Tuna to any savory dish (just think that statement is true, okay?). Make this at your next dinner party to impress your guests or meal prep it for your lunch during the's a perfect dish to make ahead and preferred to be served cold!


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