Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Everything Chopped Salad

Hello, world! I know you're all probably sick of me apologizing for not posting for awhile, but I swear, this is my last apology. Life has finally tamed down a bit, and my routine is set. That means more recipes for you. 

This recipe is something that reminds me of home. Every time I make it down to Newport Beach, my dad and I head to a place called Gulfstream. It's a top five for me. What I usually order is the Crispy Chicken Sandwich, but do to my Lent constraints (no bread-based carbs), I recently had to order the Chopped Salad. I always forget how delicious this salad really is. It's complex in flavor because there are so many components that go into it. So, I like to call it the Everything Salad. It's not an exact replicate (as always, I added my lil' twist), but the flavors will make your taste-buds dance and put a smile on your face. If you're a carbavor, add fresh made chunky croutons to make it even better.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Take Two Tuesday: Avocado and Tomato Bruschetta

I was craving my Avocado and Tomato Bruschetta and thought it'd be great for a T2T. My original post was poised for Spring / Summer weather and thought it'd be nice to utilize some indoor equipment and still get these delicious bites. Try it out for your next appetizer, or use a larger loaf to make it suitable for dinner!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Rosemary Focaccia Bread

There's something about bread that gets me excited to make it.  It's such a simple food, but there's definitely an art to making it homemade and patience that the cook needs to encompass. Seeing that I (at times) am not the most patient person, I was thinking what type of bread could be made relatively fast. That's when I thought about focaccia. Focaccia bread is an Italian bread that has lots of olive oil in it, leaving it moist and delicious. I added rosemary, because why not, and sea salt just brings it altogether. This is a bread that anyone can make, and that everyone will rave about.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

French Onion Soup

I can't believe it's already November. Time sure flies when you're having fun. Now that it's getting a tad bit chillier (well, kind of, California can only get so cold), French Onion Soup came to my mind. A few November's ago, I experienced the best French Onion Soup at a little cafe in Paris and I've always dreamed of remaking it. For some reason, I always thought French Onion Soup would be incredibly hard and time consuming to make.Wrong. What have I been doing with my life during these "cold" winter-ish months?! Eating canned soup?! Never again. This (in my opinion and my friend Kristina's) is comparable, or even [dare I say] better, than the one I tasted in Paris, the delicious soup's birth place (I think). It's full of flavor, not too heavy on the salt, and easy to make. Win-Win-Win. This will surely warm your insides and keep you feeling nice and cozy!

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!


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