Shoyu Ahi Poke

Ahi Poke 13

You may remember that when Dan and I were in Paris last year, we almost exclusively ate bread and cheese for every meal – not because we didn’t have any other options, but because the stuff was so fresh and delicious. In Oahu, we fell back into our single-food-focused ways, only this time our obsession was with poke instead of bread. Like…read more »

Apple Pie Bourbon Cocktail 2 (1 of 1)

Apple Pie Bourbon Cocktail

If the Apple Pie Infused Bourbon I made last week was Dan’s favorite blog recipe ever, then this is definitely his favorite cocktail I’ve ever made. Admittedly, he tends to like all my boozy concoctions, but I’ve never seen him get quite so ecstatic about any of my other drink recipes. I’m honestly a little embarrassed to tell…read more »

Infused Bourbons 4 (1 of 1)

Apple Pie & Peach Infused Bourbons

Funny story – today’s recipe was originally supposed to be a Valentine’s Day post. A few days before V-Day, I read an article somewhere (probably Buzzfeed) that said something along the lines of “if you REALLY love someone, make them infused liquor.” It was a silly, fun puff piece but for some reason it really spoke to me. Do you guys watch The…read more »

Chocolate Strawberry Cupcake 8b (1 of 1)

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

Hey, remember when I tried to make these cupcakes last year, but they failed so hard that I had to turn them into cake balls instead? ‘Cuz the strawberry cream cheese frosting I made was too runny (damnit, strawberry puree), and the chocolate ganache I decided to pour on top of the runny frosting made things 100%…read more »

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake 2e (1 of 1)

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Mug Cakes

Today’s post was originally supposed to be a full-on cake, but by the time we got home from eating a ginormous lunch with my parents at one of our favorite Chinese restaurants, I was in way too deep of a food coma to do any sort of heavy duty baking. Too many servings of rice, salt & pepper pork, fried fish,…read more »

Strawberry Cream Pie Cups 6b (1 of 1)

Strawberry Cream Pie Cups…and a Valentine’s Day GIVEAWAY! {GIVEAWAY CLOSED }

Now that the Super Bowl is behind us (wooo, Patriots!), we can finally stop putting all our energy into churning out game day munchies (until March Madness, anyway). It’s time, instead, to turn our culinary attentions to Valentine’s Day – otherwise known as everyone’s favorite excuse to eat chocolate and decadent desserts. This is the only time of year when it’s acceptable to…read more »

Confetti Salsa 1f (1 of 1)

Confetti Salsa

Guys – I’ve got one last post for you before the Super Bowl, and it’s going to be a short one. Partly because I’m feeling lazy, and partly because I was in a rush with my picture-taking so most of them didn’t turn out that well. Oh well – you win some, you lose some. Anyway! Today’s recipe comes…read more »

Skinny Onion Dip 1c (1 of 1)

Skinny French Onion Dip

Back in grad school, Dan and his friends decided to make homemade crab rangoons for dinner one night. For some reason they decided to put Dan in charge of groceries. (I say “for some reason” because at this point in his life, Dan’s culinary skill extended to boiling pasta and microwaving leftovers, and he really only went to grocery…read more »

Chocolate Fruit Dip 1b (1 of 1)

Snacktastic Sundays: Easy Chocolate Fruit Dip

Happy Sunday, everyone! Otherwise known as “OH MY GOD IT’S FINALLY TIME FOR FOOTBALL” day here in our house. In case you’re wondering, that’s all Dan. He’s been bellowing “TINA! Why isn’t it Sunday yet?!?! I want to watch footballllll!!!!” (basically verbatim) since Monday. Monday. As you can imagine, it’s been a fun week for me. Football season is great….read more »

Banoffee Pie 6c (1 of 1)

Banoffee Pie

So, you may have noticed that there’s been a bit of a lull in posting here at Just Putzing Around the Kitchen…Sorry about that! I was a little burned out by all my holiday cooking/blogging and could not muster a single drop of energy to get back into it after the start of the new year….read more »

Metamorphosis 4 (1 of 1)


Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! Can you believe it’s almost 2015? How did that even happen? It’s crazy to think about, but in 2015 I will… Turn 29 Be in my fourth year at my current law firm Celebrate my 2-year wedding anniversary (with Dan, duh) Reach my 10-year dating anniversary (also with Dan) Enter my 5th year of blogging…read more »