Spicy Pineapple Mint Juleps


Today’s recipe is inspired by a margarita Dan and I had once at a tequileria called the Mala Suerte (“bad luck”). It was made with spicy habanero infused tequila, grapefruit juice, and lime juice, and came with a sugar rim. Since I generally hate peppers and they hate me, I thought for sure that the drink would be disgusting, but damned if it…read more »

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Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Happy almost-Thanksgiving, everyone! I’m sure you all have your menus planned out already (I hope!), but in case you’re still looking for some inspiration, here are a few of my favorite recipes: Appetizers Marinated Mozzarella Bites Three Cheese Crab Dip Veggie Mozzarella Pesto Crostini Fig, Bacon and Honey Goat Cheese Crostini Chili-Crab Deviled Eggs Roasted Potato…read more »

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Fennel, Leek & Onion Stuffing

Other than mashed potatoes (and now gravy), stuffing is the best part of Thanksgiving dinner, isn’t it? I mean, that pre-packaged stuff my parents used to get from Safeway was generally pretty mediocre, but even then I would eat several helpings because I’m a carboholic with no self control. Homemade stuffing though…that’s where it’s at. Bread tossed with various vegetables and/or…read more »

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Caramelized Shallot Bacon Gravy

Does anyone really like turkey? I mean really really like it? As in, like it so much that it’s the highlight of Thanksgiving dinner for them? I’m guessing no. No sane person with taste buds actively enjoys turkey. That may seem like a pretty hard stance to take with an inoffensive bird, but I’m sticking to it. Ground turkey,…read more »

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Snacktastic Sundays: Marinated Mozzarella Bites

Guys, I did an insane amount of cooking this weekend. With Thanksgiving almost literally upon us, I wanted to put together a Turkey Day recipe round up post. Suggested appetizers, entrees, side dishes, desserts, etc. – you know the drill. BUT, I discovered, to my surprise (and dismay), that I have almost no side dishes in my archives. Are…read more »

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Potato Leek Soup

Brrr, it’s COLD out there, guys (CA friends, “cold weather” is a natural phenomenon that occurs for about 6 months of the year in most other parts of the country…also, I hate you). How did this happen? One second it’s sunny and I’m walking around wearing skirts and a light trench, the next second it’s dark/gloomy and…read more »

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Snacktastic Sundays: Thanksgiving Sliders

This week’s Snackstastic Sunday post is inspired by one of my favorite sandwiches from the soup/sandwich shop near my office, and is something I’ve been meaning to make since last year. Turkey + brie + cranberry sauce + raw onions on pumpernickel = Thanksgiving mouthgasm. Except, instead of pumpernickel, I decided to go with buttermilk…read more »

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Snacktastic Sundays: Chinese Potstickers

Another short post today, guys! Dan absolutely cannot control himself around pork dumplings, and there wasn’t a Patriots game today to distract him from my kitchen/blogging activities, so I didn’t have a whole lot of time to snap pictures before he started getting impatient for his dumpling dinner. There’s nothing like a hungry, aggressively hovering husband to…read more »

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Pumpkin Muffins with Brown Butter Glaze

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Sorry about the lack of Snacktastic Sunday post last week, but I was too worn out from our cabin adventures to cook anything for the Patriots game. We ordered Chinese takeout instead, and it was delicious. You know what else is delicious? These muffins! So far this fall I’ve been reveling in my love for…read more »

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Graveyard Pie

Happy Halloween, everyone! What are y’all doing for the spookiest holiday of the year? Trick-or-treating with the kids? Egging the neighbors’ houses? Going to fabulous costume parties? All of the above? Sounds like fun! Our plans this weekend not so Halloween-y. Instead of throwing on costumes and heading out to the bars, waiting around at home…read more »

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DIY Hot Sauce (Habanero & Sriracha)

Peppers and I have a very love-hate relationship. Mostly hate. To begin with, I’m a wuss when it comes to spicy foods. This is a huge disappointment to my dad, because our family is from China’s Hunan Province, which is known for it’s spicy cuisine. It absolutely kills him that any time he cooks for me,…read more »