DIY Hot Sauce (Habanero & Sriracha)

DIY Hot Sauce 4 (1 of 1)

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 »



Happy Mardi Gras, everyone! Is anyone doing anything fun? In a perfect world, I would be down in New Orleans right now, stuffing my face with fried, powdered sugar-covered beignets, drinking like a fish, and enjoying 60-degree weather. Instead, however, I’m sipping a healthy green smoothie, glaring out the window at the giant muddy snow…read more »


Eggplant Parmesan

You know how there are some foods that, as a kid, are the grossest things ever, but as soon as you reach a certain age your tongue is all OMG what is this deliciousness?!?!? For a lot of people, it seems to be brussel sprouts and spinach (see e.g., the explosion of brussel sprout recipes…read more »


Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Balls…and a Giveaway! {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

Guys, can I be honest with you for a second? These cake balls started out as cupcakes. Gorgeous, moist, fluffy chocolate cupcakes that I decided to top with a strawberry cream cheese frosting that had just a smidge too much strawberry puree in it and ended up dripping and oozing all over the plate (and my…read more »


Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

This post is inspired by the three-layer chocolate mousse cake I had at my friend Dave’s house last weekend. Our friend Doug was in town to celebrate his last pre-30s birthday, and his brother’s awesome girlfriend made him this gorgeous cake as a special birthday treat. And let me just say that, although I’ve only…read more »


DIY Nutella

Guys. Remember how I have a rule about not letting myself keep Nutella in the house? Because I have serious Nutella-addiction issues and am prone to gorging myself on that smooth, creamy, choco-nutty crack by the spoonful until I make myself sick? Well. I threw that rule right out the window last weekend and made my…read more »


Salmon & Avocado Poke Bowl

When Dan and I first started dating, he told me that he didn’t really like Asian food. Rice was too bland, and anything more adventurous than Orange Chicken was too much. His idea of Chinese food was Panda Express and the over-sweet, candy-red BBQ ribs and fried egg rolls from some place called China Villa….read more »


Homemade Teriyaki Chicken

Is it weird that I sometimes miss college dining? Not dining hall food…definitely not. My dorm’s dining hall served mainly bland stir fries, greasy baked ziti, and soggy Monty Cristo sandwiches. Blech. What I do miss is the food from student center. I liked having all those options, you know? There was a brick oven pizza…read more »


Crockpot Parmesan Chicken….and a Giveaway! [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

Happy 2014, everyone! Did you guys have fun over the holidays and/or New Years? Maybe you’re a little bit like me, and maybe you slightly over-indulged (a lot) over the holidays. Perhaps you are still getting residual bouts of heartburn from all that rich, indigestible food you shoveled happily into your body and all those boozy cocktails…read more »


Reader’s Choice: Best of 2013

Well, 2014 is almost upon us. How did that even happen? 2013 was kind of a blur for me. Work was busy, wedding planning kept me really busy, and then there were all those trips for friends’ weddings, the honeymoon, and a whole bunch of other reasons I can’t even remember now sprinkled in the mix….read more »


Unicorn Tears

Guys, my glassware/bar ware habit is getting out of hand. Even after donating like 4 boxes of stuff to Good Will, I am quickly running out of space (read: have already run out of space but am in denial) to store all of the new glasses and bottles I keep buying. My most recent purchase?…read more »