Category Archives: Appetizer/Side

Butternut Squash, Goat Cheese and Black Bean Quesadillas

Bow-Chicka-Wow-Wow. “I hate a unique and delicious quesadilla,” said no one ever. Seriously. There is no part of my soul that doesn’t love good Mexican food. And there is not part of my mouth or brain that doesn’t think goat cheese should be in practically everything. So I decided to combine a few of my […]

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco De Mayo, everyone’s favorite Taco-Rita celebration that falls on the 5th of May. It also happens to be an actual day of celebration with some heritage. Cinco de Mayo is a day of remembrance and celebration of the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French at the battle of Puebla in 1862. (Thanks Wikipedia. […]

Guac-a-Churri

Have you ever sat and wondered to yourself, what is guacamole and chimichurri had a baby? Of course you have! That is one of the existential life questions that we are constantly left pondering, but always fall short when searching for an answer. Consider the box checked. I have used some pretty high level science […]

Pesto, Smoked Gouda and Apple Paninis

Some great ideas just come to you… like this panini for example. Years ago, my husband asked me to make a panini for him, and this beautiful gem came to light! (Sure the average person probably thinks meat, cheese, bread, maybe a tomato or two. But my brain is an exceptional one. Maybe not so […]

Middle Eastern Feast Night

Okay, first, I know how much information and cooking this is to take in. I mean 3 WHOLE separate elements to make. How will your brain ever be able to overcome this insurmountable task? Done mocking you, moving on. But seriously, it is a decent amount of food. The Israeli couscous is something I have […]

Sweet Potato and Apple Tian with a Plum Glazed Bacon Crumble

Some things are just beautiful on the outside; like Kim Kardashian. Other things, like this tian, have more depth. It is beautiful inside AND out. Crisp seasonal apples are perfectly paired with savory sweet potatoes. That stunning flavor combination is baked in a cast iron skillet to perfection and topped with plum glazed bacon. I […]

Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Cilantro Sauce

Talk about summer on a stick! Okay, maybe Popsicles are summer on a stick. But at they say in There’s Something about Mary Ted: I say they should put more meats on a stick, you know? They got a lot of sweets on sticks- popsicles, fudgesicles, lollipop- but hardly any meat. Mary: I agree, there […]

Spam and Pineapple Fried Coconut Rice

We have lived in Hawaii a little over a year now, and I have yet to incorporate Spam into my cooking. If you are unfamiliar with the food over here in Hawaii, there is lots of looove for Spam. And whether you are a Spam lover, or a Spam skeptic, it has its place here […]