Classic Roast Chicken with a Twist

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When in doubt, always trust Ina Garten’s recipes. The woman can do no wrong in my eyes. Her roast chicken recipe is perfect: crispy skin with lemony tender meat and a thyme filled aroma. One night when I was making this, I went on a riff that proved to be somewhat genius. I don’t mean to wax my own car so much and I’m usually pretty unimpressed with my own cooking, but this was an exception. It was the best chicken I’ve ever made. Nay, the best chicken I’ve ever eaten. Continue reading

PAPRIKA

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For some reason, I NEVER use paprika. I always think of it as a flavorless red dust that’s primary use is to add color to The Deviled Egg. I got this cute and fancy one from a shoot and the smokey smell has knocked my socks off! This is not the paprika I am used to. Now, what do I cook with it?

Beef Roast + Cilantro and Kale “Chimichurri”

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I’m almost always cooking for my whole household, which is an untraditional 3+ people. I live with my fiancé, two amazing friends and often we have more people over…our apartment is kind of a hub for wandering friends, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Continue reading

The BLT Salad

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As promised, here’s another one of my favorite salads! This one is super easy to make and assemble, is gluten free and still satisfies the hunger as a dinner salad because of the inclusion of ample amounts of bacon. The broiled tomatoes are one of my favorite additions to almost any meal and shine as a salad accompaniment. For the dressing; olive oil, lemon, grated parmesan and tons of pepper create a balance between the light crisp acid and the heavy, spicy pepper. Continue reading

Tex-Mex Arugula and Chicken Salad

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This is my very first salad post and I’m so excited to start sharing my salad knowledge with the world. I love salads. I love making them, ordering them and eating them. Maybe it’s because I’m almost 30, but sometime in the past 2 years my body just really started craving good foods- foods that taste good and foods that are good for me. Hence, this salad obsession.  Continue reading

Salted Olive Oil Ice Cream

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This one is a recipe borrowed from a friend because it’s just too good not to share.

I am not really too much of a sweets person, unless it’s sober January, in which case I cannot get enough desserts. But I could devour pints of this ice cream any time, plus its SO EASY to make with stuff you already have in your pantry/freezer.  Continue reading

Thai-inspired Coconut Noodle Soup with Pork

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I visited Saigon two years ago, and I still dream about the food. If you get a chance to go to Vietnam, do it! I can barely write post this without booking a one way ticket. It’s an incredibly friendly city, the architecture is stunning and the food is out of this world. Since then, I’ve tried my hand at replicating many of their dishes. This one can’t really be considered truly Thai, because I always leave out fish sauce -a must have for most Thai dishes- and the pork meatballs are completely my own creation, but the Thai red curry and coconut milk take me back to the streets of Saigon in one bite. Continue reading

The Ultimate, Easy and Basic Baked Chicken Breast

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This recipe is the foundation for many meals on this site and is a recipe I first got from my mother and have been using ever since.

I pick a few spices from my cabinet that would go well together and will pair well with whatever I’m cooking. If I’m going for a Mexican flair, I use chili powder and cumin. If I’m going for Italian, I use oregano and thyme. For Thai, lime and ginger zest. For French; lemon zest and tarragon.  Continue reading