Roasted Carrots with Medjool Dates, Lemons, and Tahini Sauce

There are a few ingredients I believe the Western world should be cooking with more. One of those ingredients is tahini, a creamy paste made from sesame seeds used widely in the Middle East. It provides a wonderfully creamy, nutty taste, not to mention is an excellent source of protein. Here it shines drizzled onto…

Parmesan Polenta with Marinara, Mozzarella, and Crispy Shallots

On our third date, my future husband took me to a trendy Los Angeles restaurant where I had the best polenta of my life. It was cheesy, creamy, and smothered in marina sauce. It was kind of like lasagna, except better. So I set out to recreate it. My version uses corn grits, chicken stock,…

Mini Chocolate Cake

Do I ever want to bake a whole chocolate cake? Not really. Do I ever crave an individual slice of chocolate oozy goodness? You bet. With this recipe, you can satisfy that craving without going through the fuss of baking a whole cake. Chocolate cake for breakfast? Yup. I won’t judge. I may have done…

Marinated Artichoke Hearts

Who doesn’t like a marinated artichoke heart, really? Sure, you can buy them already marinated in a jar, but there never seems to be enough artichoke hearts in there, they are very expensive (for some reason), and just not worth buying since you can make them easily at home. Keep them in a mason jar,…

Harissa Chickpea Salad

Canned chickpeas are having their moment right now. Inspired by a smashed chickpea salad from a recent Bon Appetit post, I rummaged my fridge for flavors to make my own version. What I came up with was a harissa chickpea salad. For those unfamiliar with harissa, it’s a spicy North African red pepper paste, and…

Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

A classic. Homemade oatmeal tastes nothing like instant oatmeal. Cooked correctly, oatmeal is a creamy and delicious breakfast. Oatmeal should have a little bit of liquid in it, should not be mushy, and should not lack flavor. You can top oatmeal with whatever accouterments you fancy, but this is my version using the classic flavors…

Citrus Baked Salmon

Times are trying, groceries are low, but please know I would never post any dish on here I would’t normally make – you know, sans crisis. That being said, this slow-baked salmon dish requires just a few ingredients, is doused in olive oil, and relies on the low-and-slow method of cooking it to render a…

Baked Berry Crumble

This simple but delicious brunch dish uses items you likely already have – frozen mixed berries and pantry staples like oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and butter. It uses unprocessed raw sugar (and not too much of it), is full of healthy and filling oats, and is ready in under an hour. I call this my…