On Making Pickles [and Eating Them Too]!

I love summer time veggies, especially when a particular coworker of mine brings in fresh produce from his garden! We’re talking tomatoes, all kinds of different peppers, and of course, cucumbers. And I’m not talking like, regular grocery store sized cucumbers. I’m talking about cucumbers that are as long as the tip of my middle…

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On THE Mac & Cheese

I’m going to keep this short & sweet, but have I ever mentioned that I have an AMAZING Mac & Cheese (from scratch) recipe? Because I do. It’s rich, it’s decedent, it’s cheesey, and it’s gobsmackin’ delicious! And if you don’t believe me, then you should just try my very own “THE” Mac & Cheese…

On Pupcakes

On Sunday, we celebrated Tuggs’ Second Birthday! In dog years, that’s 14 years old, which makes Tuggs an actual dog, rather than a puppy, but he’ll always be my puppy forever. But to make his day a little more special (because I am that kind of dog mom, which if you don’t believe me, just…

On Brown Butter Krispie Treats

So, we are still not totally unpacked, and likely won’t be for some time. Why is it so much faster to throw things into boxes than it is to pull things back out again? Yes, organizing is one of my most favorite things to do in this world, but at the same time, our dining…

On French Onion Toast & Cowboy Chili

Recently, I’ve been asked a few times about how I handle dishes that I didn’t like or wouldn’t make again. These could have been dishes that either just turned out bad (because not every recipe out there is going to work out the way it says it will) or they just didn’t suit mine or…

On Quick Bruschetta

Holy smokes! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, and my apologies for not posting sooner! I’ve been cooking and photographing, and attempting to write up posts and edit my photos, but then I get distracted with packing because we are moving at the end of the month! I know that’s a ways away, but this…

On Lemon Chicken & Rice

So, I’m starting to get more and more into one pot meals, because I’m also noticing that, especially during the middle of the week, the last thing I want to do after a full 8 hour work day is cook something overly complicated or time consuming (we’re talking more than 45 minutes of prep, unless…

On Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Given my Chinese background, I can’t help but fall back into old habits from time to time, craving those really deep and earthy flavors I grew up in, and thankfully, Frankie has been a trooper in trying new flavors and dishes that perhaps he was never all too familiar with. One of the things I…

On Chocolate Chip Cookies

In what ended up being a 4 part experiment in nailing the perfect chocolate chip cookie…I did what anyone at their wits end would have done. I asked my mom! With this batch, I did the butter traditionally, softening it using a cool trick because my kitchen is almost the second coldest room in our…