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The Power of Garlic

Garlic is one of those amazing ingredients that can fit into almost any meal plan (paleo, vegan, etc.) while providing delicious flavor AND nutrients! It can be used in Mexican, Italian, Asian, and American foods and works well in most savory dishes. It’s one of the few ingredients I ALWAYS have in the house even if I don’t know what I’m making for the week. What makes garlic so special? Garlic is an herb from the Allium group (onion). It...

3 Ways To Use Leftover Produce

A few weeks ago, I challenged myself to dramatically reduce the waste in my kitchen as a way to cut down on my grocery bill (which made my husband ecstatic). My biggest source of waste tends to be unused food in my refrigerator. In general, I’m making a larger effort to use produce before it goes bad. Here are three things I was able to do right away with leftovers in my fridge: 1). Broth Vegetable broth is a staple...

Pear Ginger Sangria

Pear Ginger Sangria

  Have you every bought something by accident then realized your mistake when you were unpacking your grocery bags? Yeah, me neither… More than once I have come home with decaf coffee, conditioner instead of shampoo, or one-ply toilet paper (seriously, why do they even make this stuff?). This is how I ended up with a bottle of red zinfandel wine recently. I was supposed to pick up an inexpensive red wine for the Irish Beef Stew my husband was...

Leftovers: Tri-Tip Breakfast BurritosΒ 

The first time I heard the words “Tri-Tip Breakfast Burrito,” my heart sang. Of course! Why wouldn’t you chop up the remains of that delicious, grilled steak and put it inside of a carb blanket?! With cheese and salsa and eggs!! Frankly, I’m ashamed I didn’t think of it first. We actually first heard about this mouth-watering concoction during a Sunday lunch at one of our current favorite restaurants, Elk Horn Brewery. The next time I had leftover tri-tip, I...

No Waste Challenge

We finally did it. After months of looking, we found our house. It was built in 1951 and the couple we are purchasing it from has lived in it the entire time!Β It needs a little sprucing up but it’s going to be a great home for us. It has a huge back yard that our Boston Terrier will surely frolic and we’ll have space for a garden. I’m also excited to report it has a BIGGER kitchen! The kitchen isn’t...

Chicken and Veggie Quinoa Casserole

Hello! I’m “back” and excited to be cooking and writing again! As some of you may know, I GOT MARRIED! On September 19, I married my other half of nine years in a wonderful and fun ceremony surrounded by our friends and family. It truly was a magical day and we were overwhelmed by the support and love we received. Our guests also gave us many beautiful and generous gifts for our home and new life together. About 80-90% of...

Chicken Tacos on Corn Tortillas

Full disclaimer, Mexican and Italian foods are my absolute favorites. Like can’t-stop-eating-gorge-myself-until-I’m-uncomfortably-full favorites. I think it’s because both “genres” are best when they’re made with simple, fresh ingredients and they’re very customizable (who doesn’t like mushrooms or cucumbers? ME! That’s who). Soft corn tortillas are delicious but after looking at the ingredients and seeing hydrogenated soybean oil in every single tortilla option in the grocery store, I walked out of the aisle thinking I wouldn’t be eating tacos for awhile....

Easy Dinner #1: Low-Carb BLAT

My fiancΓ© is suddenly super motivated to lose weight. This isn’t surprising considering our wedding is a little over two months away. While I’ve been whittling down the pounds and inches over the last 18 months at an agonizingly slow pace, Jason has griped about the food and drink choices I’ve been schlepping in from the grocery store. Now that he’s running and strength training every evening he also wants to eat healthier to maximize his results. This means I’m...

Cheers to Beers

I feel very fortunate to have grown up watching the Oregon beer culture grow and bloom. For beer lovers and native Oregonians, it’s exciting to witness such a prominent reputation come from a place that previously felt unnoticed. When I first turned 21, I drank expensive, sugary cocktails and cheap, warm beer during rounds of beer pong. Seven years on and my tastes have changed drastically. I still enjoy the occasional margarita or Moscow Mule but, given the choice, I’ll...

Homemade Ooey Gooey Brownies

When I was young, I loved baking. To me, baking always feels easier as everything has pretty simple, straight-forward rules. Cooking tends to be more subjective and open, the steps are not as clear and it’s easier to screw up. So when my mom bought an eight-year-old me a cookbook specifically for kids, I instantly went to the dessert section. Among the various cookies and pies was a recipe called “Ooey Gooey Brownie Cake” made from melted chocolate chips and...