Whenever it was one of our birthdays growing up, we would beg my Mom to make this cake. It’s basically the easiest thing in the world to make and doesn’t involve any baking! For kids born in the hot summer months, this was a major blessing for my Mom in the form of not having to turn on the oven….
When one hosts a last minute dinner party on a work night, one needs to find a quick, hearty meal that can serve a crowd without A) taking hours to prepare B) breaking the bank + C) requiring a lot of active time as guests start arriving.
I’ve recently become obsessed with all things panna cotta and am determined to perfect the art of its creamy gelatin goodness. Panna cotta has long been one of my favorite dessert items at restaurants because it isn’t super duper heavy and usually comes with a good amount of fruit in tow, which always appeals to me. Usually the beloved panna cotta is made using a mold and is popped out onto your plate once it fully sets….
After about a few weeks of pestering I finally managed to figure out what my brother wanted to do for his birthday this year and of course it involved Sriracha. We more or less stuck to his original plan of appetizers at my place then hitting up the brewery up the street for beer and skeeball, but we made a few minor adjustments along the way….
Fourth of July is one of those holidays that exists for grilling purposes and grilling purposes alone in my kitchen. I took over the kitchen at my Mom’s Significant Other’s house to make some delicious Grilled Red Snapper Tacos with a Grilled Corn + Cherry Tomato Salad to go with her world famous Guacamole. I wasn’t kidding about the whole grilling thing. We did a LOT of grilling….
I challenge you to find something edible in this world that is better than cheese. Besides maybe bread, cheese is probably my favorite food on the planet. I love all kinds of it. Hard, soft, stinky, tangy, creamy, you name it. If I could eat it for every meal, trust me. I would. Of the soft cheeses, a good burrata is hard to beat. …
For my very spoiled Father on his birthday I wanted to make one of his very favorite desserts. I was also throwing together a Bacon + Broccoli Quiche in the limited amount of time I had after work, so I wanted a dessert that would of course be delicious but also that wouldn’t take hours of prep….
For this year’s Father’s Day dessert, I wanted to make something that wasn’t massively time consuming but that would be a great compliment to the rack of lamb that I was planning on making as the main dish. Last year I tackled the crème brûlée, which was a lot of fun, but this year I wanted to make a dessert that was equally as crowd pleasing but not nearly as heavy and regret-inducing….
My favorite thing about this salsa is how versatile it is. It can be used to top some crunchy tortilla chips, add a little zing to your tacos, slathered on a breakfast burrito, or even eaten by itself with a spoon. I’ve been known to do this for “taste testing purposes”….
On a whim, my brother decided that he was going to be home from college for a few days this weekend. Whenever he’s home, I immediately go into full Italian grandmother mode and make oodles and oodles of food, mostly in the hopes that it will entice him to choose LA over Denver when the time comes to graduate. He asked if I wanted to cook dinner on Friday and offered himself and a few of his friends as my potential kitchen scullions. …