Black Bean and Corn Burgers w/Ultimate Burger Fries (Contest Entry)

I have a slight obsession with spices. They’re a flavor powerhouse. It’s amazing what a pinch of ground up goodness or dried plant pieces can do for a dish. Combine some spices and you’re on the way to something wonderful. While I love making my own spice blends, I’ve realized that the pre-mixed masterpieces save…

Dragon Fruit!

Whenever I’m in the grocery store I end up in a focused fit. I’m either concentrated on sales, ingredients or a list of what I need for the next meal. My last visit was wrapped around that night’s dinner. We were having chicken tacos. I need tortillas and tortilla chips. I got all the produce…

Pear… Salad?

The other day my partner in cuisine crime and I were talking about peach cobbler. We started discussing the use of canned peaches versus fresh and that put us on the tangent of which canned fruits we like. I talked about my love of fruit cocktail, especially the maraschino cherry halves. Then, my partner in…

Must Try: Flourless Chocolate Cake & Salted Caramel Sauce

As much as I love pasta and potatoes, I think dessert has to be my biggest weakness. Every night my partner in cuisine crime and I look at each other and say, “What’s for dessert?” There’s a certain, otherwise unattainable, joy that comes with a sweet treat. For me, cake belongs on a pedestal, literally…

Must Try: No Guilt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies seem so innocent. They’re automatic portion control. Even if you have one the size of a hubcap, it’s still just one, right? Well, store bought cookies, no matter the size, are usually packed with bad oils and preservatives, not to mention way too much sugar. The good news is that cookies are really easy…

Ingredient Introduction #31 – Fish

No matter how hard my dad tried to turn me into a fisherman, it never worked. I remember him dragging me to a pier in the middle of the night. I slept on a bench while he fished all night. It just wasn’t for me, and it still isn’t. Shrimp, scallops, crab, and lobster make…

Must-Try: Meyer Lemon Pudding

I could kiss Pinterest for introducing me to this plush pudding. It’s light, creamy, and silky smooth. The Meyer lemon, which as you know, is one of my absolute favorite foods, really is the star here. I adore the tiny pieces of zest that light up this yellow cloud like only a constellation could. The…

Ingredient Introduction #6 – Whole Chicken

I’ve always been a chicken when it comes to… chicken. When I was a teenager, I’d often cook dinner for myself and then leave the leftovers in the fridge for my dad and stepmom who worked crazy hours at their businesses. The fear of killing them (or me) led me to never play with poultry….

Meat Your Match

I love potatoes. I love meat. But, I don’t consider myself a “meat & potatoes” kind of guy. Vegetables are my friend. I’d give up my toenails before I let go of pasta. Variety is the key to a good eating, I think. I can do a meatless meal. I can also plow through a…