Summer Vegetable Potato Salad

Hi guys! Yikes! I feel likes its been forever since I last spilled my guts to cyberspace. I'm just about settled into my new apartment and have been having the time of my life playing around in the big bad city! My new job kicks butt - I spent the entire day yesterday in a photo shoot for these awesome DIY juices, and the entire last week helping recipe write and photograph the cutest little appetizers. And as if tasting, experimenting, and photographing food all day isn't enough, my … [Read more...]

Double Chocolate Vegan Brownies

Woo woo!! Tomorrow is moving day into my new apartment for the summer!! I'm knee deep in boxes of kitchen equipment, high heels, and procrastinated laundry... Buttttt...instead of boring you all with my newfound revelations of a serious hoarding problem and a collection of old battered white tank tops with holes big enough to prove that I actually don't know how to use a washing machine....   Let's focus on these FABULOUS Double Chocolate Brownies! I am absolutely so proud of … [Read more...]

Vegan Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread (Monkey Bread)

  Woo! So excited for brunch this Sunday! Bring on the pancakes, pastries, omelets, and mimosas! Flowers are blooming and the weather's getting warmer, but I think my favorite part about Spring is that every other weekend is some new excuse to celebrate with Brunch! (Easter? Mom's Day?? Wedding Showers??). Mom - totally excited to celebrate your awesomeness on Mother's Day. But I'm kind of really excited to celebrate that all-you-can-eat brunch buffet too...   Andddd I know … [Read more...]

Loaded Vegan Nachos

So today's post started out as a Mojito recipe...(a really good mojito recipe!)   Buttttt... 4 test recipes and a half of bottle of Bacardi (no judging) later and all I was craving was a big, heaping, plate of nachos. Should have seen that one coming..   Normally a frozen pizza would do the trick, but thanks to a marathon of Mexican recipes on the Food Network and Pinterest exploding with Cinco de Mayo -  it was nachos or bust. And these are SO good guys! SO yummy. And … [Read more...]

30-minute BBQ Pork Sandwiches with Slaw

I have been a cooking machine since I got home from Cali! I've gone on a serious cooking bender - fish tacos! BBQ pork! steak with red wine sauce (I don't even eat steak)! Would you also like a homemade chocolate chip cookie after dinner? Umm.... yes please.   It's my last few weeks with the family before I move into my new apartment downtown and I am letting my kitchen addiction get the absolute best of me. So I hope you all enjoy the next couple weeks of posts with real meals (like … [Read more...]

Thai Quinoa Squash Salad

Hi!! By the time you see this post I will hopefully be leisurely sunning myself on a California beach, sipping mojitos, without a care in the world :) So while I'm away on vacay I asked Dara, from Generation Y Foodie, to please come and share one of her fabulous recipes with you all! This girl has some of my favorite recipes on the web, always healthy, super inventive, and practical for real world cooking. I could literally cook my way through her blog Monday through Friday.. and then put it … [Read more...]

Creamy Vegan Pasta Primavera

  Hi guys! It's 7am. I stink like self tanner. There are more clothes on my bedroom floor than hangers in my closet. And my internet search history looks like I am either an LA restaurant critic or seriously stalk LA restaurant critics.   There's only one thing this can mean... I leave for vacation next Monday!! I am so excited! I'm taking a girls trip with my mom to visit a couple friends in California before I make the big move to my new apartment and job in May. It's been … [Read more...]

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Ooooo I love sloppy joes! Everything about them.   They're the perfect sweet and tangy comfort food. They have that kind of 1950s nostalgia where there'd be a commercial with some elementary school kid spilling red sauce all over his newly pressed white tshrit and his mom just smiling and shaking her head...so much love for the sloppy joe!   Ok only I have to admit that my sloppy joe nostalgia doesn't usually jump to prepubescence, braces, and training bras; I go straight … [Read more...]

Skinny Caramelized Banana French Toast

So I have a secret to tell you today! A very serious secret. And its not where I hide my peanut butter m&ms. That follows me to the grave ladies and gents. Good try.   I am a baker by day.... lead guitarist by night. O ya!  Jimmy Page would have to shield his eyes if he ever came in the same room with me and my picking skills.   Unfortunately - my gifted talents seem to have been lost on my family. They aren't appreciating my mastering of "Mary had a little Lamb" as … [Read more...]

Shrimp and Avocado Citrus Salad

Hi guys! Today is an extra special post for too many reasons to count! First - I'm guest posting today for one of my absolute favorite blogs ever - The Realistic Nutritionist! If you haven't checked out her site yet you are seriously missing out. She is personally responsible for about 99.9% of my food cravings. So thanks Claire.... :) To check out my post and say hi to one of my all time favorite foodies click here for the link! AND I have the fabulous Ashley visiting today with a post on … [Read more...]

Skinny Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

  Cinnamon. Crumb. Coffee Cake. ...French Toast Souffle...Sun dried tomato Goat Cheese Quiche....Banana Streusel Muffins...Mmm..mmm...what do these all have in common?? Besides sticking to the butts of even you super humans out there training for your spring half marathons... ?   Haha umm....actually - pretty much nothing you all care about. It's just everything I want to wolf down at Easter Brunch.   So in order to justify my brunch obsession I'm going to be … [Read more...]

Sauteed Ratatouille with Quinoa

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today is an extra special post about a couple extraordinary bloggers and a very important cause. Today we are joining together to help raise awareness for Heart Disease. Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic lost her Mom to heart disease when her mother was 47, and Kim was 15. Each year on the day her Mom passed she shares stories and photos of her Mom. This year she joined forces with Jen of Juanita's Cocina, whose life was also touched by heart disease when her Stepfather had … [Read more...]