The Scone That Solves all of the World’s Problems


Two of the things I love most in this world are playing games and hosting parties. Games as in Scattergories, Bananagrams, Things, and my new fave: Telestrations. Parties as in all my friends come to my apartment, eat food, drink drinks, and play games. My apartment is only slightly larger than a shoebox but there is something so wonderful about decorating, making the food, and then having everyone over to enjoy it with me! Continue reading “The Scone That Solves all of the World’s Problems”

Chronicles of Supermarket Humiliation


I would like to share two things with you:

  1. Endive, the leafy green vegetable, commonly served with pears is pronounced N Dive.
  2. Endive, the leafy green vegetable, commonly served with pears is not a part of the lettuce family. It is a part of the daisy family.

I share these two items with you in an effort to spare you from the public humiliation I encountered as I was purchasing ingredients for tonight’s dinner. Continue reading “Chronicles of Supermarket Humiliation”

Risotto Cakes & San Francisco Dreaming

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I was born in San Francisco, CA – I only lived there for two years but I like to think that I absorbed some of the culture and *~*California*~* while I was there. My parents tell the story that when I was first born, they were essentially on house arrest – no more quiet nights and more importantly, no adventures to their favorite restaurants. When I was finally old enough to be taken out, they put me in the baby carrier and went directly to Greens restaurant. SoOoO, Greens was the first restaurant I ever went to. Unfortunately not the first that I have ever eaten at.  Continue reading “Risotto Cakes & San Francisco Dreaming”

My Best Friend, the Oven.

Pan fried chicken & Arugala Risotto

So I don’t have a microwave – my apartment’s teeny tiny kitchen can’t accommodate one and I have gotten by long enough without one that I just reheat my food on the stove or in the oven. I haven’t found it too inconvenient – maybe since I only reheat food for one person OR maybe because I take most of my leftovers as work lunches and reheat them in the office using that microwave (much more likely). Regardless of my microwave situation, my oven has become one of my best friends in the kitchen. Sounds weird, but it allows for weeknight dinners where you aren’t required to be too attentive and can do other things like clean or read or play Mario Run while your food is cooking.  Continue reading “My Best Friend, the Oven.”

Bread in a Cast Iron & Weeknight Chianti

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I have been craving focaccia for a couple days now – probably less about an actual craving and more about my inherent gluten dependency.

Regardless, today I finally got my focaccia! And with a little twist. In my amateur opinion, bread should be crusty on all sides; with that in mind, I decided to cook today’s focaccia in a cast iron skillet rather than on my pizza stone (like usual). I have to say, this is a keeper. It was warm and chewy on the inside and crusty and crunchy on the outside. I can’t wait to turn it into a sandwich tomorrow…  Continue reading “Bread in a Cast Iron & Weeknight Chianti”

Wine Royalty @ Sunday Funday


Sunday Funday at my parents’ house typically means eating a really great home cooked meal paired with one or two interesting wines. No tequila shots or drunk pizzas here!!

This Sunday was no different other than the fact that the house was filled with Christmas decorations and we were treated to a ribeye cap steak for dinner. Ah, how I love being home for the holidays.  Continue reading “Wine Royalty @ Sunday Funday”

Ramenfest – December 2, 2016

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I love Top Chef. I religiously watch it and am now dying to go to either 1. The Food and Wine Classic in Aspen or 2. A pop-up restaurant put on by the competing chefs during the Restaurant Wars portion of the season. I am not sure if either will ever happen, but a girl can dream, right?

Ramenfest reminded me of one of the challenges on the show where the chefs are required to prepare and serve a specific type of food for a group of 300 or so people. Typically it is a common dish that they are to put their own spin on. The most interesting, delicious, best-all-around dish as decided by the attendees & judges wins!  Continue reading “Ramenfest – December 2, 2016”