Avocado Egg Rolls with Tamarind Honey Dipping Sauce


My feelings towards the Cheesecake Factory have always been apathetic at best, slightly resentful at worst. We go way back, the CF and I. In high school I happened to be a frequent  patron of the establishment. Young and highly impressionable, I was in awe of their ability to offer 36 different flavors of cheesecake. Sometimes, I had to hold myself back from pressing my nose against the glass and ever so softly whispering, “I’ll have one of each.” Continue reading

Pear, Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad

Pear, Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad

Over the course of my not very eventful life, I have developed a very invaluable useless skill. So while I don’t often toot my own horn, please excuse me while I do. I am really good at ordering food at restaurants. Who cares? I care! I finally found something that I am good at, something I can be proud of. Continue reading

Pumpkin Muffins with White Chocolate Cream Cheese


Forgive me for saying this, but pumpkins are currently having a moment. I know, I KNOW, this has been happening for a while now and maybe I’ve only started to notice this now because I haven’t been living stateside for over five years. What’s important to focus on is that there is no ignoring the pumpkin and my mixed feelings about its quick rise to fame. Continue reading

Bacon, Cheddar and Scallion Scones


When you’re doing something that most people advise you not to do, things can get a little tiring. Sort of like swimming against a current, you spend most of your energy doing your best to stay afloat. Inevitably, the current will overtake you, and when that happens, it’s good to take a step back and see if the path you’re swimming on is really all that you had hoped for. Continue reading

Mango Salsa


When the most reputable source for journalism and world news declared mangoes as the tastiest health food ever, I had no objections. It wasn’t clear if there were actually any other foods in the running or how they came to this conclusion, but I am in no place to argue. A lot of different things can be said about mangoes. They are orange (duh) and have a very pretty colored peel that sort of reminds me of a parrot. Mangoes are an enigma – hard to cut, messy to eat, but you know what? They taste so damn good that it doesn’t even matter. Continue reading

Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pies


To forgive or be forgiven is not a dilemma we are often faced with. Unless, there was a lot of alcohol involved the night before and you don’t remember exactly who is at fault. Whatever. Does everyone around here watch the Mindy Project? If yes, then we probably have a lot to talk about and laugh about and most likely become best friends about. If not, then you can stop reading and go watch the show in its entirety. Come back when you’re done. Continue reading

Watermelon, Lime and Mint Smoothie


A few weeks ago, while listening to Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love” for the 36th time in a row, I noticed her saying, and I quote, “I’ve been drinking watermelon.” I wasn’t totally sure that’s what she had said so I asked a friend who was also not sure. There was a crisis on my hands and since I didn’t think to google the lyrics of the song, by the grace of god I came across this awesome video verifying that yes, Beyonce was in fact singing about drinking watermelon. Continue reading