Easy Peasy Paella

I started to watch a new Netflix series the other night called ‘Chef’s Table’. This particular episode featured world renowned Italian chef, Massimo Bottura. The episode interviewed him about his rise to becoming such an impactful part of the food world. When the show began I was initially intrigued by the masterfulness and thinking outside of the box that it took for Massimo to become the chef he now is. Though, as the episode continued it suddenly hit me in kind of the same way the almond butter I was simultaneously shoveling into my mouth by the spoonful did, I realized there was a deeper level to his story. Not only did his talent of creating exquisite dishes earn him his place in the food world but it was also his unquestionable courage that gave him the ability to take a risk.

A risk… Continue reading “Easy Peasy Paella”

BBQ Beef Empanadas

How does the saying go? “If at first you don’t succeed try, try again…” or something along those lines? I take this especially true in cooking. I mean not every recipe I make comes out blog worthy or even edible for that matter. So rather than nixing the recipe in the you know what I like to take another stab at it just to be sure, making any necessary modifications if needed. Though sometimes the second time around fails just as miserably as the first it’s always worth a second shot. Continue reading “BBQ Beef Empanadas”

Spicy Thai Lettuce Wraps

I was thinking today as I was taking pictures with my phone of these wraps that I really should upgrade to a camera rather than rely solely on a camera phone. As I’ve mentioned before, cameras overwhelm me. I know they take better pictures, especially for a food blog, but I’ll be honest, me and my iPhone 6 work pretty well together considering. Though, while we do have our moments and I come very close to throwing it across the room, I don’t have another camera so you’d all be stuck with just a bunch of words, I’d be phoneless and well that wouldn’t lead to good things. With that being said, my phone and I were on a roll taking pictures of this little dish. I mean, just look at those colors! (gasp) When I got home after picking up some veggies at a local farm stand I knew these were definitely going into some sort of recipe just so I’d be able to photograph it…well and eat it too of course. So, with some bright green lettuce I knew right away I wanted to make lettuce wraps. What better dish to enjoy during warm summer days than lots of yummy ingredients wrapped up in a piece of crisp lettuce? These wraps have quite a kick so if you like spicy then you’ll love this. If you prefer to tone it down a bit just add less green chilies as noted below. This dish makes a great meal for 4 but works just as well as an appetizer, just add less filling and use the smaller inner leaves to wrap instead. Viola, a colorful and healthy meal, app or snack and lots of pretty pictures thanks to my trusty ol’ phone. I’ll upgrade one day…maybe… Continue reading “Spicy Thai Lettuce Wraps”

Protein Packed Baked Pasta


I was contemplating calling this dish ‘Best Baked Pasta Ever’ but realized that calling my own recipe the best was probably not a good idea. I mean I wouldn’t want people to get the wrong opinion about me. I don’t actually think my food is THE BEST. It’s more that I’m just very proud of some of the recipes that come out of my kitchen that I can call my own. Some people feel a sense of accomplishment running a marathon others when they kick bad habits but for me I find it through my blog. Continue reading “Protein Packed Baked Pasta”