Pi Day Chocolate Tart

Happy Pi day! Today snuck up on me big time and I found myself in a position where I wanted to bake a pie with my family but I wasn’t really prepared to do so. I was missing a key ingredient for every single pie or tart recipe I know. Did I mention it was…

Crispy Roasted Green Beans

Growing up we rarely ate green beans. When we did, they were sautéed in oil and garlic and while they were good that way, it wasn’t something I was overly excited to eat. Fast forward a decade or two and I decide to roast some frozen asparagus in the oven for ease while making a…

Apple Banana Oatmeal Bread

I have yet to buy the perfect amount of bananas or apples. Pretty much every time I either run out or have fruit over ripening in the bowl. It doesn’t help that my toddler likes to take a bite out of an apple and leave it on the table, only to then take a bite…

Easy Tikka Masala Lentils

One day while walking through the local Costco someone handed my daughter one of those little Madras Lentil samples. I was expecting her to taste it and promptly spit it out. After all, she is only 2 and I think at the time she was like 21 months old or something like that. So imagine…

Szechuan Spiced Chicken Wings

After a prolonged absence I am back, with a recipe I’m super excited to share with you. I’ve been meaning to come back for a while, but, I wanted to make sure I came back with a recipe you’d be excited about. Something a little different but totally “me” all at the same time. Something…

Sweet potato and sausage breakfast hash

  As most of you may know we recently had a baby girl, hence my LONG spell of no writing. She is adorable and worth all the work, and believe me it’s a lot of work! It’s incredible how quickly you resort to eating crap simply because it’s easy and you can’t find time to…

Paris 2012 – Part 1, Marche Bio

This post marks continued coverage of our whirlwind trip to Florida, London and Paris in 2012. Paris is a city known for it’s culinary prowess, however, it is remarkably easy to have a terrible meal there. More and more restaurants in the “center” are starting to take short cuts previously reserved for Applebee’s and TGI…

Rotini Con Salsa Fresca

Growing up I loved pasta salad. I ate it all the time until I was about 7 or 8 years old. Then, for whatever reason, I stopped eating it. A few years ago I tried it again and was sorely disappointed. The dish I had loved so much as a child tasted horrible. The dressing,…

Kale, Mushrooms, Navy Beans and Chicken over Quinoa

5 years ago when I first started working at Microsoft a coworker and I were discussing the dinners we’d had the night before. She told me she had made a stir fry with something called Mustard Greens. I had never heard of it before and found myself, intrigued. Would they taste like mustard? It looked…

Creamy Pesto Garden Pasta

I love pesto pasta, especially the creamy kind. Sadly, it has a ton of fat and calories. What with a half a cup of olive oil in the pesto and at least a 1/4 cup of cream, it’s a miracle I survived as long as I have eating it as much as I did. Now…

Delicias De España

There are few things I enjoy in life as much as a simple Spanish tapas meal. Sadly, here in Seattle the only decent Spanish restaurant is Harvest Vine and they charge ridiculous prices for what they offer. So, I usually leave that for a special ocassion and am denied the joy of a good, reasonably priced tapas…

Chicken and Rice For a Crowd

You would think that with my history of chicken and rice I can make it in any quantity and for any crowd. That I could make it in a house or make it for a mouse or make it here or there, that I could make it anywhere! Sadly, that is not the case. A…