Easy Basil Almond Pesto and Zucchini Noodles

I used to think “zoodles” were a bad reinvention of the wheel.  The noodle has been perfected on multiple continents and multiple cuisines.  Why mess with that?  My family is from the land of all-things-pasta (a.k.a. Italy) and loves making homemade noodles.  This tradition is an important part of my heritage.  I rank rolling and cutting raviolis with four generations of our family’s women amongst my fondest memories. In moderation, I am a huge fan of quality traditional pasta, especially homemade noodles.  But, I have to admit zucchini noodles are pretty tasty, and they are an excellent way to sneak in veggies so they don’t seem like veggies.  So, the…

Moroccan Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

Ok, so its not a secret that I don’t eat much meat.  I never have.  Most likely, I never will – at least not by choice.  I’m not that person who demands a vegetarian meal.  Most weekends I eat meat at least once, but during the week, its mostly plant-based proteins like nuts, beans and soy, quinoa, or possibly of fish.  So chickpeas are a very typical part of my diet.  I would say at least 2 meals per week incorporate them in some fashion or another. Along with chickpeas, I LOVE Middle Eastern/Mediterranean food.  I may have mentioned this a time or two or twelve.  So when it comes…

Peanut Butter Lover’s Thick and Chewy Blondies

For me the one food-love that has stood the test of time is Peanut Butter.  In first grade, I ate 1/2 of a peanut butter and honey sandwich with apple slices every day for lunch.  Peanut butter cups have always been hands down my favorite candy.  I still regularly eat apple slices dipped in PB for lunch.  What can I say? My pantry and fridge are regularly stocked with my go-to peanut butters.  Yes, peanut butters.  As in, plural.  I am what you would call a peanut butter connosueir.  I keep waiting for them to invent the peanut butter equivalent of a sommelier, but for the time being, I can…

The Ultimate Bloody Mary Mix

I’m popping in with a short post to offer a quick and easy Father’s Day gift idea, for those of us with dad’s who are impossible to shop for….Trust me, this is so easy! Anyone can do it.  No fancy equipment required!  I’m not sure what it is with dads and the Bloody Mary.  My dad is not only not an exception to this rule, but may even be some what of a Bloody Mary connoisseur.  He is admittedly a foodie and over the years, with his guidance, I have tested, tweaked, and ultimately perfected my Bloody Mary mix.  Enter: The Ultimate Bloody Mary Mix So, if you are still…

Cilantro Lime baked Salmon with Mango

I was raised on salmon.  My dad was in the seafood industry.  So as a kid, I naturally hated the stuff.  Unless your dad is in the ice-cream or candy industry, isn’t that how it always goes? As children tend to do, I grew up.  And so did my tastebuds.  Now, salmon is one of my favorites and lucky for me, here in Seattle, its not hard to find.  And my dad makes the meanest salmon I have ever had.  Seriously, this stuff is incredible.  It is seemingly so simple and yet the execution is so elusive that my attempts always fail.  The combination of alder chips, a charcoal BBQ, and…
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