Summer Salads and Sides: Sesame Soy Ahi Salad

Sometimes, I get a food itch that I just can’t quit.  This summer ahi tuna has been one of those. Partially because it takes about 12 seconds to prepare, but mostly because it tastes fresh, amazing and makes me feel like I could be on a tropical island. And to be honest, in exactly 9 days, I will be!  Kauai to be exact.  I plan to eat ahi poke by the bucket, hit-up fish markets like its cool, and order “catch of the day” on the daily.  So I’m giving myself a mini head start this summer. In this case, a sweet-tangy-soy-glazed head start…  Ending with “Mmmmmms” and lots of…

Love People Well: Spicy Asian Quick Pickled Veggies or “Quickles”

While I admit that I gravitate towards baked goods, specifically muffins, as evidenced by the first two posts in the Love People Well series (found: here and here), I am spreading my wings and branching out!  Pull your mason jars!  We are making “quickles!!”  The easiest, tastiest, crunchiest spicy Asian-style quick pickled veggies! No one can argue with the easily shareable/giftable nature of cookies, muffins, scones, etc. but does my single-dude contractor friend who saved our house from falling over this week want a batch of muffins?  I’m willing to wager that answer is “no.”  (Although, he’s never been one to turn down anything with chocolate chips, now that I…

Girls Night in 5: 5 Ingredient Flatbreads

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. When you have a lot of people over, lots of options are key!  Usually the down side to lots of options is lots of TIME and planning.  Enter the 5 ingredient, 5 minute flatbread.  Almost no time, and super minimal planning.  Double score. There are roughly as many possible toppings for these as there are fish in the…

Grilled Spicy Honey Ginger Shrimp

In an alternate universe – one where I am much cooler, braver, and tougher – I would be a fisherman or a farmer.  I grew up in a fishing family so the allure of something so hands on and tangible has always been there.  Also, I have a fiercely brown thumb, so the former seems more plausible than the latter.  Nonetheless, knowing where the food that will feed my family and others comes from is one of the most magical and rewarding careers I can think of.  The idea of working in the dirt all day with my dogs in tow or waking up on a fishing boat to calm…

Girls’ Night in 5: 5 Ingredient Poke

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. I’m mentally prepping for our trip to Kauai next month with these Girls Night in 5 recipes!  Light, delicious and with nearly limitless flavor combos, poke is one of my favorite easy, healthy dishes!  Who else loves poke? Last time we were in Kauai, almost every corner market has a deli case with a couple different varieties of…
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