Sweet and Sour Chicken (without deep frying!)

I got robbed with both pregnancies of mine.  I didn’t really have any specific cravings.  I desperately wanted to be one of those women who sat up in bed in the middle of the night and was like, “HELP!  I need some chocolate ice cream with purple sprinkles like RIGHT.  THIS.  MOMENT!”  Naturally, John would…

Salmon with Pea and Basil Pesto

This past Saturday, C was playing with his blocks like he usually does.  C’s getting better at keeping his cool when his sister carelessly runs by knocking his building over, or worse yet knocks it down in a very premeditated, maniacal kind of way.  But on this morning when his blocks took a tumble on…

Chocolate Snack Cake (aka Chocolate Lifestyle Cake)

It’s Monday morning, and all I can think about is this chocolate cake.  This cake is just everything.  There’s not much to say about it other that it’s an “OMG-if-you-are-a-cake-fiend-(like-me)-and-need-your-fix,-I really-don’t-think-there-is-anything-better-out-there” kind of cake.  I take back any other chocolate cake recipes I may have posted in the past.  I was wrong, and I apologize. …

Refreshing Coconut Lime Sorbet

One of the things I like least about myself is my ability to lament the loss of something I love before it’s even gone.  I think I’ve always possessed this character flaw  trait.  I can trace this feeling back to first grade when my friend Melissa Robeiro (if you went to Suisun Elementary School in the…

Sticky Sesame Chicken Wings

I always get annoyed when I’m trying out someone else’s recipe and it calls for weird ingredients I know I’ll never use again.  (No, I don’t think Whole Food carries zucchini blossoms on the regular and I have no clue what marmite is.)  It’s fun when you have an idea for a meal based on…

Garlic Shrimp with Arugula Pesto Pasta

Pesto used to really intimidate me.  Now that I’ve made a million batches of pesto, it makes me laugh to think how far I’ve come because pesto is one of those things that sounds fancier and more difficult than it really is.  It really requires you to throw some ingredients into a food processor…and then…

No Bake Oatmeal Cookies with Peanut Butter and Chocolate

‘Memba these from back in the day?  There isn’t one particular memory associated with these oatmeal, chocolate, and peanut butter cookies but they give me a general sense of nostalgia for the seemingly endless summer nights that were some of the most carefree days imaginable.  My best friend’s mom used to make these and they…

One Sheet Pan Dinner: Shrimp and Summer Vegetables

Sheet pan dinners are truly the best way to cook dinner.  Is there even another way? Seriously though — I thought summer was going to be all laid back.  Things are at your own pace, life slows own a bit, you have time to explore some other interests, etc.  Then summer actually happens — and…

Classic Key Lime Pie

I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July!  While we didn’t do incredibly much yesterday, we did go to the beach this past weekend with John’s parents…our first beach trip of the season!  The things we do seasonally — like ride the train at our local park, participate in various holiday traditions, and go…