Creamy Mushroom Soup with Spinach and Sausage

I'm a New England girl. I was born in California but moved to New England when I was small enough to not remember much from Cali and to grow up believing that within the 365 days of a year, one was supposed to experience the wonders that winter brings. Living in a region where the seasons change with utter distinction, and all of the foods and flavors that fit into a certain season rotate in and out of the farmer's markets, and all of the recreational activities that you can participate in ... Continue Reading

Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro-Lima Crema

Happy National Taco Day! Did you know that last year, Americans ate over 4.5 billion tacos? That's A LOT of tacos. And why not? Who doesn't love a small tortilla shell, crispy or not, corn or flour, filled to the over-flowing brim with spicy fillings and fixings? Judging by the number 4.5 billion, the answer to that question is, "no one". This Taco Tuesday, trade in the traditional ground beef and shredded cheese taco for a healthier and slightly more sophisticated (don't yell at me, beef ... Continue Reading

Ginger Shrimp and Rice Bowls

I have to admit that before I moved to Hawaii, I didn't like rice. It just wasn't something that piqued my interest. It wasn't something that my family ate frequently and I never thought it interesting enough to order off of a menu. But in Hawaii, rice is a staple. I mean, it's everywhere. Lunch, dinner, breakfast, dessert. Rice is there. Eggs, poke, salad, plate lunch. Rice is there. I developed an appreciation for this simple little grain. My favorite way to eat rice? Rice bowls. Rice ... Continue Reading

Seared Marlin with Avocado-Mango Salsa

Kajiki is the Hawaiian name for Blue Marlin. Here in Hawaii, Kajiki/Marlin can grow to be close 2,000 pounds - can you imagine snorkeling quietly, bubbles floating to the surface, minding your own business, only to look under your right fin and see a 2,000 pound fish with an enormous bill playing tag behind you?! Not that they do that (they might, I don't know), but think about it. Jaws in real life. DuunnDun. Duuuuun Dun. The good news is, Kajiki is super tasty and probably doesn't chase ... Continue Reading

Black Bean and Corn Crock Pot Chili

Raise your hand if sometimes, not all the time but sometimes, you wake up, you haven't even had breakfast yet, and you're already over making dinner. You haven't put peanut butter on your toast yet but dinner ... you just can't. It's days like those that a Crock pot is your best friend. You can throw everything in to on pot, hit start and walk away for 8-10 hours to an amazing meal. Like this Chili. Vegetarian Crock pot Chili for the win. The thing about Crock pot dinners (or any meal for ... Continue Reading

Chicken & Garden Vegetable Quesadilla

Remember when you were a kid and a quesadilla was the only thing you would order at the Mexican restaurant? And it was only acceptable if it was a plain, flour tortilla with cheese, and only cheese, oozing out? I love Mexican and Tex-Mex food. It'a a family thing. When I was a kid, my parents were pretty religious about visiting whatever Tex-Mex restaurant-of-the-moment was nearby. Chi Chi's was in when we were really little, Acapulco's for years after that (yes, the owner's new our ... Continue Reading