Cucumber Salad with Yogurt-Poppy Seed Dressing

I don't feel like cooking every night. Gasp. I know. I write a food blog, right? I should want to cook every minute of every day! But to all my teacher friends out there. You love teaching, but don't even try to tell me that you want to be surrounded by 2nd graders and math textbooks every minute of the day. And construction workers, I'm sure it feels amazing to have a day off when nobody asks you to put this 2 x 4 next to that 2 x 4. So no judgement please. Sometimes I just want to keep it ... Continue Reading

Mixed Greens Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts

Do you ever go out to eat and order a dish that, when it comes to the table, you think, "Damn, I could do this at home and it would be so much better"? Not that it's bad at the restaurant! Just that you know that you could make it at home and you'd put your own spin on it. There's something about the restaurant experience that will forever make me adore going out to eat, but most of the time I finish my plate and think, "I'm going home and recreating this, except I'll use this instead of that ... 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

Tomato Watermelon Salad

There is something magical about eating dinner outside on a summer night. Summers on the lake mean hot days and warm nights. They also mean family and friends gathered happily on the lawn, waiting for sunset and watching the sky turn colors typically seen in glow-in-the-dark roller skating rinks. Perfect bite for a night like that? Garden fresh tomatoes, creamy avocado, sweet melon and fresh herbs. This recipe is inspired by a photo of a salad that I see constantly when browsing through my ... Continue Reading

Zucchini and Carrot “Noodle” Salad

Do you ever wonder why the same meal that we can easily prepare at home is so much more enjoyable when you get it at a restaurant? There are a lot of reasons why, but one of the main reasons dishes that you get at nice restaurants are so enjoyable is because they look wonderful. You can toss a salad at home, but there is something massively satisfying about a giant salad with beautiful vegetables that are the same shape and size and just look like they taste far better than the silly vegetabl... Continue Reading

Avocado Beet Salad with Toasted Pepitas

Beets have not always been my favorite vegetable. Growing up, all I knew were Beautiful Beets, which was a dish of mashed purple vegetables and sour cream that did not do it's name justice. I've lived to learn that beets aren't always mashed with sour cream, they aren't always bright purple, they aren't always called beautiful but they are delicious. And they happen to be super good for you. Recently, my man and I had dinner at Mud Hen Water in Honolulu. Very rarely do we leave a ... Continue Reading