Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sustainable Seafood Blog Project: Partner Spotlight


Not too long ago, my interview as a Project Partner was posted on the Sustainable Seafood Blog Project website! Check out how I got my start in food blogging, my favorite seafood dishes, and why I find sustainability so important! Feel free to check out the site's resources and other Project Partners, as well!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Egg Sandwich with Balsamic-Roasted Tomatoes & Fresh Mozzarella

I know what you're thinking: Who needs a recipe for a sandwich?? Well, I'll tell you...The kind of person that wants balsamic-roasted tomatoes and buttery scrambled eggs on their sandwich. That's who!

Fact: I could eat an egg sandwich for any meal, at any time of the day. It's a convenient, hand-held meal that never gets old. Back in high school, I used to just toast up some bread then throw on the scrambled eggs and a load of sriracha. (Literally, I would throw them on. I was usually running late for class...) I'm totally a grown up now, though...*lifts chin, straightens posture*...so, these days, I like to take my time and get fancy when making my sandwiches.

Like this morning...I woke up and went straight out the door for an appointment. I didn't even leave myself enough time to make coffee. The worst. By the time I got home, I was starving. I mean, I'm-so-hungry-that-I-will-eat-this-cheese-straight-out-of-the-package-with-absolutely-nothing-else starving...The easy fix??? An egg sandwich with balsamic-roasted tomatoes and fresh mozzarella!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Raspberry Pistachio & Dark Chocolate Cream Puffs

February has been a busy, busy month. A list of all the events that have gone by so far: a company party, my parents' wedding anniversary, Jon's class Valentine's Day party (Jon's birthday is next week too!), my mom's birthday, and now...my birthday. How old am I turning, you ask? Mmm...let's just say, mid-twenties. ;)

Over the last few years, I've found that I'm not particularly crazy about big birthday cakes anymore. I had a fruit tart last year, chocolate souffles the year before that, and a pie the year before that. So I've decided to continue this No-Birthday-Cake tradition...with cream puffs!

If I had to come up with my dream dessert, it would have...fruit (duh), chocolate, something creamy, and something baked. Basically, these Raspberry Pistachio & Dark Chocolate Cream Puffs are pretty close to my idea of perfection! I also love that they're easy to make and it's easy to make A LOT of them. Because who wants to get stuck with complicated and time-consuming on their birthday...

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Cheers, to Valentine's Weekend!

Did you think the fun was over?? It's also a 3-day weekend, so for the sake of your significant others, I hope you didn't! Here are 5 M&PT cocktails that will keep the good times flowing all weekend long!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

A Quinoa Bowl: Crispy Kale Sprouts, Grapefruit, & Avocado with Red Wine Vinaigrette

They say that you should never go grocery shopping when you're hungry. But I do this. A lot. (Who are "they", anyway??) I walked into the grocery store this week...starving...and accepting of the fact that I was going to fill my cart with things that I probably wouldn't even know what to do with right away. (This is freedom, folks.) A majority of my time was actually spent in the produce department. It went a little something like this...

Sample slices of blood orange? Let's try some...Yup, put it in the cart. Free samples?! They got me, again...Oh, let me throw in a bag of grapefruit, too. They're right next to the blood oranges...Avocado. Yum...Kale sprouts?! What are these?! I need some.

My own version of The Hunger Games was an adventure alright. By the time I got home and unpacked all of my groceries, I realized...what the heck am I going to do with all of this? They were tucked away into their rightful places in the kitchen, temporarily, while I ate the more instant-gratification stuff...i.e, some rotisserie chicken and rice. A few days later, I couldn't hide from my problem anymore. The avocados were about to be too soft and brown, and the kale sprouts were looking a little limp. However, if I've learned anything from one-too-many of these types of shopping trips, it's nothing a salad and a little pantry-searching can't fix!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Three Cheese Ziti with White Cheddar, Gruyere, & German Butterkase

There are probably millions of different mac 'n' cheese recipes in the world. Seriously. Cheese & pasta is one of those glorious combinations that you can switch up in so many different ways, creating delicious version after delicious version. So, today isn't about having The Perfect Recipe. It's about experimenting. Don't close the playbook on mac 'n' cheese just yet and call it game-over.

I recently came across a German cheese, called Butterkase, and knew instantly that I wanted to melt it into a rich, creamy sauce for some pasta. Butterkase is a semi-soft, cow's milk cheese, so it's smooth, creamy, and mild. (As my sister so eloquently put it, "Not too funky.") This cheese turned out to be a perfect addition to baked ziti!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Hibiscus Hula (Cocktail!)


I'd like to wish a (slightly belated) Happy New Year to all of my readers! Let's toast to 2014!

I know there are probably a few of you who have either sworn off alcohol for awhile or have vowed to "go light" in a post-holiday detox. But, I promise, this cocktail is incredibly refreshing! The Hibiscus Hula will literally dance on your taste buds. It's a perfect addition to any weekend brunch! (What can I say, I'm a fan of vodka in the morning.) 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Adobo Pulled Pork (Slow Cooker!)

Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous, merry, merry Christmas! Now, the next few days are going to be a brief respite in between holiday celebrations, the calm before the New Year's Eve storm if you will...so I thought this was a perfect opportunity to just relax, enjoy the last weekend of the NFL regular season, and get excited for the playoffs. (Are you kidding me? Playoffs?!)

It's been a very long time since I've posted a game day recipe, and I'm very excited to share this one! Adobo Pulled Pork is inspired by the classic Filipino dish. It uses the same typical pantry ingredients as the original, but everything is cooked low-and-slow in a Crockpot.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Cranberry Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I think of Christmas, I think of cookies...gingerbread, decorated sugar, ones to serve Santa Claus on Christmas Eve...'Tis the season for cookies! (Jon's kindergarten class just had their Christmas party, and you know what there was plenty of???)

This recipe is a fun, simple "holiday dress-up" for my favorite cookie of all-time. Warm, always-comforting chocolate chips are festively paired with red, tart cranberries and rich, crunchy pecans! Not only is this an easy dough to whip up, the recipe makes a lot of petite-sized cookies. They're perfect for swap/exchange parties this weekend, nibbling on with tea or hot cocoa, and (of course) sharing with the kids!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Spanish Rolls

A few weeks ago, I tried a recipe for Spanish Rolls that I found on Catherine Toth's blog, The Cat Dish. This buttery soft bread is a staple at Filipino bakeries, and I've been working on getting the recipe just right for the holidays! When I was younger, a box of Spanish Rolls usually accompanied special occasions...whether it was served at a family party, a gift from an auntie, or from a stop at our favorite bakery in the Bay Area. We've always bought them already made, but this recipe showed me how easy it is to make my own version at home! (Especially when I get a super-craving...) The yeast-raised dough is filled with butter and sugar, so the aroma that fills your kitchen is almost enough to get you addicted. Once you take a bite of the pillowy soft rolls, though, you are definitely devouring a dozen...in one sitting.

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