You. Guys. Spicy Roasted Broccoli with Avocado Crema. This little diddy was born out of necessity. I love cooking with southwestern and Mexican flavors, but it’s so hard to come up with accompanying side dishes. While rice and beans are muy delicioso, they are not quite the top of the nutrition chart. So enter one of my veggie boyfrans, broccoli. Broccoli, roasted with some smoky heat, then drizzled with a generous ribbon of tangy avocado crema. It starts simply. Fresh… Read more »

Hello, my sweets. Sorry I dropped off the face of the earth last week. It was the conclusion of my big year-end deadlines, and since it was the conclusion of my big year-end deadlines, I was also quite sick. I’d been fighting a cold since January 2nd and only yesterday and today have I started to feel quasi-normal. I’ve been just sick enough to be exhausted and not feeling well, but not sick enough to excuse myself from any activities…. Read more »

I think it’s safe to say that I’m a teensy bit obsessed with mushrooms. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved mushrooms of all varieties. Standard button, those slimy ones in Chinese food, etc., etc. In college, however, is when I really started to get into portobello caps. My roommate and I would routinely set off our smoke alarm while we roasted and/or stuffed portobello caps, because the method we were using released so much water from the… Read more »

Happy Friday Eve. I’m feeling a touch better. Probably because I made a (low carb, sugar free, gluten free) pumpkin cake last night and I am eating it for breakfast. Recipe here, if you’re curious. I did have a stress dream about work last night, which is no bueno, but I will survive. It’s been an interesting experiment at work. For the past two weeks, I’ve been forcing myself to leave at 5. And while on one hand, I feel… Read more »

Hello, my sweets! I hope you had a glorious weekend and that you’re not close to crying right now. I just may have developed something over the weekend to stave off the Monday Blues, if not slay them entirely. Presenting: Sweet and Spicy Roasted Pecans.   You. Guys. These are so good. And so simple. Done and burning your mouth in under 15 minutes. Not that I speak from experience or anything. You start with simple, superstar ingredients. Pecans (duh),… Read more »

Hello, friends! I had a glorious weekend. The writing conference was a blast, the weather was gorgeous, my husband was cute, and I ate a lot of cheese. But do you know what’s been my favorite part? I bought a pumpkin. I told you I would. And it inspired me. I made something. Something other than this fabulous low carb lasagna. Other than progress on my book. Other than a fool of myself when I literally skipped to the pumpkin… Read more »

I’m trying to keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side. Keep on the sunny side of life. BUT… it’s Monday. And I’m cold and tired and my coffee is just a touch too far away from my reach, so I’m going to have to lean. Ugh. Okay, I’m really not that grumpy. But today is the first day of my deadline week, and I know it’s going to be a doozy. This too shall pass. This weekend was… Read more »

Bonjour! You might have noticed a little facelift around here. We’re all welcome. I spent most of Monday redesigning some things around here. It felt good. Mostly the couch part, but I guess the design work was nice too. I kid, but I was so pooped! Saturday morning I woke up and picked up my little bro and we began our yearly tradition of going back-to-school shopping for him. I’ve taken him pretty much since I could drive and our… Read more »

Warning: This is not going to be organized. You have been warned. Topics at the moment include how to crack an egg, a muffin recipe, cold medication, coffee, Keurigs, and bears. Oh My. This is subject to change by any tangential thought. You have now been thrice warned. I think I’ve stumbled upon a drug cocktail that keeps me functional through this cold/allergy spell. I am feeling better every day, thanks probably in large part to Dayquil, double doses of… Read more »

Bonjour, Mes Amis! Can I interest you in a delicious, healthy, completely customizable dinner that goes from fridge to table in under 30 minutes? I can? Well, then, have I got a treat for you! Meet my good friend, the Portabella Pizza. If you want to be rude and real technical, it’s a simple stuffed mushroom. But it’s so much better for my heart to hear the word “pizza.” I originally got the inspiration from this link I found on… Read more »