Costa Rican Portabello Burger with Cilantro-Lime Aioli

Have you ever bought an unusual condiment for a recipe, only to find it slowly growing old in your fridge? This was definitely the case with my bottle of Costa Rican Salsa Lizano, which I bought to make Gallo Pinto. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good rice and beans, but I also…

Apple Pie Cinnamon Buns

Is it a cinnamon roll with an apple pie twist, or an apple pie in a bun? Either way, these baked gooey rolls smothered in a luscious cream cheese icing merge two of my favorite fall foods together for apple spice bliss that is perfect for your next fall brunch or a lazy rainy day…

Homemade Vegetable “Sushi” Bowl

I used to love sushi. From the moment I had my first bite, it was instantly one of my favorite foods. And when I became a vegetarian seven years ago, I found the switch relatively easy because I didn’t miss 99.9% of meat and fish dishes. But I missed sushi very, very much. This homemade…

Savory Paraguayan Pancake (Mbejú)

Fall is officially here. Does the cooler weather have you craving comfort food? Perhaps something cheesy and carby, or a break from all that pumpkin? If you’re in the mood for a new favorite comfort food, mbejú will surely hit the spot. When I packed for two years of Peace Corps Paraguay, I didn’t think…

BBQ Cauliflower Pizza

Tangy baked barbecue cauliflower mixes with red onion, smoked Gouda, and fresh mozzarella in this vegetarian version of a California Pizza Kitchen staple! I’ve been making pizza as long as I can remember. It was one of the most frequent homemade meals growing up. My mom and I would grab some pre-made dough from the…

Raspberry Butter Mochi (and Cake Scaling 101!)

Have you ever had butter mochi? I went the first 30 years of my life without it, sadly, until my first visit to Hawaii. It was a warm Pacific morning and we were driving down the highway when suddenly my boyfriend spotted a roadside mochi stand on the other side of the road. Screeching to…

Fresh Mozzarella Bruschetta

Do you have a recipe that you’ve been making for so long that you don’t even know where it came from, or when you started making it? Have you ever pulled a recipe out of the archives to find that it was so utterly delicious that you couldn’t believe you ever stopped making it? That’s…

Thai Spring Rolls

In my blogging journey, one of the hardest parts of the process is recipe testing and development. I find it challenging to go from idea to full-blown recipe, especially because I’m committed to sharing recipes that I’m really proud of and ready to put my stamp of approval on. Simply put, if it doesn’t measure…

Spicy Jackfruit Tacos

Perhaps you’ve had this experience: you get a new cookbook or recipe online that you’re super excited about. Maybe it’s a food from a cuisine you don’t usually make, or maybe you’re experimenting with a new diet. You scan the ingredients list, and you come across an item that makes you say…what the heck is…

Brunch-worthy Asparagus Avocado Toast

Remember that time a millionaire told us that the reason millennials don’t own homes is because of avocado toast*? I think about it sometimes, including a few weeks ago when Sunday brunch at The Smith meant avocado toast with poached eggs (a mere $18). But I do happen to think that avocado toast is one…