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…

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…

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…

Cornucopia Americana Salad Bowl

TWENTY. This is my twentieth post of this blog!! When I started late last year with the humble resolution to write at least twice per month, I couldn’t have imagined how much I would enjoy this project. Not only am I floored that I want to write more than expected, but there are actually those…

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…

Thai Green Curry

I was lucky enough this past summer to spend a week in Thailand, settling in the small tourist-oriented town of Ao Nang in Krabi province. Aside from taking some time to enjoy the incredible beaches in the area (the one pictured above is Pileh Bay in the Phi Phi Islands), I took my first-ever cooking…

New Tag: Planetary Health Diet

I’m creating a new dietary tag for food on my blog: the planetary health diet. If you follow the world of food security, health, nutrition, and sustainability, you might have heard about the planetary health diet. This diet was outlined in a Lancet article in January 2019, the result of a collaboration of 37 scientists…

Tofu “Spam” Musubi

When my boyfriend’s 40th birthday was coming up, I knew I had to do something special. He’s from Hawaii and shared with me that his favorite food of all time was Spam musubi. Spam musubi is a Hawaii staple – a bed of sushi rice topped with fried spam, flavored with teriyaki sauce and Japanese…

Green “Resolution” Smoothie

Have you ever kept your New Year’s Resolutions? We always start the year thinking we’ll eat healthier, go to the gym more often, or start that new project. I’m as guilty as anyone – I’ve rarely been able to keep my resolutions. I’ve been successful once. Five years ago, my resolution was to make my…