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…

Chipa (Paraguayan Cheese Bread)

If there’s one food that defines my two years in Paraguay, it’s chipa. A bagel-shaped bread, chipa is a savory, dense snack food that tastes unique to the American palette. That’s probably because its main ingredients, which include the local staples of cassava flour and Paraguayan cheese, aren’t part of the American diet. The word…

Butternut Squash & Spinach Quiche

Spring is here! The temperature passed 70 degrees for the first time yesterday, and I for one cannot be happier that the cold gray winter days are behind us. And while I wish winter good riddance, I always miss the comfort foods – especially anything with butternut squash! What better way to give a farewell…

Costa Rican Rice & Beans (Gallo Pinto)

It’s 6am and you begrudgingly roll out of bed. A rooster crows; the sun peeks up on the horizon. As you stumble out of your bedroom, there’s a sizzling noise and the smell of breakfast wafts through the air. You’re served a heaping platter of rice and beans, eggs, fried plantains, and if you’re lucky,…

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…

Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

It’s that time of year again. Super Bowl Sunday. The one time a year when most of America tunes in to one single program, usually the most watched televised event of the year. For better or for worse, football and the Super Bowl are a big part of American culture. You know the Super Bowl…

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…