Smokey Andouille Sausage Frittata

This Smokey Andouille Sausage Frittata is a perfect breakfast for powering through the week! It’s also a lovely weekend brunch option. Time and time again, I’m reminded about how food directly impacts my energy level, mood, and appetite. It’s easy to go into autopilot mode, not pay attention to what I’m eating, and then become frustrated as the lethargy kicks in. Usually, after a few weeks of falling behind on work and putting on a few pounds because of mindless snacking, it dawns on

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Old Bay Deviled Eggs

Old Bay Deviled Eggs are an easy, flavorful appetizer that’s ready in under 30 minutes. They’re low carb & gluten-free! One of the many things that drove me crazy about culinary school was that there was always only one right way to do things. If you deviated from this method, you were wrong and would likely be reprimanded. I first started giving my chefs the side-eye when my Phase I instructor was teaching us how to achieve “perfect hard boiled eggs

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Grilled Oysters with Chipotle-Tarragon Butter and Gremolata + My Visit to The Melrose Georgetown Hotel and Jardenea

Grilled Oysters with Chipotle Tarragon Butter and Gremolata are a fun and flavorful summer treat! I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of really fun, cool things since I began my food blog but there hasn’t been a ton of travel blogging. It’s an idea I’ve thought about on and off over the years because traveling is my other big obsession after food. If I could afford to travel more often, I definitely would. But it has been difficult since changing career

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Roasted Radishes with Brown Butter and Parsley + a First We Eat Recap

Roasted Radishes with Brown Butter and Parsley – a simple, low carb, vegetarian side dish that’s incredibly flavorful and easy to prepare! I’ve learned a lot about food photography in the past few months. I’ve attended two separate workshops on opposite sides of the country and worked with some incredibly talented people. I’ve made wonderful new friends. And I feel like I’m finally ready to do something I have procrastinated for the longest time: upgrading my camera equipment. But before getting into

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Beer Marinated Grilled Flat Iron Steak + An Evening with Negra Modelo

This Beer Marinated Grilled Flat Iron Steak is a perfect summer dish! It also makes an amazing filling for tacos. I was recently offered the chance to attend and promote a Negra Modelo Beer Dinner in Washington DC with Chef Rick Bayless and Chef Chris Cosentino. How could I say no to spending time with these two amazing chefs and watching them work their magic?

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Lemon-Herb Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

Lemon-Herb Slow Cooker Whole Chicken is an easy “set it and forget it” meal. A few minutes of prep time is all you need for a flavor-packed dinner! One of my favorite dinners is roasted chicken. As with salmon, I’m incredibly picky about how my chicken is prepared. Roasted chicken has it all- crispy skin, juicy meat, and flavorful vegetables drenched in the natural stock. However, I rarely prepare roasted chickens for dinner anymore. It’s embarrassing to admit this, but despite

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Strawberry Macadamia Nut Milk

I love making nut milks from scratch. It’s not very time consuming or expensive to make and the flavor is, in my opinion, far superior to anything sold at the grocery store. There are no weird preservatives or stabilizers. It’s a nice, unprocessed drink that can be used as a base for smoothies or in place or regular milk in baked goods or coffee drinks.

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Spicy Chocolate Latte

It seems like every year there’s one month where I find myself traveling to multiple work events. I’m right in the middle of that hectic time right now. I’ve been home from a visit to Seattle for just two days and in another two days I’m headed to Pennsylvania. It’s tiring but I’m enjoying catching up with old friends and acquaintances. The more I do this, the harder it is to be away. I’d always rather be at home with Jeff

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Cantaloupe Gazpacho

When I was in middle school I wanted to be a movie star. I thought I loved acting. Being on stage gave me a sense of control and purpose. In life I was painfully shy and socially awkward, but on stage I was the center of attention. I knew all my lines and people always applauded for me at the end. They would stare, but it was because they were watching me perform. I was addicted to their applause. It sounds so pathetic, but

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Roasted Tomato Gazpacho

I could have been a California Girl. I’ll never forget when my parents told me that my father almost took a job in San Diego in the 1970s. Somehow it all made sense because I truly am a California girl at heart, at least when it comes to the weather. I live for spring and autumn. Where I live, winter is freezing and summer is too hot and humid, though I’ll take hot over cold any day. Last summer I

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