Flavored Tortillas for Taco Night!

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack :). Happy Monday! While 2020 is turning out to be quite the rollercoaster, this special touch would be a perfect addition to a taco night for your graduate’s virtual graduation celebration or tonight’s dinner! Featured in this post are beet, spinach, black bean, and regular corn tortillas. I used them for soft tacos,…

Banana Pancakes!

For the last ten years, the word pancake has meant nothing to me. That wasn’t always the case though. In childhood, it meant a joyous, maple-y Saturday morning. Little did I know then that gluten would only be in my life for a few years longer. Well guys, this recipe changed all of that…giving me that pancake…

Things like peplum

Things like peplum, however they may be, string a common thread, that i guarantee.   This post may confuse, intrigue, or abuse, Please bear with the vision, Madness, I must infuse.   In case you don’t know, peplum is a fashion style in which a small piece of fabric is joined to an article of…

Chili Paneer

Here’s to bringing in the new year with a kick! I’m talking about the piquant and peppery appetizer, chili paneer! Before we get into the spicy details, let me share this warning. Safety goggles are not only for the lab.  They can and should be used to protect you from the sizzling soy sauce and…

Mischief with Manchego

It’s true love. I know it is. From the moment I first heard the Costco employee yell out “Manchego cheese!,” I was hooked.  Being a lactose intolerant gal, my love for Manchego cheese is far from expected. Nevertheless, I haven’t left its side since I had a store sample a few weeks ago. I find it…

Lemon-Coconut Meltaways!

So we haven’t checked on the goblins in our attic in a while. They’ve probably checked on us though. Haha.  My dad is sure there’s a build up of dust and mysterious critters up there, and we’re both conjuring up ideas right now of how to approach the dark arcane space. We’ve talked about throwing a couple…

Turkey Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Apparently 2014 is the the year that people are interested in talking about what kinds of meat you eat, and what it says about you. I’ve had several conversations this summer itself about what kinds of meat my friends and I keep in our diet. And let me tell you, there is more than one way to spell…

Baked Cinnamon Pear Chips

Gluten-free foods are ubiquitous in stores and restaurants now. I wish I could have said the same 9 years ago, when I first gave up gluten. Back then, figuring out what to eat at home was challenging, but do-able given the creative minds of my family. Restaurants were challenging too, but I was able to…

Simply Samoas

The rain has really been coming down these last couple months, which plays the classic hate/love in my community.  While countless hide under their umbrellas and tightly drawn hoods as they dodge through the puddle-filled Trader Joe’s parking lot, I can’t help but notice small smiles as they gaze upon the green hills that have taken to a…

Classic Orange Marmalade

As if scrambling to find my keys, socks, and mind in the morning doesn’t slow me down enough as I rush to get to work, my stomach not-so-softly reminds me that I need to fuel the tank. At this point, I need to make the critical decision that will determine if I get to the…

Kadai Mushroom

Mushrooms. How much of your life and brainpower have you spent thinking about them? I am willing to bet good money that most of us have not spent more than a blink on them. There just isn’t anything quite as uninteresting, unattractive, or dull as the mushroom right? …wrong. Upon surfing the wild waves of…

Zesty Garlic Artichokes

The aroma of sauteed garlic can transform any space and invite any wandering appetite. Now garlic paired with artichokes – that’s a flavor to swoon over. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the edible part of the of the artichoke plant are the bracts and the receptacle of the immature flower head, which is the part that we call the…

Spicy Fish Fry

Happy Monday! In spirit of one of the most dreaded days of the week, here’s a quick and easy snack or meal item. It’s sure to tickle your taste buds ~ This is great for after work when you are tired, craving some sumptuous food, and the last thing you want to do is spend hours…

Canvas art (DIY)

What fun this was! After seeing many a canvas art posts, styles and tips, I couldn’t resist trying out this gem of a DIY project. The great thing about this art piece is its versatility. It fits in almost anywhere, and doesn’t need to align with a room’s furniture personality to fit in. Also, it can…

Eclair

Ok. I know at least 3 people who L – O – V – E eclairs! What about me? mmm never really ate them enough to appreciate to that level, but I do like them. And yes, laugh as you will at how mine looks, it turned out to be sweet and delicious, and that’s…

San Francisco…

“San Francisco itself is art, above all literary art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home a poem, every dweller within immortal. That is the whole truth.” (William Saroyan)

DIY: Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Hi Folks.  Anyone who’s plugged into the recent DIY scene is aware of the massiveeee popularity of mason jar creations.  This project is one in particular that is trending.  It came to me at the best time – my sister and I were thinking of revamping our bathroom and we wanted some creative solutions to…

Sweet Potato Fries

What goes inside: Sweet Potato – 1 large. I used the red variety to get the beautiful color. Oil – Enough to fry * Baking is a healthier alternative Optional seasoning: Salt, chili powder, ginger garlic paste. How it all comes together: Peel the sweet potato and cut into size of fries you want.  Thicker…

Good Morning! Cinnamon Coffee

Goood Morrnninggggg!  Decided to start the day with a freshly brewed cup of coffee, with a kick of cinnamon. Latte, mocha, cappuccino, decaf, half-caf, extra shot, soy, nonfat, expresso, iced, irish, americano….    so many ways to have your coffee but not enough! You understand what I mean if you’re a coffee person. How this…

Caramel Flan

It’s hard to imagine that something that tastes this heavenly could be so easy to make with only a few ingredients! What goes inside: Sugar – 3/4 cup  Water – 1/4 cup Sweetened condensed milk – 1 can Eggs – 3 Milk – 1 and 1/2 cup Vanilla Essence – 1/2 tsp How it all…

Hand Roll Sushi

Love love love sushi and Japanese food.  My first attempt at making hand rolls has been tremendously fun. These are great for Sushi/Saketini parties ! What goes inside (per roll): Nori (Seaweed) – 1/2 leaf Sushi Rice – 1 small handfull Veggies of choice (I used cucumber, carrot, cilantro) Fish of your choice (I used…

Lemon Bars

This recipe works for one 9 x 14 inch pan. What goes inside: Crust:  Flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free all-purpose flour) – 2 cups Unsalted Butter – 2 sticks Salt – 1 tsp Powdered Sugar – 1 cup Filling: Eggs – 4 Granulated Sugar – 2 cups Salt – 1 tsp Flour –…

Holdiday Cheesecake ~ Pumpkin Flavor

What goes inside: Brown sugar (light) – 2/3 cup Cream Cheese (your choice of fat free, full fat, etc) – 12 oz (I used 1 and 1/2 of the 8 ounce packets) Pumpkin Puree (canned or made fresh from pumpkins) – 2/3 cup Ground Cinnamon – 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger – 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg…

Banana Caramel Biscuits

Experimental Baking for the win! Makes 4 Biscuits.. What goes inside: All purpose flour (I used a gluten-free flour) – 1 cup Chopped banana – 1 Egg – 1 Sugar – 2 tbs for batter and 4 tbs for caramel Cinnamon – 1/2 tsp Vanilla essence – 1/2 tsp Powdered Sugar (optional) How it all…

Chocolate Mousse ~ Expresso

Made this especially for my mother dearest.. it’s her favorite. This mousse is extremely versatile and can be eaten as is, or part of a pie/cake, or as a filling in various other desserts. What goes inside: Butter (1 and 1/2 tbs) Instant coffee/expresso (1 tsp) Chocolate (3/4 cup) Heavy Whipping cream (236 ml) Sugar…

Toffee

Toffee has been my all-time favorite sweet treat since childhood.  I used to think you only find toffee behind high see-through windows in confectionery shops.. but to my most splendid surprise, I can find it in my kitchen whenever I want! What goes inside: 1/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup butter 1/9 cup water 1/2 cups chopped pecans or nuts of choice…

Raspberry Clafouti

(Gluten Free) This rustic French recipe takes you into a different world.. You’ve definitely seen different looking Clafoutis I’m sure…but this one is mine 🙂 What goes inside: Sugar (1/3 cup) Vanilla essence (1 tsp) Eggs (3) Flour (2/3 cup) [I used an all-purpose GF flour. You can use almond flour for an extra taste…

Fruit Tarts

(Gluten Free) These turned out to be a pleasant surprise.. although truth be told, I don’t have any expectations going into a new experiment like this. Everytime I pass the all-purpose flour box in the pantry I see the picture of all the delicacies possible from a small box of flour. Banana nut bread (future…

St. Patrick’s Day Baking!

Although St. Patrick’s day is not a national holiday in the states, like it is in Ireland, Americans have made their own traditions for the 17th of March.  Kids enjoy tales of leprechauns stealing gold, and enjoy parades and pinching their friends for not wearing green, while those a bit older find march magic of their…

Valentine’s Day Truffles <3

Happy Valentine’s Day! V-day = Chocolate = decadent = original = homemade truffles ❤ What goes inside: Chocolate chips- semisweet, about 2 1/2 to 3 cups Powdered (confectioner’s sugar)- 2-3 cups Cream cheese- 1 package (8oz) Optional: coffee, liquor, vanilla, any other infusion flavor How it all comes together: If you have baking chocolate or…

Lemon Meringue Pie

What goes inside: FOR PIE CRUST: You can either make a crust or use a ready-made one. FOR FILLING: Cornstarch-1/2 cup Sugar-1 cup (I used granulated, you can also use instant dissolving sugar) Lemon juice- 1/2 cup, took me 4 bright yellow juiciest fresh lemons! that was some hard work that paid off 😉 Water-…