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Spring Vegetable Pot Stickers

Dinner, Healthy (ish), Quick and Easy, Spring, Vegetarian

Last month I made pot stickers for the first time and I have to say, I was V impressed with them. They’re now one of my favorite things to make at home and are a million times easier than I thought they were. And yes, most of that has to do with the fact that I don’t make my own dough for the wrappers; even though that also doesn’t seem that hard to make, so maybe next time I’ll give it a try.

There were some days last week that felt like summer but I refuse to let go of spring for a long time. So we’re still in full effect with spring on this here blog for a long time.

These are filled with mashed peas (and some whole peas). The addition of sautéed buttery leeks also adds a nice flavor note. These are SO good. I love them so much.

The flavor here is all about sautéed leeks and barely cooked peas. The inspiration behind these pot stickers comes from Lisa Lin’s Instagram. Do you follow her? Her food looks so good. I could stare at it all day long.

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Green Arroz con Pollo (Peruvian Arroz con Pollo)

Dinner, Quick and Easy, Winter

It’s been rainy and cold in Los Angeles the past week and obviously I have loved every second of it. It’s been glorious to put on a big sweater and cook some food. This has been on my list to make because it’s so good and cozy. And yes, I will admit that it’s not the most photogenic food but whatever. It’s rice and chicken!

This differs a lot from your typical arroz con pollo. The mixture that makes it green is a big bunch of cilantro, garlic, onion, jalapeño and stock all blended in a blender. This makes a delicious, flavorful broth mixture that is combined with the rice. This is what makes it super delicious and flavorful. It tastes bright and earthy and spicy.

The spice definitely chills out as it cooks with the rice. The chicken is so good and falls off the bone. The little guy on top is killer. It’s called Salsa Criolla and my mom used to make it when we were eating really boring things like lentils or beans. It transforms anything that might be a bit mundane and not so flavorful. Lucky for us, the rice is flavorful and then you add this and it adds even more flavor. It’s amazing.

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Irish Soda Bread, Reworked

Biscuits, Breakfast, Quick and Easy, The Holidays

I’m going to be completely honest and say that St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays that I don’t celebrate. I never have. I don’t drink green beer, I don’t eat Irish food, I don’t pinch people (please don’t touch me ever lol) and I always forget to wear green. But I do love bread. And I love Irish soda bread.

Irish soda bread has the most humblest of beginnings. It was made during time when it was difficult to access high-quality ingredients. It was simple: low-protein flour, “soda” aka baking soda (for leavening), soured milk and…umm…that’s it!

This is what I like to call reworked Irish soda bread. It has a bit of cold grated butter, some rolled oats for texture. And instead of raisins, I added chocolate chips because I love myself.

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Tallarines Verde (A Re-Do)

Dinner, Pasta, Quick and Easy

I made this dish a million years ago for the blog. When I first started this blog, I lived in a studio apartment and shot most of the photos on my patio. I had terrible lighting inside my apartment and the patio was literally the only place I could take a dang photo. I remember neighbors would pass by and always be like what is this weird-ass girl doing taking photos of her food . Lol.

I wanted to share this recipe AGAIN because I made it soooo long ago and it really deserved a makeover, Queer Eye-style. I gave it a whole new home, a new wardrobe and a good haircut. The roots were perfectly fine.

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Grapefruit Poppy Seed Crispy Waffles

Breakfast, Quick and Easy, Winter

It took about three months for me to convince Josh to go to the dermatologist to get his thing on his hip checked out. (I’ll refrain from going into details because this is a food blog.) He finally went to the dermatologist on Thursday and had a “surgery” that was barely surgery.

But now—since he’s a hypochondriac—he’s requiring a heavy amount of attention for his “recovery.” I’m trying not to laugh and roll my eyes at the same time, but I did promise him that I was going to make him waffles. Hopefully these will be enough because babying grown men isn’t my greatest virtue. Lol.

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Vegetarian Pot Stickers

Adventures, Quick and Easy, Vegetarian

I spent this past weekend getting back in the vibe of normal life which included going to the gym, going on a run, sniffling my way through Queer Eye on Netflix, getting cocktails and burgers with friends and going to watch Black Panther. I’m sure you’ve seen it; if not, you need to remedy that situation.

One weekend goal that was not met was a trip to my favorite Chinese restaurant to eat dumplings and pot stickers. I have to say, I love their meat pot stickers and dumplings but their vegetarian variety is not all that great. I wanted to make delicious vegetarian pot stickers. I think I found it.

I roasted a kabocha squash and added a bunch of stuff to it like green onions, sautéed mushrooms, sesame oil, chili paste, ginger and white pepper. It was glorious. It tasted like heaven.

This makes about 24 pot stickers which sounds like a lot but when you start eating them, it feels like it could go on forever and ever. I would highly recommend doubling this recipe and then freezing the rest. Pot stickers are THE ABSOLUTE BEST to cook straight from the freezer.

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Cacio e Pepe Macaroni and Cheese

Dinner, Pasta, Quick and Easy, Winter

Hello, hi, hello! I’m finally back in Los Angeles, tucked in my very comfortable bed with Amelia sleeping on my feet. When I got back, I immediately told her all about the cute dogs I saw on the road. Mostly telling her how grateful she is for having a warm bed and a constant stream of food, but she’s shrugging her shoulders at me. Typical.

In my brain a few weeks ago, I was craving cacio e pepe but I also wanted it to be cheesy. Cacio e pepe enthusiasts and purists will scoff at this recipe but the rest of us who love cheesy cheese and black pepper, will love it. I can’t win them all.

This recipe is sort of a simple base for a stovetop macaroni and cheese. Except it has way less salt (because of the Parmesan-Reggiano), some mozzarella and it requires that you save the pasta water (just like traditional cacio e pepe). That extra pasta water will loosen it up a bit and make it even creamier and more delicious.

Whenever I was a little kid, I used to come home and make Kraft Mac n’ Cheese and would ALWAYS put a ton of black pepper on top. That is the inspiration behind this recipe.

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Crispy Sweet Potato with Green Shakshouka

Breakfast, Healthy, Quick and Easy, Whole 30

One of the most frequent questions that I get, (besides people asking what Amelia is doing lol), is: “what should I register for?” I think registering is a very opportune time to get all of those kitchen-musts all at once. How great!

An item that I think is a great addition to your list is an air fryer/toaster oven combo. Admittedly, I didn’t really know how to use an air fryer, but now I find myself using it all the time!

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Charred Corn and Poblano Pepper Queso Fundido

Appetizers, Quick and Easy, Vegetarian

It’s FRI-YAY! I’m currently preparing to go to Colombia. I’m sort of in shock that I travel in a little over a week to a place that I’ve longed to go to for a long time. I can’t wait to see the little towns and colorful doors and eat arepas.

Truth is, most of my family doesn’t even live there anymore. Everyone left in the late 70s and 80s due to the immense violence and political unrest. Most of my family actually went to Brazil, where now lives an entire new generation of Brazilians. Some don’t even speak Spanish anymore. It’s amazing.

I can’t wait to share more with you soon. BUT FIRST, game day foods! I whipped up this queso fundido because I want to eat nothing more while people yell at the television and I look at my phone and gossip with my friends.

I chose to use corn—which I realize might not be in season for you (and that’s ok because frozen is good, too!)—because we actually had some at the market.

This couldn’t be more easy but it starts with my favorite step and that’s charring the corn and poblano pepper.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate, Cookies, Quick and Easy

One of the biggest let downs in life might be the moment when you grab an oatmeal cookie–thinking it’s chocolate chip–to only realize it’s actually an oatmeal RAISIN cookie.

I don’t hate raisins. I used to tho because I remember my mom would put those tiny boxes of California raisins in my lunchbox and every time I opened up my lunchbox and would see it, I would let out a dramatic and admittedly-bratty UGHHHH.

So, yeah, I don’t adore raisins. I won’t go out of my way to eat them and oatmeal cookies taste a million times better with dark chocolate chunks than raisins. Sorry, raisins.

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