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Oat Milk Collagen Hot Chocolate

Drinks, Healthy, Quick and Easy, The Holidays, Winter

WHO AM I RIGHT NOW? This recipe title sounds so very…how do put this? Los Angeles. This recipe sounds very “LA.” But the truth is, I make iterations of this drink all the time and I love it.

I’m not sure if you’ve heard but oat milk is all the rage right now. And in my typical bratty behavior, I snubbed it for months. I honestly drink my coffee black anyway but a few weeks ago, after I drove across town for a meeting and needed an afternoon pick-me-up, I stopped in a cafe and ordered an oat milk cappuccino. IT WAS GOOD.

It tastes kinda like nothing. It’s a really good texture—not too heavy or thick, not too thin. It provides some nice foam and marries with the espresso so very well.

I figured it was time to put it to test in a more sweet capacity so enter: this hot chocolate. I added a scoop of collagen to the blender, along with some melted chocolate, oat milk and a teaspoon of maple syrup. Blended right up and it’s oh so good!

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Lobster Macaroni and Cheese

Dinner, Pasta, The Holidays, Winter

This whole blog post is going to be me attempting to convey my enthusiasm for this macaroni and cheese. I have wanted to make lobster macaroni and cheese for what feels like forever. But I’ve always hesitated. I’ve always doubted myself!

Does cheese and lobster actually go together?
Will it be good?
Is the price-point going to scare me and all of you away? 

The first answer is YES. I don’t typically cook any sort of seafood with cheese but in this context it absolutely works. Will it be good? Umm…yes, it’s glorious. Will the price-point be scary? Not this time!

For this post, I teamed up with ALDI, where I went to get these VERY affordable and delicious wild-caught Maine lobster tails. FYI lobster tails are available in stores starting tomorrow (12/12)!! They also have lots of other holiday goodies at super affordable prices. Like this delicious 4 Year Aged Cheddar that gave this macaroni and cheese a nice, sharp flavor. I also picked up a wine advent calendar and it’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I love it.

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One-Pot Spicy Vodka Pasta with Burrata

Dinner, One-Pot Meals, Quick and Easy, The Holidays, Winter

One-Pot Spicy Vodka Sauce with Burrata from Adrianna Adarme on Vimeo.

Whenever it gets cold and blustering outside, the number one thing that I always crave is a big bowl of warm pasta. It’s like a hug in a bowl. This one is particularly special because it’s made in one-pot (seriously, no needing to boil water!), using my favorite All-Clad pot that I got from Macy’s.

For this post, I teamed up with Macy’s Wedding Registry to show you a few of my favorite products. This All-Clad pot is so dreamy; it fits everything from arroz con pollo to my favorite big batch pasta. It’s also pretty enough to go from stove to table, which is always a plus.

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Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Dinner, Instant Pot, One-Pot Meals, Quick and Easy, Soups, Winter

It’s raining in LA. TIME TO THROW A PARTY!

A soup party, that is.

I love tortilla soup. I am embarrassed to admit that my intro to tortilla soup wasn’t the most authentic experience. It was quite the opposite. It was when I worked at Alexander’s/Houstons and would steal little bowls of it and eat it in the back while I sat on boxes of napkins. I wasn’t the best employee, if I’m being totally honest, but I was about to graduate high school and felt like my whole world was going to change so I had a super “whatever” attitude.

When I went to make this, I wasn’t going after a super traditional version, though I did want to know the history. I found this article in the LA Times that speaks a bit about the history of tortilla soup. It’s super interesting a worth a read.

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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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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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Cacio e Pepe Macaroni and Cheese

Dinner, Pasta, Quick and Easy, Thanksgiving, The Holidays, 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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Red Velvet Heart-Surprise Cupcakes

Cakes, Desserts, Holiday, Winter

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These were so fun to put together. I failed…SO HARD the first time I made these. A few of you might’ve seen it on Instagram. But the first, first time I tried to make them was actually a few years ago.

I bought this heartbreak cookie cutter in hopes of making “heartbreak surprise cupcakes.” BUT OMG that did not work at all. Now I realize the biggest problem that I kept encountering was that the cookie cutter needed to be the perfect size.

I finally figured it out and went to Michael’s and picked up this heart-shaped cookie cutter that’s about 1-inch big. It was only, like, a dollar and I believe now it’s on serious sale because Valentine’s Day is next week and Michael’s is already moving onto Easter/4th of July and most likely Halloween. They move quickly!

I will be very forthright and say that this recipe takes a bit of time. You basically make a 8-inch red velvet single layer cake. After it bakes, you punch out the hearts.

This layer can easily be made the night before and you can wrap it tightly and keep it in the fridge.

And then the white batter is made. The hearts are placed right in the center of the cake batter.

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Blood Orange Pound Cake

Cakes, Desserts, Winter

I posted this recipe on the Instagram yesterday but figured I’d put it right here too so it’s easily printable and readable.

I also wanted to say hello and tell you that I’m currently knee-deep in finalizing my Valentine’s Day content for this year and am INCREDIBLY excited about it all. There is a sheet cake for two, some cupcakes with a fun surprise inside and a few other cute and delicious things. I’m thinking of adding something savory in the mix. But then I’m done! I can’t wait.

When I walk around the neighborhood, I’m sort of surprised that a lot of the houses are decorated for Valentine’s Day. I’ve never seen such a thing before. I dunno if these people are bored or just really good homemakers. WHO KNOWS. But I’m here for it. They have heart wreaths hanging on their doors.

Another thing that is thriving in the neighborhood is all the winter citrus hanging from the trees. It’s all gorgeous. Everything from blood oranges to cara caras to little kumquat bushes. They’re all so pretty.

I didn’t steal these blood oranges from a neighbor—I bought them—but feel free to take some from a neighbor and make this cake! I said it’s ok!

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10 Cozy Things to Make in February

Cakes, Winter

I’m concentrating on two things right now:

1. Get the kitchen (FINALLY!) in photo-ready shape to get her final school photo taken for this blog. I’m almost done! I purchased a whole lot of new and pretty things from the Urban Outfitters home sale last month and now I’m rearranging everything trying to make it nice.

2. And I’m currently trying to watch all of the Best Picture Oscar nominations before the award show in early March. This weekend was spent convincing everyone around me that I, Tonya was a movie that is important and we should go and see. And you know what?! It did not disappoint. I’m going and seeing Phantom Thread tonight and I will report back! Paul Thomas Anderson’s interview on Fresh Air was wonderful.

February is inching closer and closer to us, after a very long January. It wasn’t a bad start of the year and I finally feel ready to dive in a bit more.

I figured I’d start by sharing some thing that you should make and eat in the month of February.

February is inching closer and closer to us, after a very long January. It wasn’t a bad start of the year and I finally feel ready to dive in a bit more.

Veggie Baked Ziti with Burrata (for two!) – Because Valentine’s Day is in February. And regardless of your relationship/love situation, these are so good. The melty burrata on top is a beautiful addition.

Baked Nashville Hot Chicken – This is one of my favorite dishes EVER because it’s like Shake n’ Bake Chicken but spicy. If you love Nashville Hot Chicken, you’ll love this. And of course, since it’s baked, it’s so much easier; no fryer and no hot oil.

Bacon Western Cheeseburger Sliders – There’s this football game everyone loves to watch happening soon (this weekend!) and these would be a wonderful thing to make. They’re sliders so they’re mini-sized.

How to Make an Edible Stadium – A few years ago, I got inspired by Reddit (again) and set out to make an edible stadium just for fun. It involved lots of arts and crafts and piping with sour cream. I loved it!

Heartbreak Cookies – More Valentine’s Day content. I loved making these chocolate sugar cookies for the population of singles. I’ve been single and happy and I’ve been single and miserable. I wish I had these cookies in both instances.

Breakfast Tacos – It’s hard to explain why I love breakfast tacos. I mean, there’s not much I need to explain, right? I love these breakfast tostadas because I love eggs and chips and this combines my love for both.

Breakfast Corn Dogs – Instead of regular hot dogs inside, these have breakfast sausages and they are SO good. Eat them with maple syrup and a little butter. Breakfast indulgence.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies – I know I posted these last week but WHATEVER. I love these cookies and I feel like we should all make them. In the month of February, the weather can still be crappy and people are sick of it. Eating cookies helps.

Rose Chocolate Cake for Two – Easiest chocolate cake ever. And it’s made that much better with chocolate fudge-y frosting on top. A little salt makes it ultra good!

Aguadito – Everyone and their mom is sick. I’ve been trying to avoid all the sick people but it’s super difficult. Instead, I’ve been making this soup because it’s perfect when you need a bit of healthy chicken soup in your life.