Sausage, Chard & Chickpea Soup

Posted January 3, 2017 by Elena in Dairy-free, Recipes, Soup / 1 Comment
Sausage, Chard & Chickpea Soup

Soup doesn’t have to be made in giant batches and simmered in a crock pot for hours in order to be good. Sometimes you get home and just want to make some soup to eat that same night, maybe with a little bit leftover for lunch the next day. During the winter, I do this all the time. […]

4-Ingredient Hot Vanilla

Posted December 22, 2016 by Elena in Drinks / 0 Comments
4-Ingredient Hot Vanilla

Chocolate gets all the love during the holidays, but what about its sister vanilla? Hot chocolate in particular is a cold weather favorite, but I like to stir things up (figuratively and literally) occasionally by making hot vanilla instead. The best part is it’s only four ingredients, not to mention it can be made in the […]

Broccoli Rabe with Ground Turkey, Goat Cheese & Egg

Posted November 15, 2016 by Elena in Recipes, Veggies / 1 Comment
Broccoli Rabe with Ground Turkey, Goat Cheese & Egg

Broccoli rabe, also known as broccoli raab or rapini, is an underrated vegetable here in the states. You’ve probably seen it in the grocery store before, but didn’t recognize it and went for the kale instead. But if you’re looking to experiment with new ingredients, as all cooks should, do yourself a favor and buy […]

4 Reasons Cooking for One Is One-derful

Posted November 7, 2016 by Elena in Insights & Musings / 0 Comments
4 Reasons Cooking for One Is One-derful

Cooking for one gets a bad rap. Hell, cooking in general does, often being seen as a laborious chore rather than an activity many people genuinely enjoy. Every year for my birthday I make a fancy cheesecake to enjoy with my friends, family, co-workers or whoever happens to be celebrating with me that year. I’m […]

White Cheddar Pesto Mac & Cheese

Posted March 4, 2016 by Elena in Pasta, Recipes, Vegetarian / 1 Comment
White Cheddar Pesto Mac & Cheese

My roommate bought me a really cute mini cast iron skillet in Santa Barbara last weekend, and of course my immediate thought was “this will make SUCH a good dish for food photos!” I began thinking of a recipe to make in it, and the first thing that came to mind was baked mac and […]

Vegan Black Bean Tostadas

Posted February 5, 2016 by Elena in Dairy-free, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian / 0 Comments
Vegan Black Bean Tostadas

I’m not a vegan, but sometimes I create recipes that are “accidentally” vegan. I don’t intend for them to be vegan, and then at some point I realize, hey, this is vegan! It’s always a pleasant surprise, since a vegan meal here or there is something we could all use – especially if it also […]