Caribbean Tres Leches Cake

Every year we have a picnic at work. Several departments get together and there is always good food and fun games. It’s nice to take an afternoon off work and hang out with your coworkers in a non-work setting.

There is always a dessert contest at this picnic and I’ve always participated in the eating of the dessert until I was too full to move. But I’ve never actually made a dessert, mostly because we have some people in our department who are ridiculously good bakers. Several of them even took professional cake decorating classes (!!). I just always felt like I can’t compete, so why bother? Just show up and eat dessert. :)

tres leches cake

But this year I felt like I wouldn’t be a legit food blogger if I didn’t make something for the picnic. Which is probably not a rational thought whatsoever, but I guess a part of me also wanted to bake something other than banana bread chia seed muffins or peach bread (recipe coming soon!).

About a year ago I came up with the brilliant idea of making piña colada tres leches cake – imagine a tres leches cake with a piña colada taste… yum!! (more…)

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Oven Baked BBQ Chicken

The second I saw this recipe by the Pioneer Woman, I knew I needed to make oven baked BBQ chicken. It’s funny that we’ve been to about a dozen barbecues this summer, but we haven’t had anything that is actually covered in delicious sweet tangy sticky finger-licking-good BBQ sauce in ages. It was time to change that.

oven baked bbq chicken

This turned out amazing. And so easy. This oven baked BBQ chicken only has 5 ingredients. If you want, it can even be cut down to two ingredients – chicken and BBQ sauce. It’s that simple. (more…)

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Banana Chia Seed Cinnamon Muffins with Pecans

Well, that title is a mouthful. And my mouth is full of delicious banana chia seed cinnamon muffins with pecans. :) I love the combination of cinnamon and banana, as well as the crunch from the chia seeds and the pecans in these muffins.

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I always feel awkward saying the word pecan. I’m never quite sure whether it’s pee-CAN, or PEE-cahn. So if you have the same issue and have walnuts on hand, feel free to use those instead. No ambiguity there, you won’t have to feel awkward telling people what is in these muffins. And there’s definitely nothing awkward about how delicious these muffins are!

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Savory Monterey Jack and Green Onion Pancakes

I’ve been wanting to make savory pancakes for a while, so I got excited when we got a huge bunch of green onions from the CSA. I made a note to myself: save the green onions for savory pancakes, don’t use them for anything else!
So I picked up some monterey jack cheese with jalapeno in it (yum!!) and some sour cream, and the rest is history. And by history, I mean, these pancakes were made.

savory pancakes

The pancakes were super yummy.  A bit of sour cream on the pancakes balanced out the kick from the jalapeno, and it was savory perfection in my mouth. Luna liked them too :)

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Eggplant Margherita Puff Pastry Tarts

Is anyone else battling with too much eggplant this time of the year?
We’ve been getting 2 eggplants a week from our CSA for a few weeks now. I made this awesome appetizer not too long ago, and I wanted to try something new today.
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So I made these eggplant margarita puff pastry tarts, and they came out delicious. I mean, there’s no way food can be anything other than delicious when there is a flaky crust, breaded eggplant, and melted mozzarella cheese. I think Aldo mentioned how good this was after every bite. He also couldn’t decide if it tasted more like eggplant parm or margherita pizza, hence the name: Eggplant Margherita Puff Pastry Tarts.

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The Best Way to Cook a Frozen Steak

Someone recently asked me if I am a vegetarian or a pescatarian, since they see a lot of vegetarian and seafood recipes on here. Well, here’s my answer to that question:
We had a steak that almost took up a permanent residence in our freezer after we made this Steak with Fresh Herbs over two months ago. It was time for the steak to get evicted, except I didn’t know what to make with it – I was sure that thawing it and cooking it would result in tough meat. Luckily, I came across this video that talked about frying frozen steak without thawing it.
We tried it, and it came out awesome! It was more tender than the first time we cooked the steak when it was fresh. It didn’t taste greasy either, just tender and delicious.
From now on we will definitely be buying larger chunks of meat because that is cheaper, freezing what we don’t use, and then frying the rest when we are ready. No need to plan ahead. Want steak for dinner? Just grab one out of the freezer and fry it.
Check out the video below for more detail and for safety tips on how to avoid a grease fire:

Have you ever cooked a steak from frozen without defrosting? Are you willing to try it?

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Eggs in a Hole

Eggs in a hole

This is a fun light breakfast that is super easy to put together. I used a green bell pepper instead of bread, which is typically used to make eggs in a hole. We toasted some bread to dip into the egg yolk. This breakfast takes less than 10 minutes to make and looks more impressive than a plain sunny side up egg.
I used truffle salt for this recipe to give it a more sophisticated flavor. And also because I am obsessed with truffle salt and truffle oil right now.

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Honey Ginger Tofu Veggie Bowls

Let’s face it – tofu kind of sucks. It’s flavorless and squishy, and not in the fun way that babies are squishy. But once in a while I get tired of cooking and eating meat and buy some tofu, much to Aldo’s dislike.
My rule is this – if I’m making tofu, it has to be accompanied by a really good sauce. Honey Ginger Soy Sauce sounds like a really good sauce to me.

honey ginger tofu

I used this Honey Ginger Tofu Veggie Stir Fry recipe from Pinch Of Yum and modified it just a little bit to make these honey ginger tofu veggie bowls. (more…)
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Easy Peasy Peach Tarts

When Aldo saw the shopping list for the week, he got super excited because he saw that cookies were on the list. But the cookies were on the list because I needed to get them for an event at work. The look of disappointment on his face was heartbreaking. So I told him I would make a dessert for us.

peach tarts

I didn’t want to mess around with making cookie dough, so I made these super simple peach tarts using frozen puff pastry. (more…)

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Spice Rubbed Swai Fillets with Peach Tomatillo Relish

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We were in the seafood section of our grocery store, and none of the fresh fish options looked appetizing – it was the end of the day and everything good was gone. We walked over to the frozen seafood section and saw Swai fillets for $3.99 a pound. So cheap! What is swai? We’ve never heard of it. After doing some quick googling and learning that it is low in mercury and tastes like catfish, we decided to try it.

We ended up loving it. (more…)

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