Albondigas

I grew up in Fresno, California, where there is a plethora of incredible, wonderfully authentic Mexican restaurants. Most of these restaurants share an amazingly delicious menu item- Albondigas Soup. Its hearty, brothy, spicy, meatbally goodness is what I grew up ordering every time I went out for Mexican food (which was often). It started every…

Creamy Broccoli Soup

In most cases, broccoli soup isn’t necessarily something that would make a person emotional. In my case, though, it triggers some wonderful memories of childhood, my beloved Grandparents, and falling in love with restaurants and dining for the first time. My mom’s parents, who both now live in their Heavenly home, were very special to…

Classic Meatloaf

Meatloaf. Is there anything more classically American? When I moved to San Francisco, my first job was as a server at The Daily Grill in Union Square. If you aren’t familiar with The Daily Grill, meatloaf is one of their most popular menu items. I had an Australian coworker there who, no matter how hard…

Pot Roast Empanadas

I created this dish years ago after I’d made a large pot roast for just my husband and myself, and we’d been eating the leftovers for two days. On the third day, we still had a bit left but we were both craving something different. I happened to have some refrigerated pie dough in the…

Blueberry Galette

My kids love blueberries. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not about to sit here and try to convince you that my little cherubs eat nothing but organic vegetables, whole-wheat, farm-to-table, magical food products, including dairy that has come directly from holy cows, tended and sung to by virgin Dutch milkmaids. Nope. Jovie is sitting next…

Pasta Sauce a la Lindsay

I have to admit, I had no idea what to title this recipe. In part because I’m a pasta purist and calling this sauce a “marinara” isn’t technically correct, though it is a meatless tomato based pasta sauce. I make this sauce for everything- every kind of pasta, lasagna, chicken parmesan, as a dipping sauce…

Good Ol’ Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings

If you haven’t noticed by now, I have a thing for comfort food. Don’t get me wrong- I’m an appreciator, if not lover, of all cuisines. When done properly, there are very few foods I don’t enjoy, in all honesty. Except capers. I hate capers. But stick-to-your ribs, feels-like-a-giant-hug, wash-it-all-down-with-lots-of-cuddles food is where I shine….

Sweet & Spicy Slow Cooker Meatballs with Roasted Vegetables

I feel like every true blue American family has a relative with a version of this meatball recipe. In my family, it’s Auntie Julie. Auntie Julie is a major reason behind all of my creative endeavors. She is the most incredible cook, an absolutely amazing interior designer, and all around beautiful soul. Her meatballs are…

Toasted S’more Pie

I wish a word existed that could accurately describe how much I love pie. There isn’t one. I’ve looked. I really, really…really love pie. And s’mores… is there anything more nostalgically delicious? The very taste of childhood is encompassed in the s’more. The crispy, honied butteriness of the graham cracker, the melty, gooey richness of…

Salmon Primavera in Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce

I’ll be totally honest- this dish was born out of desperation and hanger. It was lunchtime. I had just put Jovie down for her nap, Leston was peacefully watching a movie (Sing, for the four thousandth time) and I was starving. Knowing we didn’t have too much food in the house, I opened the fridge…