Spicy Noodle Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce

I’ve been making this dish for as long as I can remember. To be honest, I don’t even recall where the recipe or idea came from, it’s such a peculiar blend of ingredients. I will say, though, that it is a fan favorite. It is one of my husband’s top requests. In fact, this very…

Picnic Pinwheel Sandwiches

Throughout most of my growing up, my dad was (still is) very involved in politics. Because of this, my parents hosted and attended many, many events to which I was usually (hesitantly) brought along. I don’t remember much about the boring politics or fancy people, but I remember the food. Of course I remember the…

Double Chocolate Fudge Brownies

My husband isn’t big on desserts. I know. I don’t get it, either. It breaks my heart, actually, because I love to bake, but when the finished product is ready (and nowadays, blogged about and photographed), I’m left with a huge dessert that no one will eat but me and the kids. And I only…

Baked Ham and Swiss Sliders

If you’ve followed me for long enough, you’ll know that I’m a very sentimental person, full of precious memories, and thriving on the sweet attachments I share with my loved ones. Many, many of my recipes fall under the wing of my sentimentality, memories of particular dishes being prepared by my favorite people. It’s truly…

Chicken Parmesan

I’ve mentioned before that, while I love all types and varieties of cuisines, Italian is my favorite. Hands down. I think I owe that to the DiBuduo family, who is basically my second family. We lived across the street from the DiBuduos for the entirety of my growing up. Their daughter was my best friend,…

Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad

I made this pasta salad for a baby shower recently and received so many sweet compliments and requests for the recipe, I thought it would be a good idea to share it here. This is one of my favorite things to have in the fridge and snack on all week. As you know, I’m a…

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…