Garlic, Olive, Thyme and Parsley Focaccia

My buddy Tamas needed help making some bread. He’s a genius in many ways, but utterly hopeless in the kitchen. We looked at a few recipes and then adapted a few to come up with this one. It was so easy to make and so delicious. So hard to not eat it all in one sitting.


Salsa has always been a staple in my familes diet. My dad’s basic salsa is the most common. But summer’s abundant fruits give way to all kinds of possibilities.

An old friend invited me to his place for a salsa party last weekend and I was inspired to take a new twist on a mango salsa. I wanted this salsa to be both sweet and smoky. The habañero was much hotter than I had anticipated so I added some avocados of the same firmness as the mango before serving. It was a crowd pleaser at the party and one I’ll surely make again.

Sushi Party

(This was an unfinished post that I found… so I figured I’d just post it)

Many people enjoy sushi but few have made it at home. I’ve hosted sushi parties for years, they’re always fun… especially with plenty of sake. Save some money by preparing sushi at home; use that money to buy some higher quality ingredients. If the rice and fillings are prepared before hand, everyone can participate in the preparation and build an appetite.

Pulled Oyster Mushroom Tacos


Ginevra picked up some fresh veggies while I snored away this morning. Hungry, I asked if I could make up something with ‘em… =)

Pulled Oyster Mushroom Tacos

Chard 'n' Chokes with Eggs

This morning’s experiment turned out much better than expected! A great combination of flavors and textures: savory, sour, sweet, hearty, and comfortable.

Good with home fries and a glass of apple juice. =)

Rock's Rockin Salsa

My dad has made this salsa for years. He makes it whenever we have company and brings it to most family gatherings. The many friends he’s made with this salsa always ask for the recipe.

His salsa is the most common snack at my parents house and my mom swears that it’s her favorite medicine. Growing up, if you were the one to finish off a batch (usually stored in large reused yogurt containers) then you’re responsible for making the next batch.

Because he uses canned tomatoes (which are typically very ripe upon canning), this salsa can be made year round.

Please be careful, it’s super easy to make and it’s very addictive.

Crazy Good Napa Cabbage Salad

I made this salad for a few friends on a whim and it turned out really tasty. Looking forward to making it again.

Crazy Good Napa Cabbage Salad

Piña Colada Steel Cut Oats


  • 1/2 c steel cut oats
  • 1 c water
  • 1/4 cup fresh pineapple (chopped)
  • 1/8 cup grated coconut (freshly toasted)


  1. Combine oats and water.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to lowest temperature
  3. Cook for 20 min.
  4. Turn off heat.
  5. Mix in pineapple and coconut.
  6. Let rest for 2 min.

Huevos Blancos Rancheros

Huevos Blancos Rancheros

Whipped this one up for myself this mornin. I had some left over egg whites from a Coco-Choco experiment and some tomatoes that were on the verge of expiring… this is what happened.

Jalapeño Habanero Brownies

These are really not as spicy as you might think, rather the savory flavor of the jalapeño chile comes out when baked and paired with chocolate. The sharp spicy flavor common in salsa fresca is replaced with a sweet and mild warmth in the back of the mouth. The habanero adds a little more warmth and tames the herbal flavor of the jalapeño. The cranberries add a bit of texture and their natural sweetness is a true compliment to the sweetness of the chiles.

If you’re a fan of spicy food you’ll love the familiar flavor but miss a little of the spiciness you might expect. If you’re not such a fan of “spicy,” you’ll be surprised to discover the flavor of jalapeño normally hidden behind the fiery spiciness you might expect.

I prefer my classic brownies stale, but these treats are best served right out of the oven, cut into bite-sized chunks. The heat-hotness and the chocolaty vapors of the fresh-out-of-the-oven-brownies will make for the best possible experience!

Mmmmmm! I can’t wait to make this again.

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