Chipotle Pecan Pesto

I’ve been spending a lot of time in Austin lately and definitely not complaining about it. The vegan food scene there is amazing! I would never live there, but having it an hour away is absolutely perfect. A few weeks ago, I went to Bouldin Creek for brunch and had a burger with this wonderful…

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Sorta Cincinnati Sweet Potato Stew

I couldn’t deal with anything sweet potato for a few days, but I finally got over the hump. This recipe is really good. The warm spices pair well with sweet potatoes. RECIPE 1 small onion, diced 4 cloves of garlic, minced 1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes with the liquid 1 bay leaf 4…

Chipotle Lime Sweet Potato Dressing

I’m doing it again. That thing where I pick one starch and can only have that for 10 days, aka a Mary’s Mini. Sweet potatoes were so darn cheap, I just had to go with them as my starch. I’ll admit they aren’t my favorite or even something I like. Crazy me is tackling them…

Masala Chai Oatmeal

This isn’t your average oatmeal. This isn’t that Anglocized Oprah Starbucks sugar bomb either. This is warm, spiced oatmeal. Masala means spice mix and masala chai is a spiced tea originating in India. Sometimes I steep a bag of black tea with the oatmeal, but that’s so extra and this tastes great without it. Make…

Oil-free Hush Puppies

Appetizers are my meal of choice. If there is an appetizer sampler on the menu, you better believe I’m all in. There’s just something about crunchy, dipable finger food that gets me every time. And today that’s all I wanted, something crunchy with a dipping sauce. I have been wanting to make queso blanco anyway,…

Queso Blanco

Queso blanco has always been a personal favorite. It’s great with chips, on nachos, chili, enchiladas, as a dip for veggies or appetizers. Smother a burrito or chimichanga with it to take your meal to the next level. I have only listed a small amount of salt as pickled jalapenos are often salty, so start…

Baked Oatmeal

There has been a trend around here lately. Work keeps falling through and it’s been cold. Naturally, I’m drawn to the kitchen to keep warm. Since I was planning on working today, but now I’m home, why not have a fun, warm breakfast? It’s 30° outside right now so something warm sounds wonderful. This weather…

Cajun Stew

I won’t bore y’all with another story about my second home, but I did wake up today to it smelling like a campfire from burning a fire all day yesterday. I love wood fires, and the smell got me thinking about camping, baking, slow cooking. Basically I was cold and needed to warm up. What…

Upgraded Chimichurri

Mushrooms keep finding their way into my fridge lately. Sorry mushroom haters! I have always loved them, all of them! Last week I attended an appreciation dinner for work, and I wasn’t too thrilled but I went. I knew it was going to wreck my oil-free ways. I could have just had tea, but there…

Country-Fried Brussel Sprouts with Cream Gravy

I really love my produce subscription. I legit look forward to every other Tuesday when my rainbow-filled treasure chest arrives. This Tuesday, I received the unfortunate gift of brussel sprouts. Definitely not my favorite. I’m not one to waste food so I had to get creative. What would any good Southerner do with something they…

Red Enchilada Sauce

I’ve always been more of a tomatillo gal, that is until I decided to make my own red sauce for enchiladas. It’s really simple and freezes well, so make a double batch! Don’t skip any of the steps and definitely use dried, whole chiles. I used arbol, hatch, and Anaheim, but you can use whatever…