• Arugula & Basil Pesto

    Arugula & Basil Pesto

    What is one way you de-stress when things are stressful or chaotic in your life or the world? I like going for my monthly massages, especially since my shoulders are forever aching, but since my massage place has been closed due to the pandemic (I can’t wait for it to reopen!) I haven’t had that outlet to relax. One thing I enjoy doing is cooking. A lot of my friends hate to cook, but I actually really like it. The clean-up not so much. I don’t know that I find it relaxing exactly. I always end up sweating from trying to get everything done and prepped, make sure things aren’t boiling…

  • Pasta Fagioli

    Pasta Fagioli

    I remember the first time I had pasta fagioli. I was in grade school and out at an Italian restaurant with my family and I thought it was the best thing ever. Since that day (a very long time ago) my mom has made her own version of pasta fagioli. A while ago I took photos as I made a batch with her so I thought I’d share in a post today. So here’s what we use: 1/2 lb of macaroni 1 stalk of celery 1 small onion or 1/2 of a medium onion 2 slice of ham or 2 slice of bacon 1 can of white beans 1 can…

  • Hummus Flatbread Sandwich

    Hummus & Flatbread Sandwich

    Okay, so this isn’t really a sandwich, but I didn’t know what else to call it. Last summer (I think it was last summer), I was at my friends’ house for dinner. They grilled some dinner for the 2 or 3 of us that came over. One of the things my friend made was a  little hummus filled flatbread with onions and diced tomato. He spread hummus on the flatbread, added some onions and tomato, put another piece of flatbread on top, wrapped it in foil, and put on the grill. It was really good! So I had to recreate it at home. These photos are from the last time I…

  • Hong Kong - Lord Stow's Egg Tarts
    Food,  Travel

    Foodie Diary: Hong Kong

    My trip to Hong Kong was filled with food. Seriously, so much food! As I did for Japan and previous other trips, I’m recapping what I ate. This isn’t everything as I skipped photographing most breakfasts and a few other meals here and there that didn’t seem significant enough to take photos of. I also missed some photos when I was at family dinners because it was hard to take photos. Chinese dinners are usually family style also so there are so many dishes – too many to photograph all of them! Without further ado let me share what I do have – which is still a lot! When we first…

  • Dutch Baby Pancake + Peaches

    Dutch Baby Pancake + Peaches

    I think I’ve mentioned on here before that I’m not a huge breakfast eater. There are people who love breakfast and could eat it for any meal of the day. I’m not that person. But I do enjoy a good breakfast every now and then. Recently I really wanted to make a dutch baby pancake since I’d heard so many people talk about them. I found a recipe for it on Cooking With a Wallflower – a food blog that I follow – and gave it a whirl. The only thing I changed with this recipe is that I used oil instead of butter and I used jar peaches because when…

  • Wagon Wheel Pasta + Peas & Bacon

    Wagon Wheel Pasta

    My last food post featured Captain Jim’s Smoked Sockeye Salmon that I bought in Alaska and today’s food post is also inspired by my Alaskan vacation back in 2016. When I got back from that vacation I recapped everything I ate on vacation and I mentioned the wagon wheel pasta I ate on the cruise ship. It was so good that when I got back I looked up recipes that reminded me of it. I found this recipe by Giada and I have tweaked it and been enjoying this recipe for the past almost 2 years. I followed Giada’s recipe except I only used frozen peas and sugar snap peas. I…

  • Dried Fruit & Cheese Board

    Dried Fruit & Cheese Board

    This cheeseboard snack is the easiest thing to put together that still looks like you put some thought in to it. All I did was cut some brie, grab some sliced almonds, dried apricots, and craisins. Seriously so easy! The creaminess of the brie with the sweet and tart flavors of the dried apricots and craisins work together so well. And then there’s the crunch of the sliced almonds for an extra bonus. So good! This is so easy, but I figured it might be an idea you may not have thought of so I wanted to share!

  • Irish Soda Bread

    Irish Soda Bread with a Twist

    With St. Patrick’s Day coming up this weekend I wanted to share my version of Irish Soda Bread. When I was younger, my aunt used to always make Irish soda bread and eventually my mom started to make it herself at home, but she changed up the recipe a bit. It’s essentially like a typical soda bread recipe, except instead of raisins or currants we use craisins and we also add in walnuts. Last year, we changed it even further by adding some dried apricots and it was such a good addition to an already delicious recipe. For this recipe, I use: 3 cups all purpose flour 1/2 cup of…