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  • Pasta Fagioli
    Food

    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
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    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
    Food

    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
    Food

    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
    Food

    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
    Food

    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…

  • Potato Pie
    Food

    Potato Pie

    I’m not the kind of person who goes on Pinterest daily, but when I do go on – probably 1-2 times a month – I can spend an hour on it just scrolling and scrolling for fashion inspiration, DIY ideas, nail ideas, but mostly food. I won’t stop looking on Pinterest until I feel like I’ve found an adequate number of ideas of things to make or create. One recipe that I found during one of my Pinterest binges was this Irish Potato Pie. The photos made it look so good so I had to make it! Good news, it was quite tasty but it was a lot of work…

  • Old El Paso Taco Dinner Kit
    Food

    Old El Paso Taco Dinner Kit

    I recently got sent this soft taco dinner kit from Old El Paso and I thought what better day to share it with you all than on Taco Tuesday! These kits are great because they come with almost everything you’ll need minus the meat and toppings. The kit comes with taco shells, taco seasoning, and taco sauce. What’s also great about these kits is that the taco shells are boats so they’re so much easier to fill, hold, and eat. The items I had to use of my own were ground beef, lettuce, and cheese. I browned the ground beef and drained the excess liquid. Then I poured in water and the…

  • The Watermark Restaurant - Shrimp Cocktail
    Food,  Travel

    The Watermark Restaurant

    I briefly mentioned in my Niagara Falls post about my dinner at The Watermark Restaurant at the top of the Hilton – Fallsview Hotel. The views of the falls are spectacular so we definitely wanted to have dinner there for our one night in town. The menu at The Watermark is a prix fixe menu and you can choose between 3 dishes or 5. My dad, brother, and I chose 5 dishes and my mom chose 3 so we could share some of the small plates and appetizers. I really only ate 4 dishes as I had my eye on 4 things but didn’t think I could eat 5 so I…