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Kahlua and Vodka White Russian Cocktail Recipe

A glass of white Russian

A delectably sweet and rich White Russian cocktail makes one of the best nightcaps, especially when served ice cold. What is a White Russian? A White Russian is a cocktail made up of vodka, coffee liqueur (most often Kahlua), and cream served over ice. As with many cocktails, the origin and exact make-up of the … Read more

Homemade Smoked Maple Bourbon Smash Cocktail Recipe

A glass of maple bourbon smash served with ice

“Smash” style cocktails include some of the most popular drinks today, like Mojitos and Juleps. Smashes can also be done with other cocktails, which is what we’re going to do! Today we’re doing our take on a maple bourbon smash with the added twist of smoking it. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have a … Read more

Easy Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

A plate of teriyaki chicken with pineapple slice

Sweet and tangy flavors are a common pairing, especially on meats. When it comes to making chicken, one of my go-to methods for flavoring it is with a pineapple teriyaki sauce. It’s simple to make, adds moisture to the chicken, and allows me to pair quite a few side dishes with it. What is Pineapple … Read more

Easy Lemon and Roasted Garlic Hummus Recipe

Close photo of hummus topped with olive oil and paprika

Some call them chickpeas some call them garbanzo beans. Either way you reference them, they are a staple of European and near east cuisines. One of the most ubiquitous forms of chickpeas is hummus (also called hommus or houmous).  What is Hummus? Hummus is a Levantine (near east) dip made from chickpeas, tahini, lemon, garlic, … Read more

Easy Banana and Spinach Green Smoothie Recipe

Green smoothie ingredients prepped on a tray

Sometimes you just want something clean, healthy, fast, easy, and refreshing. This green smoothie recipe is just that. Spinach makes it green and citrus and pineapple make it deliciously tropical. Add in some ice and you have a quick healthy pick-me-up perfect for a meal replacement or after-workout treat.  What is a Green Smoothie? A … Read more

Easy Homemade Spicy Guacamole Recipe

Flat lay image of ingredients needed to make spicy guacamole

What makes food “California style”? If you said avocado, you’re right! California produces about 90% of our nation’s avocados, about 35% of which come right out of San Diego county (my home!). With all that green tasty goodness right in our backyard, we want to celebrate the avocado in its most iconic dish with this … Read more

Easy Basil Spinach Pesto Recipe

Basil spinach pesto pasta served with tomatoes and parmesan cheese

Today we’re going to take a look at the well-known green sauce pesto. Our basic basil spinach pesto recipe is a no-cook one, as we want to focus in on the freshness of the ingredients. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, a great pesto can uplift any pasta or pizza dish with … Read more

Easy Beef Bolognese Pasta Sauce Recipe

When it comes to pasta sauce, Bolognese is the king of sauces. The rich, meaty, tomato-y goodness used to top pasta and fill lasagnas has become a keystone part of Italian food here in America.  What is a Bolognese? You may know it as ragu alla Bolognese, you may know it as ragu, or you … Read more

Easy Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple Slices Recipe

Brown sugar grilled pineapple with a dash of cinnamon

Grilled pineapple has to be one of my favorite desserts of all time. I classify it as a dessert rather than a snack because of the added sugar you coat the pineapple with. If you have ever been to Brazillian Barbeque you should know what I am talking about. Beautifully tangy, sweet, spicy, and juicy … Read more