Simple Creamy Garlic Mashed Parsnips Recipe

Garlic mashed parsnips with meat garnished with herbs served on a black plate placed on a blue surface

It’s hard to think there was once a time where the humble potato was not ubiquitous around the world. Before the Colombian Exchange, there was not a single potato in Europe. What did people eat, you might ask? Rutabagas, turnips, and parsnips. If you are looking for a high-flavor potato alternative, look no further than …

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Easy Middle Eastern Tabouli Salad Recipe

Close up of tabouli salad

Whether you know it as tabouli or tabbouleh, make it from bulgur wheat or couscous, or add ingredients like garlic and tomato paste, this Middle Eastern tabouli salad has become a popular dish many people enjoy. If you’re a fan of fresh, zesty flavors and love exploring new cuisines, you’re going to want to add …

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Butternut Squash Puree Recipe

Prepared butternut squash puree recipe with braised meat on a plate

One of my favorite potato alternatives is butternut squash. It is lighter than a potato and less sweet than a sweet potato or yam. Luckily, even though they are a fall vegetable, it is pretty easy to find butternut squash all year round.  What is a Butternut Squash Puree? Butternut squash puree is made from …

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Instant Pot Copycat Eggslut Recipe

Instant pot copycat eggslut in a small glass container with buttered toast placed on a black plate

One of the hottest food spots to hit the Las Vegas strip in recent years, Eggslut is pretty much the epitome of great ingredients, simple presentation, and just delicious results. Their flagship product “The Slut” is a coddled egg, on top a bed of pureed potatoes, and served with toast.  Sounds simple right? Well yes …

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Creamy Homemade Butternut Squash Soup

A top view of a butternut squash soup served on a white plate placed on a blue surface

Creamy, luxurious, seasonal, and yet so guilt free – butternut squash soup  is the perfect treat for a cold winter night.  What Is Butternut Squash Soup? Butternut squash is a soup made from pureed butternut squash. It’s very popular in the wintertime, and butternut squash soup can be made with vegetarian and vegan preparations. A …

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Easy Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto Recipe

Prepared instant pot butternut squash risotto recipe in a plate

Ever since I got an Instant Pot, I have been wanting to try all the different functions and features on it. One of the more unique uses of the Instant Pot is the “sauté” function. It just sounded so crazy – why use an Instant Pot just to cook with the cover off?  While I …

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Easy Parmesan Buttered Noodles Recipe

Parmesan buttered noodles with cheese served on a black plate placed on a white surface

Many people associate stovetop mac and cheese with their childhoods. For me though, it has to be butter noodles with some parmesan cheese. At the end of the day, there isn’t too much difference – it’s noodle, butter, and some cheese.  I like to joke that it is the poor man’s Alfredo, but after trying …

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Simple Vegan Baba Ganoush Recipe

Vegan baba ganoush recipe in a bowl

When you think of Mediterranean dips and sides, you probably think of hummus. If you want something that is lighter, smokier, and more flavorful than hummus, you need to try baba ganoush. While you may be thinking that you hate eggplant or there is no way it can be as good as hummus, I think …

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Best Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe in the World

Garlic mashed potato served in a black bowl placed on a white surface

Perhaps the best side in the world for red meats is mashed potatoes. I am not sure who came up with the idea to pair them together originally but the world has certainly been a better place for it. I love mashed potatoes – for something seemingly so simple they can be so delicate and …

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Simple Homemade Soft Flour Tortilla Recipe

A pile of soft flour tortilla recipe on a plate

Here in San Diego I have tons of amazing fresh Mexican and Latin American cuisine. While you can do a decent job replicating the experience at home, one thing from the store never seems to measure up – the tortillas! Today I’ll go over how easy it is to make your own flour tortillas at …

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Easy Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

Baked spinach artichoke dip recipe prepared in a bowl with a plate full of crackers

Whoever came up with the name spinach artichoke dip should win a prize in marketing. I don’t think there is any dip that sounds so good for you but is sneakily so decadent. When it comes to game day or party apps there are few dips that top spinach artichoke.  I’m going over how to …

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Easy Homemade Indian Naan Bread Recipe

Indian naan bread recipe prepared in a plate

For me, the ultimate flatbread is naan. I think it is something about the neutral flavor, along with it being the perfect texture between soft and chewy. Unfortunately, even in California with a large Indian and Middle Eastern community, getting good naan can be hard to come by. Also, a side of naan can cost …

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