Chocolate Mint Cupcakes - from "Martha Stewart's Cupcakes" |

In an effort to force myself to actually make some recipes from the cookbooks I buy (instead of watching them collect dust on the coffee table), I’m committing to a once-monthly blog post I’ll call “Cook The Book.” Not to be confused with my other monthly “If I Liked It, Then I Should Have Put A

Spice Drawer Essentials

Spice Drawer Essentials - how to stock your pantry with the most useful spices for healthy, flavorful dinners! |

As I’ve mentioned, at any given time, I have a phenomenal amount of extra food on hand at home. Spices are a huge part of that. I buy my spices in bulk at my grocery store, and it’s awesome to have that option available to me. Everything is seriously so cheap – I can get a huge

Sriracha Apricot Chicken Drumsticks

Sriracha + Chicken = YES PLEASE. (Sriracha-Apricot Chicken Drumsticks) |

Who likes sriracha? Seems like everybody does recently. Between sriracha and it’s awesome cousin, sambal oelek, I add a bit of spice to pretty much everything I eat, including stir-fry, curry chicken noodle soup, and bizarro hashes I make up for breakfast . When I saw a recipe in Bon Appetit for some sweet and spicy chicken drumsticks utilizing

Parmesan-Lemon Roasted Broccoli

Parmesan-Lemon Roasted Broccoli - Just five ingredients makes the best broccoli side dish ever! |

When my husband and I first started co-habitating and planning our meals together, there was one thing we couldn’t agree on: vegetable side dishes. He liked broccoli, I liked beets, and neither of us could understand the other’s choice. However, for being two only-children, we’re actually pretty good at compromising, and over the years, I’ve learned

Food Movie Review: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Food Movie Review: Jiro Dreams of Sushi |

I recently watched the movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and found it super interesting. To be honest, as much as I love food, I don’t watch food-related movies all that often – the only other one in recent memory I can think of is Kings of Pastry, which was (against all odds) so exciting and suspenseful that even my

Mae’s in Pleasant Ridge, MI

Restaurant Review: Mae's in Pleasant Ridge, MI |

My restaurant review of Mae’s in Pleasant Ridge, MI for The Oakland Press was published late last week. I love this place, hipsters and all. Click HERE to read my review.

Mediterranean Chopped Salad with Israeli Couscous |

I’m on a huge Mediterranean food kick. Not just chicken shawarma, but Greek yogurt, beets, couscous, LEMONS, feta – all of these things make my heart go pitter-patter. So I figured why not toss them all together in a big chopped salad? A few notes: Now, I could dedicate a whole week of posts to my