RECIPE: Fresh No-Cook Tomato Sauce

I came across this recipe accidentally, and the version I found used brie in it, which was perfect since we had some brie in the fridge and no intentions of eating it.  However, after discovering the brie had gone bad, I decided to make some alterations to this recipe and come up with something new….

RECIPE: Garlic Parmesan Spinach Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is one of the weirdest – and best – vegetables that I’ve discovered.  As a self-proclaimed pasta lover looking to cut back on my carbs, you could say I wasn’t too happy.  I wanted to try a spaghetti squash to see if it was really what people say it is and if it…

RECIPE: Blackberry Lemon Muffins

Every now and then, a recipe idea will hit you and you’ll have to stop what you’re doing and make it.  For me, this happened when my boyfriend mentioned making muffins, and before he finished telling me his story, I had already taken out my mixer along with the flour and sugar.  I looked up…

RECIPE: Caramelized Onion & Spinach Quinoa

Quinoa is one of the best things to make when you’re not really feeling like cooking. It’s super easy and pretty quick, but I’ve always made it the same way, so I was looking for a new recipe. I searched Pinterest for a while and I didn’t come up with much, so I had to…

RECIPE: Pan-Seared Salmon

Cooking new things is always really exciting to me, so I decided that I would try making salmon for the first time.  I really love salmon and wanted to make it myself, in a new way that I hadn’t had before.  Previously, I’ve had it either baked with dill and lemon or grilled with pesto….

RECIPE: Tzatziki Sauce

In lots of traditional Greek dishes, tzatziki sauce is used for extra flavor and texture.  It goes great with a gyro, grilled chicken, lamb chops, or even just toasted pita bread as a dip.  In my family, I’ve become the designated person to make the tzatziki whenever we have a dinner that “requires” it.  I’ve…

RECIPE: Parmesan Couscous

I’ve tried a few couscous recipes before, and while they’ve all been pretty easy to make, none of them have really wowed me.  I always end up with dry couscous that’s sort of bland, and it ends up being fine because it’s served with other things, but it’s just not great.  So, I decided to…

RECIPE: Shrimp & Avocado Sushi Roll

About a week or two ago, my favorite sushi restaurant closed out of the blue.  I loved going there and now I have to find a new sushi spot, which is really not something I want to do all over again.  I’ve had this nifty contraption sitting in my pantry for almost 2 years now,…

Holy Crêpe!

Crepes are delicious. They’re good for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or just a snack somewhere in between.  Crepe Traditions is a restaurant located near a few college campuses in North Carolina.  This awesome place is walking distance from my campus (dangerous, right?) and I’ve already been twice this semester.  What’s great is they offer a 15% discount…

DIY: Homemade Lip Balm

Every year in the middle of fall, I find myself quickly going through several tubes of lip balm as my lips become more and more chapped with the chillier weather. I used to throw away lip balms that I couldn’t quite get the rest out of since I couldn’t twist it any further. I wanted…

RECIPE: Butternut Squash Soup

Making Christmas dinner is really exciting to me since it’s a good way to try new recipes on large groups of people and get all kinds of opinions.  Butternut squash is a really popular winter vegetable that I thought would make an awesome soup, so I did some searches and came across this recipe.  I…

RECIPE: Winter Citrus Salad

Fall is a transitional season in both weather and food.  It eases us into winter, and certain fruits and vegetables come in and out of season.  In this salad, I was trying to eat as much avocado as I could before they  went out of season for the winter and got much harder to find…