Homemade, Barely Knead, Dutch Oven Bread

Before we moved to Los Angeles from Tennessee in October 2014, Cobalt and I had to minimize our packing drastically in order to avoid using a moving van (we succeeded, praise God!). Some of the things we gave away or sold were even gifts from our wedding two years prior. I was a little sad but knew this stuff was […]

Lemon Curd

Lemons. The joy on a hot, sweaty day in the form of a glass of sour-sweet water. The delectableness of zesty cookies. The extra zing in a low country boil. The happy yellow of a subtle rind garnish. The refreshing scent in a reviving candle. Lemons are one of the most versatile fruits, used in foods […]

How To: Homemade Pasta

It’s so interesting to live in Los Angeles this time of year.  Back in Tennessee–where Cobalt and I moved from last October–it’s beginning to warm up from the winter season.  But here the weather is the same it’s always been: sunny, warm in the day and cool at night. I can’t say I miss the […]

Easy Pad Thai

Last week was so much fun! Not being much of a touristy person, I probably would not have done any “touristy” LA things for years if my friend T hadn’t come in town and been so eager to visit the Hollywood sign, the TCL Chinese Theater (with handprints and stars), The Griffith Observatory, The Getty […]

How to Bake Part 3: Substitutions

All right, so we’ve talked about ingredients in Part 1 and Proper Measuring Techniques in Part 2. Now let’s talk about substitutions that work… PART THREE: SUBSTITUTIONS What’s the point of substituting in recipes anyway? Well, what if you’re vegan and a recipe calls for eggs? What if you have celiac disease and a recipe […]

How to Bake Part 2: Measuring

In Part 1 we talked about ingredients in baking and how they chemically impact food’s texture, flavor and appearance. Today we’re going to talk about measuring and why we should care about it so much. PART TWO: MEASURING I bet you didn’t think there was a technique to measuring ingredients into to a bowl when […]

How to Make Chili from Dried Beans

While it may be time consuming, cooking beans from dried is so easy! And it really doesn’t have to be time consuming if you let time do the work for you. All it takes is a little planning ahead… There’s nothing like HOMEMADE CHILI. Spicy, mild, sweet, meaty, veggie, tomatoey, brothy, thick, white, dark… I love […]

How to Bake, Part 1: Ingredients

  Did you know that baking is chemistry? So — because baking is chemistry, it’s very important that you always, always follow the recipe. I’m really talking to myself here because I’d rather read a recipe over once and throw it out the window. But every time that happens, my cookies never turn out how […]

How to: Easy Fettuccini

Today I bring to you the most delicious and EASY Fettuccini you’ll ever eat. Watch this video to learn how! I didn’t use smoked fish, just extra vegetables (red peppers, broccoli, green beans and peas) and diced chicken. But it was amazing. Also, Jamie used reduced fat milk for the Alfredo sauce which makes it […]