banana cookies w/ cinnamon glaze

COOKIES!!! I am so excited to be sharing these cookies with you! let’s be honest, everyone needs a cookie (and a stiff drink) after the whirlwind that is thanksgiving. I don’t have the drinks, but I can provide the cookies… cookies with bananas! you know, to help with stuffing detox and getting back into normal…

curry-spiced sweet potatoes w/ mango mayo

Oh my gosh, these fries. Last week, CJ and I hit up McMenamin’s East 19t St Cafe, one of our most favorite joints from our campus days.  We used to live dangerously close to this place… like two blocks close.  I can’t guess how many times tater tots were ordered after midnight and ciders were…

short rib pot pie (grain free)

Anyone else out there a magazine freak? I totally am.  Ever since high school (aka when I had no bills to pay and therefore had an abundance of cash) I have been hooked on the newsstand… newsstand may not be the right word, gossip rack is probably more accurate.  Anyways, since then, and since my…

roasted jalapeño spaghetti squash cakes (grain free)

Let me tell you a little about the weather right now. It sucks. Sure, it’s pretty and sure, it hardly ever snows real snow in Oregon, but I can’t stand it.  It’s really snowing, really reallllllllly snowing.  Like, there are inches of snow outside, I can’t see where the sidewalks end and where the streets…

tequila braised short ribs

Tequila and I have a love-hate relationship Pretty much, I hate that I really love it, which is actually funny because I used to hate it.  Like, realllllly hate it (thanks worst hangover of my life).  I don’t know when I started to like it again, but I’m pretty sure it had something to do…

curried chicken salad with mango & toasted coconut (dairy free)

Remember when I said my taste buds have expanded and I no longer hate ethnic food? Well, curry fits into that category.  Used to hate it, now I love it.  I also used to hate mayonnaise, but now that I make my own with avocado oil I love it.  Taste buds are weird.  They’re always…

grain free buffalo chicken waffles

I’ve really started to notice something lately… Once upon a time long ago (ok, maybe not that long ago) I was a picky eater.  Not just a let-me-pick-those-olives-off picky eater, but a oh-my-god-I-cannot-touch-this-because-a-tiny-olive-piece-was-near-it picky eater.  Yes, it’s true.  I know it’s hard to believe, but this kombucha drinking, raw liver pill taking, fish oil swallowing…

philly cheese steak stuffed sweet potato skins

I loooooooove stuffed foods.  jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese.  cookies stuffed with more cookies. burgers stuffed with cheese. cake stuffed with curd. avocados stuffed with eggs. I also love my face stuffed with these… (speaking of stuffing my face, I can’t not stop eating plantain chips.  I want them all day long, with every meal….

brown butter banana walnut muffins (grain/gluten free)

Before we get to the muffins, let’s talk about running. Gross, I know. As much as I despise running and as much as I loathe doing it… I think I may be starting to like it just a little bit.  Sort of.  I’ve had dreams (ok, more like fantasies) of running a half marathon for…

roasted poblano waffles (grain/dairy/sugar free)

Ugh, these are just too good. Waffles are just a danger food.  I looooooove waffles, which is a bit weird because growing up they weren’t that special.  Sure, I would gladly eat them doused in syrup AND powdered sugar whenever presented with the delicious opportunity, but they were never a breakfast I really craved. Chocolate…

spiced apple cider braised pork w/ apples and kale

I put apples in my pork.  It’s fall, I couldn’t help it. Apples are everywhere right now.  I’m not complaining, trust me.  I love the darn things so much that I incorporate them into every meal.  Apple breakfast hash (recipe coming soon) in the morning, apples and nut butter with lunch, and now apples cooked…

sugarless chocolate cupcakes (grain/gluten/dairy/sugar free)

I loooove my some cupcakes.  I also looooove me some sugar. Sadly, my body doesn’t love sugar as much as my taste buds do.  This is the only reason I have been doing my best to eat less sugar.  Less maple syrup, less honey, less coconut sugar, less of all the good stuff. I about cried…