Homemade Fresh Cherry Pie

Homemade Fresh Cherry Pie

There’s something about cherry pie made with fresh cherries… sweet and slightly tart, juicy and bright!  Cherries are in season right now… the perfect time for fresh Cherry Pie!!!  My only problem with making cherry pie at home from scratch – is the time it takes to pit the cherries.  What a chore (and a [...]

Grilled Jalapeño Burgers (Mild or Spicy)

Jalapeño Pepper Jack Burgers

Summer weather is perfect for grilling – in the early evening, there’s a nice warm breeze outside – with still plenty of sunlight.  Now that we have a Big Green Egg (Kamado style grill), it’s easy to light up the grill after work and make dinner without too much hassle! I bought a ton of [...]

Mika’s Chewy and Fudgy Nutella Brownies

Nutella Brownies

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of talk online (mainly on pinterest) about “2 ingredient nutella brownies“.  In theory, it seems seem easy and great… but in reality… they were just ok (to me).  I made them in the hopes that they were as good as they hype… but I was disappointed in the end [...]

Easy Peach Dump Cake

Easy Peach Dump Cake

A few days ago I posted a recipe for “Individual Mini Peach Pies” and promised I would soon post a recipe for “Peach Dump Cake” – which you can use any leftover fruit and juice/syrup (from the can) to make.  Dump cake tastes kind of like a hybrid of cake, cobbler, and pudding.  Texture wise, [...]

Individual Mini Peach Pies

Mini Peach Pies

Last week, I was reading my latest issue of Food Network Magazine, and came across a wonderful idea for individual peach pies: use half of a peach to stuff a pastry lined cupcake pan!  This reminded me of the “Mini Apple Pie” recipe that I posted a few years ago… and I thought why not [...]

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore, or “hunter’s style chicken,” is an Italian meal of meat (such as chicken) braised in a stew of tomatoes, onions, garlic, and red wine.  It often contains other ingredients, such as bell peppers, mushrooms, or black olives.  In my version, I prefer to use mushrooms – but if you don’t like mushrooms, you [...]

Homemade Non-Dairy Vanilla Ice Cream (Lactose-free Ice Cream)

Non-dairy Vanilla Ice Cream

Do you need to make ice cream for someone lactose intolerant or someone who is avoiding dairy?  This is a good base recipe for lactose-free vanilla ice cream – just use mocha mix non-dairy creamer instead of cream and milk.  Texture-wise, it isn’t quite as creamy as real dairy vanilla ice cream – it’s a [...]

Easy Filipino Chicken Adobo

Filipino Chicken Adobo

Chicken Adobo is a wonderful dish indigenous to the Philippines.  It has a complex flavor that comes from a mixture of soy sauce, garlic, spices, and vinegar!  Originally, the vinegar was added to the dish (along with all the salt from the soy sauce) to help preserve the meat… something that was necessary in a [...]

Avocado Tomato & Basil Tartine

Avocado Tomato and Basil Tartine

There is a small restaurant chain here in San Diego called “Swami’s Cafe.”  We’ve been going there a lot lately, as I’ve become addicted to their “Forked Avocado & Herbs on Toast” and their “Acai Smoothie Bowl“.  Their food is so unique – fresh and healthy – but really tasty and flavorful.  If you ever [...]

Coconut Cardamom Rice Pudding

Coconut Cardamom Rice Pudding

While I love to make Western-style desserts to feed my sweet tooth… every now and then I like to mix it up and make an Asian-style dessert.  This is a quick and easy Asian-style rice pudding that is lactose/dairy free, and also gluten free.  It makes a great dessert for people who are lactose intolerant [...]