Almond Raspberry Macarons – Don’t Sweat It

Hello! As much as I love macarons and all their artful glory nowadays (isn’t it crazy that something so ancient in culinary history has made such a trendy comeback?), they still make me a little rattled sometimes. Their tricky reputation is justified in the technicality of execution, but not necessarily the number or types of ingredients. However,…

Red Snapper with Mango-Avocado Salsa- Colorful, Fun & Fresh

One of the ways to maintaining good health and wellness is eating the colors of the rainbow. With the endless selection of fruits and vegetables, there is greater variety in colorful produce to choose from than ever. Today’s recipe is more of a springboard for inspiration of how to make healthy food visually appealing, while still tasting…

Citrus-Ginger Shortbread Cookies- A Spring Time Zing with Your Tea

Good Morning! Shortbread is often a simple cookie with just flour, sugar, and butter as the main ingredients. However, there are also ways to enrich them, and in this case, egg yolks give this cookie a rich flavor and color. To add some more zing and bright flavor, citrus zest from both lemons and oranges…

Three-Bean Chili- An Easy and Healthy Weeknight Meal

Even though spring has sprung, the birds are chirpping, and the bees are buzzing away, the weather has become somewhat winter-like for SF. Overcast, foggy days make me wanna stay indoors and curl up on the couch with a nice heaping bowl of chili. While Texans and meat-eaters alike would probably scorn at the absence…

Classic Butter Croissants – A Labor of Love

While Mother’s Day has come and gone, I figure it’s never too late to celebrate the most special people in our lives, including ourselves! Treating myself, family, and friends usually comes down to one thing – weekend baking. Not only is learning the craft so rewarding, but pastries are more than welcomed when shared! On Friday afternoon,…

Dijon Baked Chicken -A Simply Delicious French-Inspired Dinner

Happy Almost Friday! After a tiring week and almost time to wind down, consider a French-inspired dinner. We’re not talking a five course meal with h’orderves and the like, but using simple pantry staples that reflect the taste of France. I love Herbs de Provence (especially those with lavender! Yes, I realize it’s the little things…

Shannon’s Enchilada Verde – Cinco de Mayo Recipe Idea

Happy Saturday! I’m usually not one to cook special occasion dishes that correspond to a holiday, cause well, National Doughnut Day? Trust me, I don’t need a holiday to eat one anyway… Regardless, Cinco de Mayo is coming up in the states and I guess I got “suckered” into this holiday themed dish idea. Luckily, almost…