Spicy Tomato Clams

Up until a few years ago I didn't eat most seafood. Aside from shrimp I hated anything that came from the sea. There is literally a story that gets bounced around at parties about the time I ate poke at a company christmas party and I turned green in the face. No kidding green in the face. So for me to be posting a recipe on clams means I've really grown and so has my palette. 

Tomatillo Salsa - Family Favorite

Salsa has always been one of those things that I eat non stop. I can sit down at a table and not stop till I eat the entire bag of chips. I hang my head in shame but then remember it was worth it. When restaurants offer chips and salsa I always fill up on it before the meal makes it to the table. Just put the salsa on the table and no one gets hurt. 

This recipe is my go to favorite. It's so simple but tastes like its from a restaurant. It makes about 48 oz of salsa. After letting the salsa sit for 30 minutes I pour into glass jars. Placing a little tag and a bow make this a great little hostess gift. The best part is most of the ingredients are things you keep in your pantry and fridge. Everyone has their favorite brand of tomato sauce so check out the different options in the store and see how the recipe can really change. Rotel makes it more spicy. Whole foods version (used today) gives it a less salty flavor. Del Monte has a great version but hard to find. 

Coconut Banana Granola

It's been a about a week since I've been able to do anything for the blog. Sorry about that. I had to get packed and ready to go home back to San Francisco. I had taken a two week vacation that turned into a 6 month trip. Life happened and getting back on track was what this week was all about. 

When I called my uber I thought about what was in my fridge in my apartment. I knew there couldn't be anything still good in there. So I knew I needed to restock my pantry and my fridge asap. Luckily we are fortunate to live in a day and age with Uber, Good Eggs, and Google Shopping Express. While riding back into the city I ordered the basics from Costco, some home essentials from Target, and some amazing fresh produce and meats from Good Eggs. After all the ordering I still thought I didn't have anything to eat. Funny how a full fridge still equals nothing to eat. For breakfast I knew I wanted some granola. I could of ordered some great options but there is something so satisfying about creating your own favorite flavor. Enter Coconut Banana Granola. 

Local Style Chili

Have you ever had one of those days where nothing went right. I got up bright and early and made a magical tofu scramble it was picture perfect as my friends and family would say. That was the last magical thing that happened. After I cleaned up breakfast I immediately started on what I thought would be today's post. Im not sure what happened but instead of a crumble I got a melty gooey mess. The insides of that first post were absolutely perfect. I had officially perfected it after years of trying, unfortunately the crumble topping  didn't crumble. So since I knew no amount of photo styling could make this dish look pretty. So I decided it's only 11 am on a Saturday I could make something else for today's post. Enter today's chili. I am a serious chili connoisseur. The funny part is though I hate beans. I will eat beans but beans just aren't my jam. If you look at my bowl after dinner I will have a bowl filled with beans left. 

Bacon, Onion, and Brie Quiche

Ever had one of those nights when you can't decide what to make for dinner. I have those at least once a week. In my family we love breakfast for dinner. Quiche is a dish that even the pickiest eaters love. What could go wrong with bacon, eggs, and cheese, placed into a buttery flakey crust. There a few ways you can make this quickly, but I will save that for another day.

Apple Dumpling Gang

After becoming an avid blog reader I noticed I started to have what other's call blog envy. There were purses I knew I shouldn't buy, shoes I knew I couldn't afford and dream homes I had pinned on Pinterest that would never be mine. I started to see that same envy spill over into my food, even before I started blogging. There were cakes that were perfectly frosted, muffins with perfect domes, and doughnuts that were perfectly fried and I tried painstakingly to recreate them. One day I told myself I will get there. Having no formal training what so ever, it was going to be a day far from then. To be honest it will probably be a day far from now even. 

Birthday Cake

So this birthday was hard for me, it was an end of the era type of thing. IF I wasn't feeling bad enough Facebook has to go and be an ass and tell me here is what you were doing for the last decade on your birthday. The problem wasn't what I was doing it was that I had been on Facebook for longer than a decade. Seriously! 

Grandmother's Portuguese Vinha d'alhos

Now those of you unfamiliar with Hawaii wouldn't understand the melting pot of cultures that makes Hawaii so special. Myself, I am blended with Hawaiian, Chinese, Portuguese, Welsh, and more. The list goes on and on. This is pretty much the norm, so it is not unusual to have Chinese comfort food for breakfast and Portuguese comfort food for dinner. This post is something special that we would have on Christmas. I loved it so much I started making it all the time. The difference is I made it a one pot meal versus a three day love affair like the traditional recipe calls for. The true test was making this for the "Aunties" of the family and didn't tell them I didn't marinade it for three days in fresh bathes of vinegar and garlic daily. Once they finished eating dinner one night I broke the news to them and they didn't believe me.

Chocolate Cream Pies

Today's post started out with much higher aspirations. I was going to make something fancy and do amazing things with props and then life happened. The day called for something soothing. Some people eat soup to soothe their soul, I call your soup and raise you chocolate cream pies. The world needed something a little stronger, something with three types of chocolate and some coffee. Now when some of you make this, you will correctly make the instant coffee and only use a half a cup of it. Today called for the whole packet of instant coffee in 1/2 cup of hot water. I dare you to do it, you will thank me later. These are soft and pillowy cookies and when you get those bites of milk chocolate chunks the world will seem a little better. 

Deep Deep Dish Pizza

There are few things I love more than pizza, any pizza. My guilty pleasure was Totino's Pizza Rolls or bagel bites but let's save that for another day. I've been to Chicago a few times and fell in love with deep dish pizza. Now that's a city doing pizza right.  I haven't found anyone in Hawaii doing deep dish pizza right so that's what inspired this post.

Tale of Two Fritter Breads

I have an deep passion for apple fritters. In Hawaii and San Francisco they are hard to come by. But before breaking out my deep fryer I thought making them into something a little easier for the morning routine. Yes, Im guilty of making a big breakfast almost every morning. I need sustenance to live. Doughnuts = Sustenance. Here is the conundrum...

Spiced Apple Cake

Some people love pumpkin spice lattes this time of year but we are obsessed with Pumpkin Pie Spice. We use it all year round to be honest. This cake is really simple and really puts this spice on display. Every time someone we know visits a new grocery store they bring us back a new brand of pumpkin pie spice. Some people collect snow globes, some collect spices. 

Strawberry Macadamia Nut Tart - My Take on Frangipane

I love French Pastry and all its long process glory. This tart is a labor of love and I recommend making this on a day that you have some downtime to hang around the house. Yes there are like five different recipes within this recipe and yes it might take you a little while but I promise you it is worth it. So the French have Frangipane which is a great almond cream that they use in pastries, tarts, cookies, we are going to do them one better. Introducing macadamia nut frangipane!

Blueberry Gin Fizz

We are toasting to the launch of our new blog, and to show how happy we are, we are popping some bubbles. Using ingredients in our fridge and garden we are transforming our cocktails into a refreshing and unforgettable drink. Don't feel pressured to buy the the best of the best. The beauty of this cocktail is it works with whatever you have on a hand. 

Miso Braised Short Ribs

I will pretty much braise anything at least once but my go to over and over again is shortribs. I love how tender it becomes after 3 hours of roasting in goodness. This recipe is so flexible I changed it all the time.

Chocolate Caramel Crunch Biscotti

Since I was a child I had a weird obsession with biscotti, I never liked coffee really but I loved these often stale or crunchy cookie like things. Then enter David Lebovitz's biscotti recipe. Im pretty much obsessed with David Lebovitz and wondered if he had a recipe for biscotti and low and behold, he did. So I set out to make a version that everyone would love with our without coffee. Not to toot my own horn but boy did I succeed. I had been given a box of snickers and wanted to find a way to use them in my recipe development, so you can see where this is going. 

Cinnamon Rolls

I love Fall. Though I live in a place that doesn't have seasons like many of you know and love, I celebrate it in spirit. Nothing says more to me than crispy fall mornings or holidays are coming more than cinnamon and sugar. My cinnamon rolls are a family favorite that I stumbled upon making by trial and error. I know the recipe seems long and daunting but once you get the flow you can whip these up pretty quickly. 

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Now many of you have your own favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, and if you have spent any amount of time on Pinterest you know there are are a lot of recipes claiming to be the best cookie you ever bake. Im not claiming anything but a really tasty cookie that you will make again, and again. Now if you like thick, chewy, and soft cookies these are not for you. I will post that recipe soon. Though my family has some discerning cookie tasters and managed to even wow a few soft cookie enthusiast.