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  • I am a web designer by day and a food enthusiast by night. I'm originally from the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area but moved to the west coast (first Oregon ans now California) three years ago. Prior to that I spent two years in France and Spain. Living in Europe not only made me a much more experimental cook, but also taught me about the importance of improvising in a recipe -- because on most days I could never find all of the ingredients I needed!

    I try to use fresh/seasonal market ingredients when available and I add hot peppers to pretty much everything (so watch out!). I hope you enjoy my recipes and feel free to share.

    Have fun browsing and even more fun cooking!

    *All recipes are my own unless otherwise noted.
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Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Leeks & Pancetta

This rich and delicious dish is perfect for a meal or even as a side dish. It is great in the winter months when it’s cold out and you want to roast / feel heat from your oven! Pancetta is normally pretty salty so there...

by admin on November 25th, 2015
No Comments  Mains, Sides


Coconut Shrimp

Growing up in Florida, I gained a love for coconut shrimp. It was always a treat to go out and order them as an appetizer (and later in life for happy hour!). I FINALLY got around to making them and they were well worth the...

by admin on September 22nd, 2015
No Comments  Mains, Seafood, Starters, Tapas & Snacks


Baked Bell Pepper Stuffed With Misr Wot (Ethiopian Lentil Stew)

I’ve always loved Ethiopian food since I can first remember trying it but ever since visiting the country, I have been absolutely craving the cuisine! You can make berbere from scratch, or you can be lazy like me and purchase from This recipe is...

by admin on August 5th, 2015
No Comments  Ethnic, Mains, Vegetarian


Oxtail Stew

I absolutely love oxtail but wasn’t sure how to prepare it so I Googled, and came across Jamie Oliver’s “insanely good oxtail stew.” Not only was it insanely good, but it was also pretty easy to make! If you can’t find oxtail at your local...

by admin on April 26th, 2015
No Comments  Mains, Soups



Paella is a traditional Spanish dish consisting mainly of rice, saffron, meat and seafood. It is one of those meals that is fun to make and even more fun to devour. It often yields quite a bit so is an excellent idea for dinner parties...

by admin on January 18th, 2015
No Comments  Ethnic, Mains


Lemon Garlic Soba Noodles with Kale & Avocado

I’ve been on a kale kick for the past week (plus I have so much of it from the store) so I thought of this fun way to throw it together with some delicious ingredients for a simple, yet satisfying, weeknight meal. Serves: 2 Ingredients:...

by admin on July 9th, 2014
No Comments  Mains, Vegetarian


Romaine Tacos with Cumin Quinoa Filling

I haven’t posted many recipes since moving back to the U.S. partially because I have been cooking less (sigh) and partially because things have been hectic trying to settle back in! I found this recipe online and thought it sounded so good…and it was! I...

by admin on February 26th, 2014
No Comments  Mains, Vegetarian


Lamb Chops in a Hazelnut Crust with Rosemary Cream

If you are looking for a rich wintertime dish, this is it. The sauce will really amaze you with its deliciousness and it also goes wonderfully with a side of garlic mashed potatoes! And yay — I finally got to use my new birthday present...

by admin on December 9th, 2013
No Comments  Mains


Shrimp & Red Pepper Pasta with a Garlic & White Wine Reduction Sauce

I found some Rovellón mushrooms at the local fruit & vegetable shop recently and so I decided to sauté them with red peppers and shrimp in a delicious and rich pasta dish. It would also work well with oyster mushrooms. Here is the recipe: Serves: 2...

by admin on November 23rd, 2013
No Comments  Mains, Seafood


Teriyaki Salmon with Sriracha Cream Sauce

This recipe had me at Sriracha. Teriyaki Salmon with Sriracha Cream Sauce makes for an absolutely delicious dinner served warm over brown rice or quinoa. I highly recommend trying it! I made the teriyaki sauce about 6 hours before cooking and left the salmon marinating...

by admin on November 16th, 2013
No Comments  Ethnic, Mains, Seafood