Recipes

Raspberry Sangria

Ever since my party last week, I’ve been obsessed with Sangria. Until I made the peach one, I’d never considered making a sangria that was exclusively dedicated to one fruit flavor. But it got me thinking about my favorite fruit flavor, raspberry. I will eat or drink raspberry flavored anything. So I decided to concoct a…

Potato Gratin Cups

At a family dinner last year, my aunts made potato gratin cups. Potatoes au gratin are a family favorite, so my aunts thought they were being so clever making these cute little cups. And they were, except they went over TOO well, and everyone wanted more…but we’d eaten them all. So what I’m saying is,…

Coconut Margaritas

One of my favorite Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles, El Cholo, serves amazing Coconut Margaritas. I remember when I first saw them on the menu I said, “So, what, these are just piña coladas with tequila?” But oh no, they are not, not at all. They are sweet and a little tart and so delicious…

Shrimp With Spicy Garlic Sauce

I am (obviously) back on my feet and ready to cook again. My Aunt Terry passed on this shrimp recipe because she knows Mike loves spicy  food and I love shrimp. She promised me it was yummy and easy, and it was! Two of my favorite things. Shrimp With Spicy Garlic Sauce You need 1…

Baked Eggs And Mushrooms In Ham Cups

I’ve mentioned before that I’m making Mother’s Day brunch at my house for Heather and Heather’s mom. I settled on a recipe that Heather made for me a few times after we first moved in together (back when she was pretending she liked to cook!). Heather has been under the weather and feeling down lately,…

Michelada

A few months ago I was at a restaurant and ordered a Michelada. I had confused it for a sweet beer-based sangria. When it arrived, I took a huge swig, expecting sweetness. Instead, spicy saltiness hit my tongue and I almost choked, totally surprised. When I recovered, I realized that it actually tasted really good,…

Dutch Babies

My Aunt Lynn used to make Dutch Baby pancakes whenever we went on vacation. They always seemed so complicated and fancy, probably because they were only made on special occasions. My mom suggested I make them this week, and my aunt assured me that they are actually very easy. I never realized they only have…

Nana’s Baby Back Ribs With Homemade Barbeque Sauce

This week I wanted to make one of my Nana’s old recipes. My dad and aunt wax poetic about her baby back ribs – even my mom remembers them fondly, and she isn’t a big fan of barbeque ribs (she prefers her ribs dry). My aunt Lynn was gracious enough to come over and help…

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