25-Minute Spicy Chicken

Monday night. After a long, sleepy first day back at work, how much energy do you have left by the time dinner rolls around? I’m a practical cook – I keep 2 or 3 recipes in my back pocket that are so stupidly simple I can still manage a good dinner after an *especially* painful…

Erin’s Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce

BBQ sauce is a condiment I used to keep in the fridge and use so sparingly it would meet it’s expiration date before the bottle was empty. There are some GREAT BBQ sauces out there (commercial brands and local), but I hate the thought of using the same sauce once every 2 months – I…

Southwest Chicken Burgers

I spent this week in Fort Worth, TX where the temperature reached 86º F the same day I boarded my plane to head back to Seattle and return to the mid-30’s and cloud cover. It’s a depressing transition when you’re someone who thrives in the sunshine (Learn more about me in my my Beginnings post!). I spent…

Cajun Spice

I’m a big fan of homemade spice mixes. Not only are they easily customizable, but you know what goes into it so you don’t need to worry about funky ingredients being mixed into your food. One of my staples is Cajun Spice. It packs a punch by itself, but when used to season meat or…

Jambalaya

Mid-February in Seattle is dark, wet, cold and difficult for sun-lovers like myself. With this being my second winter in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve learned how to cope with days like today when the thought of venturing out into the constant rain is a personal torture. I’ve spent the last few years bulking up my…

Beginnings

“It’s easy to get swept up into the daily routine and focus on being successful vs being happy. As I’ve moved across the country and settled over 2,700 miles from the place I call home, my passion for cooking and baking has moved back into the spotlight of my life…”