A Weekend Filled with Spinach and Snow

Yep, you read correctly…snow at the end of May! For Memorial Day weekend, a group of friends and I headed up to beautiful Lake Tahoe for a weekend getaway. It snowed 2 out of the 3 days we were there! Although unexpected, the snow was beautiful to watch fall and blanket the driveway and trees outside. It truly was a winter wonderland in late Spring. We spent hours playing Taboo, sang along to the live music played by our talented friends, and had a great time catching up next to the warm fire that was roaring all weekend long. On top of all that, we had great food! Our group decided to pitch in and get enough food to make group meals throughout the trip. This time, however, we didn’t realize the idea of “enough food for everyone” also applied to spinach. Our friend, who was doing all the food shopping, got a little too much [Continue Reading...]

Spicy Guacamole with Corn and Black Beans

This dish was completely inspired by my recent visit to California Pizza Kitchen. We ordered the “White Corn Guacamole and Chips” off of their small cravings menu. And when they say “small cravings”, they mean small. I’m not saying it wasn’t delicious or worth the price, but you really do only get a tiny taste of the dish before it’s gone! As a food fanatic, this just wasn’t going to do for me! After eating the yummy guacamole and BBQ chicken pizza, I was happy and full. The next day though, I was already craving the guacamole again, so I decided to make some of my very own! Fresh and healthy with a kick of spice in every bite, this recipe is a keeper. And the best part is, it makes a ton of this guacamole! So, feel free cut the recipe in half. Also, CPK’s recipe calls for white [Continue Reading...]

Holy Cannoli!

Have you ever had cannoli? For those of you that don’t know, cannoli are a traditional Sicilian pastry dessert that consists of a fried tube of dough with a sweetened, creamy, ricotta filling. The filling can be flavored, sometimes crushed nuts or chocolate chips are added to the sides, and then the entire dessert is dusted with powdered sugar. Yum! I had a dream last night that the world was going into a panic about the world ending, and in my dream I made sure to find a pastry shop that sold cannoli so I could have one last taste before utter chaos broke loose (yes, my subconscious priorities seem a little skewed…)! When I woke up from my dream, I was extremely confused! For one thing, I did not buy in one bit about May 21st being the end of the world, and secondly, I’ve only had cannoli once [Continue Reading...]

Greek Salad

About 6 years ago, I was given a wonderful opportunity to travel. The land, people, and history were some of the most remarkable things that I have ever witnessed in my life but the exerpience that resonates most frequently in my head was the food I had the pleasure of eating. One of the places I got to visit was Greece. We traveled among the islands of Santorini, Mykonos, Samos, and also spent some time in Athens. In each of these places, Greek Salad and gyros were abundant, cheap, and delicious. I seriously can’t explain the joy of sitting outdoors on a patio, Greek salad in front of you, a breathtaking view of the ocean, and the most beautiful sunset I have ever set my eyes on. I felt entirely blessed to experience such a perfect moment and will remember it forever. And since I do not foresee myself traveling [Continue Reading...]

Spoken Word: Food for the Soul

This is a short clip I took during the event featured in this post. This particular workshop was centered around creating a community mural. The youth were also encouraged to customize their event t-shirts, and this is a small example of the inspiring creativity we saw throughout this event. Edited by: Patrick Anderson Song Credit: Citizen Cope – “Let the Drummer Kick” “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” Writing has never been a strong suit (and I am not being modest, folks). But when I started this blog, it quickly became my outlet. Yes, this blog is mainly about food. How a person can talk and relate so much about food is beyond me and probably boring and mindless to many others. But for some reason, to me, it just makes sense.  We look at, eat, feel, taste, examine, cook, and think about food every day. It’s [Continue Reading...]

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