Sesame Crusted Seared Ahi Tuna

I have an unconditional love for seafood. Unconditional. It’s just so tasty, and I can’t explain why. This sesame crusted tuna is unbelievably easy and quick to make. Searing it adheres the sesame seeds on so nicely and seals in the freshness of the fish. The other day, I didn’t really feel like trying something at a picnic, and a friend  called me out reminded me that I had just written about giving things/food second chances. And he was absolutely right! Today, I am simply grateful for that reminder. And in honor of that, I decided to make a version of a dish that I absolutely hated when I first tried it and now enjoy: sashimi. Now I loveeee raw fish! And I spend way too much money on it! Recently, though, I visited the seafood counter at Nugget Market inquiring about their oysters and tuna. The very nice man behind [Continue Reading...]

Happy Tuesday, Everyone! I would just like to take a second to acknowledge a wonderful achievement for Life Tastes Like Food this week: My last recipe was featured on the Women’s Health website! This is absolutely so exciting for me!! When I saw it, I literally did a 5 minute-long happy dance in my room. Literally. Yes, jumping up and down, arms flailing, feet shuffling—the whole shebang. I might have even thrown in a couple of these moves, too. To no music whatsoever. (I also did this same dance when I gained the majority of my wonderful readers (yes, YOU!!) from being Freshly Pressed at the beginning of this blog and this last month.) You are all so amazing for following me through this journey of experiencing my life through food. And for that, I am extremely grateful. So grateful, in fact, that I am going to have AN UPCOMING GIVEAWAY in your honor. [Continue Reading...]

Grilled Bacon, Artichoke, Arugula, and Goat Cheese Flatbread Pizza

Wow, that’s a long title–and those aren’t even all the toppings! But for the sake of length, I had to simplify. Here’s the actual pizza title that just wouldn’t seem to fit in the title box: Grilled bacon, artichoke, arugula with dressing, grape tomatoes, red onion, mozzarella, and goat cheese flatbread pizza.  Yes.  When I was living in the dorms and even during the year after I moved out, ordering in pizza was a staple for me. “Ordering in” as in I would order an entire pizza, just for myself. Sure, I’d share with whoever was around, but I never thought twice about it even if I knew I’d be the only one to eat it all. I would eat multiple pieces for dinner (preferable sitting on the ground and straight out of the box), then eat it cold the next morning for breakfast and then have a couple more pieces [Continue Reading...]

Chocolate Merlot Cupcakes

Oh, yes, you read correctly. Chocolate. Merlot. Cupcakes. WITH Chocolate. Merlot. Frosting. Last week was my wonderful roommate’s birthday, and to celebrate I wanted to make something fun. We both love chocolate, and we both enjoy wine. And cupcakes? Well, there’s just no substitute! So I figured that this was the perfect dessert to make for her! And I really like the touch the decorative cupcake liners add to the cupcakes, don’t you? Birthdays are so enjoyable to me because I am thoroughly fond of making food that has a special meaning. Holidays, for example, are really fun, and with birthdays, personalizing a cake or making something that you know the birthday person loves is so exciting and unique! If you like Merlot and chocolate, I think you will enjoy these as well! According to the original recipe, these cupcakes were suppose to be a lot darker so don’t know what [Continue Reading...]

Buffalo Fries

I love buffalo wings. Almost as much as I love bacon. I seriously went through a phase where I would just crave buffalo wings and want them for every single meal! But then again, I go through specific food phases a lot–like with sushi. And spinach. For some reason, though, buffalo wings will always have a special place in my heart. I’m not sure if it’s the tanginess from the vinegar, the crunch of the crispy outside, or the spicy kick from the sauce, but buffalo wings always leave me feeling completely satisfied. I also always do a little happy dance when I see them on a menu when eating out (don’t laugh)! So, to get my fix without having to go through the tedious process of prepping and deep-frying chicken wings, my substitute is a large batch of buffalo fries! It’s a great snack and definitely satisfies that ridiculous buffalo [Continue Reading...]

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