10 Dishes to Make Before Summer is Over

Last weekend, the friends and I went on our annual camping and tubing trip at Cache Creek. Cache Creek isn’t really a hard-core-hike-to-your-site-bring-only-what-you-can-carry sort of experience. It’s more of a pull-off-the-highway-and-pitch-tents-on-the-lawn-with-neighbors-five-feet-away-from-you sort of deal. I know that may not sound like that much fun to some, but I love it. Movie projected on a screen under the stars? Got it. Bathrooms and a generator? Check. Steak tips, baked beans in a dutch oven, OYSTERS, grilled corn, hot dogs, burgers, and a bacon lattice (just like last year!)? Done and DONE. I love the summertime. Don’t take it for granted! Here are 10 recipes that you should consider making soon because before we know it, it’s going to be Fall and we will be wishing for 100 degree weather and fun weekends to play by the water :) 10 Things to Make Before Summer is Over 1. Red Wine Sangria 2. Sesame Crusted Seared [Continue Reading...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Vietnam: Phở Real

The following post is written by my dear friend, Ryan, over at Boundless Abundance. He is writing to us all the way from Vietnam! Ryan’s adventures in food, scenery, history, and an overall perspective of each culture he encounters is something that should not be overlooked, and it’s wonderful that he has taken the time to give us a little taste of the Vietnam region. His blog is inspiring, beautiful, and brings out the wanderlust in all. To read more about his adventures, click here! —————————————————————————————————- Eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner, phở is a staple in Vietnamese cuisine if not its most popular dish. At its heart the soup is composed of a hefty portion of rice noodles submersed in a large bowl stock and it’s the additions to this base that are the source of variety—meat and organs of beef, chicken, pork, shrimp and fish cakes seemed to be [Continue Reading...]

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