Yuba: A Noodle Experiment

Yuba is soy milk “skin” formed during the tofu-making process. It is packaged in sheets and can be cut into high-protein noodles to be used as substitutes for other Asian noodles. With my next sentence, I’m going to perpetuate a great big stereotype about eating in California. I went to a tofu tasting. It wasn’t…

Maple Rhubarb Tarts

One of the things I love about food is that it has the power to take us to times and places that might otherwise be forgotten.  It’s an all-sensory experience. You see its shapes and shades, feel its textures, hear its crunch and sizzle, smell the warm aromas and, of course, taste its layers of…

Conquering Quinoa: Fried Rice-Style Quinoa

 I’m a better baker than cook, but when I do cook, I try to make good food that’s good for me. That was actually the reason I started cooking in my 20s — I lived in New York City and I was surrounded by awesome food all the time, but I was spending most of…

Clementine Matzo Meal Pancakes

Exploring history and culture through food is probably the only way I like to consume information — though I love reading, history lessons are so much more fun when food is involved. We all have such unique relationships with what we eat and I’m endlessly fascinated by cookbooks and how they’ve evolved over the decades….

White Bean Soup Recipes to Help You Settle Into Fall

From chunky stews to creamy broths, white bean soup recipes come in many flavors and many forms. Like most people right now, have an overabundance of beans in all sorts of colors and shapes taking up space in the pantry. Right now, I’m working my way through my white bean supply. I have a standard…

Rotel Recipes (That Aren’t All Cheese Dip)

Rotel can be used for much more than chili con queso—from simple Mexican rice to spicy sweet potato and black bean soup, there are Rotel recipes to put your favorite canned tomatoes to work. Rotel is known for making game day dips like chili con queso, but I always have a can of Rotel on…

Marathon Brownies

There aren’t many ways to elevate a brownie; it’s a nearly perfect confection as it is. It’s portable, easy to make and a little too easy on the palate. You can’t make it more delicious or more chocolatey… but you can make it healthier. I’ve experienced many iterations of the brownie and the healthy brownie…

Nutella Recipes That Will Blow Your Mind

From brownies to peanut butter cookies these Nutella recipes turn dessert into an event. I love to kid myself into thinking that Nutella is a nut spread when clearly it is not. I’m pretty sure it was invented just so people would have an excuse to keep frosting in the fridge at all times. While…

What is Rotel?

If you don’t know what Rotel is, you’re not alone. Here, you’ll learn what Rotel is and how it can make your weeknight meals something to look forward to.  Rotel Chicken was a recipe my mother made for me for every birthday—it’s a simple dish that got me hooked on the flavor/texture combination of Cheddar…

Meyer Lemon Buttermilk Cake

Here’s another great thing about living in California: Coworkers who have an overabundance of fruit from their Meyer lemon trees bring the excess to the office to get rid of them. And when work hands me Meyer lemons, I make Meyer lemon cake. BUT…  if you don’t know what a Meyer lemon is, you’re not…