Sundried Tomato & Walnut Pesto

Sundried tomatoes are such a great addition to any dish. I sneak them in whenever I can. Be sure to use oil packed ones, as they have a richer flavor. Sundried Tomato & Walnut Pesto Ingredients 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, in oil 2 cups basil, loosely packed, remove most stems 1…

Za’atar Hummus

When you have really good hummus, you find yourself wanting to put it on everything. On sandwiches instead of mayo, a dollop on your salad, with your chips instead of salsa.  The za’atar really brings this to another level. Make sure you use the best olive oil you can get your hands on. Za’atar Hummus…

Chia Pudding & Mango

Chia? Yep. Coconut milk? Check. Mango? You betcha. Panela? Triple check. Not feeling how hot it is this summer and heaven forbid you turn the oven on?! Look no further.  There is ZERO cooking in this recipe. The best part is it stays in the fridge ready for you to eat at a moments notice!…

Quinoa, Tabbouleh Style

Quinoa is just plain fun to eat. You either like the nutty texture or you don’t. I happen to be a big fan of it. Cold or hot, quinoa makes a great addition to any meal or as a main stay.

Basil Garlic Mayo

I tried this for the first time in Santa Marta, Colombia at a burger joint. It was the perfect dip for my side of fries. I knew I would attempt to replicate this at home because I just couldn’t get enough of it! Suffice to say, it turned out excellent and it will definitely be…

Liquid Smoke Black Beans

Black Beans can be so hit or miss if you don’t know how to season them properly. After my recent trip back to the US, I picked up some liquid smoke and it made such a difference, I’ve been making them like this ever since. I don’t know what I’ll do when I run out! I…

Sundried Tomato & Onion Focaccia

There’s something about focaccia bread that keeps me coming back. There are so many possible topping choices, the olive oil and saltiness. I just can’t get enough. Be sure to use the best possible olive oil you can. It makes a difference. Better yet, use some of the oil from the tomatoes. This recipe is…

Broiled Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts get a bad rap. Yes they can taste awful, but it’s all in the execution. Salt, pepper, olive oil and cayenne pepper can go a long way with this dish. Season liberally! These baby cabbages are crispy, crunchy, smelly and delicious. They start on bake and end on broil. Each time I find…

Popcorn with Chili Powder

When you love popcorn as much as I do, eventually you get to trying different flavors and toppings because it only gets better! The perfect snack for movie night or after dinner. My love for popcorn is most likely inherited from my dad. He literally cannot go to the movie theater without it, and now,…

Pico de Gallo

Why buy jarred salsa when it’s so easy to make! I served this Pico de Gallo recipe at a party and before the night was over it was all gone! Make sure you have tortilla chips or your favorite taco recipe to serve it with. A spoon works, too! 🙂 Pico de Gallo Ingredients 2 large…

Rice with Guandules

Say what you want but I judge a place on how good their rice is. If they can’t get that right, who know what other kitchen snafus they’ll have. It applies to so many cuisines and is a staple in many homes, including mine! This was probably one of the first things I learned how…

Cole Slaw

My mom made this when I was a kid and my sister and I loved it so much we would eat it with yellow corn tortilla chips as a snack. Everyone thinks they have the best recipe of potato salad and cole slaw right? Well this one is the best. I promise you! Thankfully my mom…