brown butter and sage scalloped sweet potatoes

brown butter and sage scalloped sweet potatoes

One of my favorite dishes from home would be my mom’s scalloped potatoes.  I literally request it every time I visit, including in the summertime when it’s not the most seasonal of side dishes.  So with the correct season upon us, I decided to try a twist on this dish with flavors of fall, a mix of sweet potatoes, sage, and Parmesan cheese with a dash of nutmeg.  There’s really no reason to wait until November to buy some sage and fill your house with those aromas of Turkey Day.  Go ahead, stir up this dish and get a head start into the savory Fall season!  Happy October everyone! Continue reading

curried butternut squash soup with spiced almonds

curried butternut squash soup topped with crispy almonds

Fall is finally here and my tummy couldn’t be more excited. Pumpkins, squash, and turkey, oh my!  Even after a month of record heat here in Los Angeles, my heart (and stomach) were waiting for the day when a cool breeze would blow through the house and allow me to stir up a soul-warming soup.  This weekend my wishes finally became a reality!  With open windows and a chill through the apartment, I put on my favorite flannel and ran to the pantry to grab the ingredients for this delicious soup.  One of my all-time favorite soups, this mix of sweet apples, savory butternut squash, and spicy curry powder is the perfect combination to transform the flavors of Fall.  Make sure to add the crispy spiced almonds on top for an extra zing and enjoy!

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cheddar and sausage scones

cheddar and sausage scones

Although I love a sweet scone filled with bursts of fruit flavors, this savory scone is a great way to kick off your weekday morning with the delicious and hearty flavors of sausage and cheddar.  During the work week, I am running through the house trying to get myself together and making sure to get out the door in time to sit and wait in the lovely traffic of the LA morning commute.  So making a batch of scones during the weekend is a great way to prepare myself for the work week ahead.  With these scones in hand,  the stop and go traffic to work doesn’t seem to be so bad, enjoy! Continue reading

baked spaghetti squash with meatballs

baked spaghetti squash with meatballs

One of the most universal comfort foods that most of us can identify with our childhood would be none other than a delicious plate of spaghetti and meatballs.  Even as I have grown older, a dose of this pasta classic is the perfect meal for the end of a tough week.  But also as I have grown older, I realize that this childhood favorite might not be the healthiest of meals!  Enter one of the best kept secrets in the squash world, Spaghetti Squash!  This squash is not only super affordable, but also simple to roast off and keeps your refrigerator stocked for days.  Topping the squash with tomato sauce and spicy turkey meatballs is a great guilt-free alternative to those carb-filled recipes of your childhood! Continue reading

marinated pork, black bean, and tortilla strata

marinated pork, black bean, and tortilla strata

Still trying to finish off the last of that delicious cilantro and citrus marinated pork roast?  Well look no further because I have a simple solution to not only clear out the fridge but also fill up your stomach for breakfast!  With a spin on the classic strata, this tortilla based version has the perfect flavors to make your Tex Mex breakfast dreams come true.  By adding a little bit of green chiles, Monterey Jack cheese, and scrambled eggs over layers of tortilla,  this pork has a chance to become the star of yet another savory meal! Continue reading

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