Category — Fast and Easy Recipes

{recipe} Slow Cooker Pumpkin, Lentil, & Chickpea Curry

We have had an unusually cold and wet winter here in Northern California. I have found myself turning to this recipe again and again as a hearty, healthy, easy way to warm up myself at dinner – and have leftovers for lunch the next day.

Slow Cooker Lentil, Chickpea, and Pumpkin Curry

This recipe is incredibly easy and hands-off, and as a bonus it is also vegan. I often find vegan food to be lacking in that certain je ne sais quoi, but this curry is universally enjoyed by just about everyone I’ve served it to, and has great flavor and depth without a lot of effort. [Read more →]

January 27, 2017   1 Comment

{recipe} Easy Cake Mix Christmas Cookies

Did you know you can make super easy and tasty cookies out of cake mix? Well, now you do! And you can dye them green and decorate them with red sprinkles to make them holiday-ready.

cake mix cookies

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December 12, 2016   1 Comment

{recipe} Spicy Mexican Chocolate Tequila Balls (in the style of Bourbon Balls)

Every Christmas, my brother-in-law Steve requests a batch of bourbon balls like his grandma used to make. The original recipe for this old-fashioned holiday treat calls for crushing up nuts, Nilla wafers, powdered sugar and cocoa and moistening them with bourbon and corn syrup. They are no-bake and super easy to make, but the problem is, nobody in our family likes them but him! So this year I decided to shake up tradition a little bit and incorporate some of his other favorite things into the recipe, like tequila, dark chocolate, cinnamon, and chipotle powder, in hopes of getting a few more takers.

tequila balls

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December 5, 2016   2 Comments

{recipe} The Only Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe You Need

Can we talk about chocolate frosting for a minute? When it’s good, it’s the best – but so often, it’s not that good. Too fudgy, too dark, too sweet, too thick, too sloppy, too chocolatey, not chocolatey enough… you get the idea. But this one, to me, is simply perfect. It’s what I hope for when I bite into a cupcake. And it is really easy to achieve at home.
the best chocolate buttercream frosting recipe

The recipe is roughly the chocolate buttercream they use at Magnolia Bakery. The texture, taste, and sweetness are absolutely perfect. It is chocolatey, buttery, and sweet in all the right amounts. And it is super smooth and silky to boot. I have given amounts for different-sized cakes below, so you can make enough for what you need. [Read more →]

September 13, 2016   No Comments

{recipe} Fast and Easy Coconut Shrimp Curry

I have not written up a recipe in quite some time but this one is too good, too easy, and too fast not to share. It’s a very simple but delicious coconut shrimp curry that literally takes about 10 minutes from start to finish.

shrimp curry

I like to serve it with basmati rice and a simple oven-roasted cauliflower. So good. Hard to believe it is so quick to make – try it!

RECIPE: Fast and Easy Coconut Shrimp Curry
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March 23, 2016   1 Comment

{recipe} Kung Pao Chicken & Broccoli

For the past couple of years, I have noticed that this recipe has become a pretty regular weeknight go-to, especially when I’m pressed for time. It is quick to put together and cooks up in less than 10 minutes, and it’s just what I want from homemade Chinese comfort food: a little sweet, a little spicy, a little salty, with a rich brown sauce. Throw some rice on the stove or into the rice cooker, and you’re good to go.

kung pao chicken

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June 26, 2015   2 Comments

{recipe} Salty-Sweet Caramel Popcorn

I had a major popcorn craving the other day. I was in a big supermarket and couldn’t find regular popcorn to buy; only microwave. In a HUGE store. That is a travesty because microwave popcorn has nothing on fresh-popped kernels from the stovetop. At any rate after hitting up a fancier store I bought some organic popcorn and set to work on handling that craving, and decided just to target all possible cravings in one go. Popcorn, check. Salt, check. Sugar, check.

caramel popcorn recipe

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May 31, 2015   No Comments

{recipe} Easy Baked Eggs with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Parmesan

I had about 12 people over for brunch last weekend, and couldn’t figure out what to make that would be easy and impressive. I searched my favorite blogs, Pinterest, and my file of ripped-out magazine pages. But in the end, I couldn’t find any compelling recipes and decided to mess around and experiment.

baked eggs

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November 11, 2014   4 Comments

{recipe} Power Pasta

I am a pasta lover and a carb-a-holic. And more than anything, I favor a heavy, creamy sauce on my noodles. But if I’m honest, eating a big plate of pasta makes me feel, well, tired. And I really can’t figure out how to fit a nap in every day after lunch. What’s more, I’m pretty sure it’s not the healthiest thing to eat a giant plate of what is essentially refined flour covered in heavy cream and butter. So what can I do? How can I eat pasta and feel good, both physically and mentally? The answer is my latest culinary invention. I call it Power Pasta.

power pasta

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October 8, 2014   2 Comments

{recipe} Creamy Garlic Parsley Dressing

I am usually an oil and vinegar kind of person, mostly because I’m too lazy to do much of anything else with my salads. But in the interest of branching out, I have started doing some experimenting. This creamy garlic parsley dressing is absolutely fantastic and really easy to put together.

garlic parsley dressing

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September 23, 2014   2 Comments