Spicy Peanut & Sweet Potato Soup

As much as I mourn the passing of long, sunny days, I love that fall weather and chilly air means it’s time for stews and soups! This recipe comes courtesy of AK, and it has so many things I love: sweet potatoes peanut butter, spiciness! I served this with a slow-roasted pork shoulder coated in … Continue reading

Crock Pot Barbacoa

Crock Pot Barbacoa

We had a pot luck at the gym last week and, as usual, members impressed with their serious culinary skills. People were practically licking the plate of carnitas that Courtney shared, and MJ wowed everyone with some paleo/primal/WLC-compliant ice cream (bananas, coconut milk, and pineapples) accompanied by some fancied up freezer fudge). The past few … Continue reading

Savory Oatmeal

Savory Oatmeal

Hungry and looking to try something new, we stumbled upon the Oakhurst Inn, a boutique hotel just off JPA by UVA’s campus. They’ve been serving breakfast and coffee since May, but just recently branched into lunch (grab and go sandwiches, mainly) and weekend brunch (until 2 p.m.). I enjoy a lot of options in Charlottesville, and I love … Continue reading

Breakfast “Pizza”

Breakfast “Pizza”

One thing we’ve discovered recently is that baking all of your bacon in a giant batch, and then reheating it in the microwave throughout the week yields results virtually identical to baking it every morning. Same tasty bacon with way less time, dishes, and bacon smell. That’s a major win. In a similar vein, we … Continue reading

Recent Discoveries

Recent Discoveries

A few of my favorite new finds: Al Carbon Chicken I LOVE Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken, and was so glad when I heard about Al Carbon. The chicken was falling off of the bone and filled with flavor. With numerous sides to choose from and cute decor, you should definitely check it out if you’re in … Continue reading

Skirt Steak Tacos with Black Beans

Skirt Steak Tacos with Black Beans

When Michael lived in San Diego, our favorite restaurant was a little diner in La Jolla called The Coffee Cup. (Discovered, surprisingly enough, through Groupon, and not that Yelp.) The food was fresh, generously portioned, and filled with flavor. My standby was the papas locos with bacon and 2 eggs: crispy smashed and griddled rosemary potatoes with … Continue reading

Spicy Korean Pork Bowls

Spicy Korean Pork Bowls

With my current “super-commuter” status, most of my previous blogging–and cooking–time is now spent in the car. So, instead of cooking and blogging, I’m driving, and listening to audiobooks. While this commute time does entail some mental menu mapping, the last few months have year has been a rinse/wash/repeat approach to cooking, with the focus on minimizing … Continue reading

Tex-Mex Chicken Crock Pot

Tex-Mex Chicken Crock Pot

Have five minutes in the morning? Dump this in the crock pot before work or running your errands and come back to a big pot of tasty chicken that can be incorporated into your meals in many ways in the coming week. When I made this initially, I was a little disappointed. Then I realized all it … Continue reading