JALAPENO CILANTRO BREAKFAST SAUSAGE PATTIES

I don’t know about you, but there is only so much chicken apple sausage I can eat. It’s good, don’t get me wrong, but just like how people can get tired of eggs, I get tired of chicken and apple sausage. Hashtag majorly. And all the “fun” flavors at the store either have a crap ton of sugar in it or are so.dang.expensive. I mean $8.99 for a 4 pack of sausage stuffed with pineapple. Yah, umm no thanks, I’ll just do it myself and get twice as many!! Plus I know exactly whats going into them!

jalapeno sausage

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FRIED BUFFALO TOSTONES

While traveling through Portland we stopped at a restaurant where they had these deep fried tostones doused in buffalo sauce…..and of course it was AH-MAZING. I mean practically every restaurant in Portland is pretty great!! I get a lot of inspiration from eating at restaurants and I’m sure that a lot of other food bloggers do too! So after our trip I practiced perfecting the buffalo tostones, sans deep DEEEPP fried!

buffalo tostones

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CUBAN ROPA VIEJA

I’ve had some requests to make Cuban food lately, and when you ask I give. #aimtoplease.  I gotta be honest with ya guys….I think I’ve had Cuban food only a couple of times.  Once in a restaurant, and again when I was making my e-book Almost Authentic. (It’s the Cuban Papa Rellena recipe in the e-book)

ropa vieja

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PUMPKIN AND BEEF CHILI

Holla if you are a chili lover! We absolutely love it in our house and it’s really great any time of the year, not just when it’s cold outside! It’s a wonderful comfort food, but with the addition of pumpkin and greens you get a delicious healthy version of chili, still with ALL the comfort!! When I think of chili I think of the kind packed full of beans, that’s what I grew up with and I’m sure most of you grew up with some sort of bean version of it….but we all know that beans are the magical fruit. So I ventured to make a beanless version that tastes just as good, if not better, than that beany one! Meat is the new bean. Wait what?!!!

pumpkin and beef chili

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STRAWBERRY TARTINE

Summer has officially hit the bay area HARD and this Strawberry Tartine is perfect for all the summer get together’s I know you will all be having!! This recipe, if honestly you really want to call it a recipe, is so simple to make. It uses minimal ingredients, (SCORE) and tastes magical (SCORE again)

strawberry tartine

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PICKLED JALAPENOS

Raise your hand if you are a fan of pickled jalapenos!  If you could see me right now I’m raising both of my hands because I love anything pickled, especially jalapenos.  However, this used to not be the case….I couldn’t even fathom the thought of a pickled jalapeno anywhere near my mouth.  But then one Christmas (maybe 6 years ago or so) I received some pickled jalapenos as a gift! Something about a homemade gift made me want to try them out again and guess what; I LOVED THEM!

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ARTICHOKE PESTO LEEK FRITTATA

Mornings around this house can get a little crazy at times….I mean I’d be a big fat liar if I told you that we have it together every.single.day. Our mornings usually consist of looking for a missing shoe for a half hour and trying to get all the knots out of my daughters hair. Then try adding some good wholesome food into their little bodies before they spend all day at school.  7:30 am really can be killer sometimes.  That’s why, when I meal prep, I usually make some sort of frittata.  Why a frittata you ask? Because it’s SO simple to make (you really could add whatever you’d like to it) and it can chill in your fridge for about a week!

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ARTICHOKE BASIL PESTO

I am a HUGE pesto fan. Like huge!!  It literally is great on E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. And lets not even start with all the different ways you can make pesto. Practically limitless!! But I’m pretty sure that this pesto trumps all other pesto’s!!  I’ve used artichokes in past sauces (like my Artichoke Chimichurri) because it gives a little extra flavor and makes everything so creamy!

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STRAWBERRY BACON SPREAD

We are in the thick of strawberry season (one of my favorites) and I have been buying California Strawberries like they are going outta style.  I have to say, I’m pretty lucky to live where I do because nearly every strawberry enjoyed in the United Stated is grown in California; with some of the farms being only 45 minutes away from my house!

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