Author Archives: Jessy

Quinoa Pilaf with Corn and Jalapenos

It’s hard to believe I had never had quinoa. I see it everywhere and when you are trying to eat healthier, variety with your side dishes really matter! After seeing this recipe over at Cooking with the Big Dogs, I … Continue reading

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Menu Plan: 2/19-2/25

Man oh man. This week is going to be great! This week our friend Abby is throwing a SLUMBER PARTY for myself and my twin sister for our 7th birthday. You read that right. We are indeed leap year babies … Continue reading

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Youvarlakia

I think Elly at Elly Says Opa said it perfectly. Youva-whata? We spent a solid 5 minutes trying to figure out how to pronounce this dish while making it. Call it whatever you want, I call it delicious. I was … Continue reading

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Soft Pretzel Bites with Cheese Sauce

I’m sure there aren’t many people who would turn down a warm, chewy, salty, soft pretzel. Naturally, when I saw this recipe over at Smells Like Home the week before the Superbowl, I knew I had to make it. I … Continue reading

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Carne Asada Tacos

One thing I’ve noticed since my husband and I started eating healthier is that we eat more ethnic food now then we ever have. The spices and cooking methods in many ethnic dishes really complement our new lifestyle. Plus, change … Continue reading

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Homemade Flour Tortillas

These amazing homemade tortillas are the first official item checked off my bucket list. I can’t BELIEVE it took me this long to make homemade tortillas. They are insanely easy to make and the taste? Absolutely awesome. I have been … Continue reading

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Menu Plan: 2/12-2/18

It’s the week of Valentines Day and I’m certain many of you are planning special meals for Tuesday! We have a fun “healthy” meal planned for Tuesday and plan on splurging tonight on dinner with a fun indulgent dinner. What … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Sugar Biscotti with Coffee Glaze

When you’re friends with me and you’re in my home there is a very good chance I’ll ask you to come play in the kitchen with me. This weekend, after I managed to bang my finger in a drawer (pretty … Continue reading

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DIY: Taco Seasoning

Trust me when I say, there is no reason to buy packets of taco seasoning at the store. Sure, they are convenient but they are loaded with sodium. Making this taco seasoning is the work of one or two minutes, … Continue reading

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Breakfast Sausage Bread

I’m not too big into breakfast. Pancakes and waffles while delicious aren’t usually my bag (except for my husbands grandma-she makes AMAZING pancakes). Ordinarily for us, breakfast happens quickly because we get up at an ungodly hour Monday through Friday … Continue reading

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Menu Plan: 2/5-2/11

To say this week will be busy is a massive understatement. Who cares though, because it’s mostly fun things. Let’s not waste any time shall we? Here’s our menu for the week. Sunday: Super Bowl Party! We’re having Garlic Buffalo … Continue reading

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Chicken Fricassee

I get pretty excited for the weekends. We are pretty strict about our diet during the week and try and watch our calories closely. Let’s be honest though. I mean really really honest. Sometimes you just need some heavy cream … Continue reading

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My Foodie Bucket List

I’m not much into New Years Resolutions but I can make lists like a mad woman. I’m also a huge believer of setting goals. I’ve set the bar pretty high in my opinion for several items on my Foodie Bucket … Continue reading

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Corn and Cilantro Fritters

I knew as soon as I saw these little babies on pinterest that I would be making them as soon as possible. These were just as delicious as they sound. They were crunchy and sweet from the corn and had … Continue reading

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Menu Plan: 1/29-2/4

Can you believe it’s almost February!? My dad was right. The older you get the faster time flies. This past week was a great week for us. My hubby is down 2 more lbs, with a total weight loss of … Continue reading

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Shrimp and Feta Lavash Flat-Bread Pizza

When you are a fattie (such as myself) looking to lose weight you can feel like you’re missing out on the delicious food like pizza. I stumbled on lavash flat-bread at a Middle Eastern market in Orlando. I felt like … Continue reading

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Tips & Tricks: Freezing Bacon

While I would love to eat a whole package of bacon a week, my thighs would prefer I not. I adore bacon and use it pretty frequently in recipes but typically I only use one or two slices at a … Continue reading

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Meyer Lemon Bars

By now you may know of my obsession with Meyer lemons. So I’m sure it’s not surprising that as soon as I saw these lemon bars over at PreventionRd I knew I had to make them. Earlier this week I … Continue reading

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Homemade Mayonnaise

Oh my heavens. Homemade mayonnaise is sinful! It blows my favorite brand of mayonnaise out of the water and wow does it taste incredible on a BLT sandwich. I can hardly wait to make chicken salad sandwiches with it.  From … Continue reading

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Menu Plan: 1/22-1/28

I obviously wasn’t ready for the week we had last week. From Wednesday night on we weren’t home for dinner or had leftovers to use up (the sad but true side effect of cooking most every night). So I have … Continue reading

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Giant Double Chocolate Cookies

When you’re a poor foodie you have to get creative when you want to give a gift or say thank you. As I’ve said a bajillion times, I just started my last semester of Culinary School (wheeee!). As you probably … Continue reading

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Herb and Shallot Compound Butter

It’s garlicky herby butter and it’s easy!. What else do I need to say to convince you how easy and awesome this is? This is so wonderful to have on hand for a flavorful add in to just about any … Continue reading

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Healthy Sesame Chicken

Maybe it’s just us, but we could easily eat Chinese (well really any type of Asian food) several times a week. So I was pretty excited to find this recipe for healthy sesame chicken. Between the sesame oil and the … Continue reading

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Quick Chicken and Corn Chowder

There are few things I love more than a quick meal that tastes delicious. I was a little skeptical of this “chowder” since most chowder, by definition, has potatoes in it. Pish. I didn’t even miss the potatoes! I poached … Continue reading

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Menu Plan: 1/15-1/21

Hallelujah! I made it through my first week of classes and survived. This week I am making a few old favorites and trying some new dishes (as usual). I didn’t get to make my beloved Chicken Shawarma last week because … Continue reading

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Meyer Lemon Curd

What I’m about to say is disturbing but true. I would bathe in this stuff if I could. It is amazing and refreshing, tart and sweet, creamy and light. It’s perfect for scones, which is what we used it for. … Continue reading

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Cheddar Scallion Biscuits

It seems fitting. My last semester of culinary school starts this week and I (perhaps not humbly so) think I have finally mastered making an amazing biscuit! It doesn’t surprise me that I found this recipe on Smitten Kitchen. Can … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Mousse Parfaits

Did you know that if you eat this dessert you will become smarter? OK, that’s a slight exaggeration but pumpkin is loaded with Omega 3 oils that are crazy good for your brain. Which means over Christmas my IQ must … Continue reading

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Spicy Citrus Shrimp Tacos with Southwestern Cream Sauce

Good night. That’s a mouthful. More importantly, it’s a delicious mouthful. I’m really digging all things that can be eaten with your hands lately. First it was the lettuce wraps, then the chicken shawarma and now these. I knew right … Continue reading

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Menu Plan: 1/8-1/14

Watch out world! I am a woman on a mission this year. I’ve been cooking up a storm since before Christmas and have so many great recipes to share with you. This week I start my last semester of Culinary … Continue reading

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Caprese Salad

How could you not love Caprese Salad? The combination of a perfectly ripe tomato, fresh basil and soft mozzarella is to die for. Top it off with some tasty extra virgin olive oil and sweet, tangy balsamic vinegar and the … Continue reading

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Blackened Cajun Chicken Pasta

I knew when I saw this recipe over at PreventionRD that it would be one that we would be making. It had all three things I’m interested in when looking at a recipe. 1. Cheap (less than 1.50 a serving) … Continue reading

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