Sides

Bite-size caprese skewers

Every summer, my dad constructs a huge tomato garden in our backyard. Whenever I come home to visit, he whips up a caprese salad with some garlic rubbed crostini using the tomatoes from the garden. I think this is why caprese has always been a favorite of mine–it reminds me of home. It tastes like…

Breakfast

BLTA(E)

One of my favorite breakfasts my mom would make growing up was a BLT—bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on white bread. So basic, yet so delicious. I love revamping old classic dishes, which is what I did here. A little healthier, a touch more grown up, but still the same…

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Avocado mango salsa

Fact: Add avocado to anything and it makes it 10x more delicious. Same deal with salsa, specifically fruit salsa. The rich, creamy texture of the avocado pairs perfectly with the sweet mango, and bite-y red onion. And, the freshness you get with the cilantro and lime juice makes every bite…

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Sweet and spicy BBQ sauce

My dad and uncle are fantastic barbecue connoisseurs, so I grew up eating some pretty amazing Q. I’m talking ribs and roasts, smoked low and slow to BBQ perfection, right in my backyard! My dad always concocts rubs with his own blend of spices and serves up his Q with a variety of different…

Drinks

Berry banana smoothie

I love to start my day with a cold fruit smoothie, especially in the hot months of summer. I know, I know, it’s October. But here in Southern California it still feels like July, so I often opt for a cold smoothie over a pumpkin spice latte (sorry, world). Smoothies are perfect…

Sweets

Quatro leches

When I was going to school in Minneapolis, my friend Urmila made this amazing cake called tres leches. I swear I died and went to heaven that night. Best cake I’ve ever had, hands down. I’m not a huge cake person, but I would give my right arm for one more…