Sides

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…

Sides

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…

Breakfast

Lox breakfast sandwich

When most people think of breakfast, they picture an All-American meal with a stack of fluffy pancakes, crispy strips of bacon, and some style of eggs. But for me, it’s all about the smoked salmon. My ideal breakfast consists of layers of smoked salmon and fresh veggies, piled high on a…

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…

Main Dishes

Gazpacho

At the restaurant where I work, we always have a soup de jour. If you don’t know what soup de jour is, watch Dumb and Dumber—my friend Flo will fill you in. A few weeks ago the cooks made gazpacho and I fell in love. Hot soup isn’t always appealing…

Breakfast

Banana pancakes (two-ingredient)

These banana pancakes aren’t your average, run-of-the-mill, Bisquick pancakes, which is exactly why I love them. See, unlike many fellow humans, I’ve never really been a fan of pancakes. Unless they’re drenched in butter and syrup, I really don’t see the appeal. They’re just flattened pillows of blandness that get stuck to…