Smashed Sweet Potato Cakes

Roasted sweet potatoes are one of my favorite vegetables.  I love how the outside is just a little crispy while the inside is soft and full of sweet, flavorful, and healthy goodness. Buuuuuuut, I’ve made roasted sweet potatoes no less than 8 million times. I wanted something new and interesting–and smashed sweet potato cakes were … [Follow your taste buds…]

Spiced Nuts

Since it is nearly half-Christmas, I figured it is time to blog about the spiced nuts I made for the holidays.  Although I originally made them as little holiday nibblers, I have since used them regularly as a salad topping. These nuts are amazing.  (Have at it with the nut jokes.)  They are perfectly light … [Follow your taste buds…]

Beer Cheese Sauce

Alaska, the nation’s largest state by far, doesn’t have very many people.  However, we do have a lot of microbreweries–22 of them, in fact.  Our favorite is Midnight Sun Brewing Company.  With a regular rotation of unique and flavorful beers, this wine lover actually gets excited for barley and hops!  Great beer, exceptional service, and … [Follow your taste buds…]

Dijon Vinaigrette

Aside from a really good Caesar, I kind of hate salad.  Well, I like most of the ingredients, I just hate all of the processed salad dressings that generally go on top of a homemade salad.  Why smother all of those fresh veggies, nutrients, and goodness with the chemicals found in a low-fat, zero flavor … [Follow your taste buds…]

Stuffed Parmesan and Artichoke Bread

My last post–Superbowl Lentil Chili–I discussed how important it is for me to bring healthy foods to the game day spread.  Well, this stuffed parmesan and artichoke bread is on the exact opposite side of the healthy spectrum (and will also be making an appearance for our Superbowl party).  Balance, people, balance.  That’s what is … [Follow your taste buds…]