Slow-Cooked Carnitas Tacos, en plus

This is really a simple process, but at first, I was terrified of trying this recipe because I don’t have much experience cooking with pork. It’s definitely one of the easiest things I’ve ever made. And that’s coming from a girl who once made hot dog soup, using nothing but hot dog and a bouillon cube.

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A California Midsummer’s Harvest, in a bowl

A late July trip to the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market and a really simple, adaptable grilled vegetable and heirloom tomato dinner that truly requires no recipe, just good, local ingredients. This meal makes me feel really grown-up, by the way.

Playing House, or, That Time We Got a Costco Card

My dad tried to buy me a giant stuffed giraffe a decade too late. Also, we finally get a Costco card and do something kinda healthy with sausage and vegetables as a result.

June Gloom: Chicken Tortilla Soup

The weather is awful, it’s this June Gloom thing here in Southern California. But hey, it’s a really good excuse to make soup during the summer!

Home Date: Baked Chicken Parmesan

Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan is made for a quick and marvelous home date. This is one of the first dinners I ever cooked that actually counted as food regular people would eat, so preheat your oven and get to it!

Fathers’ Day Dinner in Miami

Back home in Miami for a few days to visit family. Fathers’ Day Dinner at our house. I also attempt to order a Porterhouse with the butter on the side! The irony.

Effortless Meatball Sandwich

Yes, you can clean out the fridge and impress your boyfriend at the same time. Obviously, you’re going to need meatballs and cheese.

Mostly Musings, and also a Pork Chop

My life totally revolves around using up a loaf of whole wheat sandwich bread. Also, pork chops are grilled. And, my inability to go out dinner and not order chicken soft tacos is considered.

Homemade Pizza Throwdown!

We travel to Santa Cruz for Memorial Day Weekend. Of course, a homemade pizza throwdown(!) ensues.

Cheesesteaks: Sloppy, Gooey, Adapted

Cheesesteaks are attempted, and we are more than satisfied with the results. I am also still full, and it’s been almost twenty hours since dinner.