Getting out of My Comfort Zone

These fall days have been days of reflection for me.  Since I work as a pastry chef in a tourist town, my summers are extremely busy.  Like 6 days a week, 13 hours a day busy.  But now that the temperatures have cooled, the leaves have fallen, along with the population, I have so much…

Officially Dairy Free!

I have been on a health journey since May.  It started slowly because I was adjusting to a new phase in my life.  Recently single. Recently not in law school.  Forever not knowing where my life was going.  I started doing the Bikini Body Guide (BBG) by Kayla Itsines and noticed a change almost instantly….

Vegan Gingersnap Cookies

I love when I make something vegan or gluten free and no one can tell the difference.  My dad had mentioned that he wanted a good spice cake with cream cheese frosting for Thanksgiving, so I decided to give him a little treat and make gingersnap cookies.  And you know what? He couldn’t even tell…

Here’s What I’ve been up to!

This is my favorite time of year to cook.  Mostly because it involves actual cooking.  In the summer I prefer to put together fresh ingredients in their most natural state and enjoy them.  In the cooler months I like to braise, simmer, sauté and roast.  I have about a million ideas for soups I want…

Roasted Vegetable Salad with Garlic Dressing

It’s fall!! And what that means for me is that work is slowing down so now I have more time to meal plan and prepare healthy meals for my family.  On the menu for tonight is a roasted vegetable salad with garlic dressing.  Staying true to my style of cooking, I barely followed the recipe….

Healthy Food Prep for a Hectic Work Schedule

I don’t know about you, but my work schedule is hectic and not the average 9-5.  My work day starts at 4 am and usually ends somewhere around 1 pm, noon on a good day.  That being said, I don’t usually eat breakfast, as my body cannot handle food that early in the morning, and…

It’s been a while!!

I have been SO busy working.  I haven’t really cooked much in the ways of full dishes.  I have been playing around with baking bread and things like that.  So this post is going to be a catch up (mostly photos) of what I’ve been up to in the kitchen. My sister and brother-in-law came…

Things on Toast

Wow it has been a while since the last time I posted!  I have been cooking and baking a ton but I always forget to take pictures and I don’t like posting without pictures. If you follow my Instagram (which you should because it’s awesome) you will see that I have become slightly obsessed with…

Chocolate Swirl Meringue

Ever since I start working as a pastry chef, I cannot stop baking.  I’m sure this will wind down the more that I work and the more tired I get, but for right now, I love spending as much time in the kitchen baking as I can.  Today I tackled whole wheat bread (which is…

Roasted Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Last night as I was laying in bed, a thought popped into my head, “why have I never made gnocchi before?”  So when I woke up this morning, I started almost immediately.  Had to have my iced coffee first.  Priorities.  I knew we had a ton of sweet potatoes in the house that were maybe…

How to: Beer Caramelized Onions

Caramelized onions take about an hour to make if you do them right.  By do them right, I mean you shouldn’t need sugar of any kind.  You actually don’t need anything but the onions themselves.  However, the caramelized onions in this post are beer caramelized onions because why not.  The beer adds flavor, but does…