Fall Spring Rolls: Miso-Glazed Delicata Squash, Radish Sprouts and Brown Sugar Mushrooms

I was watching the new season of Mind of Chef the other night and it’s goooooood. Oh man, I want to make and eat every single thing Gabrielle Hamilton makes on the show. There was an episode that especially stood out to me; it was all about “garbage” and waste. She, like, many chefs is constantly thinking about waste. It’s pretty incredible how many times she uses a broth over, how she reuses scraps and how she uses “waste” in other dishes in new and unexpected ways. It shows how clever and smart and conscious she is.

I, too, think about waste. Running this food blog, I’m often left with leftovers. I think about storing them, rolling leftover ingredients into another recipe and blog post. This means fresh herbs are stored in bags with a damp paper towel (do you do this? they last SO much longer), cheese are stored in bags and containers help with leftovers.

Fall Spring Rolls: Miso-Glazed Delicata Squash, Radish Sprouts and Brown Sugar Mushrooms

Today I’m teaming up with Glad to talk about World Food Day, which is next week (October 16th). World Food Day is about taking a stand against worldwide hunger. The mission is to protect food so it stays fresher, longer. It’s about being a bit aware of our consumption and of our food waste.

For each black & white food photo you post and tag #GladToShare, Glad will donate $1 to international charity Free The Children to provide a nutritious meal for a person in need in communities around the globe. Visit Glad to learn more about how you can take a stand against global hunger in honor of World Food Day.

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Breakfast Tacos

I will always be a strong advocate for breakfast for dinner because it’s fun. And who doesn’t want to eat fun food—it’s the best. I tried to think to myself why it’s a bit of a thrill; maybe it’s that we all feel like we’re doing something we shouldn’t? That’s the fun of being adult, WE DO WHAT WE WANT!

While these tacos aren’t exactly candy cereal for dinner, they’re still a pretty good time. For this post, I teamed up McCormick Gourmet to create a dish that’s perfect for dinz time.

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Chinese Cucumber Noodle Salad with Sesame Tuna

You know a few weeks ago when I was like, Everyone chill on this autumn talk. Now, I’m all about fall. I want the cool, crisp weather. I want the changing leaves and the apples. Give me all the apples! Unfortunately LA weather has not been all that cooperative. It’s been ridiculously hot.

So hot that I’ve been using that gun emoji a lot. It’s been a dark week. I’ve used this terrible weather as an excuse to break out Ali’s new spiralizer that she sent me. If you don’t know Ali, you should! She’s the queen of spiraling vegetables.

This recipe was inspired by my favorite Chinese appetizer. It’s a dish I always order when it’s hot outside. They smash cucumbers and toss them with a bit of chili flake, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar and salt. It couldn’t be simpler.

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Vegetable Lover'z Pizza

I didn’t grow up ordering meat lover’s pizza from Pizza Hut (or is it Domino’s?). I was a junk food deprived child who would watch lustfully at the commercials that promised cheesy, carb goodness. Those slo’ mo shots: AHHH!

But now that I’m an adult, I DO WHAT I WANT.

Vegetable Lover'z Pizza

A few weeks ago I was having lunch with Stephanie and she told me she was planning on making a meat lover’s pizza later that night. I was jealous. And then I thought, I kinda want to make one with vegetables. So when I was at the farmer’s market this past Sunday, I bought up a bunch of late-summer produce: okra, yellow summer squash, these beautiful variety of tomatoes and basil. So much basil.

Vegetable Lover'z Pizza

I used the crust recipe from How Sweet Eats. I let it rise a tad bit longer than she did because I’m badly at moving quickly apparently but I ended up really loving the rise time of 10 to 15 minutes. It’s the perfect intersection of thin crust with a bit of volume. It’s not super thick but not super thin either.

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Cold Udon Noodles in a Soy Broth with King Mushrooms

I’m about to say something incredibly controversial. Are you ready?

Pumpkin spice lattes are fucking gross. They taste like chemicals. They taste like fake syrup. They taste like fake pumpkin. And while they usually don’t make me all that mad, they’re kinda irking me right now because it’s hot in Los Angeles and I’m sort of not ready for fall just yet. Too much pumpkin spice latte advertisement–calm down!!!

Cold Udon Noodles in a Soy Broth with King Mushrooms

(If you like pumpkin lattes just know that we are still friends. I like you.)

During this strange seasonal transitional period, I like to make things that are flexible in terms of time spent in the kitchen and actual temperature. This soup is cold. The broth is cold, the noodles are cold, but if you’re feeling a bit chilly or want to make this in a few months, then eat it warm! It’s delightful piping hot.

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Biscuit Sandwiches with Maple Black Pepper Bacon

If you know me, then you know that I love making everything homemade, from scratch: biscuits, pie dough, cinnamon rolls and beyond.

But on occasion, I want to take shortcuts. Don’t we all? We do. Sometimes we simply don’t have the time to wait for dough to proof or time to throw together biscuits. We need our carbs now! And we want them to be tasty.

My problem with most store-bought doughs is that they’re filled with weird ingredients. I usually look at that ingredient list and can’t pronounce half of the items and that kinda bums me out. So, today, I teamed up with Annie’s–they just released Buttermilk Biscuits & Crescent Rolls biscuit dough and crescent rolls in the refrigerated aisle at Target–to share a couple ways to make good quality shortcuts.

Biscuit Sandwiches with Maple Black Pepper Bacon

I’m going to show you three ways to use them:

1. Breakfast – Biscuit and Egg and Maple Bacon Sandwiches. HELLO EASY!

2. Lunch or Dinner – Cherry Tomato Biscuit Cobbler. Delicious and fresh with so much sweetness and acid from the tomatoes.

3. Dessert: Salty Milk Jam Monkey Bread. Obviously this was my favorite.

You can make the milk jam the day before or you can buy dulce de leche, if you’re really looking for a shortcut.

Annie's Buttermilk Biscuits and Crescent Rolls

Biscuit Sandwiches with Maple Black Pepper Bacon


Let’s start with my favorite meal the of day: breakfast. I brushed bacon with a bit of maple syrup and topped it with a ton of black pepper. I always bake my bacon because it’s easier and super hands off. When it comes out, all that needs to be done is to fry off some eggs.

I like my eggs super crispy. Then the assembly happens. I had some fresh basil leaves around because if you can believe it, I haven’t killed my basil plant. It’s actually flourishing. The fresh basil leaves are highly recommended.

These biscuits are buttery with just the right amount of salt (my favorite). They take about 8 minutes to bake up and like two seconds to eat. Pour-over coffee must be served. And maybe orange juice, too.

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Watermelon Salad with Queso Fresco, Pickled Onion and Cilantro

I’m not sure if you’ve heard but watermelon salad is the new kale salad. It’s everywhere. So, here I am being a super basic b providing another iteration, but one that, in my humble opinion, is superior to the others. Or at least slightly different.

There’s no feta or balsamic vinegar or parsley. Instead there’s shaved queso fresco, pickled red onion, lots of cilantro, slice of jalapeño and a bunch of lime juice. It’s a refreshing punch in the face during the most hot time in our year.

Watermelon Queso Fresco with Cilantro, Queso Fresco and Pickled Red Onion

These are officially the dog days of summer. Days have been slow in my corner. I’m not that busy. Or as busy as I’m used to being. But that’s ok because it’s a nice slow down before a crazy hectic fall and holiday season. While summer is usually not my season of choice, I’m enjoying the slowness right now. I’m eating lots of bbq, hanging out with Amelia and reading. It’s been a lovely break from the madness.

Oh can we talk watermelons for a second! I’ve gone through a ridiculous amount of watermelons over the course of this summer. I don’t know why (I mean I know why) but I can’t go to the grocery store and NOT buy a watermelon. I usually don’t incorporate it into meals, instead I just eat it plain. I’ve also had a ton of bad watermelon.



Here are some (hopefully) helpful tips on selecting a watermelon to bring home with you:

1. Tap the watermelon. I should give off a deep but hollow sound. If it sounds a bit dullish, more like a boring thump, then it’s overripe. Eeeesh!



2. The weight of a watermelon matters. It should be heavy for its size.

If you’re lucky enough, you’ll open up the watermelon and it’ll be yellow! That was a good day.

Watermelon Queso Fresco with Cilantro, Queso Fresco and Pickled Red Onion

Watermelon Salad (w/ Queso Fresco& Pickled Onion)…That Isn’t Basic

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 2 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Watermelon Salad (w/ Queso Fresco& Pickled Onion)…That Isn’t Basic


    Quick-Pickled red onion:
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 cup champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Watermelon:
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 small seedless watermelon (about 3 pounds), cubed
  • 2 ounces queso fresco, shaved or crumbled
  • 1/2 jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch of cilantro leaves


  1. To a small bowl or mason jar, add the red onion. In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, water, sugar and salt. Bring the vinegar mixture to a boil then immediately turn off the heat and pour over the onions. Allow to stand at room temperature for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days. Transfer to the refrigerator. Pickled red onions keep in the fridge for 3 to 6 months.
  2. In a serving bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, pinch of salt and a few turns of freshly cracked pepper. Add the watermelon, sliced jalapeño, cilantro and toss gently until everything is evenly coated in the dressing. Top with shavings or crumbles of queso fresco, pickled red onion and more cilantro.


Branzino with Grapes Fennel and Charred Salsa Verde

There’s always a bit of drama when serving a whole fish, isn’t there? If you make this and serve it to your friends, they’ll think you’re like a master in the kitchen.

I’m confident in da kitchen. I know how to make biscuits and pie and cake and make a whole fish.

You know what I don’t know how to do that’s super intimidating?! Being a maid of honor. My best friend is getting married and this is my job now and I have no idea what I’m supposed to do and then when I Google it, I come across ridiculous lists like these. Let’s break down this list because my tomboyish heart hates things like this:

1. “Make sure all bridesmaids get their hair and make up done” WHAA! What am I their mom, like these are grown ass women—they’ll be fine!

2. “Toast the couple after the best man. (This is optional, but it is a nice touch.)?! Umm…what is this 1919 before women got to vote, why do I have to do it after the best man and why is my speech optional. I have things to say!

3. “Help the bride change for her honeymoon…” Umm..help her change? She can’t put on a romper and some sandals on by herself?!

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Oven Ribs with Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Let me start by saying thank you so much to all of you who pre-ordered my new book, The Year of Cozy. Your support truly means the world to me.

Now, ribs…

Have you ever had someone be very skeptical about something you’re making. These people can also be referred to as H8TERZ. They drink haterade as they sit there and h8te.

When I was discussing this recipe with my boyfriend, as I often do, he was h8ting HARD. He didn’t like the peach. He didn’t like the bourbon. “It’s too common of a combination.” Blah blah I don’t care. It’s a delicious combination that’s why you see it a lot and I’ve never seen it on ribs so let me live!

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Tallarines Verde

It’s rainy today. The clouds are rumbling and lightening is lighting up the sky. It’s feels sort of strange since it hardly ever rains here in Los Angeles, let along during the summer months.

The air feels thick and damp. It reminds me of summer days in the south, which makes me want to curl up with the air conditioning blasting and do absolutely nothing. I’m not doing exactly nothing today (there are last minute book edits and other shenanigans) but I am here to let you know about this dish, my favorite childhood meal: Tallarines Verde.

This was one of the recipes mom would make us when she didn’t have a ton of time. My brother and I were obsessed with this dish. I remember always coming into the kitchen and sneaking cubes of queso blanco off of her cutting board—it’s so good and salty and fresh. This green sauce is unlike what you might be accustomed to—it’s creamier and thicker.

Tallarines Verde

Traditionally it’s served with steak on top but she never gave it to us like that. She skipped the steak and would just serve it to us in a bowl. Whenever I eat this, I immediately get nostalgic in a way that almost hurts. It’s an edible reminder that childhood is gone and time moves too quickly. How does that happen? I would hate to be thirteen again, with all of the doubt and anxiety and loneliness I felt as a kid, but man, it really is just moving too quickly for me. Have I ever told you that rain makes me super emo?!

The whole recipe and more stuff is on West Elm’s blog, Front + Main.

See you back on Monday. I’m revealing something to you that is super special to you. I might cry on Monday—should be fun!

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