Dinner for One (Or Two); Lemon-y Cheesy Spaghetti Squash

This is one of those super silly no recipe type things but except there is sort of a recipe.

I’ve been making this—I’m not kidding you—nearly every single day for the past few weeks. I usually serve it with piece of roasted chicken or a few shrimp or even a side of roasted sweet potato.

I feel like a genius that I found out that tongs are the simplest, fastest way to spaghetti-ing the spaghetti squash. It takes about a minute and there’s no burning your hand trying to get two forks all up in there.

This recipe is sort of inspired by the idea of the book Sheet Pan Suppers. It doesn’t take from any of the recipes in there but this can literally be made on one sheet pan—that’s all you need!

The spaghetti squash is laid down, flesh side down, on the baking sheet. And then I sneak under a garlic clove or two so that steams along with the squash in the oven.

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Welsh Rarebit with Melted Leeks

I think it’s safe to say that I love English things. I have an English dog (hi Amelia), an English car (hi Mini Cooper), I love baking scones and drinking tea with a splash of milk in it and I love reading English literature. I also grew up watching English dramas on PBS, including most recently Downton Abbey.

Next month I’m headed to London with Grey Poupon to visit a few Downton Abbey locations, including Highclere Castle. Imagine forty exclamation points because I feel like that expresses my true excitement. I can’t wait to sip tea in the same rooms as Edith and Mary and Sybil. (I miss her!)

Welsh Rarebit with Melted Leeks

To kick things off, I’m sharing this recipe for Welsh Rarebit.

Now, when I first heard the name of this recipe I swore it had rabbit in it or something. I dunno! It’s confusing! Rarebit…rabbit. They sort of look alike.

If you don’t know what it is, Welsh Rarebit is basically a beer sauce that’s typically poured over a piece of toast. I love melted leeks so I added that to the bread for a bit of an onion flavor.

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Pizzaception: Lil' Pizzas on Pizza

Let’s get weird. Let’s get pizza weird.

A few months ago when I was fishing around Google Images for pizza inspiration, I came across this gem of a photo and my mind was straight blown.

It took me a long time to figure out how I would actually do this/if I should do this. Initially I wanted to make it slightly classier but then I was like whatever, this is Pizzaception! let’s make it fun!

Pizzaception: Lil' Pizzas on Pizza

Before I forged forward with this recipe, I had a few concerns:

1st concern: Would it be too dough-y. Is there such a thing as too many carbs? I think yes.

To solve this issue, the dough is not allowed to proof, like, AT ALL. The first time I did this, it rose on the cutting board while I was making the mini pizzas and it was way too dough-y. SO, to prevent this, when we divide the dough, we put it in the fridge to stop the rise.

When we’re done assembling the mini pizzas, then those too go in the fridge.

Pizzaception: Lil' Pizzas on Pizza

2nd concern: What’s the point? Why don’t we make little mini pizzas and end there?

Well, what if I told you that you could have different flavored pizzas in one slice! This is achievable here.

Also, this pizza is fun.

Pizzaception: Lil' Pizzas on Pizza

Pizzaception: Lil' Pizzas on Pizza

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Ropa Vieja

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Ropa Vieja

Where do I start with this recipe? Oh man, you know those recipes you’ve wanted to make/share for a long time? This is one of them. While my parents aren’t Cuban, I grew up eating at Cuban restaurants. It’s like a staple in South Florida. Everybody eats at them. They’re always a great place to go with a large group of people; the food is affordable, comforting and just plain delicious.

I always, always order ropa vieja (direct translation: old man’s clothes). It’s shredded beef in a flavorful tomato-based sauce. I’ve always wanted to make it and for some reason never have.

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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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