dine’n la : cheese & cocktails at industriel

Have you ever ordered an appetizer twice in one meal? I have. The Baked Brie at Industriel in downtown Los Angeles is that good. Now, I’m a “will eat any and all cheese” type of person, but I have a soft spot (pun intended) for brie. Top it with pumpkin seeds, quinoa, and palm tree […]

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new york new york part four

Thanksgiving dinner was amazing. Caroline, her friend Marissa, and I spent all afternoon in the kitchen preparing the meal. It was a feat juggling time in the oven and space on the counter, but it was a lot of fun, and it made the meal that much more rewarding! I made my annual dinner rolls, […]

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the last of christmas

It always makes me so sad to see all of the Christmas trees outside on the curb, but alas, whether I like it or not, Christmas is over. We took down all of our decorations the other day, and it does feel kind of nice to have a cleaner, less cluttered apartment. Anyway, I was […]

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fettuccine alfredo & bruschetta

Last week I made a super easy Fettuccine Alfredo and Bruschetta for dinner. It was so good and so easy to make, I thought I’d share it here. Fettucine Alfredo (from my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook) Ingredients: *8 ounces fettuccine *2 tbsp butter *1 cup whipping cream *1/2 tsp salt *1/8 tsp ground black […]

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sonoma part two

One of the best parts about our trip was where we stayed: a little house in the woods. Besides having a nice, king-sized bed to sleep in and being right near the lake, we had a great kitchen and backyard patio for cooking and grilling. We made a trip to the grocery store and stocked […]

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mushroom pasta

I’ve been following the girls over on A Beautiful Mess for quite a while now and love everything about their blog, especially their beautiful photos. It occurred to me the other day, though, that I had yet to actually recreate any craft or recipe that they have shared. Well, “what is up with that?”, I […]

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family time

We are fortunate to have family so close to us. It makes it easier to be far from Texas when we are able to drive an hour to celebrate the holidays with family. This past Sunday we had dinner at my grandparents’ house with some of my aunts, uncles, and cousins, and I baked this […]

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vegetable lasagna

If you’re eating vegetarian, you are probably eating vegetables with a grain (rice, pasta, or bread) for dinner pretty much every night. Here is another “vegetables and pasta” recipe, except this tastes so differently than the roasted vegetable pasta. I’ve never made homemade lasagna before, but this recipe is delicious. For all you meat lovers […]

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mother’s day

Being so far away from my mother is difficult, but that doesn’t mean a phone call to her can’t cheer me up. I wish I could have spent this Mother’s Day with my own mother, but I’m glad I was able to spend it with family. We also celebrated my grandmother’s and cousin’s birthdays since […]

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roasted vegetable pasta

I haven’t been eating meat for over two months (except for one slip up I was really upset about that involved me nannying a sick child and eating chicken noodle soup with her. I honestly didn’t realize I had eaten meat until two hours later, but that’s another story). I still don’t know how long […]

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