Peanut Butter Carrot Cake for Dogs

peanut butter carrot cake for dogs

Last week, we celebrated Phoebe’s first “adoptiversary,” and I baked her a little cake of her very own. I know it might seem a bit silly, since of course, she has no concept of any given date being of special significance, but I’ve always had a knack for remembering certain days as the anniversaries of big moments. Adopting a puppy was a huge step for me, and one that I had been looking forward to and thinking about for nearly five years. Continue reading

Penne al Boccalone

penne al boccalone

I may have thrown my dad’s cooking a little bit under the bus before, when I was talking about his Indian food phase. Truth be told, I learned most of what I know about cooking and baking from my parents, and they had a homemade meal on the table every night of the week for my brother and me while we were growing up, so I really had no right to turn up my nose or complain. That’s not to say I didn’t complain (and I still tease them when they tell me things like that they made vegan Philly cheesesteaks), but ultimately, I’ve always been grateful for their culinary efforts. Thus I thought it’d be nice to share one of their recipes that has always been a family favorite – penne al boccalone! Just before my senior year in college, I went up to Seattle to visit my brother and we made this for dinner together. Afterward, we found out that our parents had also made penne that same night – a family favorite, indeed!

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Southwestern Sloppy Joes

Southwestern sloppy joes

cheddar jalapeño biscuits

Sloppy joes are one of the few foods I can think of that actually originated in the United States. Given that most foods we tend to consume here are not, in fact, native to the US (probably owing to the fact that we’re a nation of immigrants), you’d think we could come up with a more distinguished-sounding or unique name – I mean, it’s not like we’ve used up all the good names on the hoards of other national foods.  Continue reading

Food.com Simply Potatoes Contest Entry

Hello everyone! As I mentioned a couple weeks back, I entered my recipe “Animal-Style Skillet Potatoes” in a contest on Food.com, sponsored by Simply Potatoes. The grand prize winner will be selected by official judges, but there is also a People’s Choice prize – decided, of course, by the people! That means you! The review period has now begun, and will last until midnight on April 7th. If you can spare a few minutes, I highly encourage you to go and register for a Food.com account and then review my entry. I also highly encourage you to make these potatoes, because really, how can you say no to In-N-Out animal-style potatoes at home?! Thanks so much for reading, and thanks in advance for your support :)

animal-style skillet potatoes

Chickpea and Cucumber Quinoa Bowls

chickpea cucumber quinoa bowls

chickpea cucumber quinoa bowls

I can’t believe that in the eight months that I’ve been writing this blog, I have yet to post any recipes for Indian food! Indian is one of my favorite cuisines, but of course, given the picky eater I was growing up, this wasn’t always the case. Sometime when I was in late elementary school or early middle school, my dad bought a few Indian cookbooks and would try out recipes on the weekends. I was…not a fan of this. It involved far too many spices for my liking, as well as other things that I found repulsive, like chickpeas and cauliflower and, well, just about all vegetables besides carrots, tomatoes, corn, or broccoli. There was a recipe for rajma that I tolerated, but that was about it. Continue reading