can’t stop, won’t stop. [homemade pork dumplings]

February 1st, 2021 by | comments

Homemade dumplings are like Cheez-Its for me – I literally CAN’T stop eating them. I could easily eat 10-15 dumplings in one sitting and still want to go back for more. These pork dumplings are incredibly juicy and flavorful, and made even more delicious when dunked into some Chinese black vinegar or soy sauce for an extra bite. Although folding the dumplings is somewhat of a tedious process, the end result is completely worth it. If the process seems too daunting, just bring in a couple friends or family to help so you can enjoy the dumplings even sooner!

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current obsession. [chicken tikka masala]

January 27th, 2021 by | comments

Over the years, I have become obsessed with Indian food – particularly chicken tikka masala, butter chicken, palak paneer, naan bread, you name it. I’ve been making this recipe from Bon Appetit for years and haven’t felt the need to create my own or find a new recipe because this one is just SO.GOOD. It’s beyond flavorful with just the right amount of spice. Serve alongside some buttery naan and you’re set!

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worth it. [air fryer zucchini crisps w. chipotle ranch]

January 25th, 2021 by | comments

Lately, I can’t get enough of the air fryer. I got the Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid for Christmas and since then, have made French fries, buffalo wings, chicken tenders (you know, all the healthy things), and now these delicious zucchini crisps. Although these took a while to make – since you need to cook in one layer batches and I only have the 6 quart Instant Pot – the crisps were completely worth it. These would make for an amazing appetizer while watching the Super Bowl in a couple weeks!

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secret ingredient. [instant pot carnitas tacos]

January 22nd, 2021 by | comments

Every time I visit my favorite Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles, I order the carnitas plate. One time, I asked our server what makes the carnitas so good, and he mentioned that Coca Cola was one of the secret ingredients. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to make carnitas using Coca Cola. Fast forward to last weekend when I made the best carnitas I’ve ever made. The pork is juicy and tender and crisped to perfection once broiled. Squeeze a little lemon juice on top and you’re set! As a side note, I meant to photograph these tacos with lemons instead of limes, but honestly, the carnitas would be delicious with either.

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it’s poppin’. [jalapeño poppers w. maple sausage & cream cheese]

January 19th, 2021 by | comments

In my opinion, jalapeño poppers are one of the most delicious (and easiest) appetizers – particularly on game day. These maple sausage and cream cheese poppers come together in less than 30 minutes and are always a crowd pleaser. This recipe is just for two people (hello, quarantine), so I’d recommend doubling or tripling the recipe if you’re serving a small group. These would be perfect for Super Bowl Sunday!

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another favorite. [greek chicken w. lemon butter orzo]

January 14th, 2021 by | comments

For some reason, I don’t cook or eat Greek food very often and I’m not sure why, because I’m a big fan. From the fresh ingredients to the vibrant colors to the delicious sauces, you can’t go wrong. This Greek bowl is fairly simple to make and packed with flavor. I was too lazy to make pita bread to serve alongside the bowl, but it would of course be a fantastic addition!

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can’t get better than this. [white chicken chili]

January 11th, 2021 by | comments

YOU GUYS. I’ve gotta be honest, this is one of my favorite dishes I’ve made in a while – and that’s saying a lot coming from someone who doesn’t love soup! This white chicken chili is decadent, creamy, flavorful, the list goes on. It doesn’t hurt that there’s a brick of cream cheese in the recipe, but you definitely can’t skimp on that ingredient. Highly recommend making this ASAP!

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she’s a beaut. [instant pot beef brisket w. cheesy grits]

January 5th, 2021 by | comments

I’ve been using my Instant Pot a lot more lately, but never thought to use it for beef brisket until now – and holy moly, am I glad I did. The beef was insanely flavorful, juicy, fall apart tender, and only took about an hour and a half to cook. I did have a bit of an advantage with this recipe though, since I used United Harvest‘s beef brisket. As I’ve mentioned before, United Harvest’s meat is out-of-this-world delicious, free of hormones, feed additives, and unnecessary antibiotics. If you want to give their brisket a try, you can purchase it here, using discount code SWEET for 5% off your order. The meat is packed at the source, flash frozen to lock in freshness, then delivered straight to your door within 72 hours. It’s such an easy process and SO worth it for the quality!

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time for tacos. [pork tenderloin carnitas street tacos]

January 3rd, 2021 by | comments

Is there anything better than tacos? If I were answering, I’d say no. Tacos – and Mexican food in general – are my absolute favorite. These pork tenderloin carnitas are incredibly flavorful with a kick from the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, and don’t require a ton of toppings – a sprinkling of onions, cilantro, cotija cheese and lime juice will do the trick!

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toffee break. [homemade english toffee]

December 21st, 2020 by | comments

I’m still in shock Christmas is this week. Where has the time gone?! One thing I absolutely recommend making before the holiday weekend is this homemade English toffee. My mom has been making this recipe for years and it’s everything you’d want in a toffee – it’s sweet, it’s crunchy and it’s decadent. Although a laborious task, making the toffee is a fun group activity and so worth the time and effort in the end. It makes for a great gift, too!

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