Monthly Archives: February 2014

Gluten Free Irish Cream Chocolate Glazed Donuts

Irish Cream Chocolate Glazed Donuts

So the story begins when I purchased a donut pan. I then went on this kick of “must make gluten free donuts” then it became “must make gluten free St Patricks Day themed donuts”.

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Spinach Artichoke Hummus with Shamrock Shaped Green Peppers

Spinach artichoke dip is given a healthy twist in this recipe for spinach artichoke hummus, served with shamrock shaped green peppers for dipping, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

Spinach Artichoke Hummus with Shamrock Green Peppers

I love holidays. Christmas, 4th of July, St Patty’s Day, Superbowl Sunday (it’s a real holiday for foodie football fans!), Thanksgiving, Easter, etc, etc. I love them most of all because they usually revolve around food.

My one problem with a lot of these holidays is that most of the cute, festive foods are catered around baking desserts. While I love some sweets here and there, I wanted to create a fun, new recipe for St Patty’s Day that was still delicious and festive, but on the healthier side.

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Bacon Pistachio Crusted Scallops

Pistachio Bacon Crusted Scallops

Surf and turf was the name of the game for Sunday Family Dinner this week and Scallops and Steak were on the menu.  That was basically the extent of my game plan.

A few weeks prior I had a delicious scallop dish at a restaurant in San Diego. Instead of wrapped in bacon, it was crusted in bacon. My thought was “why didn’t I think of this?”

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Lucky Liu’s Chinese Restaurant San Diego

Lucky Liu's Chinese Food San Diego

Now this is what I call lunch! Just a small sampling of the delicious food at the all new Lucky Liu’s Chinese Restaurant in downtown San Diego.

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Pineapple Sesame Teriyaki Baked Chicken

Pineapple Teriyaki Baked Chicken

Last week I wanted to create a baked chicken dish and was having a hard time deciding between Sesame Chicken and Teriyaki Chicken, so I combined them both in this one delicious dish!

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Sriracha Soy Vegetable Spring Rolls

Sriracha Soy Vegetable Spring Rolls

Fresh, spicy, delicious and gluten free, these spring rolls are the perfect start to a dinner of Drunken Noodles, Kung Pao Beef or Vegetarian Pad Thai (each of which is also gluten free!)

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Spiralized Jicama & Avocado Salad

Jicama Avocado Salad



When I first purchased my Spiralizer, I went to the grocery store, perusing the produce section for anything and everything I could potentially spiralizer. One of the items that I found was jicama. 

Jicama, also known as a “Mexican Yam” is a vegetable traditionally from Mexico and Central America.  It’s a slightly sweet, starchy vegetable that resembles the consistency of a pear or apple.  It’s high in dietary fiber and Vitamin C making it a healthy addition to your diet!

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Cilantro Lime Chicken Stuffed Peppers

Cilantro Lime Chicken Stuffed Peppers

If you’ve been thinking that there’s a “healthy trend” going on this week on LLB, then you would be correct! After all of the cheesy dips for Superbowl and sugary sweets for Valentine’s Day, I decided that it was time to take a turn for the healthy this week on LLB!

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Heart Healthy Fruit Smoothie

Heart Healthy Fruit Smoothie

I just ran in the door from hosting a segment on San Diego 6 News featuring this delicious fruit smoothie, as well as two other fantastic “Heart Healthy Recipes” including Heart Healthy Granola Bars and the always popular, Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Burgers!

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Heart Healthy Oatmeal Berry Granola Bars

Berry Almond Granola Bars

Last week my friends at San Diego 6 News asked me to host a segment on “Heart Healthy Dishes”.  I knew I wanted to make my healthy and delicious Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Burgers, loaded with heart healthy ingredients, but I also wanted to throw a couple of new recipes in the mix!

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Sausage Jalapeño Macaroni and Cheese

Sausage Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese

One time my friends went on a “Macaroni and Cheese Crawl”. If you’re familiar with bar crawls, it’s the same thought, but instead of slamming beers and tequila shots, you head to the best restaurants for Mac and Cheese.

While I wasn’t able to make the crawl with them, I thought this was the best idea ever. Why, you ask?  Because Macaroni and Cheese is freaking awesome!!!!

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Lemon Berry Prosecco Sangria

Strawberry Prosecco Sangria



If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, there’s a great chance you’ve heard me talk about, take pictures at or check in to Queenstown Public House. It’s my “Cheers” if you will. My neighborhood bar where “everybody knows my name.” But literally, I’ve been asked if I work there because people see me there so often!

It’s a gem and I’m a creature of habit. What can I say? I find something I love, I stick with it.

One of the things that keeps me coming back time and time again is their Prosecco Mint Sangria. It’s amazing.  So amazing that I decided to re-create it at home last weekend and share my version with you all!

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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Wontons

Strawberry Cheesecake Wontons



A couple of weeks ago I purchased a package of Wonton Wrappers at the grocery store. They were conveniently located in the refrigerator section right next to where I was picking up some cheese and they screamed “Whitney,  make some Wontons!”  … so I did, of course. When wontons yell, you must listen 😉

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Massaman Curry Crock Pot Chicken

Massaman Curry Crock Pot Chicken



A big thank you goes out to my brother, Tyler Bond, for inspiring me to make this recipe!  I tried Massaman Curry for the first time when he ordered Thai take out while I was visiting him in Washington DC in November.

One bite and I was hooked!

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Gluten Free Strawberry Brownie Bread Pudding

Strawberry Brownie Bread Pudding



It’s Friday… the 7th of February… which means it’s one week until Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re single and making desserts for friends, family or co-workers, or you’re in a relationship and making something delicious for your significant other, nothing says “Be My Valentine” more than chocolate!

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Spicy Sausage Nacho Casserole

Spicy Sausage Nacho Casserole



I throw a lot of parties. Let’s be honest, I write a food blog for a living and love to play hostess so throwing parties is kind of my thing.

Twice a year my parties are taken to another level. Once at my Christmas/Birthday Cocktail Party, then again 2 months later at my annual Superbowl Party.

For this years Superbowl Party I decided to create a “Taco Bar” and serve four crock pots filled with delicious taco fillings including Buffalo Chicken, Chipotle Honey Pulled Pork, Vegetarian Fajita and Pineapple Sriracha Tri Tip.

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

Last week I was really craving Reese’s Cups, although I’m not a big candy person, when I do eat candy it’s always Reese’s!

Instead of going to the store like a normal person and purchasing a Reese’s Cup, I decided to make a “Reese’s Cup Cupcake” by filling the middle of a rich, delicious chocolate cupcake with a creamy peanut butter filling!

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Drunken Noodles

Drunken Noodles



Confession: I am completely addicted to Rama Thai’s Drunken Noodles. Like, it’s kind of a problem. I have serious cravings for these noodles on a regular basis! I’ve had Drunken Noodles elsewhere and enjoyed the dish, but never like at Rama! Now it’s my turn to attempt the re-creation of their spicy noodle dish!

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