Monthly Archives: January 2016

Food Bloggers Guide To NYC: Where To Eat, Stay & Play

Food Bloggers Guide to NYC

When it comes to traveling, I love to explore, from hiking adventures outside of Seattle, to finding the best live music venue in New Orleans, to eating Chinese Hand Pulled Noodles in a park in NYC!

In 2015 I created the San Diego Food & City Guide to answer the question of where to eat and what to do in my hometown.

Throughout the past year I spent a lot of time adventuring through New Orleans, Seattle, New York City, Washington DC, Phoenix, Houston, Oklahoma City and San Francisco. In each city, I found delicious dishes at great restaurants, awesome breweries, fantastic live music venues, charming boutique hotels and quaint shopping districts.

In 2016, I’m so excited to introduce my Food Bloggers Guide for where to eat, stay & play in dozens of different cities!

For the first city guide of 2016, I’m taking you through all of my favorite things to do in NYC!

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Bratwurst Beer Mac & Cheese

This Mac and Cheese Recipe is kicked up a notch with the addition of grilled bratwurst and amber beer, putting a fun and flavorful twist on mac and cheese!

Bratwurst Beer Mac and Cheese Recipe

Alright guys, it’s confession time, I might be a tad bit obsessed with mac and cheese!

Whether it’s Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese,  Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese, BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese, or this new Bratwurst Beer Mac and Cheese recipe, I just can’t get enough of the creamy, cheesy, pasta goodness!

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Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs

In this easy recipe, Swedish Meatballs are slow cooked in a delicious sauce, then served as an appetizer or over pasta for dinner.

Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Where do my recipe ideas come from? A question I am asked quite regularly, and to be honest, I always answer the same, the ideas come from everywhere!

Sometimes it’s recipe inspiration from a restaurant, or recent trip, sometimes it’s a recipe twist on an old family favorite. Sometimes it’s a direct request from the boyfriend, i.e. Swedish Meatballs!

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Slow Cooker Taco Macaroni and Cheese

Taco seasoned ground beef and hot sauce add delicious flavor and spice to this Slow Cooker Taco Macaroni and Cheese recipe!

Slow Cooker Taco Macaroni and Cheese

Today I’m combining 3 of my favorite things in life, the almighty slow cooker, tacos and macaroni and cheese!

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Bruschetta Cheese Dip

Fresh bruschetta combined with melted, creamy cheeses makes for one delicious bruschetta cheese dip recipe, made in only 10 minutes, perfect as a party appetizer!

Bruschetta Cheese Dip Recipe

This recipe is the result of an almost accident.

When I was home over the holidays, my Dad was making cheese dip (Velvetta + Rotel, an Oklahoma staple when eating Tex-Mex!), he reached in the refrigerator to grab a tupperware container of rotel and he accidentally grabbed the tupperware of leftover bruschetta.

He realized before he actually added it to the bowl of Velvetta, but then I got an idea. What if I made an Italian version of “cheese dip” with bruschetta instead of Rotel and a combination of cream cheese and mozzarella instead of Velvetta?

Well, I tried this bruschetta cheese dip recipe idea and I loved it, so today I’m sharing it with you!

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Chipotle Honey Crispy Baked Boneless Wings

This recipe for boneless wings features chicken breast bites breaded, baked & tossed in a delicious chipotle honey sauce, perfect for parties & game day! 

Chipotle Honey Crispy Baked Boneless Wings

You guys, I’m SO excited to be back in the US and sharing new recipes with you after 10 days of travel!

If you’re following me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook then you probably saw lots of posts of tacos over the last week, because I just returned home from a trip to Guadalajara and Mexico City!

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3 Easy Game Day Skewer Recipes

3 Easy Game Day Skewer Recipes

Today’s post is sponsored by my fabulous friends at Cost Plus World Market!

Planning to host a party for the big game in a couple of weeks? These three simple skewer recipes will make entertaining a breeze!

These skewers are quick, easy, and require no actual cooking! They can easily be prepared early and placed in the refrigerator until game time, that way, you’re ready to roll before kick off.

After all, you wouldn’t want to miss any of the hilarious commercials, exciting half time performances, or exhilarating touchdowns!

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Taco Croissants

Put a delicious dinner twist on Taco Tuesday with this easy Taco Croissant Recipe, or serve it as the perfect appetizer for Super Bowl Sunday!

Easy Taco Croissant Recipe

Football Playoffs officially kicked off this past weekend, which means the Big Game is less than 3 weeks away!

If you’re looking for a super simple appetizer to serve while watching football, this taco croissant recipe is perfect!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Spinach Kale Salad

Spinach & kale are tossed with an avocado vinaigrette, roasted butternut squash, pistachios, dates & quinoa in this vegan & gluten free kale salad recipe.

Roasted Butternut Squash Kale Salad Recipe

If one of your goals in 2016 was to eat healthier, while still enjoying super flavorful food, then I have just the salad for you!

When it comes to healthy recipes, I love to get in the kitchen and create delicious new dishes that are healthy, while still full of flavor, and this salad is just that!

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Slow Cooker Mexican Egg Casserole

This Slow Cooker Mexican Egg Casserole recipe is easy to toss together, vegetarian & gluten free, it’s great for weekday breakfasts or weekend brunch!

Slow Cooker Mexican Egg Casserole Recipe

Happy 2016 everyone!! I’m so excited for the new year, new adventures, and of course, to introduce you all to delicious new recipes!

In 2015 the 10 most popular new recipes on the blog consisted of two gluten free Chinese favorites, three slow cooker recipes, two salads, Greek tacos, and two vegetarian recipes!

I counted down the Top 10 on Instagram, so you can check out all of the new recipes that made the cut there!

In 2016, I’d love to hear what new recipes YOU would like to see on! More slow cooker, gluten free or vegetarian recipes? One pot meals, recipes with 5 ingredients or less, quick and easy recipes? You tell me! Comment below and let me know what new recipes you’re looking for in the new year!

To start the ball rolling, I’m sharing a new version of one of the most popular recipes of 2015 on, Greek Eggs Crockpot Breakfast Casserole. This time, I put a Mexican spin on the recipe, while still keeping it simple, gluten free and vegetarian.

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