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A delicious, fragrant, vegan Thai coconut soup prepared with sweet potato and kale. An easier, weeknight friendly, and vegetarian rendition on Tom Kha Gai.
My first experience trying great Tom Kha Gai soup was during the first few weeks of culinary school.
Although it was a classic French school, one of our chef instructors, Chef Somchet, was from Thailand and the school had a tradition of dedicating one full day to learning traditional Thai dishes.
At the end of our lesson, she doled out piping hot bowls of the famous Thai coconut soup. The fragrance was intoxicating. I could have eaten approximately twenty more servings, and it quickly became one of my favorite Thai dishes.
So you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon an everyday inspired (and vegetarian) rendition of Tom Kha Gai in my friends Jack and Jeanine’s beautiful new cookbook Love and Lemons Everyday.
A delicious and easy twist on roasted cauliflower! Deeply caramelized and slightly spicy roasted cauliflower florets are served on lemon tahini sauce and garnished with freshly torn mint leaves and flaky sea salt.
Meet one of my new favorite side dishes! We live in a world that is obsessed with transforming cauliflower into every possible item under the sun (pizza, oatmeal, pasta, crackers, rice, etc.). This isn’t that kind of recipe.
This recipe is all about the cauliflower! We’re going old school and roasting it today. Deeply caramelized roasted cauliflower florets served on a lemon tahini sauce and garnished with lots of torn mint leaves and flaky finishing salt.
The combination of the deeply caramelized, slightly sweet and spicy cauliflower (I have a few tricks up my sleeve on how to roast cauliflower, which I share below!) with the creamy tahini sauce and bright mint work so harmoniously together.
This spring matcha cake is filled with Bonne Maman Raspberry Preserves and a light raspberry cream filling. An elegant, light, and fruit forward cake to serve for Easter brunch or year round!
This post is sponsored by Bonne Maman.
I’m so excited to share this matcha roll cake recipe with you all! Don’t you just love the colors? I can’t think of a more spring-like cake!
Ever since I traveled to Japan two years year, I’ve become enamored with matcha. We saw it (quite literally) everywhere on our trip and in every form imaginable. If you’re unfamiliar with the ingredient, matcha is the powder form of green tea leaves, which are grown in the shade.
This unique growing method produces a vibrantly green tea that is less bitter and more sweet in flavor. Matcha has a very complex flavor that lends itself well to so many flavor pairings, particularly fruit.
Broccoli rabe and sausage pasta. This spicy main course is packed with flavor, can be thrown together in less than 30 minutes, and is one of my all-time favorite pasta recipes!
Say hello to one of my top five favorite pasta recipes! We make this broccoli rabe and sausage pasta every few weeks, it is that delicious. It is the type of dish that you’ll make over and over again, and can be adapted to suit your tastes (or dietary preference).
Broccoli rabe and sausage pasta isn’t anything new and different. It is a classic Italian pasta dish, but I’ve given it a few simple twists that take it over the top.
My recipe below uses spicy Hot Italian pork sausage and adds kalamata olives, umami rich sun-dried tomatoes, and lots and lots of fresh garlic into the mix. Just before serving, this sausage mixture is tossed with orecchiette pasta (or any other textured small pasta of choice!).
Quite simply put, these ingredients work magic together! This pasta is spicy, briny, incredibly flavorful, and so easy to prepare. It has a little bit of everything. Best of all, it comes together in less than 30 minutes.
I originally shared this recipe a few years ago and am sharing a slightly updated version today with new photos. It deserves some attention in the spotlight!
I’m so excited to bring you today’s post! This has been a topic that has been on my mind a lot this past year, particularly since this job requires a lot of recipe testing, grocery shopping, brand and product shipments, etc.
Let me start off by saying that I’m not here to preach or advocate a zero waste lifestyle. I do not have one. Striving for perfection, in any area of your life, is impossible, overwhelming, and can often lead to inaction. This is particularly true, at least in my experience, when it comes to kitchen waste.
While reducing waste is incredibly important and does require a bit of a mindset shift, even the smallest changes can have huge impacts. Small efforts eventually lead to long-standing habits and lifestyle changes.
For some, that might mean investing in a travel mug (if you love your coffee shop visits!) or water bottle for travel. For others, that might be using reusable containers and packaging, in lieu of plastic wrap or Ziploc bags, a few extra times a month. This will look different for everyone.
My goal with this post is to simply share resources, helpful tips, and approachable ways that I’ve reduced my kitchen waste this past year. I hope you find it useful and inspiring!
This fluffy, fragrant savory coconut rice recipe is made with Thai jasmine rice, virgin coconut oil, and full fat coconut milk. Pair with Asian main courses, stir fries, or curries!
I’m embarrassed to admit just how many times we’ve made this coconut rice over the past few months! We love pairing this simple rice with Asian dishes, stews, stir fries (such as this shrimp stir fry!), and curries (cauliflower curry is a great choice!). It elevates even the most basic of meals, and is almost impossible to resist.
I have a serious weakness for coconut rice, and the recipe and method below is foolproof. It is the best coconut rice recipe that I’ve made in my own kitchen, and rivals the best that I’ve had out at restaurants.
Fluffy, aromatic, and perfectly cooked every time. You won’t need any special equipment, ingredients, or tools to make this. You just need a basic heavy-bottomed saucepan. We’re getting back-to-basics with this one!
I thought I’d pop in with a few fun Valentines Day recipes for the week. I have to admit, Connor and I don’t really formally celebrate the holiday, but it’s a great excuse to whip up something special for a loved one or just yourself (just as important, if I do say so!),
We prefer to keep things casual, make an effort to disconnect, and just enjoy a nice quiet dinner together at home. I’ve rounded up some of my all-time favorites – everything from Valentines Day dinner recipes to dessert recipes – for inspiration below.
While a few of these recipes require a bit more work and time, most of the dinner recipes can be prepared in less than 45 minutes and nearly all of the desserts can be prepped ahead.
If you’re looking for more inspiration, be sure to check out these other main course recipes for additional ideas!
Provence France travel guide, focused on the Luberon area, with our recommendations on must-visit destinations, where to stay, and where to eat in the region.
It’s taken a long time to put this Provence France travel guide together for you but better later, than never! Right? Or as the French might say, c’est la vie!
To give you a bit of background, Connor and I traveled to France on vacation last May. We spent the first five days of our trip exploring Provence and finished with three food-filled days in Paris (be sure to check out my guide on where to eat in Paris if you’re headed that way anytime soon!).
While Connor and I have both been to France before, this was the first time that either of us had visited the south of France and, specifically, the Luberon region of Provence. We flew into Marseilles airport, which is very convenient and just an hour’s drive from the area.
It’s always hard to sum up these travel experiences in a few short paragraphs (hence the delay), but we absolutely loved our time in Provence. Walking amongst the many beautiful hill-top villages in this region, you cannot help but feel like you’ve been transported back in time.