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I am a not-professionally-trained cook who has decided to forgo cookbooks and see what I can come up.. with. These are my original recipes with fun stories mixed in.

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  • Cara Cara orange margaritas (It’s been a whole year!)
    on Feb 12, 2014 in cocktails margaritas oranges
    [Tap, tap] Is this thing on?Well, I did it. A whole year. Not a single post in 2013. I didn’t mean to go a whole year without blogging, but once I started not blogging it was hard to stop not blogging. Wait, what? I think I’m a little rusty…Her...
  • Chipotle-Rosemary Sweet Potato Soup: An Ode to Bacon
    on Nov 29, 2012
    Oh, bacon…I love bacon. Always have; always will. And I don’t care if it’s “trendy” to love bacon, or if that trend is deemed “over” by famous chefs. If you ask me, adding bacon to something will most likely make it better. (I am tempte...
  • Gingerbread trifle, procrastination and giving thanks
    on Nov 21, 2012
    I’ve got a bad case of procrastinator-itis…I’ve been this way all my life. The only thing that usually gets me going is when it really matters and I’m eight hours away from a deadline that I’ve put off for weeks and start freaking out becau...
  • Pumpkin kegs, harvest sangria and news
    on Oct 8, 2012
    Hello? Is there anybody out there? If you are, thanks for sticking around. I can explain my absence…really, I can. And it’s actually a legitimate excuse. Drumroll, please…I GOT A NEW JOB! And I love it. And I still can’t believe it. And it’...
  • Quinoa salad with honey-mint vinaigrette and cats in the dryer
    on Sep 13, 2012
    Oh, September…why are you flying by so quickly? September was supposed to be different. Unlike August, I was going to be on top of things and post here regularly. Really, I was. But instead, September has been insanely busy and downright uncooperat...
  • Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats and memories of “baking”
    on Aug 30, 2012
    When people recall memories from their childhood, they often involve baking in the kitchen with Mom. When I recall memories from my childhood, I have to say that baking with Mom is not one of the first things I think of. But here are some of the...
  • Coconut curry mussels and two years gone by
    on Aug 27, 2012
    It’s my anniversary! Well, not mine…This weekend marked the two-year anniversary of Tasty Trials and although I’ve only managed to get a handful of posts up this month, I have to say that I’m shocked to have gone two years at all with any kin...
  • S’mores martinis and indoor camping
    on Aug 20, 2012
    Summer is almost over and another year has gone by without us taking a camping trip. Every year we talk about it wistfully, remembering the campfires, the quiet and clear nights under the stars, the bacon and eggs breakfast that always tastes so much...
  • Gazpacho and a mushy post
    on Aug 13, 2012
    When Andy and I first started dating, I made him a lot of lists. No, not honey do lists…lists of mushy stuff like things he did that I thought were cute, things he said I thought were cute, reasons why I liked him, etc. Is anyone gagging yet?Well,...
  • Summery comfort food: Grilled chicken pasta with homemade tomato sauceSometimes, smack in the middle of summer, a craving for a hearty wintertime comfort food dish hits and your only recourse is to listen to your stomach.  Hot and sticky days, however, aren’t always the best time to turn on the oven, heat up the...
  • Summer bounty and stone fruit tart
    on Jul 30, 2012
    It’s been a bountiful summer in my many ways, with work, friends and delicious summer produce (of course), and I’m so grateful for all of it.These last few months have been so busy for me, and although at times I’ve felt like I might pull my ha...
  • Things I love about summer and homemade choco tacos
    on Jul 23, 2012
    When you’re in elementary school, the things you love about summer may differ slightly from what you love about summer when you’re an adult. There is no doubt that I loved the ice cream man with a capital L when I was young. Among the missile pop...
  • Food that makes me cry and curried cauliflower soup
    on Jul 18, 2012
    That title may be a bit misleading because this curried cauliflower soup did not make me cry. It was good, surprisingly so actually, since I don’t normally put a lot of stock in cauliflower. But before we talk about that, let’s go back the food t...
  • A quickie: The latest news and a cherry-infused cocktail
    on Jul 11, 2012
    This will be short since my eyes feel like they are about to pop out of my head. Before they do, I have some news to share…You might remember these little darlings:My adults-only Mango Mojito Pops, the perfect spiked popsicle for summer. Well, they...
  • Biscoff might be crack and Biscoff Cheesecake Ice Cream
    on Jul 5, 2012
    I have a confession to make: Before a few weeks ago, I had never tried Biscoff spread. Never ever. (I know, I know…) But now I have. And I estimate that in about three months I’ll probably weigh somewhere around 400 pounds. Thanks in advance, Bis...
  • New babies and a Fourth of July cocktail
    on Jun 29, 2012
    No, no, no…not those kinds of babies. We’re talking babies of the feline variety here…triplets to be exact. From now on, just call us the crazy cat people. I’m pretty sure getting three kittens qualifies you for that classification.Allow me i...
  • Spicy Tri-tip Skewers for a #SummerGrilling partyThe weather is getting warmer and we’ve taken to the patio once again. Chances are you’ll find us out there almost every weekend…relaxing, reading, napping, and of course, barbecuing. So I was more than happy to host a #SummerGrilling party for...
  • Dogs, cheese-stuffed burgers and spiced up fries
    on Jun 21, 2012
    I thought about my childhood dog while I was making these burgers and fries. How’s that, you ask?Our family dog, Corky, never had a very big appetite. She was one of those picky dogs that turned her nose up to dog food, but was definitely intereste...
  • The weekend off and Vanilla-Peach Mojitos
    on Jun 18, 2012
    I took the weekend off and it was GLORIOUS. I didn’t write a single word for an article. I cooked a Father’s Day meal and got to relax, sip wine and be with family. There was not a single worry about getting recipes down or photographing a dish.
  • A do-over moment: Pistachio and spice-crusted lamb chops
    on Jun 14, 2012
    Sometimes things just don’t work out in the kitchen. For me, more often than not, it’s because I’m attempting to bake. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I do not understand the science of baking. Sure, I can follow a recipe and mak...