the best ramen

February 14, 2015 § 3 Comments


i just had quite possibly the best bowl of ramen noodles i’ve ever eaten. yuzu in beaverton, oregon came highly recommended to me by a co-worker with obviously wonderful taste, you must go here if you’re ever in town!

photos (not from yuzu): gastrolust + yes to yolks

homemade pickles

August 25, 2014 § 3 Comments


over the past couple of summers my parents have made their own pickles, the store bought ones just don’t even compare to these. they get their cucumber pickles from sauvie island in oregon and i always look forward to getting them by the jar full!

ingredients: (makes approx. 8 to 12 jars)
• 10 pounds tiny organic kosher dill refrigerator cucumber pickles
• 24 garlic cloves, whole
• 12 teaspoons pickling spice
• 12 red hot chili peppers, dried
• dill flowers in the bud stage
• 12 wide mouth 1 quart mason jars with lids and rings
• brine (see recipe below)

brine recipe:
• 4 quarts warm water
• 1 quart white vinegar
• 1 cup pickling salt
– mix until salt dissolves

1. clean cucumber pickles with a washcloth in water and discard any bad ones. slice any large cucumber pickles into small spears and pack tightly into jars.
2. add 2 cloves garlic, 1 pepper, 1 teaspoon spice and 2 good sized dill sprigs into each jar.
3. pour brine over contents of jars to within a quarter inch of mouth of jar. pickles should be beneath liquid.
4. wipe rims of jars dry with paper towel before placing the lids and rings.

note: the exact amount of brine needed will depend on how tightly you pack the cucumbers.

refrigerate for 10 to 14 days before eating and enjoy!

cupcakes w. old fashioned frosting

August 21, 2014 § 1 Comment


the other day i was craving cupcakes which is a pretty regular thing. i had a box of cake mix but no powdered sugar to make frosting, so i used granulated sugar which is what i had on hand.

cake ingredients:
• box of white cake mix
• water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on box

frosting ingredients:
• 1/2 cup milk (i used coconut)
• 3 tablespoons flour (sounds strange i know)
• 1/2 cup granulated sugar
• 1/2 cup butter
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• pink food coloring

1. bake cupcakes as directed on cake mix box and allow to cool.
2. cook milk and flour over low heat until very thick and allow to cool.
3. cream together sugar and butter. add milk and flour mixture and beat until whipped cream consistency.
4. mix in the vanilla and a couple drops of the food coloring.
5. apply the frosting to the tops of the cooled cupcakes with a butter knife.
6. enjoy with a hot cup of black coffee!

photo by kristina
granulated sugar frosting recipe by

kodiak cakes

May 29, 2014 § 1 Comment


à la costco! this one is super easy because it’s a box mix, yes that’s right a box mix because sometimes you just wanna eat as soon as possible. i did take it upon myself to add semi-sweet chocolate chips into the mix although, it was the very least i could do.

ingredients: (serves 6)
• 1 cup kodiak cakes flapjack mix
• 1 cup water
• handful semi-sweet chocolate chips (1/2 into the batter 1/2 for toppings)
• good-quality maple syrup
• butter or lite earth balance
• cinnamon
• powdered sugar (not shown)

add spoonfuls of batter to a skillet set to medium heat. flip flapjacks after bubbles stop forming and bottom sides are golden brown, about 30 seconds. cook opposite sides until golden brown, about 15 seconds or so. serve immediately with the butter, cinnamon, extra chocolate chips, maple syrup, powdered sugar and enjoy!

banana chocolate chip bread

May 17, 2014 § 2 Comments


once again i had three very black bananas in the fridge waiting to be baked into this delicious banana bread. chocolate chips were also thrown in at the last minute! this recipe was adapted from one of food & wine’s cookbooks best of the best.

• 3 very ripe bananas peeled and mashed
• 2 heaping tablespoons greek yogurt
• 1 large egg at room temperature
• 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
• 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 3/4 cup bleached all-purpose flour
• 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 5 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
• 1/2 cup raw pecans, chopped
• 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
• 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. in a large mixing bowl mix the banana and yogurt until smooth. add the egg, lemon zest and vanilla and mix until well combined.
3. in another large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well mixed. add the butter and half the banana mixture and mix until the dry ingredients are moistened. add the remaining banana mixture and fold in the pecans, sunflower seeds and chocolate chips.
4. pour the batter into a buttered, non-stick loaf pan. sprinkle with the brown sugar so that a nice light sweet crust will form on top.
5. bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
6. cool the bread.
7. make a lemon glaze (confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice and water) to drizzle over the bread if desired and enjoy!

greek yogurt dessert

May 15, 2014 § 2 Comments


this healthy little dessert is one of my most favorite things to whip up for when i’m craving something sweet! experiment and add any ingredients that you have on hand. this is my style of cooking because i save on money and food is not wasted.

ingredients: (one serving)
• 1/2 to 1 cup good quality greek yogurt (my favorite is 0% fage)
• 1 teaspoon lemon curd
• 1 teaspoon fig jam
• 1/2 teaspoon chia seeds
• 1 teaspoon unsalted nut butter
• 1 teaspoon semi-sweet chocolate chips
• 1 teaspoon sunflower seeds
• dash of cinnamon
• dash of cardamom
• drizzle of light agave nectar
• 2 teaspoons frozen organic blueberries (not shown)

add all of the ingredients into a small serving dish, stir and enjoy!

oats and strawberries

April 26, 2014 § 2 Comments


i picked up the freshest strawberries this morning and thought to put them into a delicious bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. xk

• 1/2 cup rolled oats
• 1 cup water
• 2 medium organic strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced
• 1 to 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon sunflower seeds
• 1 teaspoon chia seeds
• a few chocolate chips
• cinnamon, a few dashes
• cardamom, a few dashes

in a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil, add the oats and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. add the cooked oats into your serving bowl and top with all of the remaining ingredients. enjoy!

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