The Best Beef Queso

My friend Jason makes the best queso I’ve ever had. Trust me, I’m Texan. Just look at it. Don’t you want to jump in and swim around?! He was kind enough to share his recipe with me so I could share it with all of you! It’s beefy, it’s cheesy, and it’s easy to make….

Pan-fried Tilapia

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: I’m just a simple Irish lass at heart and I cannot count how many times I’ve made this dish. I make this all the bloody time yet I’m just now posting it here. This is one of my favorite weeknight staples because it’s fast,…

Cheddar & Chive Soufflés

The texture of these mini cheddar & chive soufflés is amazing. They’re downright silky and the flavor is spot on! This recipe makes six adorable ramekin soufflés. These also heat up weirdly well and keep for nearly a week in the fridge. There are a few tricks to baking soufflés: Make sure your eggs are…

German Cucumber Salad

A tasty side dish that takes two minutes to make! I spent the summer of 2007 visiting my friend Rebecca in Germany. We had dinner with her grandparents in Bavaria one night and her grandmother served salmon, potatoes, and the tastiest cucumbers I’d ever had. I was startled because they looked normal. I believe I…

Haupia Pancakes

I know this is high praise, but this might be the best breakfast dish I’ve ever come up with. I had leftover Haupia (get my four-ingredient Haupia recipe here), Hawaiian coconut pudding, and decided to add some to my favorite buttermilk pancakes with toasted coconut for brunch with my mom and we agreed: most epic…

Mele Kalikimaka

Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on this bright Hawaiian Christmas Day I have a special place in my heart for Hawaii. My family went on vacation to Maui when I was ten and I was forever changed by the food and culture. I went from a fairly picky eater to a girl ordering…

Lomi Lomi Salmon

Hawaii’s twist on gravlax You guys know how much I adore gravlax. I make Norwegian Gravlax all the time! (Recipe here.) When I read that lomi lomi salmon is Hawaii’s version of gravlax and a popular Christmas dish in Hawaii, I couldn’t wait to try it. I did a ton of research on lomi lomi…

Kalua Pork

Who doesn’t love a hands-off dinner? I wanted a traditional Hawaiian main course for my Hawaiian Christmas dinner (read about it here). Kalua Pork is a popular Christmas and Luau dish, traditionally rubbed with Hawaiian sea salt and cooked in a pit oven in the ground. We are recreating the smoky flavor of the pit…

Haupia (Hawaiian Coconut Pudding)

With just four ingredients, you can have a taste of Hawaii! Aloha, Rosies! This is such a fun recipe; it’s fun to make and fun to eat. Hell, it’s even fun to say! Haupia (pronounced how-pee-ah) is a traditional Hawaiian dessert that’s served at luaus, Christmas dinner, and many other occasions. It’s a delicious coconut…