Vanilla Chai Tea Latte Doughnuts, And If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try Again, And Again…

Vanilla Chai Tea Latte Doughnuts, And If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try Again, And Again… post image

I love doughnuts—the real-deal, fried kind. Lately, I've been seeing a lot of “baked” doughnut recipes appearing all over the web-o-sphere, and certainly those have their place; it's just not on my plate when my tastebuds are craving that specific flavor that only the good ol' regular fried doughnuts can offer. And my tastebuds have been craving that, let me tell you. The other day I was tempted to drive over to our local Yum-Yum's doughnut shop and pick out a bunch of moist, cakey treats, ... {more please!}

Open-Faced, Crispy-Fried Meatloaf Patty Sandwich, As Beautifully Vulnerable As An Open Soul

Open-Faced, Crispy-Fried Meatloaf Patty Sandwich, As Beautifully Vulnerable As An Open Soul post image

There's a delectable allure to an open-faced sandwich, don't you think? It rests on the plate, there in its full glory, proudly showcasing the mouthwatering ingredients that it is comprised of; and in the case of a soul-comforting, open-faced meatloaf sandwich, those enticing morsels are the thick, crusty bread that the fluffy and creamy mashed potatoes are piled on top of, with the crowing jewel being the succulent and juicy, crispy-fried meatloaf patty that has been glossed with a flowing little river of gravy and a ... {more please!}

Fragrant Curried Lentil Soup, and Being a Simmering Pot of Something Delicious

Fragrant Curried Lentil Soup, and Being a Simmering Pot of Something Delicious post image

It seems that the Creator has turned the heat up under me lately. I feel like I've been joyfully bubbling away—sputtering, bloop-ing and blipp-ing here and there—with a mild, low flame flickering beneath me, rather contently simmering on the stove very slowly making my way toward what would some day be my completion. But now, it seems that the flame has been increased ever-so-slightly, turned up from a 3 to a 4, and I'm feeling the heat a little bit more. I feel the contents within ... {more please!}

Cheesy & Garlicky Crispy-Fried Tofu Stix, Sprinkled Liberally With The Seasoning Of TLC

Cheesy & Garlicky Crispy-Fried Tofu Stix, Sprinkled Liberally With The Seasoning Of TLC post image

It's no secret that human beings benefit greatly from healthy and frequent doses of tender, loving care— frankly, we were created to thrive on the stuff. And it's no surprise that all of the beauty, and all of those good qualities that have been placed within us at the point of our beginnings, are more easily elicited out of us when those responsible for raising us up sprinkle us—season us—with liberal amounts of love, kindness, mercy and gentle guidance; it is a sort of “marinade” that ... {more please!}

Fettucini in Sausage Bolognese, And The Importance Of Being Both A Hungry Guest & A Good Host

Fettucini in Sausage Bolognese, And The Importance Of Being Both A Hungry Guest & A Good Host post image

We human beings are walking vessels of constant reception. We receive visuals of the extraordinary world around us with the wonderfully colorful eyes we've been given; we receive the various sounds of the spaces that surround us with the sometimes-funny-looking and shapely ears we have attached to the sides of our heads; we receive fragrantly sweet, fresh, pungent or even repelling scents with our uniquely sculpted noses, and we receive the sensation of the feel of our world through touch, with our skin. And of course, ... {more please!}

“Chubby Hubby” Cookies, Freshly Baked And No Freezer Required

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We all like to enjoy ice cream in our household; however, I would probably call my hubby more of a “connoisseur” of it. You see, I'm pretty much a creature of habit when I enjoy this delicious treat of the cold and creamy kind, as I'm a “Rocky Road” or "coffee-flavored, slow-churned-lower-fat-variety" kind of gal, not really deviating much from that flavor profile or style when I'm shopping for ice cream for myself. My husband on the other hand, loves to try out various flavors and ... {more please!}

Food Meditation: Guinness Extra Stout Float

Food Meditation: Guinness Extra Stout Float post image

Welcome to this peaceful little space at our table that we like to call “Food Meditation”. This is a special, contemplative short-film series that my husband and I wish to share with you in hopes that you will pull up a comfy chair and spend a few moments connecting to that beautiful serenity that can so often be found in the most unexpected places; and perhaps, you'll be moved to reflect and meditate upon it. From our souls to yours, please enjoy. Ingrid & Michael (*For ... {more please!}

St. Patrick’s Favorite Guinness Beef Stew, The Perfect Excuse To Add A Bit Of Merriment & Lightness

St. Patrick’s Favorite Guinness Beef Stew, The Perfect Excuse To Add A Bit Of Merriment & Lightness post image

This time of year tends to feel a little like we're “trapped” in between seasons. Spring seems within arm's reach yet is just beyond the touch of our extended, wiggling fingertips; and winter, while on its slow saunter out the door, still feels the need to throw its weight around by landing one or two more hard-core punches to the gut in the form of frigid storms and icy cold temperatures that make one want to retreat like a mouse into a cozy hole in the ... {more please!}

Spicy & Crispy Chicken Caesar Club, For When I Want My Fast Food Slowed Down A Bit

Spicy & Crispy Chicken Caesar Club, For When I Want My Fast Food Slowed Down A Bit post image

Even though as a personal chef and recipe developer I predominantly rely on whole foods and healthful ingredients when preparing meals for my clients and my own family, or when developing recipes to share here on the site, I have a little confession to make: I love the taste of fast food. Now, I'm tempted to call it my “guilty pleasure”, as if there should be some shame associated with that particular little admission; but the thing is, there isn't any. Not one iota. I'm owning ... {more please!}

Hot & Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower And Spinach Dip, And Letting My Cravings Do The Cooking

Hot & Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower And Spinach Dip, And Letting My Cravings Do The Cooking post image

I had a couple of different recipe ideas to choose from this week, and ended up going back and forth several times as I tried to decide which one would win the coveted position for this particular recipe post. Well, as you can see, my snacking side got the better of me, as I've been desperately craving another hot and cheesy dip lately, one that I can slather all over some nice, rustic and spicy tortilla chips of some kind. This morning when I made my ... {more please!}