Recipe: Easy 5-Ingredient Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

Happy Independence Day, fellow Americans! Justin and I threw a last minute BBQ at our house for a few friends, so I had to whip up an easy menu with what I had in the fridge. I came up with these super easy 5-ingredient buffalo chicken pinwheels, and they were a huge hit (anything with buffalo chicken AND puff pastry is going to be a crowd pleaser!). Try out the recipe and let me know what you think.

My cooking philosophy is that anything with over 8 ingredients is just too complicated. I like my food to be as simple as possible, for my sanity as the cook, and also to make Justin’s job easier as my dish washer. These buffalo chicken pinwheels are the perfect combo….They’re full of spicy tangy buffalo chicken flavor, and they’re wrapped up in a pretty package to impress your guests. Continue reading

Why I love my Birkenstocks

I am an old lady trapped in a 27 year old’s body. I go to bed at 10pm, I hate loud bars, and I love my comfy shoes.

Up until about 3 years ago, Birkenstocks were reserved for geriatric retirees and dated hippies. Then all of a sudden, the Olsen twins started wearing them around NYC, and suddenly Birkenstocks are being worn by every fashion blogger, and I LOVE IT.

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Recipe: Chocolate Macarons, from the geniuses at Macaron Bar

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Nathan doing a fantastic job teaching

Recently I was lucky enough to get invited to a Yelp Elite event at Macaron Bar in Over-the-Rhine to learn how to make my favorite french delicacy…macarons! I thought I would share the recipe so that you can make them yourself.

For the uninitiated, macarons are not those coconut and condensed milk cookies your grandma used to make…No, these are deliciously light almond meringue cookies, filled with a flavored ganache, and then dyed beautiful colors to match the filling inside.

Macarons are a favorite among bloggers and girls that look like they don’t actually eat cookies because they’re almost too pretty to eat, and they make a great Instagram (see my gram below).

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Why I will never get over Texas

Texans love Texas. Like, an inordinate amount. If you meet someone from Texas (ahem, you’re listening to one right now), it is guaranteed that within 5 minutes you will know that they are from the greatest state in the Union. And that’s just because we’re so PROUD of where we’re from. I have a bad habit of saying “Well, in Texas we do….” and ending stories with “That must be a Texas thing.”

Apparently this is not normal, so I want to offer an explanation to non-Texas folk as to why Texas people love their state so much (and continue to love it after we leave).

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Recipe: My Filipino Chicken Adobo

In an earlier blog post, I wrote about why there’s few Filipino restaurants in the United States, why that’s important, and what foods you should try if you are given the opportunity to do so. I also mentioned that food is extremely important to Filipino culture, and that every tita has their own recipe for chicken adobo. Well, here is my recipe if you would like to try it for yourself at home! Continue reading

Filipino Food – The long lost Asian cuisine

Today I want to talk about Filipino food. I am half-Filipino (on my mother’s side), and half-Caucasian. I grew up eating a very unique mix of cuisine, mostly American, but with some Filipino influences along with traditional Jewish food. My best friend growing up (hey Camille!) is also Filipino (we were paired in Kindergarten because we were both brown, so thanks for building a lasting friendship, racist Kindergarten teachers!), and so I would sometimes get invited to Filipino parties. Now, for non-Filipinos, pinoy people LOVE throwing parties…And these are not your typical dinner parties. They are all out, invite the entire neighborhood over, let’s have a potluck with 50 people and teach all the titas how to dance the “Cha Cha Slide” kind of parties. And the biggest center of all of these celebrations is one thing: FOOD.

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Am I a Bad Bride?

Let’s be honest here…I am a lazy person. My Pinterest is full of DIY projects for my wedding, and now that we are only 2 months away it is looking less and less likely that I will actually complete any of them. I have purchased a paint kit, but I have not painted my cake toppers yet. I have made exactly two clay cake toppers, when I need to make about 10 more. I never made the “Pennsylvania v. Texas” corn hole sets for the cocktail hour, and I will probably end up buying them for a whopping $200. I was going to make beautiful menus and welcome signs out of wood, and hand paint them….But now I’ll end up purchasing them on Etsy (or not having them at all, cause fuck it, no one notices that stuff anyway, right?).

Somehow I feel like that makes me a bad bride. Like, I should enjoy doing all of these crafty things, right? It should be fun? But honestly, I just wish I was married already. Continue reading