Make Cherry Tomato Bulgar Purslane Salad

Tomato Bulgar Salad recipe

I love a good summer salad. But only if the ingredients and combinations are interesting. Have you ever had purslane? It’s technically categorized as a weed but oh what a delicious weed it is. This means that at farmer’s markets and Middle Eastern markets, you’ll find it for a mere 80 cents a bunch—it’s cheap! It’s a bit spicy and the texture is much thicker than you might be used to. It’s a flavorful weed that I love to add to salads.

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Prepare a Savory Breakfast Dish of Eggs Royale

Eggs Royale recipe

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While sweet breakfasts can be a nice treat from time to time, savory breakfasts tend to be my staple morning meal. Dishes like Eggs Benedict are one of my favorites, with an exquisite mélange of tastes, textures and colors. Actually, Eggs Benedict is probably my favorite western breakfast of all time (with Huevos Rancheros coming in a close second).

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Bake a Honey Cornbread Snacking Cake

Honey Cornbread Snacking Cake recipe

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Summertime is for relaxing. It’s for wearing sunglasses, sitting on porches and sipping sweet tea. There are times when I’m convinced that I have a grandma living inside of me because rather than going to da club or any other stuff like that, I’d rather be home baking with my corgi by my side.

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Make Mongolian Beef Pasta for an Easy Meal

Mongolian Beef Pasta recipe

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While Mongolian beef may not be an authentic Chinese dish (or even a Mongolian dish), its popularity in Chinese-American restaurants is undeniable, and it was one of my favorite dishes from the Chinese take-out place in the rural town where I grew up. Although it’s sometimes served on a bed of fried glass noodles, Mongolian beef is hardly a meal on its own, and this got me wondering … what if I made a saucy Mongolian beef and tossed it with spaghetti?

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Snack on Seeded Granola

Seeded Granola recipe

This is my new favorite granola mixture. It seems like every few months, I play around with a new granola recipe and stumble upon a combination that I really really love. Right now I’m all about seeds.

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Prepare Southwest Tofu Scramble for Breakfast

Southwest Tofu Scramble recipe

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This southwestern tofu scramble is one of those dishes with an incredible effort to reward ratio. It takes about ten minutes from start to finish and with a robust flavor and plenty of vegetables, it’s a simple complete meal that’s as delicious as it is simple to make. For those of you that started tuning out at the mention of the word “tofu,” hold your horses.

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Prepare Peach Toasts for a Simple Summer Appetizer

Peach Toasts recipe

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A few years ago, my boyfriend mixed feta cheese with a bit of milk in a food processor and the texture that it made was incredible. It was pourable, fluffy and tasted like heaven. I extended that very, very simple idea and applied it to goat cheese. The added cream cheese gives a bit more tartness to it, and the heavy cream really makes it fluffy and silky. This is the most basic of basic ideas, and really it isn’t that much of a recipe at all.

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Fry Up a Plate of Flavorful Orange Shrimp

Orange Shrimp recipe

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While orange chicken is a perennial favorite in Chinese-American restaurants, the sauce works for other proteins as well. This orange shrimp is made with marinated shrimp that’s flash fried and then glazed in a sweet and sour sauce that’s redolent of fresh oranges.

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