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Cilantro Lime Fried Avocado Tacos

Cilantro Lime Fried Avocado Taco 3

Tacos might just be one of my favorite foods to cook and prepare. I know what you’re thinking… she went all the way to culinary school in Ireland to master the art of tacos? Well no. I can actually say I did not prepare one taco while I was there! Now experimenting with different recipes and flavor combinations back home, I love the never ending possibilities when it comes to tacos. Read more

The Ultimate Homemade Sushi Burrito

sushi burrito

The original Sushirrito restaurant chain is in all over the California area and seems to be all over my Instagram with their mouthwatering sushi burritos. Why hasn’t Instagram invented a way to actually eat the picture yet? My solution to get a bite was to make my own!  My version of the sushi burrito is healthier, and it’s made with ingredients that you can easily find in your supermarket. Read more

Smashed Avocado Toast

smashed avocado toast

When I moved in Savannah, GA naturally one of my biggest worries wasn’t moving halfway across the country, but was making sure that I lived walking distance from a coffee shop. My spot was called Collins Quarters. The open, airy, and modern space was the perfect environment to read and write.

Not only is the Mocha Lavender Latte unbelievable, but Collins Quarters actually has some of my most favorite dishes in Savannah.  My favorite dish, that I still crave till this day, is their Smashed Avocado Toast with a poached egg. On two slices of crispy thick sourdough, the creaminess of the avocado and poached egg is cut by the freshness of the heirloom tomatoes and pepperiness of the radishes. Read more

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

Granola plays a huge role in my morning routine and it’s crucial for me know that what I think is a healthy start, actually is. Many of the pre-packaged granolas at the grocery store contain more fat, sugars, and salt that is actually needed. Simply making granola homemade only takes 35 minutes at most and you can be confident in exactly what ingredients go into it. Read more

Fire Roasted Shrimp Salad with Garlic Lime Dressing

Garlic Lime Shrimp Salad

Fire plays such a large role in both beer and cooking, so why not celebrate it by pairing Goose Island’s Sofie with this Asian inspired Fire Roasted Shrimp Salad. Sofie is a sparkling Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale, which is wine barrel-aged with copious amounts of zested orange peel. For all you champagne or wine lovers, this is your stuff!

The complex spicy white pepper and citrus notes of the Ale flawlessly compliment the fresh pop of lime and kick of heat from the salad. I chose to pair this beer specifically with the garlic shrimp because it brings out salinity and natural sweetness, all while cleansing the palate. Read more

Warm Quinoa & Vegetable Salad

Quinoa Vegtable Salad

There are so many people and hands that go into creating one dish. We easily forget about this. Our society has come to a point that if we can't directly see or feel something, its not there. I fell in love with food because of the story it tells. Not by cooking exactly, but by the story of how the ingredient came upon the plate has always fascinated me. We fail to remember the artisans of cheese, the farmers of the organic carrots, or even the coffee roaster who provide you with the robust aroma and satisfying jolt of caffeine every morning.   These are the hands that need acknowledgement because, end of the day, my part is simple. My role is to take these beautiful ingredients that are given to me and unify them to become one piece of art.

Next time you are in the kitchen, I encourage you to stop to reflect on the love already put into these ingredients

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Turkey Avocado Sandwich

Sandwhich Turkey Avocado

I believe that we eat certain foods in a particular way in order to remember who we are. As simple as how you build a sandwich or the style of soup you choose all stems from a subconscious feeling of comfort and memory. For me, I will always choose the combination of turkey and avocado on my sandwich because it was what my mother always packed in my lunch box! Those flavors evoke a sense of nostalgia for me, that I know will always be with me.

I hope that this sandwich encourages you to fall into your comfort zone of the flavors you love! That’s what a sandwich is and should be! Read more

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