Slow Cooked Lamb Ribs

A couple of months ago, I bought a few lamb shoulder steaks at the farmer’s market in town. Having never cooked lamb before, I treated them as I would any other steak and cooked them on high heat for just a few minutes on each side. Of course I was unsure how to tell if they were fully cooked, so they ended up tough and overcooked. So when I bought lamb ribs recently, I followed the “low and slow” advice and made this recipe.

The first step to this was to put a dry rub on the ribs the night before cooking. I made a rub of salt, pepper, garlic, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Feel free to switch this up, tons of flavors go well with lamb!

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Spicy Thai Meatballs

Life has been a little crazy lately. As is the life of a graduate student I suppose. But I did manage to make some turkey meatballs for you. I’m not a huge fan of red meat and I think ground turkey holds the flavors really well, but if you love ground beef live the dream and make these using beef.

First, get your ingredients together!


Not pictured, garlic.

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Tomato and Spinach Penne


I have a terrible habit of waking up late for work. Which means I don’t have time to make myself lunch and then I end up eating out. In an attempt to cut back on spending money and eat healthier, I made this tasty pasta dish to last all week. This will definitely be enough for 4-6 people for dinner, but since I’m cooking for myself currently, this was plenty for my lunches.

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Roasted Corn and Tomato salad with Honey Ancho Chili Sauce


I ate at a local restaurant a couple of weeks ago and had scallops on a bed of this salad. While scallops may be a luxury, I was happy to realize that the salad would be inexpensive and easy to replicate at home.


Corn and grape tomatoes are seasoned and roasted while ancho chili is combined with apple cider vinegar, honey, and garlic to create a sauce. The result is a sweet and smokey side dish that will go well with fish and poultry.

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Honey Vanilla Chamomile Soda

Growing up, my family drank Diet Rite and Diet Coke like it was their job. If you were to look at pretty much any photo of my mother, you’d notice a diet cola somewhere in her vicinity. I think the constant presence of cola in my home really diminished my desire to drink it. Plus, knowing what I know now about the alarming number of ingredients that go into manufactured sodas, I am so happy to come up with an alternative. And this soda feels super fancy. I’m just putting that out there.

Honey Vanilla soda-ingredients

Simple syrups are the best way to make fancy sodas or flavor up your happy hour. The combination of water, sugar, and flavor couldn’t be easier and the syrup will last for weeks in the refrigerator in an airtight container. After seeing this post on Joy the Baker, I decided to use my own teabags that I had lying around to make my syrup. Well worth it, I promise.

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Savory Grits

Or polenta. Or cornmeal. I’m still pretty uncertain what the most common name for this dish should be. However, I do know that if you are looking in a typical grocery store, your best bet is to look for stone-ground cornmeal. For this recipe I used Bob’s Red Mill stone-ground cornmeal, medium ground. Though, never having made grits until I tried this recipe, I suggest you pick up your favorite if you know your way around.


Thanks to numerous posts about grits/polenta by Joy the Baker, I’ve always wanted to give this savory recipe a chance but was always too nervous to try. I wasn’t sure what exactly to buy, what would pair well, or what the heck I should be looking for in the grocery store. Maybe that’s just me. Maybe you know exactly these things and have been making your own version of this recipe. But in case you’re like me, I thought I would break it down. And don’t be nervous! This is actually super easy!

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Spinach, Feta, and Caramelized Onion Pizza

Real talk. Sometimes I get major cravings for pizza. I’m talking gooey cheese, greasy, a million calories per slice pizza. But every time I eat said greasebomb pizza, I feel awful afterwards. Which is why I like to have my own pizza recipes handy. I like to make my own pizza dough and go wild with topping combinations. This evening I made a spinach, feta, and caramelized onion pizza and ate half in one sitting. No big deal.

Start by caramelizing a medium onion. There are few things better than this process.

Carmelized onions-pizza

In the meantime, prep that pizza. I made the crust in a bread machine, but your own recipe/store bought is fine as well.

Sauce time-pizza

Once the sauce (tomato paste mixed with water, basil, oregano, and garlic) is spread around, add some spinach!


Once the onions are caramelized and have cooled a bit, add a generous helping.

add onions-pizza

Finally, top with feta cheese and bake.

Feta Cheese-pizza

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Spicy Mango-Banana Smoothie

This morning started off a little rocky. Mondays are always a chore, but Mondays where one starts Insanity are even worse. That’s why I’m thankful for this smoothie. With a powerhouse of nutrients, it was literally the only thing that kept me from just crawling back in my bed and hitting the snooze until 10.

Ingredient round up!


Super simple; this allows for a lot of variation.

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Sweet Potato, Kale, and Coconut Milk Soup

I thought I’d post a recipe so that if you do stumble upon my blog, you’ll know what to look forward to in the future. Get pumped.

This is a soup I made a few days ago in an attempt to eat a bit of kale. I’ve heard all of the merits of kale; it’s a superfood, makes great juice, can be baked into chips for snacks, and everyone in the dang blogosphere has been raving about it. But after trying it in juice, in salads, as chips, in tacos I was ready to give up. To me, it just tastes bitter. But then I found this recipe and decided to give it one last try. Success! Flavorful kale.

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Welcome to my first attempt at a cooking blog. Here you’ll find recipes with fresh ingredients that are simple and quick to make. Stay tuned for the journey!