Beef Banh Mi

One of my favorite things to do this summer was to go hiking in Kanawha State Forest. My friend and I would head out there in the morning before it got hot, hike, and then stop in South Charleston for lunch. Our favorite place to go was a tiny four-top Banh Mi place called Yen’s…

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

This recipe doesn’t have a cute story or a fun reason behind it. I just wanted to make more cheesecake after my foray into lemon cheesecake. However, all of the rationals for the other recipe are the same. These are still personal cheesecakes, meant for you and your roommates or parents or friends. I used…

Congee

With school starting back up, I wanted to share my favorite weekday breakfast. It’s high protein, low-calorie, sugar-free (difficult to find for breakfast), filling, savory, and best of all, you can make a big batch of it on Sunday and eat it all week. Plus, it is cheap to make. Tell me, what’s not to…

Individual Lemon Cheesecakes

A couple of weeks ago at work, someone brought in key lime cookies from Trader Joe’s. I had never had them before. In fact, I have never been to a Trader Joe’s before. They don’t have them in West Virginia. That’s why I had to make my own Everything Bagel Minus the Bagel Spice. Anyway, these cookies….

Smoked Salmon Dip

I moved back into my apartment last weekend after my summer in Charleston. I had a great summer and learned a lot, but it was tiring to live in college dorms again. Of course, moving is tiring as well. I thought about it, and I’ve moved 20 times in 5 years, in and out and…

Rhubarb Yellow Cake

I have always loved rhubarb. It’s sour and intense and perfectly complements strawberry pie, or cake, or anything sweet. It’s hard to get in stores, except in the spring, so snap it up when you can. Luckily enough, my mom was given a couple rhubarb plants out of my grandma’s garden. Now, I can get…

Moscow Mule Cupcakes

I apologize for how long it’s been since I last posted here. I am working in Charleston this summer and living in the dorms. I don’t have any of my cooking or photography supplies here, and I’ve been just cooking the bare minimum. I made ginger simple syrup for Skinny Mules, but a girl can only…

Skinny Mule

Two summers ago, I worked at a summer camp in Maine. This camp was straight out of a movie – absolutely beautiful and located on a lake. And it was super deluxe. The campers could choose from waterskiing, horseback riding, dance, theater, rock climbing, ziplining, any sport you can think of, and even host their own…

Blue Cheese Puffs

I really like Blue Cheese, but sometimes it’s just too pungent to eat by itself. Enter these puffs. Perfect, flaky puff pastry (either store-bought or homemade) and just the hint of melty cheese. A great accompaniment to any a Mother’s Day breakfast, this savory snack compliments scrambled eggs and sweet options alike. You can either use store-bought…

Aunt K’s Salsa

My now-aunt first introduced me to this salsa, the first time we met her. I’m not sure where she got the recipe, but it’s become a family favorite. And I’ve always said that if I ever open a restaurant, I would serve this. To me, it is the essence of summer and combines all of…

Sushi Bowl

One time in undergrad, my boyfriend and I tried to make sushi. We had all the ingredients ready to go and were trying to roll them up, but they kept falling apart. That was when the Chinese exchange student who was also in the kitchen turned to us, and said, without too much sarcasm, that the…

Carrot Ginger Superfood Salad Dressing

Some of my favorite memories revolve around going to sushi restaurants. I met my boyfriend’s parents for his 22 birthday at a sushi restaurant and innumerable other special events have been celebrated around a table at a sushi restaurant. It’s all delicious, but one of my favorite parts is the salad you get. Actually, the…

Neopolitan Cheesecake Bundt Cake

Have you ever needed a cake for something, but you’ve already spent your budget for the week? Here comes this cake! You can make your own batter, but buying a box mix is easier and probably cheaper. Now, I used to be such a mix snob. I was so committed to the from-scratch life that…

Foil Baked Fish

Does fast and healthy have to mean boring? No. Does it have to be expensive or take forever to cook? Again, no. I hope to show you that this is true through this blog. I am a law student, so I have very little free time and I spent hours upon hours a day sitting…

Avocado Toast with Egg

Do we really need another recipe for avocado toast? It’s become a Thing, and a quick search on Pinterest will bring up hundreds of options. However, I would say Yes, We do need another recipe for avocado toast. Because, most of the avocado toast recipes focus on expensive, drawn – out, probably boozy brunches with…

Chicken Kale Salad

I made this salad (with taking photos) in less than half an hour. Seriously. You just slice the chicken, put it on the stove, supreme the orange, slice the kale, and make the dressing. Then, combine and eat. Really. It’s that easy. Supreming an orange takes some practice, but it is pretty fast and leaves…