Coconut Shrimp with Vanilla Bean Aioli

I don’t like shrimp.  But I LOVE this recipe!  Weird I know.  I also don’t like tomatoes but I eat ketchup!  Go figure!  This recipe is actually inspired by a very similar dish that I used to get at my favorite tapas restaurant.  It was served with a vanilla aioli that made me want to lick the dish had I not been in public.  I made this dish just recently for a group of friends we were entertaining at our house and it was a hugh...

 
Thai Burger with Coconut Peanut Sauce

Thai Burger with Coconut Peanut Sauce

My husband and I were lucky enough to not only get married in Hawaii but to honeymoon there was well.  We spent 3 awesome weeks exploring Oahu and Maui and loved every second of it.  One of our favorite parts of Maui was eating at Cheeseburger in Paradise which was located literally steps away from our hotel.  They served a burger that had a slice of grilled pineapple on top and we could not get enough of it!  Now this was back in the days of...

 

Chili Cheese Dogs

My family and I just finished making the big move from Chicago to San Diego but before we left we visited our favorite Tapas restaurant for a farewell dinner one last time.  It reminded me of the last time we moved from Michigan to Illinois and we stopped by my most favorite little hot dog joint - Yesterdog.  Yesterdog was actually the inspiration to Dog Years in the American Pie movies.  It’s located in Eastown, Grand Rapids and has...

 

Sweet and Sour Chicken

My friend Lori asked me to come up with a recipe for sweet and sour chicken but it couldn’t be just any recipe - it had to taste EXACTLY like the kind you get from your local chinese take out joint.  After several attempts I’m happy to say I NAILED IT!  In fact, for my last attempt I made the whole meal while my husband was upstairs working (he works for home).  I called him down to come eat dinner and after a bite he asked if...

 

Basil Pesto

My husband and I were in California a couple weeks ago looking for a new house.  We’ll be moving to Oceanside, CA in May and we spent the weekend house hunting.  Healthy eating doesn’t stop for us when traveling so when the hotel concierge handed us a menu for a cafe we just ‘had to try’ I stuck it in my pocket without another thought.  Luckily we got stuck in traffic later that day and I pulled the menu out and took a...

 

Thai Lettuce Wraps

The Cheesecake Factory.  Oh the memories I have from there.  Without a doubt my favorite restaurant pre-naked eating.  My husband and I made it our mission to go to The Cheesecake Factory whenever we traveled - we racked up quite an impressive list!  While it’s been years since I’ve been there I still can’t help but miss my favorite dishes.  Potstickers, Spicy Cashew Chicken, Crispy Beef and Thai Lettuce Wraps -...