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Party Time, Excellent: Oscars 2017

Each year the nominations for the Academy Awards are announced, and each year I have only seen, like, one of the films. Not this year, my friends. This year I have seen five of the films nominated for Best Film (La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Lion, Arrival, and Hidden Figures), as well as three of the films nominated for Best Animated Film (Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, and Zootopia), plus a couple other miscellaneous films (Doctor Strange, Star Trek Beyond). And I’m hoping I can squeeze in a couple more before February 26th.

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Homemade Maki Sushi Rolls


Hi, my name is Melissa, and I’m addicted to sushi.

Sushi is so. freakin’. delicious My favorites are avocado rolls and sake (salmon) sashimi or nigiri, served with a touch of wasabi. And practically anything with jalapeño or spicy mayo.

Mayonnaise mixed with sriracha… who thought that up? Somebody give them a medal.

Unfortunately, sushi can be expensive. Especially if you’re like me and you like to order the $15 specialty rolls. Even my favorite avocado roll can cost $5, and I’d probably be broke if I ate sushi as often as I wanted. Making sushi at home seems intimidating, but it’s surprisingly easy and less expensive. Plus, you can customize the ingredients to your liking.

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Blackened Jalapeño and Avocado Sauce

Roasted spiralized sweet potato, black beans, a Trader Joe’s salmon burger, topped with my blackened jalapeno and avocado sauce and a sprinkle of feta cheese.

It’s the beginning of the new year and, like a lot of people, I have a couple resolutions related to my health.

One of my resolutions is (surprise!) to exercise more. A few years ago I was really into running. I participated in a local running group and trained with them for my first 5k, then 10k, then half marathon. Continue reading “Blackened Jalapeño and Avocado Sauce”