I hope everyone had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day! Every year I celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with my mom. She’s half-Irish, and loves cooking up a big pot of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots for her family. I’m usually responsible for dessert – a duty I happily fulfill.
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.
Have you guys tried shakshuka yet? The first time I had it was with my sister Michele at an adorable little cafe in Los Angeles. I immediately knew I had to try making it at home, and now it’s one of our go-to weekend brunch items.
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.
Raise your hand if you love brunch! And there are so many things to love about brunch… savory egg dishes, sweet baked goods, fried or roasted potatoes, and mimosas. Can’t forget mimosas.
My mom relinquished holiday-hosting duties the year Chris and I bought our first house. I already loved to cook, so I thought it would be easy to host. I picked out all the recipes I wanted to try, and imagined all the delicious food we would eat. I went overboard, declined help from others, and quickly realized how stressful hosting can be. Trying to make all those dishes from scratch left me completely frazzled. I would be stressed and exhausted before the party even started! My advice is to simplify your menu and make as much as you can ahead of time. One dish that fits the bill is this Croissant French Toast Casserole.