• Watch as a girl with no cooking experience, a professional chef for a brother, a former food photographer for a boyfriend, a family in the restaurant business, and a broken oven tries her best to learn how to cook and not burn her house down in the process.

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Pan Seared Scallops with Baby Greens and Citrus Mojo Vinaigrette

My boyfriend and I and one of my best friends have decided that we all could stand to lose a few pounds so we started calorie tracking on MyFitnessPal in an attempt to drop some weight and get in shape. I thought it was going to be really hard for me to stick to eating … Continue reading



I can’t believe all this time I haven’t really cooked Mexican food. I love Mexican food and am surprised I didn’t learn to cook for the sole purpose of eating tacos every night. I still remember what my first encounter was with tacos, or at least what I remember it as. When I was a … Continue reading

Beef and lentil curry with white rice

Beef and Lentil Curry

YAY, I can blog again. Lately I have been cooking up a storm – at least cooking one big thing a day (usually dinner) but what stopped me from blogging about it? Photos. A lot of times my boyfriend wasn’t here to take photos for me. My five-year-old cell phone does NOT do the trick. … Continue reading


Mulligatawny Soup

I had to take a break from the NCC cookbook for just one week… you see, sometimes in life you may accidentally almost break someone’s toe. And sometimes the only thing that can atone for said toe incident is making soup. Not just any soup – but a very specific and absolutely amazing soup. A … Continue reading


Duck Breast with Concord Chevre Croquette

Before I get started on Nickel City Chef cooking stuff, I’ll say that for Christmas my parents got me a KitchenAid mixer!!! I am insanely excited about it and can’t wait to start making things in it, most of which I plan on giving away being that if I start making baked goods every day … Continue reading


Blueberry Cake with Maple Syrup

I knew flipping through the Nickel City Chef cookbook that it wouldn’t be long before I made a dessert. The desserts in this book look mouth-watering, and one that definitely caught my eye was a blueberry cake with maple syrup from Chef Paul Jenkins of Tempo. I am a sucker for anything that is cake, … Continue reading


Cooking in the Nickel City

Last night was my first time trying to cook something out of the Nickel City Chef book. I had got the idea in my head last week that it was something that was a good idea, despite these recipes being WAY above my level of cooking expertise. The recipes seemed to be well written and … Continue reading



Since everyone knows that I haven’t been blogging, I’m not going to make any lame excuses about how busy I have been and what has been going on, blah, blah, blah, etc. I just don’t to waste the time being that there are much more exciting things to write about, as I have come across … Continue reading

Which Was Gross?

I always wonder when browsing food blogs, which is often, if the food is as good as the photos depict, or if it’s secretly gross but they still put it up claiming it’s wonderful. Maybe there’s some unwritten rule to not do that, but I bet it happens. Not with me though. I’ve made some … Continue reading


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