summer harvest fruit salad

For those busy, busy days when we need something simple, fresh, and nourishing, I hope you will love this summer salad like I do. Peaches, avocados, tomatoes, and arugula with a cilantro, chile-lime dressing. That’s it! It takes maybe 10 minutes, and it shows off all of summer’s best fruits:) 

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pro tip: ricotta gnocchi

Gnocchi is a classic comfort food of Italy, and it can be done in so many different ways. My family lived in Anderson, IN for a short time when I was very young. We lived across the street from an Italian lady and her husband. Again, I was young and don’t remember much about our time there, but my love for gnocchi came from her.

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dips n’ things

To say this kitchen is an upgrade from our previous kitchen is, well, laughable. don’t get me wrong–we loved our cute little apartment in Aspen and were so incredibly grateful to be there! but we didn’t have some pretty basic things, like cutting boards, mixing bowls, decent knives, measuring spoons and cups, an oven…you get the idea. so living there seemed like the perfect time to start writing a blog, right?…

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tropical rice bowl

Our summer in Aspen is coming to a close in just one short week. So what does this mean? It means clearing out all the random food we have left–the three 1/4 boxes of different pasta, a few lemons and limes that are zestless (they’ve lost their will to live. sniff), some past prime herbs, and two half tubs of ice cream.

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apricot and olive oil cake

Moment of truth: I’m not a huge cake eater or sweets eater in general, but I do love to make cakes! I even love making my own birthday cake, if only so the people I love can enjoy it. So thank you Rebekah for visiting and giving me an excuse to try something yummy for you!

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arroz con pollo

Mofongo is basically smashed fried plantains, garlic, and pork rinds in a pilon (mortar and pestle) that you use as a vessel to either stuff or top with delicious meat or seafood of your choice.

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shrimp scampi + mini frozen key lime pies

I am not generally a fan of shrimp scampi and would not order it in a restaurant, but this “how to make shrimp scampi without a recipe” intrigued me and sounded so good that I had to try it. Basically the premise is that you can make it exactly to your taste:how much garlic you want, how many red pepper flakes you want, how much wine you want…

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Aspen…my hot spots

After a day exploring the top of Aspen mountain (at 11,212 ft.), you can end your day on the terrace of Element 47 at The Little Nell.

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garlic chip brussels + pasta salad

I know garlic chips have been a “thing” for a while, but I just discovered them, and I cant get enough! You can make them to garnish salads, pastas, salmon…the possibilities are endless!

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black beans and rice

One summer when I was staying with my grandparents in PR, my Abuela bought me a bag of Tostitos chips when I asked for them, not knowing what I actually wanted were tostones. It’s been a joke ever since.

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