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“Taco Bell” Mexican Pizza

“Taco Bell” Mexican Pizza

I am addicted to Taco Bell. I feel like this isn’t an uncommon addiction, especially amongst my Indian friends, but I seriously love taco bell more than any other fast-food in the world. I can remember being super excited when my dad would take me to taco bell after a late night dance practice or a long karate tournament. YUM! YUM! YUM! I was at a family party over the holidays and my friend (Ramya P) made homemade mexican pizzas. Honestly, brilliant idea. Why didn’t I do this before? It’s so easy. Taco bell definitely uses fried tortillas for their...
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Black bean dip

Black bean dip

Pretty? No. Tasty? Definitely! This black bean dip is super easy to make and great to have around for bean and cheese burritos, seven layer dip, or enchiladas. I whipped up a bowl yesterday and used it as the base for a quick seven layer dip instead of whole black beans. It’s easy to make and super delicious! Ingredients: 2 cans of black beans 1 tomato, diced 1/2 onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 chipotle and adobo pepper (about 1 heaping tablespoon) 2 t. cumin 3 t. salt 1/2 lime juiced cilantro to garnish Recipe: 1. Thoroughly rinse the black beans. 2....
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Review: The Progress (San Francisco)

Review: The Progress (San Francisco)

A little more than a year ago, almost to the day, I wrote a review about a popular SF restaurant, State Bird Provisions. Less than a year after, State Bird’s sister restaurant The Progress opened and through friends (Thanks Christina!) I was able to get a reservation. The Progress is right next door to its sister restaurant, but employs a different menu style. All items are served family style, and each table picks 6 items for $65/person. The chefs scale up the portions based on your party size, so it ends up being just the right amount of food. I certainly left...
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“Chipotle” Sofritas

“Chipotle” Sofritas

It’s no secret that I love love love chipotle. It’s just one of those guilty pleasure foods that always hits the spot. Last year, Chipotle introduced Sofritas to their menu, a spicy vegan tofu filling for their burritos or tacos. I really enjoy the hearty the flavor of their Sofritas, but unfortunately, the Chipotle version is really high in sodium: almost 600 mg in a serving. This is my healthier home-made take on their sofritas filling, which is incredibly easy to make and flavorful. Ingredients: 1 T olive oil 1/2 bell pepper diced 3 ounces firm tofu...
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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

The Super Bowl might as well be renamed “National Cheat-Day” because it’s the day everyone skips out on their healthy eating, trendy diets to eat amazing, delicious, unhealthy-but-totally-worth-it food. This recipe is absolutely no exception. Delicious? Yes! Healthy? Nope! Regardless, it does a great job of mimicking the flavor of buffalo chicken wings without the hassle and mess. Ingredients: 8 oz cream cheese (at room temp) 2 T ranch dressing or blue cheese crumbles 2 C shredded cheese (I used cheddar and mozzarella blend) 1/2 C frank’s red hot...
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Feta Shakshuka

Feta Shakshuka

I first ate Shakshuka when I visited Turkey in 1997. The dish is common in the middle east, with Tunisian origin and is basically comprised of poached eggs in a slightly spicy tomato sauce. I’m not even a huge fan of eggs (except for occasional runny eggs like sunny side up and poached at brunch), but for some reason this combination of eggs and tomatoes just works well for me. So much so, that I made this dish for Brinner (Breakfast for Dinner) this weekend. Shakshuka is traditionally made in a small cast iron skillet, but I didn’t have one so I used a...
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Holiday Gift Guide!

Holiday Gift Guide!

The holidays are here! I love the holiday season and think its such a fun time to be surrounded by family and friends, eating good food, drinking wine, and going a little crazy with dessert. Gift giving around the holidays can be a little stressful, I know, so I thought I’d resurrect a few ideas from my blog and the internet, of holiday gifts! Homemade gifts: 1. Holiday cookies 2. Cookies in a jar 3. Homemade pesto: here or here 4. Infused olive oils 5. Banana bread 6. Cranberry Scones     Pin...
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Cranberry Scones

Cranberry Scones

November was a really busy month- between a work trip to DC, applications, my sister’s wedding, etc I feel like I’ve been running around nonstop. I guess I feel that way most winters though and with the holiday season approaching, the to do list is not getting any shorter! I made these scones last week to take to a Santacon pre-party. For those of you that don’t know, Santacon is basically a day where most of the 20-somethings in SF dress up in santa outfits and run around the city. I wanted to make something that people could snack on amidst the...
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