Big Nana’s Ricotta Cheesecake

Ever since we could make decisions on our own, my mom would let my brother and me choose our birthday cakes. Birthdays were already exciting, of course, because it was a day where we got to be the center of attention, but choosing a cake made it that much more special. At an age where … Continue reading Big Nana’s Ricotta Cheesecake

Slow-Cooker Carnitas Dinner Party (+ Pickled Onion & Habanero Salsa and Mexican Black Beans)

Hello hello, all you wonderful people! Before we get into the meat of this post (ha, ha), let me take this opportunity to remind you that this month, I am hosting Our Growing Edge, a monthly community challenge and link-up group. The group is collecting some wonderful things this month, and I would love to … Continue reading Slow-Cooker Carnitas Dinner Party (+ Pickled Onion & Habanero Salsa and Mexican Black Beans)

Porco à Alentejana (Portuguese Pork and Clams)

In food, there are just certain things that you know go together. Peanut butter and jelly. Brownies and ice cream. Spaghetti and meatballs. The list goes on. These combinations have withstood the test of time, crafted as pairs because of one simple reason: both ingredients compliment each other perfectly. In these pairs, each item is … Continue reading Porco à Alentejana (Portuguese Pork and Clams)

Rice-Stuffed Tomatoes alla Romana

Guys. Let's talk for a second about fresh summer tomatoes. How incredible they are. How versatile they are. How it doesn't matter which kind you get-- the big juicy ones, the misshapen funny-looking ones, or the pop-'ems-- because no matter their size/shape/flavor, they always taste the way I imagine sunshine tastes: bright, warm, and tangy-sweet.  Now … Continue reading Rice-Stuffed Tomatoes alla Romana