Cheesy White Bean Dip

Cheesy White Bean Dip with CruditeAs promised, here is the recipe for the cheesy white bean dip that I served at my wine tasting party. During my research for the rosé taste-off, I found that this wine was easy to pair. I saw many suggestions for pairing rosé with hummus, but as a habitual hummus eater, I wanted something a little different. Continue reading


Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Salad Lettuce WrapFor our wine tasting parties, I do extensive research to pair our wine choice with some delicious food. For our rosé taste-off, I was happy to find that this wine pairs with a variety of dishes.

Some specific tidbits I picked up about pairing rosé is that it likes creamy and it likes salty.  So, I decided that one of my dishes would be a creamy, crunchy chicken salad lettuce wrap. Continue reading

Wine Taste-off: Rosé

Wine Tasting 1Now that we’re grown-ups, my friends and I have become much more open to the drinking of wine.  We have also become much more snobbish about our wine.  Two Buck Chuck doesn’t cut it anymore.  But that doesn’t mean we are willing to drop all kinds of money on a bottle of wine either.  We strive to find as many affordable delicious wines as we can. As a result, I have started hosting wine taste-offs featuring mid-range priced wines. Continue reading

Simple Vegetable Tempura

Tempura and Sushi

Tempura is the perfect partner for sushi. Learn how to roll your own sushi in my series of posts titled “D.I.Y. Sushi” coming out next week!

One of my mom’s favorite Japanese dishes is shrimp tempura. What’s not to love? Tempura is deep fried seafood or vegetables served with a dipping sauce. Crispy. Salty.  Perfect for an appetizer or as part of a bento box. Oh so yummy.

Every time we go to a Japanese restaurant, my mom orders shrimp tempura, and she has even started to make it at home. My mom is a good cook, but she is not that into actually cooking, so I was surprised she attempted this.  It seemed so laborious.  She assured me, however, that making tempura at home is easy. Continue reading

Sriracha Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Sriracha ShrimpMy doctor just informed me that I need to reduce certain carbohydrates in my diet. Apparently, foods like bread, rice, potatoes, and pasta are known to contribute to weight gain. Can anyone tell me, is this a thing? I mean, I was totally unaware of this!

Just kidding. It’s just that I’m in denial. See, I love carbs, but at 34, they apparently no longer love me and have caused me to gain an unmentionable amount of weight in the past few weeks. So…I guess I need to change my diet a bit, especially since my doctor also told me not to run for the next few weeks or so. (Sprained ankle.)

If you couldn’t tell from my previous posts (and probably many of my future posts), eating low-carb or low-sugar or any other type of healthy is a challenge for me. There is just too much good stuff out there. I have, however, been making a concerted effort to cut out excessive amounts of carbs (like my standard weekly ENTIRE bag of kettle chips in one sitting).

I started trying to cut carbs yesterday, and it has been pure torture. I did, however, manage to take my mind off of that for a little while by whipping up some incredibly delicious little lettuce wraps for lunch.

Shrimp. Sriracha mayo. Cucumber. All wrapped in tender butter lettuce leaves.  And the whole recipe (according to My Fitness Pal) is less than 300 calories! Continue reading