Trader Joes Beer Bread Muffins 

In my opinion the only thing pumpkin beer is good for is making beer bread. Trader Joe’s is the perfect spot to collect all the ingredients needed and they make it easy with their ready to go beer bread mix! What I did to create these tasty treats… Beer Bread Mix Pumpkin Puree Pumpkin Beer…

JJ’S Teriyaki Chicken

A Pimped Out Teriyaki Sauce   1 cup Coconut Amino Teriyaki Sauce 1/2 cup Shoyu 1/2 cup sake Minced ginger and garlic Toasted sesame seeds Red pepper flakes Mix together use half for chicken and half for stirfry. Teriyaki Chicken 2 sexy leg quarters 1/2 cup Brown sugar 1/2 cup Ginger ale (optional) you can…

Bison Chili Dogs

The chili and the dogs are made with bison. A good clean meat. Never factory farmed. Never pumped with antibiotics or other chemicals. Always grassfed. Enough said! I LOVE chili cheese dogs! So why not make them with healthier ingredients?! No high fructose corn syrup, no crazy chemical dyes, no msg, etc… Just clean and…

Cali Fresh Fish Tacos

My fish tacos were inspired by fresh caught fish from my favorite fish monger. Unfortunately my beautiful cuts of fish stayed a little to long in the freezer. Since they were frozen longer than I’d hoped, I decided to make California style fish tacos. After all, my fish did come from a California deep sea…

Whole Foods Market Brewing Company

On a recent trip to Houston, Texas for a family wedding, I had an opportunity to visit the newest member of the Whole Foods Market family. I am a loyal Whole Foods Market Venice team member but when I get a chance to visit other stores…especially new ones out of state, I get very excited!…

Pie Baking with Kate McDermott

Who loves pie? I know I do! I don’t consider myself a dessert lover but I do love pie! I love it so much, I nicknamed my daughter Pie, because she’s the most perfect thing in the universe…just like pie! So you can imagine how thrilled I was to be able to attend a pie baking…

Peaches and Brett Beer

My friend Joe stopped by with a rare beer he was very excited about getting in! He’s the Beer Specialist at Whole Foods Market Venice and this is his shameless plug…  

Freshly Squeezed Citrus Juice

My Meyer lemon tree has been begging me to pick some of her beautifully juicy lemons and Whole Foods had some perfectly delicious blood oranges and tangerines. That was it, I had the perfect jar of freshly squeezed juice waiting to be made! Sweetened with a little exotic honey and this is one tasty glass…

Fish Sandwich

Growing up catholic we would eat fish every Friday during Lent. In catholic school they’d always bring Mc Donald’s fish sandwiches on Fridays during lent. I know…GROSS! But, I was a kid and didn’t know any better. I did develop a love for fish sandwiches, I think probably from this life experience. My love for…

BEP and Filet Mignon

This has to be my favorite New Year’s dish. A hearty pot of Black Eyed Peas with big pieces of sausage in a rustic tomato broth, served alongside a slowly Smoked Filet Mignon Roast. Need I say more? I think not.

Parmigiano Reggiano

Whole Foods is having a One Day Sale on Parmigiano Reggiano! For more than half off the regular price of $21.99, on Friday the 13th you can get this beautifully exquisite cheese for only $9.99 a pound! You should absolutely check out your local Whole Foods for this amazing deal. If you don’t understand what all…

ThanksGiving 2013

I did prep for my Thanksgiving menu the night before so that when I got home from work at 5:30pm I would be able to quickly get our non traditional Thanksgiving dinner ready and served by 7:30pm. I work at probably the busiest place in the country during the week of Thanksgiving, a grocery store….

Cold Pressed Juice at Whole Foods Venice

Good news, my darlings! Whole Foods Market Venice has now joined the Cold Pressed Juice craze and opened a charming raw juice bar at their vegan grill! As you know, the new raw juice mania has so many of us craving these delicious, refreshing and super nutritious beverages on the daily! And now you can grab some of this…

New York Strip

My inner Texas girl came out to play today and it all started with my beautifully marbled New York Strip Steak that were on sale at Whole Foods! I’m always excited when they have their One Day or Three Day sales in the meat department. I am a big fan of Whole Foods Animal Welfare…

Bison Sloppy Joes

When my daughter actually asks me to cook I get so excited! She is almost seventeen and having any time with her is very rare these days. I know she is on the typical teenager diet right now, eating when it’s convenient and usually consisting of lots of junk food, so I get even more…

Smoked Tri-Tip

This amazing hunk of meat, done right, will be a definite hit with family and friends. I’ve been perfecting my Smoked Tri-Tip since I moved to beautiful sunny Santa Monica, Ca., where Tri-Tip is a readily available cut of meat in most markets. (Actually, I live right on the border of Venice and Santa Monica. My grill is on…

Lamb Pot Pie and Green Mashers

I love fun quirky days to celebrate and eat lots of food. St. Patrick’s Day is definitely one of those days! Usually I make Guinness battered fish and Chips. But, this year my dude inspired me to make this delicious Lamb Pot Pie and I came up with these exciting bright green mash potatoes! No…

Chicken and Waffles!

My daughter loves her some chicken and waffles. She’s also a teenager with a short attention span. I like to make her chicken and waffles when we actually get a morning together but I know I’ve got to be quick about it or she will fill up on easy access junk and be out the…

Vegan Rice Pudding

I make this at the J.O.B. If you’re ever at Whole Foods Venice, you can find it at our dessert bar so definitely come give it a try! Or… give it a try at home. Ingredients: 4 cups uncooked rice. (jasmine or brown rice can be used) 6 – 8 cups of almond milk 1…

Asian Week at JJ’s

I’ve been on an Asian kick lately! Probably all the late night antena TV I watch. Also…I got an AMAZING new sashimi knife a month ago and there was a sashimi grade swordfish on sale at my work (Thank You Whole Foods)! I obeyed the signs from the gods and the universe and purchased me…

Po Boys!

What Maia Wants Maia gets! She’s been begging me to make her Shrimp Po Boys since she got back from a summer Port Aransas trip. Since I have no idea what was in the Po Boys she had other than fried shrimp , I did my research and tried my best to recreate a Po…

Vegan Winter Stew

On cold winter days I find this soup perfect to warm the body but not too heavy when there is still lots of work to be done. You will get all the nutrients you need to keep your body fueled and full of energy. I had some leftover veggies from my farmers market shopping trip….

Vegan Quinoa Pasta

This is the perfect feel better bowl of pasta! I have the dreadful winter cold and nothing tastes good and I’m sick of soup. I felt like something hearty and warm but not too complicated with flavors. Also, I wanted to incorporate lots of healthy vitamin C packed veggies like peppers and chard. Did you…

Orphan Thanksgiving at JJ’s Way

The Menu: Bison Tri-Tip  Smoked on on the Webber over mesquite Roasted Duck  Rubbed in Chinese five spice Cornbread Stuffing  With apples and bacon Green Beans and Wild Mushrooms  Baked with parmesan cheese and bacon bits Cranberry Chutney The Party…

Thanks for Not Making Turkey Shopping List

I can’t wait to cook up some seriously delicious food for my Giving Thanks Feast! There will be no turkey served at my house and I don’t think it will be missed. Here’s my shopping list and a peak at what will be served at JJ’s Way… Gobble gobble… Shopping List Bison Tri-Tip Duck Stuffing:…

What Maia Wants Maia Gets

This insanely delicious meal started with me making my daughter carry home two whole organic chickens that were on sale at Whole Foods for .99 cents a pound. I would have been happy to carry them home myself but, I work there and didn’t get off until after the store closed. We only live a…

JJ’s Mediterranean Wrap

My Mediterranean wrap came to be after one of those moments when you wake up and you’re starving and there is nothing easily accesible to eat in the kitchen. Usually I have some eggs I can whip up quickly but there were no eggs in the fridge. Which was fine because I don’t really like eggs,…

NutriBullet

I’m not a big gadget person but I do have a few small gadgets in my kitchen that I use often and love. Like my KitchenAid stand mixer and food processor. I use those two small appliances often. They each have their specific purpose and can be used for a variety of things. But, what…

Life from Seeds

For the past six months I’ve taken all the leftover vegetables that I cook with… seeds and all, and spread them around my patio. I don’t have a lot of dirt space. It’s mostly a concrete patio but I do have a long built in patio box and some potted plants. I’ve done nothing scientific…

JJ’s Top 5 Potato Vodkas

While researching for a recipe on a new drink I’ve been enjoying, I discovered I could not find an easy link to reference on Potato Vodkas. I prefer the taste and smoothness of a potato vodka over any grain, corn or grape vodka. Some even say potato vodkas are less harsh for hangovers. Could be…

Chicken Verde Tortilla Soup

Ingredients: 4 Chicken Thighs (on the bone) 4 Corn Tortillas 3 stalks of celery 1-2 Mexican Squash (or zucchini) 1 Poblano Pepper 4 Cloves of Garlic 1 Red Onion 6 cups Chicken Stock Tomatillo Sauce Sour Cream Cilantro Heat dutch oven over high heat. When pot is hot drizzle with olive oil to coat the…

Amazing Tempranillo Rose’

This Tempranillo Rose’ is my new favorite wine! It may just be a screw top wine bottle but it is     Delicious! Don’t be fooled by it’s beautiful pink color. This is NOT a white zinfandel. It is a dry wine with a hint of fruity aromas and a light touch of tannins. It…

JJ’s Sesame Chicken

Ingredients: 4 boneless skinless chicken breast 3 tSp sesame oil 1/2 cup flour 3 tBs cornstarch 3 tBs ginger powder 3 cups canola oil 2 green bell pepper 2 small yellow or white onion 1 pineapple (if canned use chunky) 2 cups jasmine rice 1 tBs garlic powder 2 cups soyvay teriyaki or soyaki (trader…

JJ’s Easy Lebanese Mezza

Sometimes I get that craving for some good old down home cooking. For me, that’s Lebanese food. I grew up eating it and it’s definitely my comfort food! However, my family recipes handed down over the generations are not simple recipes to throw  together. They are very delicious and worth every hour spent in the…

JJ’s Picasso Pizza

One of my favorite things to make for my daughter is pizza! We love pizza in my family and making them at home can be lots of fun. The dough becomes a blank canvas and the end results are your very own delicious works of art. Now,being the obsessed foodie that I am, I had…

Rich and Hearty Beef Stew

Every now and then I screw up a dish or meal I’m preparing. I did that on Christmas-eve with a filet mignon roast I had picked up on sale at the market. I’m not a big fan of roasts but I figured it was filet mignon surely I can work with it. I couldn’t and…

JJ’s Minestrone Soup

Every week or two I do a little inventory on what’s in the pantry and fridge so I can restock and cook whatever I have left from catering jobs or video shoots. One of the best, yet easiest things to cook when cleaning out the fridge is Minestrone Soup. It’s never an exact science. Use…

JJ’s Creamy Cumin Sauce

I made my own version of an Indian dish I love and eat often at one of LA’s trendy food trucks. This sauce is simple but beautifully exotic. It’s made with the popular spice cumin and a few other basic ingredients. Trust me though, there is nothing basic about this sauce! I’ve used the sauce…

Cilantro Crusted Halibut Tacos W/Crispy Prosciutto

When I came up with this recipe, I had a few different leftover ingredients from various cooking jobs. I started putting ideas together in my head and got to cooking. What came out of the kitchen were these decadent Cilantro Crusted Fish Tacos! I picked up some Alaskan Halibut on sale at the market but…

Banana Muffins with Coffee Liqueur

Got some extra ripe bananas you’re about to throw out? Well don’t! Make these muffins! If you don’t have time to make them now, peel the bananas and store them in the freezer for later. This recipe is EASY too so give it a try! Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups flour 1/4 cup sugar 2 tsp…

Making Manoushe

We had a lot of fun testing a recipe for Manoushe. Manoushe is like the Lebanese version of pizza. Man was ours good! Check out the photos from our recipe testing session…

Spaghetti with Stuffed Meatballs

This is one of my favorite dishes to make and it’s a crowd pleaser too! I use a combination of extra lean ground beef and mild Italian sausage and I omit the traditional bread crumbs/egg step but add stuffing the meatballs with cheese! It makes meatballs fun again! If your not a beef or pork…

Simple Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

This Strawberry Ice Cream is quite simple to make and best of all, it requires no cooking. The hardest part of this recipe is sieving the strawberry puree to remove the seeds and it’s not really hard just a little time consuming. I love strawberries and their in season right now too. They were on…

Green Tea Ice Cream with Crushed Ginger Cookies

This is one of my favorite desserts! It’s perfect after our at home sashimi night too! It’s quite simple to throw together. Take a few ginger cookies and place them in a sealed bag. Wack them a few times with a rolling pin or small pot. Scoop some green tea ice cream in a bowl…

Fully Loaded Pasta

This pasta dish was so delicious! I was a little nervous making it because I had so many random ingredients. I had some leftover  foods from a catering gig and some other food from my fridge. I wanted to make food for the weekend and I kept thinking what can I do with some of…

Buttermilk Scrambled Eggs with Broccoli and Garlic

Oh. My. God. These eggs are so good! Give this recipe a try. It’s simple to make and healthy! If you’re not used to cooking with buttermilk, don’t be afraid of it. It sometimes gets a bad rap. Maybe because it has “butter” in it’s name people automatically assume it must be bad. Most people…

Food Trailer Menu

Rumor has it we may be the proud owners of an airstream food trailer. I guess when in austin…open a food trailer! Whether we are joining the fad or a little behind the Austin food trailer days, one thing is for sure…We are some crazy good cooks and we love the heat and chaos in…

Clam Chowder and Steamed Artichoke

Another super simple meal… all for my biggest fan and critic! My daughter. I don’t always get much time to cook for her anymore but when I do I like to whip up some of her favorites! I came up with a simple and less heavy recipe for clam chowder. It was damn good too!…

Rainy Day Bolognese

A rainy, cold, SoCal day begs for a big pot of bolognese! I danced outside the box with this classic comfort food, making it with ground lamb and it was incredible! My ingredient list: Yellow onion, garlic, ground lamb, fire roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, basil, red wine, s&p This is the ensemble of…

Something For The Kids

I had so much fun playing in the kitchen for our Halloween menu! My daughter is a senior in high school now. I feel our Halloween days are going to be limited or come to an end. She will be off doing her own adventurous and more grown up things very soon! But for now…

JJ’s D.I.Y. Elphaba Costume

Originally posted on cooking JJ's way:
I decided last minute to participate this year for Halloween and dress up at my job. I work with food so I wanted something I could cook comfortably in all day and not feel like I was suffocating in some crazy costume. I’m not vey creative either and…

On The Grill

The heat has been outrageous lately here in SoCal! Even along the coast where I live. We don’t have air conditioning over here on the westside, it is rarely this hot so it is not a necessity. These last few weeks however…were quite uncomfortable. It may have only lasted a few weeks but I swear,…

Black Bean Empanada

It was one of those clean out the fridge and pantry days! Using what I had on hand without going to the grocery store! I had a package of dried black beans so I cooked those and portioned them into 8oz containers for freezing. I prefer this method to always stocking cans of beans because…