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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
  • Butter
  • Fall Spice Mixture (or pumpkin spice)

Fall spice- In a small pan over medium heat toast: 1tBs of ginger powder, 1tS of all spice, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.

In a bowl mix together: pumpkin puree, pumpkin beer and fall spice. Add beer bread package. Mix together. Pour melted butter over mix.

Line muffin pan with cupcake liners. Spoon in mixture. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes.


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 use water, sake, white wine or rice wine vinegar.
  • 1/2 of pimped out teriyaki sauce above

Heat oven to 400°. In a baking dish whisk: pimped out teriyaki sauce, brown sugar, ginger ale. Coat chicken quarters in sauce. Lay chicken skin up in dish.

Bake in oven for 30 minutes .  Flip chicken quarters so skin is down, bake 15 more minutes . Flip one more time so skin is up let crisp 20 minutes.

Steamed Sesame Ginger Rice

  • 1 cup Jasmine or long grain white rice.
  • 1 tBl spoon of toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tBl spoons diced ginger
  • 1 tBl spoon coconut oil

Melt coconut oil in small pot. add rice and stir. Add diced ginger and toasted sesame seeds.

Add 1 1/2 cup water. bring to a boil. Cover and turn heat down to low. Simmer 15-20 minutes (don’t lift the lid). Turn heat off and let sit with lid on until ready to serve .

Stirfry some veggies!

I love broccoli, greenbeans and wild mushroom with my teriyaki chicken.

Get a wok. Get it super hot. Chop veggies so they’re bite size. Add 2 tBl spoons of coconut oil in wok and toss in veggies. Stir and fry those veggies. Add remaining pimped out teriyaki sauce. Turn off heat.




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 simple ingredients!

Ingredient List:

  • Ground Bison
  • Chili Powder
  • Fire Roasted Tomato
  • Tomato Paste
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Bison Dogs
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Roasted Poblano Pepper
  • Soft White Buns




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 fishing trip!

I did a quick pickling on some shredded red cabbage and made a tangy white sauce with plain yogurt and mayo to accompany my wild caught fish. I used a thin beer batter (flour, cornstarch, baking powder and light beer) for a light but crunchy coating. Served on a warm corn tortilla…these fish tacos were perfect!

Cali Fresh Fish Tacos

Cali Fresh Fish Tacos

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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!

Maia used to love clam chowder when she was younger. But, in her pre-adult life she seems to have lost that once adoration she had for the heavenly comfort of clam chowder. Now, she eats taco b3:/ for breakfast, lunch and dinner! It’s annoying to know she eats this way after raising her on the importance of real food. I’m not worried though. She seems to know and understand all I’ve said and tried to teach her about food over the years. It’s just a phase. I get it. I went through one too. So I won’t lecture.

Maia does happen to still love steamed artichoke! So this menu wasn’t a total loss.

Clam Chowder Ingredients:
good chicken stock, Yukon gold potatoes, celery, shallot, garlic, milk, cornstarch, smoked clams, pancetta or prosciutto hock

Steamed Artichoke
artichoke, lemon, garlic, butter, salt and pepper










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 ingredients I had on hand. It was a simple but beautiful collaboration!





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! I also, am a proud Texan so it was an extra treat to be able to visit Whole Foods Brewing Company. It’s a big one too at 48,000 square feet and located in the Galleria area of Houston, Texas.

In case you couldn’t tell by the name, the new Whole Foods is a brewery as well as a market! A lot of the Whole Foods stores have beer on tap and wine bars (yep…that’s right…you can have a drink at a grocery store) but this one is the first in the family to brew their own beer! Vey exciting! I tasted the four beers they had on tap and I’m happy to report all were delicious. They had a fun and unique “sweet potato” beer that I really liked but could probably only drink one. I’m not a beer snob or connoisseur but I do like trying new things and the sweet potato beer was a tasty spin on beer for the fall season.

Check out my quick little slideshow I put together on my brief walk through Whole Foods Market Brewing Company. Please keep in my mind I took all these photos with an ipod and rather quickly because I had family members with me who were less enthusiastic than I was. 🙂

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