Essays & Lifestyle

The Unknown Mexican Chef

Sometimes in life, you meet a taco that changes you forever. One Sunday, in the parking lot of a country market, I met that taco. This is our story. … Continue reading →

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Eat Seasonally: Winter

Winter may be the season of staying indoors, but it’s still rife with delicious fruits and vegetables. Check out this quick guide to winter produce, complete with recipes to get you started.… Continue reading →

Biscotti : A Christmas Tradition

In our Italian-American family, we make biscotti every Christmas. A tradition that started with my grandparents, we carry it on today.… Continue reading →

Best Thanksgiving Meal Plans for Everyone – Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free

Making a holiday feast that satisfies everyone’s dietary needs can be challenging. But it doesn’t have to be! I’ve searched the internet for the best Thanksgiving Meal Plans for everyone, including plans for Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free and Dairy-Free. … Continue reading →

Best Netflix Shows about Food

Unlike Food Network cooking shows, Netflix food shows tend toward travel and story-telling. In these shows we learn not only about new foods, but we learn of the culture behind them and the people that make them. Here’s a list of the best shows on Netflix that center around food (in no particular order).… Continue reading →

Why We Carve Pumpkins and What To Do With Your Extra Pumpkin | Lifestyle

Ah yes, the season of ghastly ghouls and wicked haunts. There’s something quite spectacular in kicking off the holiday season with the eerie, the ominous and all things spooky. But where did Halloween traditions begin? Why do we carve pumpkins every year? Today, we will investigate!… Continue reading →

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4 Reasons to Eat More Plant-Based (Even if You Still Eat Meat) | Lifestyle

We all know eating your veggies is good for you. Here’s four other reasons to eat more plant-based, even if you still eat meat. … Continue reading →

A Year in Blogging With Edible Ink | Lifestyle

This post is a celebration of Edible Ink’s first year in the blogosphere, an intent for the year to come and general notes on what I’ve learned about blogging over the past year.… Continue reading →

Reflections on Cooking in Quarantine | Lifestyle

Reflections on the reality of cooking in this moment in 2020. … Continue reading →

Zero Waste Kitchen – A Beginner’s Guide to Reducing Waste | Lifestyle

A complete beginner’s guide to zero waste in the kitchen. The basics, why zero waste is important, learning resources, how to get started and a guide to compost.… Continue reading →

Top 8 Essential Baking Utensils | Lifestyle

Baking is an exact science… most of the time. While I do much improvisation in the kitchen (it is difficult to follow a recipe without adding my own spin), baking is a delicate balance, and requires precision. And so I present to you, my eight top baking utensils. These tools are a must-have to make… Continue reading →

How to Create a Menu for Meal Prep | Lifestyle

There are seemingly infinite meal prep resources available today. From meal kit services like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, to specialty services like Sun Basket, and meal prep delivery like Catered Fit, the options seem endless. Additionally, a multitude of social media gurus offer services that provide you with a fully outlined menu to follow,… Continue reading →

What is Meal Prep and Why Should You Consider It? | Lifestyle

If you’ve been following me on Instagram for a while, I’m sure you’ve seen examples of some meal preps we prepare during the weekends. Meal prep is growing in popularity as a method of saving money on going out, maintaining a healthy diet, or just being able to enjoy a home-cooked meal without actually having… Continue reading →

La Bodega – Pismo Beach, CA | Restaurant Review

La Bodega, (meaning The Cellar in Spanish) is a tapas restaurant & wine bar located in downtown Pismo Beach. On a sunny summer Thursday night, the wait at well-known Giuseppe’s is 45 minutes long. Stroll down the block and across the street to La Bodega, an oft overlooked gem, hiding in plain sight. La Bodega… Continue reading →

Chocolate Cake with Strawberry-Mascarpone Filling | Baking

Some moments in life deserve a special celebration. And every celebration deserves cake! I made this decadent chocolate cake, adorned in pastel floral accents for Nana’s birthday. Nana loves chocolate, and this cake was the perfect combination of rich chocolate and light, fluffy cake. Pastel gel food coloring gives the piped rosettes their bright yet… Continue reading →

5 Best Oils to Keep in Your Pantry | Lifestyle

Olive, sunflower, canola, avocado, walnut, sesame… the list seems endless! There are a multitude of oil options out there. Experimentation with different oils is the best way to find out what you find easiest to cook with and what flavors you like best. Here I’ve provided a list of my top five most used cooking oils.… Continue reading →

La Locanda Restaurant Review | San Luis Obispo, CA

Off a quiet side street in downtown San Luis, La Locanda provides a quaint and relaxed dining experience. The restaurant is small and leaves you feeling you’ve had an incredible meal at a close friend’s house. We visited on May 12 (Mother’s Day) as a family outing. The pizza oven was in need of repairs… Continue reading →

Flour House Restaurant Review | San Luis Obispo, CA

Authentic Italian with a Coastal Vibe. Flour House is unassuming — it’s name and decor is simplistic, sleek and modern. A stark contrast to the food, which is, as a whole, vehemently steeped in Italian tradition, executed with compassion, care and obvious knowledge of the cuisine. This place does not look like your run-of-the-mill ‘upscale’… Continue reading →

Creative Essays by a Hungry Writer

Where do you begin to tell a story as expansive, diverse and culturally pertinent as the story of food? Through history, tradition, or family heritage, there is infinite significance entwined in all cuisine. The story of food is deeply personal, be it a social phenomenon or the reverence with which one dish is passed down from generation… Continue reading →