Food

Food has an incredible ability to evoke feelings of nostalgia and bring back memories from long ago. The food that we eat as children often has a permanent impact on what we turn to for comfort, what feels familiar, and what we crave most often. Since I moved to...
Baby to Toddler A full year of life for babies means that it is time for some big transitions. At this age, babies are typically cruising around on the furniture, standing with stability, and taking a few unassisted steps. They also start developing their verbal skills more noticeably, become more...
Everyone's raving about the Instant Pot - the one pot that can do everything! It can saute, steam, pressure cook, slow cook, make yogurt, make rice, do your laundry, pay your bills, wash your car... No, but seriously, this appliance can do a lot! You may have assumed that the Instant...

Avocado Hummus Pasta

I haven't posted any original recipes on my blog yet because I don't really consider myself to be a food blogger. I see other blogs with beautifully curated recipes that look well thought out and paired with professional quality photography. When I cook, I hardly ever follow a recipe exactly...
When you live in a smaller town, nearby vegan takeout options can be pretty limited. One of our favorite places to order from is a family-owned Thai restaurant a mile away from our house. We go so often that they recognize our voices when we place our order. I...
I could never be vegan. I like ____ too much. Chances are most vegans have said this at some point in their lives. Unless you are raised vegan, converting to a lifestyle free of animal products is a big change. Our society uses animal products in almost everything we eat,...

All About Chinese New Year

It's almost Chinese New Year! This year, the lunar new year falls on February 16th. 2018 is the year of the dog, according to the Chinese zodiac, which repeats every twelve years. Even though China is beginning to incorporate more and more Western customs and holidays, Chinese New Year is still the...
Walking past Fiction Kitchen in downtown Raleigh, the first thing you'll notice is the bright green paint and the large yellow sign. Peering in for a closer look, you will see the mismatched furniture, quirky decor, and laid back feeling of the restaurant. Although the atmosphere is casual, the...
There are over 45,000 Chinese restaurants in the U.S. That's more than McDonald's, Burger King, and KFC combined. The majority of these restaurants offer very similar looking and tasting food, even though these restaurants are independently owned and operated. I grew up in a household where my mother only cooked...
My husband and I recently found out about The Beyond Burger, made by the brand Beyond Meat. This burger is made out of 100% plant protein (pea protein for their "beef" burgers) but mimics the texture and taste of meat and even "bleeds" like a real burger. I've had my...
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