Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Keep Your Tight Ends In Check: Lightened-Up Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

The Super Bowl is just a few days away so I thought I would share some of my favorite recipes for stellar Game Day Grub! Here's my lightened up version of the classic Spinach and Artichoke Dip. Check back throughout the week for even more recipe ideas! Oh and obviously... GO PATS! 


1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and strained
1 cup chopped artichoke hearts
1 1/2 cups plain Greek Yogurt
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
sea salt and red pepper flakes to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Mix thoroughly and break apart any spinach clumps.

Chill until you're ready to serve.

Don't forget to grab a bag of Stonefire Naan Crisps to serve with your dip!

*I topped this dish with some sliced pickled peppers for color and a little zing! Don't be afraid to jazz it up and make it your own!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sip On This! A Collection of Liquid Nutrition

Check out Liquid Nutrition!
by Kasey's Kitchen at Foodie.com
We are well on our way into 2015 and if you're like me, those resolutions have already started to dwindle down to a "good effort". Sometimes making those drastic promises to yourself can get really overwhelming and you just end up throwing in the towel...and not the gym towel.

I think that something I've learned over the years of making these "resolutions" is that it needs to be about baby steps and small lifestyle changes in order to get yourself on a routine. One thing that will help kickstart this lifestyle change would be incorporating nutrition packed smoothies and juices into your diet. With the recipes in the collection below that I've created with Foodie.com there's no shortage of good-for-you gulps! You get an insane amount of antioxidants, vitamins, and all that other good stuff on top of a super tasty snack! How can you go wrong? Who wants to join me in trying some of these in 2015 and sip our way to a healthier year!

*Disclosure - This post was created in partnership with Foodie.com and Mode Media. I was compensated for my time and content. All opinions are my own. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

What's Poppin'?? It's National Popcorn Day!

When it comes to snacking, popcorn is an American classic and in celebration of National Popcorn Day today, some of L.A.’s most popping eateries (pun totally intended) are offering unique variations on the simple treat.


Chef: Jason Fullilove
Popcorn: Organic Nori Popcorn popped with olive oil and tossed with Malibu sea salt and ground nori sheets.


Restaurant: The Gadarene Swine
Chef: Phillip Frankland Lee
Popcorn: Roasted Garlic and Fresh Thyme Popcorn with hand pressed garlic oil, sea salt, sugar and fresh thyme

What's your favorite kind of popcorn? Do you add anything crazy to your kernels?? Comment below and let me know! 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Nacho Average Taco Shop - Project Taco on MidWilshire

I was recently invited over to the new taco joint on Mid-Wilshire, Project Taco. This sister location to the Hermosa Beach hotspot recently opened its doors to the bustling streets of Miracle Mile serving up innovative concoctions packed with flavor and fresh ingredients. 

I started things off with some good old chips and salsa, but these dippers were anything from ordinary. Ranging from a cool cilantro crema to a smack-you-in-the-tastebuds pineapple habanero, these salsas are all made in house and bursting with taste.

Next up, I was treated to three of the top tacos they have to offer - Wilshire Pot Roast, Blueberry BBQ, and Chicken Bacon Club. All three sent my timid tongue through a spicy circus, but nothing that was unpleasant. The Wilshire Pot Roast had a wonderfully seasoned shredded beef base and an array of pickled cherry peppers that complimented the beef wonderfully. 

On paper, the Blueberry BBQ sounded like it would be my favorite touting a blueberry sriracha BBQ sauce and apple-kale coleslaw but it was actually the Chicken Bacon Club that stole the show for me. There was a certain flavor in there that brought back a nostalgic taste that I still have yet to put my finger on, either way, it kept me coming back bite after bite, even though my tongue was on fire.  
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As you can see from the menu above, there is no lack of creativity. The friendly staff will gladly let you sample some of the ingredients if you're not sure what you'd like.

Project Taco also has a number of specials and promotions that they run weekly including Taco Tuesday (obviously) and Happy Hour all weekend long, so be sure to check out their website and social media for all that fun info!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Simple Sugar Cookies for Santa

As some of you might have seen via Instagram, I've partnered up with Treat Street to create a few fun holiday recipes featuring their super cute treat toppers. The toppers can be found in stores coast to coast including Michaels, Target, Kroger and Walmart. 

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I'm honored that Walmart asked to use one of my recipes on their in-store display and website, too! If you happen to be in your local Walmart store and see it, snap a picture and use #KKRecipeFound and you just might win a prize!! 

Here's the recipe for you to try for yourself -