Bran Muffins

Maybe not the most popular muffin flavor but these are so yummy I have to stop myself from eating more cause….wheat bran. This recipe is from Smitten Kitchen‘s blog! Yield: 12-16 standard muffins 1 1/3 cups (315 ml) buttermilk (or greek yogurt thinned out with milk)1 large egg1/3 cup (80 ml) oil (I prefer olive…

Beef Chili

It’s rainy all the time here in Germany which means I make chili quite a bit and have finally developed a recipe that I like. Some recipes are really tomato heavy but the focus here is beef, beans and spice. It’s chili not a bolognese. 1 pound of ground beef 2 cans of beans; drained…

Baked Alfredo Pasta

Here’s another recipe that would be great for meal prepping. This recipe makes 4-6 servings so you could always make the full recipe, bake half and freeze the other half in a oven safe container for dinner another night. Ingredients Approx. 20-25 Pasta shells (more than half 12 oz jumbo shell pasta box) 8 oz…

Jalapeño Poppers

It’s summertime which means a lot of BBQ and fresh tasting recipes. This version of jalapeño poppers aren’t wrapped in bacon which I think leaves more appreciation for the star: the jalapeño. 15 jalapeños 8 oz block of Cream cheese (room temperature) 1 cup finely grated Colby Jack cheese 1/2 cup panko crumbs 1/2 tsp…

Pancakes!

Pancakes are the perfect way to start the weekend. Normally I have to decide what I’m cooking for breakfast before actually getting out the bed. Luckily once I do get out of bed the pancakes are quick and easy. Typically 1 cup of dry mix will make about 8 pancakes. I always double the dry…

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Normally I keep it simple with the potatoes: cream, salt and butter. They’re creamy, fluffy clouds of potatoes. My cousin Jennifer wanted a recipe for garlic mashed potatoes and I’ve never made them before but I had a few ideas of how to tackle this recipe. Roasted Garlic Cut the 1/4 top off of the…

Traveling Tucson

Did anyone else grow up somewhere they didn’t like but when you moved away you missed it and finally saw it for what it was? Nope, just me? I couldn’t wait to leave Tucson. Now I realize it was me wanting to leave home and have independence; sorry Mom and Dad. At the age of…

Smart Prep+ Cooking

Okay let’s talk grocery shopping. The ideal scenario would be writing out what meals I want to cook for the next two weeks and sticking to that plan.  The plan never works because when I have a craving for something I cook it.  What happens if I feel like tacos when I planned for tuna salad? …

Salmon + Teriyaki Sauce

Teriyaki Sauce ¼ cup soy sauce ½ tsp ground ginger cayenne (optional) 3 tbsp brown sugar 3/4 cup water 1 tbsp cornstarch 1 garlic clove; grated Add all ingredients into saucepan and place over a medium heat. Heat the sauce for about 5 minutes until the brown sugar is fully melted. Whisk occasionally. If you want the sauce…

Gone Fishin’

There are memories about food that I forget about until I’m physically cooking. It’s a rush of emotions and flashbacks of memories about a loved one.  Most of the time it’s of my mom because she taught me how to cook.  Last weekend I was surprised with a visit from my Grandpa. While grocery shopping…

Skillet Apple Pie

This recipe is inspired by the Skillet Apple Pie from Southern Living but with my spin on it. The caramel added to this pie is not essential, you could easily just do the apples BUT when I make the quick caramel sauce and use part of it in the pie I always have some left…

No-Knead Rosemary Bread

Having people over for dinner? A quick way to impress is making this bread recipe. Especially if you’re having a large crowd, keep the dinner menu simple like a lasagna along with this bread recipe. You’re guest will be impressed! I found multiple recipes on the internet for no-knead bread in a dutch oven and…

Crispy Potatoes & Ketchup

One of the best things to have with breakfast is hash browns or home-style potatoes.  Also sausage too, I love a good breakfast sausage.  You know that moment when you’re ordering breakfast and you’re trying to evaluate whether they’ll cook the potatoes crispy enough and have good breakfast sausage?  You have hope, order them and 60%…

Egg Rolls

Growing up my mom made these eggrolls often, a recipe she learned from my sister’s babysitter when they lived in Japan. I love to make these and freeze half so we can have eggrolls on demand. If you’ve never considered making egg rolls at home, I promise you won’t be disappointed! Egg Rolls 1 lb…

Salmon Croquettes

This recipe comes from my grandmother. I have never seen salmon croquettes anywhere else except from my mother’s kitchen and I don’t know why because they are so tasty. Not only is this a tasty recipe but it’s a quick and easy recipe. No waiting for meat to thaw; boom dinner is done in 30…

Chicken Enchiladas

Enchiladas are one of those recipes that everyone in my family loved!  Beef enchiladas with red sauce or chicken enchiladas with green sauce; it didn’t matter, both versions were delicious. Green Chicken Enchiladas 12 Corn tortillas 1 pound of chicken, breast or thighs 15 oz can green enchilada sauce 8 oz Monterrey jack cheese 1…

Living in Louisiana

Two months after graduating and getting married, Derek and I packed up and moved to New Orleans for a year. We got to experience the culture and of course the food. One of our favorites was Red Beans & Rice and sometimes food tastes even better when it’s homemade. This recipe is easy to make…

Newlyweds.

My husband, Derek, is half Jamaican and that is a really big part of his family culture. It’s always been important to me to learn family recipes so I can make them in our home for our family.  My mother in law has shared a couple recipes with me, a staple is Rice & Peas….

Tears with Lasagna

My mother learned this authentic lasagna from an cook in Italy so it’s the real deal! I’ll try to keep the story short but just know my mom is a great cook and there aren’t enough words to express my admiration for her! My mom never really grew up learning how to cook. Like I…

Adventures in Italy

My family and I lived in Italy for 2 years and my mom took a few classes to learn some authentic Italian recipes.  Our family uses this recipe for spaghetti and lasagna so it’s a great recipe to have! Bolognese Sauce 2 Tbsp Butter 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 carrots, chopped 2 stalks of celery,…

Marshmallow Memories.

A childhood friend came up with the name for my blog, Beyond the Plate. The name immediately resonated with me because to me cooking is so much more than just making food.  It all started with my grandmother. Every other summer we would travel to California to visit our extended family.  Flashback to my childhood,…