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Spicy Chicken Teriyaki Fried Rice Bowls

The weather in Napa has been quite erratic lately, but I’m not complaining. No, I rather like this slightly rainy, slightly overcast weather we’re currently experiencing. However, it makes me far less productive than normal, as I want to be dressed in my comfy clothes, curled up under a warm throw while sipping tea and reading for leisure. Or in the kitchen cooking up something comforting and tasty.Like my new favorite chicken teriyaki fried rice bowls.  Read the rest of this entry

Cheesy Chipotle Jalapeño Popper Dip

Did you all enjoy the weekend? Mine was packed with work, volunteering, family, and kitchen time, but was heaps of fun. Plus, I had a special task I was able to successfully (and deliciously) complete!

Cheesy Chipotle Jalapeño Popper Dip | @innatsshoes

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Last week, I received a surprise package from the cheese gods at Sartori, thanks to #Foodiechats. My mission was to create a dish using one or more of the cheese Sartori sent me that would be perfect for game day.  Read the rest of this entry

Vanilla Overnight Oats with Almonds and Cranberries

This past weekend was jammed full of events, wine, food, cocktails and travel. I ventured as far south as Santa Cruz for a Leon Russell concert and way up north to Windsor for a wine country fundraiser. (Were you following along on my Instagram?) Sunday we officially celebrated my dad’s birthday with barbecue, bourbon and cake late into the evening. Needless to say, I was not looking forward to starting the week off feeling tired.

I’ve heard that one way to guarantee an energized morning is to eat breakfast within an hour of waking up. I’ve never been one of those people to eat so early! Instead, I require coffee within moments of waking up, which is why I love setting my coffee machine up the night before. No need to think about anything when I’m not awake in the morning — just wander into the kitchen, fill up a cup, top with milk and drink.

Vanilla Overnight Oats with Almonds and Cranberries | @innatsshoesNow, I’ve found something new and delicious that I love each morning: Vanilla Overnight Oats with Cranberries and Almonds. Read the rest of this entry

Spicy Chili-Lime Chicken Tacos

Despite loving to travel and very much enjoying my trip, I’m still recovering from my visit to west Tennessee. And I don’t just mean the exhaustion from two full days of traveling or the aches in my body from sitting in an airplane seat and lugging around my tightly packed carry-on. No, I mean my taste buds.

For the duration of my trip, I survived on tasty Memphis-style barbecue, chicken ‘n dumplings, pulled pork, hamburgers, and casseroles. Plus all of the desserts we made, like my bourbon pecan pie bars and chocolate chip cookies. Basically, I was craving fresh veggies paired with a spicy depth that only Asian and Mexican flavors can provide.

Enter these tacos bursting with Thai-Mexican fusion flavor!

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1, 2, 3 Cookies: Chocolate White Chip Cranberry

It’s been an interesting couple of months weather-wise here in Napa Valley. Highs in the 90s one day and hail storms on others. Is it winter? Is it spring? Sprinter?

When it’s hot out, I want nothing to do with the kitchen. I want a big fresh salad and a glass of sauv blanc on the patio, please. But on days with clouds or rain, I want to be cozy in the kitchen, baking something tasty. And thankfully, it doesn’t have to be anything terribly difficult. I usually just create a new version of my favorite 1, 2, 3 Cookies, like I did here.

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Apple Cider Sangria

Well, I officially lasted about a week into my “Dry January” challenge. Maybe “Dry February” will be a better fit. It’s all about intentions, right?

Anyway, one of my favorite cocktails from the 2015 holiday season was this ridiculously easy and incredibly tasty apple sangria. Plus, it helped me use up the plethora of apple cider I bought during my Apple Hill adventure this past fall. It was a little too easy to drink and way full of booze, so it was a perfect choice for both my roommates’ going away party and a lazy Friday night.

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Thai-Inspired Wraps with Ayara Peanut Sauce

Guys, it has been disgustingly hot in Napa lately. One of the worst things about living in a new home that lacks functional insulation is cooking a proper dinner each night. No, I don’t want to make a roast chicken in 90 F weather, thanks. And no, I don’t want another salad/bowl of cereal/ ice cream sandwich for dinner. I swear I’m an adult.

A while back, Ayara Thai sent me two of their sauces to try. I did some reading and learned that founder Vanda Asapahu is a fellow food lover, just like me, and that the sauce brand actually started with a family-owned restaurant in the Los Angeles area. You can learn more about their story here.

As a lover of all things Thai food, I jumped at the chance to create a quick, easy, and tasty dinner that wouldn’t make me break out in a sweat.

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Curried Chicken Salad


With Easter being this Sunday, those of us who celebrate are probably considering what the heck to do with all of our decorated hardboiled eggs come Sunday night. Friends, I can’t solve all of your egg overload problems, but I do have a solution for some of them.

And for those who don’t celebrate? Well, perhaps you sometimes find yourself with hardboiled eggs that you don’t know what to do with. I like being in that situation.

Sure, you can make Cobb salads or egg salad sandwiches. Both great options. But I want to give you an option with a bit more pizazz.

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Let Me Upgrade You: Lucky Charms Treats

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of you who are Irish or want to be Irish! Will you be partaking in festivities? I haven’t decided that yet.. But since it’s a holiday and all, I wanted to share something tasty and fun that fits with Irish luck. But you can make this recipe any time of the year and not go wrong. Trust. 

I should probably warn you that this was one of my better upgrades. Like dangerously better. Anyone who has tried them loves these treats. They’re so easy to make, I usually just spout off the recipe. But now I’ll share it with you, little loves!

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Easy, Cheesy Emmi Swiss Fondue

Can we chat about the Oscars this past weekend? I actually watched them this year! NPH was being showtunesy and adorable. The speeches! Oh, how inspiring the speeches were. And, of course, Emma Stone continued to be her cute little self.

I must admit, that I have never gotten into awards shows. Not even for the fashion. Borderline blasphemous, I know. If they’re on, great!, but usually I’m at home in pjs reading or baking or sleeping. However, if someone is throwing a viewing party (read: lots of food + booze) I get much more excited. Luckily, there was a small shindig happening in the neighborhood and I was practically forced to attend. Never one to attend a party empty-handed, I was scheming about grazing-friendly foods to contribute. Then I remembered that I’d received some samples to test out.

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