How to Make Crispy Pork Belly

How to Make Crispy Pork Belly |

I remember the first time I had pork belly. A little bit before I tried it for the first time, my dad and sister enjoyed pork belly at a restaurant they’d gone to when he visited her at college. When they came to visit me the next weekend, my dad tried to explain to me this… 

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How to Become A Better Cook: How to Build the Perfect Salad

How to Build the Perfect Salad |

As the weather gets warmer, I want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time outside with family and friends. And I’m especially enjoying lighter, healthier meals that don’t make me feel weighted down when I go on evening walks around my neighborhood or cuddle up in front of a breezy window with… 

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Berry Sweet Piggy Salad {paleo & AIP}

Berry Sweet Piggy Salad {paleo & AIP} |

Bacon + prosciutto + fruit on arugula. OMG. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — although it can be difficult and trying to have such a limited diet, my dietary restrictions have definitely allowed me try some new and wonderful things! For example, prosciutto… on a salad. I went to get lunch… 

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20 Minute Meal: Warm Chicken, Citrus, & Cabbage Salad

20 Minute Meal: Warm Chicken, Citrus, & Cabbage Salad |

I love to cook. But sometimes… I don’t love to cook and I just love to eat. Sometimes I want delicious, home-cooked tasting food in my mouth without having to go through the effort of making it. (I know. Poor me. So lazy.) That’s when quick meals like this come to the rescue. And let me… 

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The Best Lemon & Olive Oil Dressing (or Marinade)

The Best Lemon-Olive Oil Dressing (or Marinade) |

I know you’re looking at me sideways after that title. I mean, who can really say what is the “best” of anything? And I know I sure haven’t tasted every single lemon-olive oil dressing in the world, so I haven’t done quite enough research to say with ultimate authority that this is “the best!” Howeeevvver, this… 

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Roasted Peach Caprese Salad

Roasted Peach Caprese Salad via StrictlyDelicious

Before I learned of my tomato allergy, caprese salads were one of my favorite summer dishes. I loooooved the thick slices of succulent tomatoes and creamy cheese with sweet green basil stuffed in the layers every which way. Ooohhh OH I would eat those babies all summer long, and twice on Sundays. Since moving to Richmond I… 

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Simple Strawberry, Cilantro, & Bleu Cheese Salad

Strawberry, Cilantro, & Bleu Cheese Salad via StrictlyDelicious

There is a strange peace about this place. It is subtle; and she only notices it after a good amount of time inside. After waiting and waiting for the familiar panic to set in, she realizes it’s not there. And, for some reason, it has been replaced with an unexpected calm. When she first began… 

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Burrito Bowl Mason Jar Salads

Burrito Bowl Mason Jar Salads via StrictlyDelicious

Raise your hand if you like Chipotle (or another tex-mex establishment). Yes, yes, that’s what I thought. Hands going up high all over the world. Oh, boy. Whose hands are those waving madly over there? Good gracious, those people need to calm down. Oh… Wait. Those are my hands. Both of my hands. Yes, I looooove… 

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Caribbean Sticky Rice

Caribbean Sticky Rice via StrictlyDelicious

Every now and then my body gets an aching for Caribbean food. I think it’s my Cuban blood that just needs the bright, spicy flavors and lush, sunny fruits. Or maybe my culinary soul just has the good sense enough to enjoy a good jerk chicken! Whatever the reason, midweek I found myself with a serious craving… 

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Summer Pasta Salad

Summer Pasta Salad via StrictlyDelicious

Sooo let me start off by saying, I have no idea what to call this salad! Suggestions are most welcomed! My younger sister (you remember my younger sister, recent college grad, from this post) had her graduation slash housewarming party this weekend, and asked that each of her guests bring a dish. She specifically asked me… 

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