Author: Becca

Entree, Recipes, Soup

Clam Chowder

Clam chowder is comfort food at its finest. I’ve made it a few times recently for football tailgates. I’ve tinkered with a few clam chowder recipes and landed on a few techniques that work well for me. Tips Ingredients Remove the skin from the salt pork. Dice it small and rinse in cool water. Add […]

Recipes, Sauce

Shallot Vinaigrette

My sister makes the best shallot vinaigrette. When I asked for the recipe, she said “It’s less of a recipe and more of a technique.” Thus, I give you the technique. Ingredients 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 shallot, shaved (sliced very thinly) 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup […]

Recipes, Snacks

Szechuan Peppercorn Beef Jerky

Szechuan peppercorns are renowned for making your mouth tingle. They make for a really fun beef jerky. Check out Fresh Off the Grid for tips and tricks about making good beef jerky: Ingredients 2 Tbsp Szechuan peppercorns, lightly crushed 2 Tbsp red pepper flakes 1 Tbsp garlic powder 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp […]

Recipes, Snacks

Smoky Habanero Beef Jerky

I came up with a recipe to combine two of my favorite things: beef jerky and El Yucateco Black Label Reserve chile habanero hot sauce. While the ingredients look like this will pack a big, spicy punch, I promise that it’s only medium spicy. Lots of folks have opined on techniques for making beef jerky. […]

Entree, Recipes, Soup

Chicken or Turkey Tortilla Soup

There many types of chicken tortilla soup types and they can be made as simply or complicated as you’d like. It all starts with the broth base, and there are a few directions you can go: poultry broth, tomato, creamy, and a few other variations I can’t think of right now. I’m a fan of […]

Recipes, Side Dish

Wheat Berry Kale and Carrot Salad

I’ve been gardening throughout the pandemic as a way to stay busy at home and reduce my need to go grocery shopping. There have been lots of trials and errors, and now I’m hitting my stride where things are growing really well. Who knew that eggplants and peppers can be perennials here in the Phoenix […]

Recipes, Sauce, The Rest, Whole30

Whole30 Round 2 Week 2

By this point in my second round of Whole30, I feel surprisingly good. I had a bit of a FOMO moment on Saturday at a baby shower. I planned ahead. I ate beforehand and had emergency snacks in my purse. Things were going well until the cupcakes appeared. These stinkin’ adorable cupcakes from a local […]

Recipes, Whole30

Getting ready for Whole 30 Round 2

Last year, I joined the bandwagon and did a round of Whole30 during the month of January while I was simultaneously training for a Spartan Race. It was hell. I was hungry, craved carbs and cheese like there was no tomorrow, every muscle in my body was sore, and I kept finding bruises from jumping […]

Entree, Recipes

Enchilada Casserole

Comfort food at its finest. I can eat this stuff for daaaaaaaaaays. Ingredients: 1.5 lbs lean ground beef 1 onion, chopped 4 cloves of garlic, crushed 1 poblano or pasilla pepper, chopped 1 yellow squash, chopped into half moons 1 zucchini, chopped into half moons 1 8oz carton of mushrooms, sliced 1-2 Tbsp chipotles in […]

Entree, Recipes

Mom’s Fajitas

Fajitas were a staple in our house when I was a kid. My mom marinated the meat the night before, and we cooked up a big pan of fajita meat and veggies for dinner. More often than not, I would eat the fajita meat and veggies mixed together in a bowl, smothered in melted cheese, […]