For whatever reason, dairy is off the menu. Here are some easy and delicious recipes that do not rely on dairy to give them flavor.


Poolside Cosmos

Poolside Cosmos

Oh my fellow humans! These Poolside Cosmos are gooooooooooood. I made them at my cousin’s house. We were out in her backyard swimming, so I put them over ice in plastic wine glasses rather than fancy martini glasses. Read more

Blood Orange Margaritas

Blood Orange Margaritas

Some recipe challenges are easier than others. Making a cake from scratch is good because at the end, there is cake. But the kitchen is a disaster and I have to wash a bunch of dishes and I’ve burned my mouth because I didn’t wait long enough to let the cake cool. Making dinner items is good but dinner is dinner. And then there is getting to make really good Blood Orange Margaritas at 11:30AM on a Tuesday and calling it work. Read more

Not this week part 2

Not This Week Part 2

It’s highly unlikely I’m going to get anything made this week. We went to a conference last week and yesterday I realized I failed to register Six for his next jujitsu class and so I feel tired and upset with myself. Some people go into the kitchen and cook to feel better. I go into the kitchen to get chips and then I watch TV or read to feel better. Which brings us to Not This Week, part 2. Read more


I made meatballs, mashed potatoes and cooked carrots. It was a very adult meal, served on a plate and all in their own little piles. This made me realize that most of what I eat is all mashed up in a bowl together. See Bowl of Goodness or all of the pasta dishes I make. Read more

bowl of goodness

Bowl of Goodness

This is a variation on a recipe from the Whole Foods app. The app used to let you put in an ingredient you had in your kitchen and it would offer recipes you could make. The original version of this recipe was called mighty bowl of goodness, let me go see if it still exists somewhere in the internet. It does! And it was called Mighty Bowl of Goodness. I can’t believe I remembered the name! Looking back on it I realize that I never even came close to making it the way it was prescribed. One, I hate kale. Two, I have no idea what Bragg Liquid Aminos are. They sound expensive. Read more

spicy tomato sausage linguine

Spicy Tomato Sausage Linguine

I made this spicy tomato sausage linguine from ingredients I found in my house and a recipe I found in a notebook. I had some of the stuff the recipe called for and the rest of it I sort of made up as I went along. I took some pretty basic notes and then remade it a few weeks later and it was still good! Read more

Chicken Orzo Soup

Chicken Orzo Soup

Spring is here and soup season is slowly slipping away. But not so fast, summer! This week I made chicken orzo soup with a bunch of lemons from the huge tree that grows in the parking lot of my apartment building and some dill I salvaged from a plant that is slowly dying on my kitchen window sill. Read more

Limoncello Vodka Collins

Limoncello Vodka Collins

We haven’t made drinks in awhile. Don’t get me wrong, we have been drinking but it’s been wine and vodka sodas. So this weekend Felicia and I juiced some lemons, bought some limoncello and made a pitcher of Contessa Garten’s (Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa) Limoncello Vodka Collins. I also made some roasted nuts but they were kind of gross so they are in the picture but don’t bother with them. Read more

chicken soft tacos

Chicken Soft Tacos

Look at me, I’m consistently cooking! For most adults this is not a big deal but if you have been following this recipe challenge you will know that the challenge has been real. This week I made chicken soft tacos and I even cut up produce.

I know. Will miracles never cease? Read more

tomato and sausage soup

Tomato and Sausage Soup

I live in Southern California so I will refrain from complaining about the cold. Here, relative to much of the United States, we are not cold. We are a bit chilly. Perfect time for tomato and sausage soup.

That being said, all I want to eat is soup. And ice cream. It’s weird. And no, I am not pregnant. Read more