Charred Corn and Heirloom Tomato Salsa Recipe -

Charred Corn and Heirloom Tomato Salsa

June 20, 2014 0 comments

This Charred Corn and Heirloom Tomato Salsa packs so much summer flavor into just one bite. By broiling the vegetables, you end up with a delicious charred texture that really brings out the flavor of each ingredient. It is the perfect dip to chow down on while you are firing up the grill this summer. We ate this with multi-grain tortilla chips, but any chip would compliment this well! The […]

Homemade Whole Wheat Bagels

June 17, 2014 25 comments
These Homemade Whole Wheat Bagels are easier to make than you'd expect and only take one hour! Try them for Sunday brunch this weekend! ll

There are some foods I believe are worth buying rather than making yourself. If you asked me two years ago, I would have said bagels were one of them. However, over the past year, I’ve been trying to master the art of whole-grain bread baking. Baking yeast breads (not quick-cooking) is very time consuming, so I don’t do it all that often, but when I make the time for it, the results are […]

Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Short Ribs

June 10, 2014 11 comments
BBQ Beef Short Ribs - Little Chef Big Appetite

Boy, oh boy, do I have a recipe for you! This one really might just knock your socks off.                           The Whole Foods in Venice was having a fantastic sale on boneless short ribs, so Travis and I knew we couldn’t go home without them. I thought they would be perfect to throw into the slow cooker on Sunday morning […]

Three New (to me) Kitchen Tools I Love

June 6, 2014 3 comments
Three New (to me) Kitchen Tools I Love

When Travis and I moved in together about one year ago, we discovered that we had double of almost everything. Both of us had very well-stocked kitchens on our own (spices, vinegars, knives, pans, cutlery, and kitchen tools), so when we moved in together we ended up choosing the “better” of all of our duplicates and putting the rest in a big box of storage. Even though I thought I […]

Mango Coconut Smoothie

June 3, 2014 3 comments
Mango Coconut Smoothie - Little Chef Big Appetite

Travis and I have a trip planned to Hawaii in about a month, so I have everything tropical on my mind. Mangoes were on sale at Whole Foods this weekend for 4/$5, so I immediately grabbed a few because usually they are at least $2.50 a pop. Mangoes always remind me of summer. My mom used to buy a giant box of them at Costco and we would go through them […]

Recipe Roundup: No-Cook Summer Recipes

May 28, 2014 4 comments
Recipe Roundup: No-Cook Summer Recipes

With summer right around the corner, I thought I would do a recipe roundup of some delicious summer foods that do not require the oven or stove. Using either during the hot summer months can be brutal, so I try to avoid it at all costs. Below are some of my favorite no-cook summer recipes. Click the links to be directed to the original posts with the recipes. Enjoy!   […]

Farro Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella

May 21, 2014 7 comments
Summer Farro Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Mozarella, and Fresh Basil ll A healthy and filling vegetarian salad that's perfect for meal prep and potlucks! ll

When summer hits, I hate using my oven. It is already too dang hot, so why add another ten degrees to my kitchen? That is why I LOVE making salads during the summer. You may remember how much I love farro – I’ve posted two yummy farro salads already here and here. This Farro Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella is my current obsession. The thing I love most about grain salads is […]

Weekend Through Photos

May 19, 2014 8 comments
Weekend Through Photos

Hello! I hope your Monday is off to a good start. It was a beautiful weekend in Los Angeles. These photos should show you a little bit of what I was up to. Spring is definitely here (okay, it is pretty much always spring in LA, but go with me here). This beautiful Jacaranda tree outside our apartment just began to blossom. I love looking out our window and seeing […]

Mom’s Best Baking Tips

May 6, 2014 2 comments
Mom's Best Baking Tips

I’ve mentioned this plenty before, but my mom is a fantastic baker. I’ve learned so much by watching her mix, stir, roll, ice, and slice in the kitchen. My mom would admit she is a total perfectionist, and I think that is what makes her such a great baker. I, personally, don’t have the same level of patience,  so I don’t follow everything she does (e.g. all of her cookies […]

Green Beans with Shallots and Pine Nuts

May 2, 2014 2 comments
Green Beans with Shallots and Pine Nuts - Little Chef Big Appetite

This is a simple and healthy side dish that comes together in less than 15 minutes and requires only three ingredients! I personally hate when people take green beans and smother them with unhealthy creams and toppings. Good quality green beans are so delicious and do not need a lot of added junk to please your taste buds! Shallots and greens go together like peanut butter and jelly (that is […]