Buffalo Chicken Wontons

DSC_0476Oh, my goodness.


First of all, these were supposed to be spring rolls, but SOMEBODY (the grocery store) only had the smallest size of wonton skin. Well. I’m personally not one to let THE MAN (the grocery store) keep me down, so wontons it was.

(To be clear, I honestly still thought that they were going to be spring rolls when I went to roll the first one. And…you can see how they turned out. Wonton city, population ALL OF THOSE UP THERE IN THAT PICTURE.)  Gimme gimme gimme!


Sick Day Realness: Homemade Chicken Stock / “Bone Broth” Recipe


Being sick is legitimately the worst.

I may have mentioned this before, but growing up, one of the most-repeated warnings in my household was, and I quote: “A bored Tess is never a good thing.”

Being sick is SO boring. I always have all of these ideas of cool things to do, and none of them are possible because I’m sick. Or I actually try to do all of them and just prevent myself from getting better any faster. So basically I hate it I hate it I hate it.

Anyway, in the spirit of going along with being sick (I repeat: ugh), I decided to learn how to make homemade chicken stock. Mostly because it feels like doing something when I’m not really supposed to be doing anything at all. I want chicken stock, too.


Baked Eggs 4eva.

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You guys. I like actually can’t even with these.

I think I mentioned previously that the Husband (!!!) and I spent much of this past fall putting together a little labor of love that was honestly one of my favorite things I’ve ever done. Since we weren’t going to be home for Christmas, we put together a cookbook of our most-cooked meals, as a little snapshot of our world and a way to share one of our favorite ways of spending time together with our families. Gimme that recipe NOW.

Food, Life

How To Not Be A Jerk, and also Green Smoothies.


I’ve been thinking, guys.  Dangerous stuff.

Over the course of my lifelong quest for perfection, I have found many things.  First of all, the very act of being on a lifelong quest for perfection has a tendency to turn any human into an awful, anal-retentive beyond belief totally stressful bore. It’s a bummer.

But what does that mean?  Continue to strive for perfection, but relax sometimes?

Okay. How hard is that? For me, REALLY hard. I can compare this in some ways to the Atkins diet.  Please come along with me on this metaphorical exploration. Let’s go!


Why Am I Suddenly Hungry?

[Rainbow rolls, salmon-avocado rolls, veggie rolls and spicy salmon maki with unfiltered sake and tamari]

Sometimes, I like to remind myself how delicious homemade versions of “going-out” food can be.  This option is especially enticing when I am feeling very poor, but I still want ultimate deliciousness.  This weekend, My Man got mega-motivated to make incredibly involved homemade sushi, and OHBOY was it awesome.  I am so impressed.  He can definitely stay. Continue reading “Why Am I Suddenly Hungry?”


Sunday, no wait, Monday Night Dinner: Almost Not Veggie Chili

Okay, here’s the situation: I am not – and might I add, never will I be – a vegetarian.  I love meat.  I love steak.  And the way I see it, if one loves steak, it will just be really difficult for one to ever seriously consider abandoning steak.  Steak abandonment.  AKA vegetarianism.  Also, chicken!  Mmmmmm.

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Colorado, Food, Life

Whoops. Also, Sesame Noodles!

OH YEAH, my blog!

Forgive me, friends.  My only excuse is that at some point in the last few months, I’ve developed a life.

With that aside, life update: Work has been hectic but also great, and My Man (he has formally requested that I capitalize his title from now on, and who am I to deny Him?) and I have been spending lots of time with friends and family.  Highlights include an awesome wine tasting, some happy hours and potlucks, and nights snuggling by the fire watching Glee with some of our buddies.  Life has been pretty grand.

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