3-Ingredient Appetizer & Brunch Recipes (TODAY Show)

I closed out an amazing year with a fun segment on TODAY Show where I showed Carson Daly how to make six different 3-ingredient recipes--3 easy party appetizers and 3 easy brunch recipes.

Though the segment was New Year's-focused, these quick and easy dishes are great for anytime of year!

The potato chip omelet and whipped ricotta are my two faves (and on the show, Carson was a big fan of the chorizo pigs-in-a-blanket).

Watch the video here:


DIY Cocoa Spicy Sugar Scrub Hostess Gift Basket

Thanks to Coca-Cola for sponsoring this holiday post. All ideas and opinions are my own!

We know it shouldn't be this way, but for many of us, the holiday season can often be as crazy as it is joyful. From parties and travel to shopping, decorating, and even just dealing with unexpected weather, these weeks can often take a lot out of us.

This is why I'm so thankful for those amazing people in our lives who always seem to go above and beyond. They're the people you know you can always count on for help no matter how big or small, and the ones who go out of their way to make this season better, happier, and more magical for all of us.


Chewy Espresso Cookies

Thank you Domino® Sugar for sponsoring this holiday baking post. 

Did you grow up baking Christmas cookies in your family? I know it's a tradition for many, but you might be surprised to learn that it's actually not the case for me.

My mom is a great cook, but she absolutely does not bake. My grandmother used to make wonderful desserts, but very few of those involved baking. Our holiday treats and traditions consisted of Puerto Rican favorites like arroz con leche (rice pudding), tembleque (coconut pudding), and coquito (our Puerto Rican version of eggnog), the latter of which my mom would make in bulk every December for my dad to give to his coworkers.


$20 Dinner for 4 (TODAY Show)

I was back on TODAY Show yesterday, competing in a friendly food challenge against Food & Wine Magazine's Justin Chapple. We were both challenge to create a meal for a family of 4 that cost less than $20 using ingredients from a set shopping list.

Watch the video above, and click here for the recipe for my Roasted Root Veggie Tacos with Goat Cheese Cream.


Spiced Apple Quinoa Salad with Pecans

Quinoa salads are one of my favorite things to serve when entertaining large groups for a number of reasons. The Spiced Apple Quinoa Salad with Pecans can be prepared up to two days in advance which saves a lot of time on the day of the party (and it even tastes better after the dressing has had time to soak in!)

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