Parmesan Crisps

Parmesan Crisps // shutterbean

I love recipes that require only one ingredient. For this snack, all you need is grated Parmesan and an oven (a toaster oven will work too!).  Line a baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper and spoon a few tablespoons of the grated cheese on top. Turn the oven to 400F and cook until crispy and brown. About 4-6 minutes. Parmesan crisps are a great substitute for crackers and they're even better served on top of salads. Totally gluten free and low carb too!

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Jalapeño Ginger Lime Spritzers

A refreshing cocktail made with sliced Jalapeños, Limes, Ginger Beer & Sparkling water. Find this recipe for Jalapeño Ginger Lime Spritzer on!

I was on the phone with an ad network having a discussion about my website and they asked me to explain what I do on this space online. When they asked me about my editorial calendar, I told them that I don't really follow an editorial calendar; my website reflects what we're eating, what I'm in the mood to make and how much time I have to make said things.

Jalapeño Ginger Lime Spritzers || shutterbean

Sooooooooo, instead of giving you a corned beef recipe and some irish soda bread recipe  or this guinness cake this week, I bought too many jalapeños and turned it into web content. That's RIGHT!  It's jalapeño week on Shutterbean!  Because, when life (you) gives you (buy too many ) jalapeños, you make Jalapeño Ginger Lime Spritzers. You also make Thai Beef with Basil.  Look at that. I created a meal plan for you this weekend. I suggest you finish the night with creamy Tangerine Sherbet.

Jalapeño Ginger Lime Spritzers || shutterbean

Jalapeños are sliced thin and mixed with lime juice sweetened with agave. Ginger beer adds a nice warm spice, sparkling water evens everything out for a refreshing/spicy drink.

Thai Beef with Basil

Turn a pound of ground beef into a delicious Thai Feast. Check out the recipe for Thai Beef with Basil on !

My husband loves ground beef and I never choose to make it because there's something about breaking up bits of meat that bugs me. I don't know what it is, but I find it kind of annoying. It feels like it takes forever to break it all up...or maybe I just get particular on how uniform the pieces need to be?  I might go as far to say that I dread it (dramatic!).

Thai Beef with Basil  || shutterbean

So, I've been slowly working ground beef into the rotation. Casey appreciates it and Cooper will eat it (only if I say it's steak).

I made this Thai Beef with Basil dish from Bon Appetit for dinner on Saturday and it went over really well. Of course,  I had to pick out the basil and seperate the carrots on Cooper’s dish, but he gobbled it up like a champ. Casey said it was a winner.

I think it will probably be apart of our weeknight dinner rotation. It’s pretty easy to whip up and I didn't even hate breaking up the beef.  The point is to have a nice char on the meat, so it's kind of a set it and forget it situation. You can break it up really well towards the end.

Thai Beef with Basil  || shutterbean

We have leftovers and I’m gonna reheat them for dinner tonight and top them with a crispy fried egg and a drizzle of sriracha. The big question I have is..... Why didn't I do that on the first go round??

And I Quote:

I like to think of thoughts // shutterbean

He who trims himself // shutterbean

It's better to fail in originality // shutterbean


My Everyday Life: Week 11

Here's what this past week looked like:

Spent three days this week working on a photo shoot with Leslie and Lesley for Juice Beauty.

my everyday life week 11 || shutterbean

I created four of these product vignettes on the last day.

my everyday life week 11 || shutterbean

Lesley made the cutest mini aloe/jojoba/grape mini terrarium.

my everyday life week 11 || shutterbean

Apple perfection with stems.

my everyday life week 11 || shutterbean

Leslie is an incredible photographer.

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I love lists, Friday!


  1. How to program your mind to stop buying crap.
  2. I'm considering a few open shelves in our kitchen. I really like the way they look.
  3. I can't wait for this book to arrive! And this one too!
  4. A few myths about daylight savings time.
  5. 57 Things People Secretly want to do at Target. 
  6. If you're also a fan of Arrested Development, you'll appreciate these jokes.
  7. TOTS. OMG I WANT THESE. Broccoli!
  8. This tea cake! The photos are so beautiful.
  9. How restaurants keep you coming back for more.
  10. I'd love to be a ginkgo tree someday.
  11. Quotes about Introverts (haha #8! and yes to #10)
  12. Heidi Swanson's Travel Kit. <3
  13. Some really cool SF Apartment quirks
  14. Kitchen Hacks that will help save the day!
  15. These nutella rolls with coffee glaze look incredible.
  16. Photos of meals that Doomsday Preppers would eat in the event of an apocalypse.
  17. Selfie stick bans around the world (YES!)
  18. I really want to see this I am Big Bird documentary!
  19. Proof that better real estate photos make a big difference.
  20. What a middle school boy needs from his parents.
  21. I'd love to live in this urban treehouse.

Broccoli Pesto Polenta

Polenta gets FANCY with the additions of pesto & broccoli. Put an egg on it for a hearty breakfast/lunch/dinner. Check out the recipe at

Whenever I ask my husband what he wants for dinner, most of the time it's--

"Something hearty and warm."

This always ruins my I just wanna big salad for dinner cravings.

I secretly love when he's had a big work lunch because then he wants something "light and healthy," and I'm like coooool buddy, but also how can we work bread into that equation?

Broccoli Pesto Polenta || shutterbean

So, let's combine greens with something hearty and warm and make broccoli pesto polenta.

Broccoli Pesto Polenta || shutterbean

And while we're at it, let's put poached eggs on top because we can call it breakfast for dinner.

Something warm, hearty and GREEN. And if you had a big lunch at work, then you just get a smaller bowl.

I won't let you ruin dinner for me.

Blood Orange & Avocado Salad

Blood Orange & Avocado Salad  || shutterbean

It's Monday. I'm back from weekend getaway with my husband where we ate truffle fries twice.  We also had doughnuts...monkey bread...and tacos. I wore elastic waist pants because I am good at thinking ahead.

Blood Orange & Avocado Salad  || shutterbean  || shutterbean

Needless to say... I need a RESET BUTTON SALAD  like WHOA.

Blood Orange & Avocado Salad  || shutterbean

This one was based on what we had in our fridge. Butter lettuce, spicy radishes, ripe/tender avocados, juicy blood oranges, and cilantro. Sesame seeds and slivered almonds are in there for crunch. The dressing is a rice wine vinegar, toasted sesame oil, blood orange number that's sweet and tangy. It's a satisfying salad with a lot of flavor. My favorite part? The blood orange. The tang of the dressing brings out their sweetness. I might add a few little slivers of red onion next time for an extra kick.  This is the kind of salad that makes you remember how good it feels to eat you can have doughnuts and fries...soon.