fresh pasta + a quick tomato sauce

fresh pasta + a quick tomato sauce | the thoughtful plateThe first time I ever made fresh pasta, several years ago now, was a disaster. It began with a wooden rolling pin and ended in noodles that were way too thick, clung to each other while cooking, and never un-clung. I had read somewhere that making pasta with a rolling pin was possible, and I’m sure it is, but it did not work for me that time. Continue reading


grilled huli-huli style chicken with coconut rice

IMG_01941My food goal for this year is to make more dinners. We eat dinner at home 90% of the time, but we have this tendency to get in ruts really fast and stay in them for a really long time. (Did someone mention tacos?)

There’s certainly nothing wrong with having favorites, but I’d like to get much more adventurous. Not weird adventurous, just different adventurous. Adventurous as in, this tastes new. Continue reading

merry christmas | gluten free waffles

Processed with VSCOcam with k2 presetBefore we get into a recipe, I just want to wish each of you a merry Christmas. I hope you have a lovely holiday with your families and friends!

Also, thank you so very much for reading this blog. Sharing food and recipes here gives me great joy, but it would be nothing without you! So thanks :) I look forward to this upcoming year and the future of The Thoughtful Plate. Continue reading

a sandwich + an interview

interview I’ve been keeping a secret for a few months now, and I’m so excited to finally be able to let it out today! Continue reading

salsa verde

tomatillosMy mom is the chief salsa-maker in our family, but today I shadowed her in the kitchen so I could share the recipe. In the process, which involved a lot of laughing, I burned my hands on jalapeño seeds. So before we go any further here… WEAR GLOVES WHILE YOU PEEL THE PEPPERS.

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