crepe bar- a christmas brunch tradition

make your own crepe station for Christmas morning!

Are you guys as in love with holiday traditions as we are? It’s funny because there I am not a creature of habit at all (the term “free spirit” has been used to describe me my whole life)…but Christmas traditions are a whole different story. I LOVE them. My husband and I decided that crepes […]

make your own honey roasted barbeque sauce (aka chick fil a sauce)

honey roasted barbecue sauce (aka chickfila sauce) recipe- SO YUMMY!

Because almost all food items are shipped in by boat or airplane, and because the island we live on is only about 48 square miles, our access to things I’d consider ‘comfort food’ (and even pantry staples) is limited at best! Jord came up with a copycat Chick Fil A sauce recipe awhile back that […]

pumpkin pie ‘harvest popcorn’

harvest popcorn with yummy fall flavors!

Even though the weather here is still in the high 90’s, we try to make things feel as “fallish” as possible. We start burning fall candles, we decorate with fall leaves and pumpkins, we watch football, and we make this popcorn. A friend shared it with me a couple years ago and we make it […]

fish tacos with mango salsa

fish tacos with mango salsa

This is another really good fish recipe for non-fish lovers. The mango salsa really makes the dish, so don’t forget to make that as well! Also, I have had several people ask how to get corn tortillas not to crack and break. The secret is: buy good fresh corn tortillas from a mexican restaurant or […]

fresh mango salsa

fresh mango salsa at kojo-designs

I just love this salsa. It is so easy to throw together and really takes mexican food up a notch. It’s actually more like a mango pico de gallo, meaning it is chunky and 100% fresh ingredients, but I promise you’ll love it just the same! Fresh Mango Salsa Ingredients: 2 large mangoes (pick firm […]

lime and toasted coconut crusted chicken (whole 30 compatible!)

coconut crusted lime chicken (paleo and whole 30 approved!)

Oh toasted coconut, how I love thee. Alone… or on these amazing coconut lime chicken strips… or with crushed macadamia nuts and bananas…. It’s love I tell you. And this recipe for lime and toasted coconut crusted chicken strips (a hybrid of this fried chicken recipe and some lime-coconut chicken strips Jord tried in Oman) […]

simple sides- grilled brussel sprouts

grilled brussel sprouts recipe

I am one of ‘those people’ that really, truly love brussel sprouts. Love them. And a plate full of grilled brussel sprouts is one of my favorite side dishes, though not as easy to find here in Saipan as they were in Denver. However, if you can find some, this simple summer-y side is beyond simple […]

super salads- peach pecan & goat cheese salad

peach, pecan and goat cheese salad

One thing I have been loving this summer as we make our rounds in the USA is all the simple al fresco meals we have been able to share with friends. Grill some chicken and veggies, make a salad, pour some ice tea and enjoy time with friends chatting and laughing and just enjoying summer. […]

arugula and watermelon salad with citrus vinaigrette

watermelon arugula salad recipe

I love summer so much. So much. And this little blip at the end of May is just fabulous- everything coming back to life, produce on sale, grilling weather. Just fabulous. And this watermelon-basil-arugula salad with goat cheese pretty much sums up everything I love about May (and summer in general). You need to make […]

stuffed baby eggplant

stuffed eggplant recipe at kojo-designs

So, I’ve lived in this part of the world for almost 5 years now and it never fails, every time I go to the grocery store and see all the exotic fruits and vegetables, I lament that I don’t really know how to prepare them. Now, eggplant isn’t really an exotic vegetable but I am […]