red potato, goat cheese & arugula salad.

one of the tastiest things to come out of my kitchen this summer!

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i made this on a whim for some friends while we were on a trip this summer, and we were all loving itttt. so much flavor going on!!

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AND it has just 6 main ingredients. this potato salad is definitely customizable and would be delicious with bacon or prosciutto or something, byyy the wayyyy! 

once the potatoes are cooked and cooled, it is SO easy to put together. chopped tatoes, goat cheese, minced shallot, green onion, avocado, arugula, some lemon and salt & pepp to taste!

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i would gladly eat the tato salad on its own for dinner...but for the sake of peter's meat-loving ways, i grilled up a chicken breast with just salt, garlic powder, pepper and a drizzle of honey. i love how the honey adds a nice almost-blackened skin with a subtle sweet but mostly savory flavor. 

goat cheese really does the trick if you're used to a mayo-based potato salad. no mayo allowed in myyy tater salads, tell you wHat. i mean, i'll eat em. but sometimes there's just sooo much mayo its crazy. the goat cheese & avo textures together are just perfect!

Red Potato, Goat Cheese & Arugula Salad

Serves 4

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 24 oz. (1 1/2 pounds) organic baby red potatoes
  • 1 medium shallot clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 2 TB. fresh lemon juice (squeeze half a small lemon)
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 4 oz. goat cheese
  • 1 cup arugula, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper


Wash the potatoes and place in a pot of boiling water for about 10-12 minutes, until tender but not mushy. Drain the water and place the potatoes in a bowl in the fridge to chill, about 20 minutes.

While potatoes are chilling, mince the shallot, chop the green onion and dice the avocado. Once potatoes are cooled, dice them into bite-sized chunks and add to a large bowl with the shallot, goat cheese, salt & pepper. Toss gently to coat the potatoes. Add the roughly chopped arugula, green onion, and avocado. Squeeze half a lemon over the top. Gently toss to combine all ingredients. 

Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge up to 2 days. Pair with grilled chicken or any protein you like!

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gourmet hot dog & lemonade party with amy johnson!

a few weeks ago i had the pleasure of working with amy johnson, an awesome food photographer in seattle!

i dreamed up some delicious gourmet hot dog ideas and extra juicy & refreshing cherry lemonades. it was a super hot day so this summery picnic scene was just perfect. 

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spiral hot dogs, at that! have you done this before?? it's truly the ideal hot dog experience. here is a youtube video that helped me achieve this in the past.

grilling them spiraled creates wayyy more crispy surface area on the hot dog while creating gaps (aka condiment treasure troves) throughout. the condiments get tucked away instead of sliding around all over the top of the hot dog. huzzah!

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our cherry lemonades were brimming with flavor - fresh chopped ginger, peach slices, fresh red cherries & cherry juice and extra lemon, of course!

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toppings on the spiral dogs: cream cheese, sriracha, pickled red onions, avocado, yellow mustard, ketchup, red onion, green onion, yellow onion, micro greens (cilantro!), and sliced jalapeño! 

and kettle chips for crunch. always the crunch factor. don't forget to toast that bun.


my little menu:

- SPICY SEATTLE - cream cheese, sriracha, jalapeño, pickled red onion 

- DA CLASSIC - ketchup, mustard, chopped yellow onion 

- GREEN GODDESS - cream cheese, avocado, green onions, pickled red onion, micro cilantro greens

- SLIGHTLY ADVENTUROUS - cream cheese, chopped yellow onion, mustard, micro greens

- LOADED SPICY SEATTLE - cream cheese, sriracha, ketchup, mustard chopped yellow onion, jalapeño

- RED & GREEN - ketchup, sriracha, jalapeño

- SIMPLE SAVORY-TOOTH - cream cheese, green onion

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i'm really clinging on to the tail end of summer here, folks.


check out amy's lovely photography work and her post about our photo shoot here!


photography by amy johnson.

food styling, prop styling, & recipes by me.



ashleigh & jun's wedding day!

my friends ashleigh and jun got married last weekend! august 12, 2017!

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i took a few photos in our hotel room as we were getting ready before showtiiiiime..

chillzilla 2.0 (opposite of a bridezilla - just like our 1st chillzilla bride friend lauren) got us lucky bridesmaids these adorable glasses with our names on them and also the cutest robes & personalized robe hangers! we looove!

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party time.

they got married at ashleigh's family's cabin up in birch bay, washington. we've been going there mostly every year for her birthday and they've had the cabin her entire life, so it was a location near & dear to their hearts to have the wedding :)

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they had a super cute woodfire pizza truck AND the most adorable ice cream truck come for dinner & dessert. we got down on the choco tacoooos.

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i'm so glad we got to reuse this face-in-hole that we made for ashleigh's bachelorette party. i saw these kids just doing this on their own, playing around and not caring if they got a pic at all. it was so cute. i took like 10 pics.

^ ash & her mama!

also the sweetest soon-to-be married photography duo, kee & amber. i'm excited to celebrate their wedding next month!

^ all mah boos! pete's hair is wicked long now.

i love seeing all my closest friends so happy in front of these happy sunflowers!

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^ senior portrait seshhhhhh.

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^ a cute dog called ruby.

also sneaky pete looking suspect - getting his gamble on at 8:30am. lol.


thanks for getting married, ash & jun! it was so much fun! we love yaaaaaaaaaaaaa!