Roasted Veggie Pizza Rolls

With Lent over, and Easter behind us, I can eat cheese again. (YAY!)


When did I realize exactly how difficult it was for me to give up cheese?

When my boyfriend and I went to this tiny, hole-in-the-wall pizza place that has the best garlic cheesy bread ever, no joke, and after eating a plate full, we contemplated ordering another before we started on our pizza. Continue reading


Cranberry Baked Brie Bites

Baked brie is sort of an obsession of mine. Gooey, melted cheese topped with something sweet, wrapped up in puff pasty? Where do I sign?!

It’s an awesome dish to bring to a holiday party, and it looks gorgeous until people start digging in. Then it gets tricky.

As tasty as it is, baked brie usually ends up becoming a mess. Slicing through the puff pastry layer, and attempting to get the ideal ratio of brie to pastry to sweet topping can be tough to wrangle.

And then you put it all on a cracker. That part always baffled me a little. As I sat there putting pastry on a cracker, I found myself thinking…why? Why am I putting pastry filled with cheese and sweet goodness on a cracker? It’s like putting bread on more bread and putting stuff on top of your double bread.

So, being the plucky problem solver that I am (not that bread on bread is a problem…if you’re into that) I devised a solution. Continue reading

Zucchini Tots with Spiced Mayo

If you’re like me, you love yourself some tater tots. Fries are great but, let’s face it, though they are both children of the potato, there’s something about their little barrel shape, crispy outsides, steamy insides, and perfectly dip-able round bottoms that blows fries out of the water. (Except waffle fries…that’s a tougher battle.)

If I needed any further proof, a whole array of hot dishes have been centered around the tater tot. Possibly only in Minnesota, but still, can fries claim such culinary achievements?

However, if you are also like me, you do not like what tater tots do to the way your jeans have chosen to fit you today.

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Hola Arepa Food Truck Review

It’s no secret I have a mild obsession with food trucks. Ok fine, mild is slightly inaccurate – more like when I see a food truck I start to bounce up and down, clap my hands with childish delight, and exclaim to whoever I am with, “Look it’s a food truck!”.

The food truck scene in the Twin Cities has exploded over the past few years, and much to my delight I am fortunate enough to work in downtown Minneapolis within walking distance of the streets frequented by these mobile culinary delights.

With this being my first food truck season where I am close enough to go during my lunch hour, I decided it was my duty to all of you to eat at as many of them as possible and let know how they are.

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Truffled Mac and Cheese with Shrimp

It was a cold and rainy April weekend in Minnesota. The type of weekend that just begs for ooey-gooey mac and cheese.

But instead of pulling out that blue box we all know and love, I decided to step things up. So without the fresh breezes and warm sunshine to distract me, and the theory that homemade, really truly homemade, is more satisfying and delicious than anything out of a box, I attempted my first mac and cheese.

And it was indeed satisfying.

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Easy Bean Tacos

Too long since my last post! I’m sorry everyone, but I promise the things to come will be worth the wait because…I’ve been working on a Halloween series!

I love Halloween. It’s in my top three favorite holidays list, fighting with Thanksgiving for second place. Ever since the first time I went trick-o-treating and I realized that wearing a silly pumpkin outfit, while being carried by my dad through the blowing snow, meant the funny little bag I was holding would be filled with candy by the end of the night; I was hooked. I love everything about Halloween, from the creepy/corny decorations to the reruns of 90’s horror movies, and of course, the treats!

So this year, to celebrate my 3rd 2nd favorite holiday, I decided to create a halloween treat list to suit all your celebratory needs! So far this post may seem a bit misleading, after all, I’m supposed to be showing you an easy bean taco recipe, but I just wanted to take a moment to invite all of you to become a part of the series! Send me your favorite Halloween recipes, I’ll give them a try, and one of your favorites could end up featured on The Culinary Capers!

Now to the fiesta!

Easy Bean Tacos


  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 garlic clove
  • a pinch of paprika (I used a Spanish smoked paprika here)
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • your favorite taco fixings!
1. Crush the garlic and add it to a frying pan over medium heat. Stir for 30 seconds, then add the spices. Stir for another 30 seconds.
2. Rinse and strain both cans of beans. Add them to the spice mixture, along with the water, and stir to combine. Cook until the beans become soft and break easily, about 10 minutes.
3. Scoop some beans into tortilla shells, hard or soft, and top with your favorites! I like corn tortillas with mango salsa, spinach, cheese and greek yogurt. I’ve found greek yogurt is a good substitute for sour cream; similar flavor and texture, but with lots of protein. You discover these types of things when you travel over seas and are at a loss for sour cream when you’re making tacos. Give it a try next time you run out!