Cook It Yourself

You know those things that you eat every day, and spend an arm and a leg on at the grocery store? Yeah… cook ’em yourself!

24 09, 2015

Cook It Like a Boss: Quinoa 101

By | September 24th, 2015|Cook It Yourself, Did You Know, From Erika's Kitchen|37 Comments

Why, on Earth, would you stock up if you have no idea how to cook it? Let's fix that.

6 08, 2015

The Best Pizza Sauce Ever

By | August 6th, 2015|Cook It Yourself, From Erika's Kitchen, What Are You Eating?|9 Comments

I've gotten in the habit of making my own pizza dough, and in my quest to make my own pizza from scratch, I went ahead and figured out a nice pizza sauce recipe. I'm lazy, so I also lighten up on the brown sugar and use it for spaghetti sauce when I'm feeling hungry. I [...]

3 08, 2015

Scratch Factory: Make Your Own Creamy, Smooth Cashew Milk!

By | August 3rd, 2015|Cook It Yourself, From Erika's Kitchen|7 Comments

Scratch Factory time! Make your own cashew milk and cashew pudding? Don't mind if I do!

29 04, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Becoming A Great Cook

By | April 29th, 2015|Cook It Yourself, It's All Mental|40 Comments

Five things that I think we should remember when it comes to making ourselves better kitchen dynamos.

17 04, 2015

A Black Girl’s Guide to Sexy Cooking For Your Boo

By | April 17th, 2015|Cook It Yourself|0 Comments

Hi. I need to have a serious, grown folks moment with y'all, okay? Listen closely. Stop cooking naked. That's right, I said it. Stop. Cooking. Naked.

26 02, 2015

Cook It Like a Boss: Couscous 101

By | February 26th, 2015|Cook It Yourself, From Erika's Kitchen|5 Comments

Couscous: Let me show you how to do this, hun. (Clearly, it's been a Jay-Z kind of day in my house.)

15 01, 2015

Overeating: Why You Can’t Stop At One Nacho

By | January 15th, 2015|Conscious Consumerism, Cook It Yourself, Fast Food, What Are You Eating?|17 Comments

I've been saying this for a while now... but when it becomes innocent you against people who stand to make lots of money off of you, you don't stand a chance. Taken from Women's Health magazine: Here's how this deviousness works: Human beings have what food-industry insiders call a "bliss point," a nirvana of the [...]

9 01, 2015

What’s In My Clean Eating Healthy Kitchen?

By | January 9th, 2015|Cook It Yourself, Healthy Eating, What Are You Eating?|36 Comments

Want to know what I consider to be staples in my clean eating kitchen?

8 01, 2015

Scratch Factory: Herb and Oil-Based Sauces, and Making Your Own Pesto

By | January 8th, 2015|Cook It Yourself, Food 101, From Erika's Kitchen|5 Comments

Something something cheat on your spouse... something something pasta and pesto.

8 08, 2014

Strawberry Vinaigrette

By | August 8th, 2014|Cook It Yourself, From Erika's Kitchen|5 Comments

10 strawberries with the tops cut off 1 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 cup red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon Tarragon leave 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon flax seed (optional, but flax seed is awesome) 1 teaspoon poppy seed (also optional) Chop up all your strawberries as thinly as you can. You want tiny bits [...]

17 04, 2014

A Beginners Guide to Exploring Loose Teas

By | April 17th, 2014|Cook It Yourself, Play With Your Food|12 Comments

Ever wanted to know how to drink teas without tea bags?

14 02, 2014

Scratch Factory: Rich, Smooth, Creamy Dark Chocolate Truffles

By | February 14th, 2014|Cook It Yourself, From Erika's Kitchen|2 Comments

"I've been thinkin, I've been thinkin', why can't I keep my fingers off it, chocolate, I want you... na naaaaaaa..."

9 01, 2014

Presenting: The 7 Day Clean Eating Challenge

By | January 9th, 2014|Cook It Yourself, Healthy Eating, What Are You Eating?|57 Comments

That's right. Beginning April 25th and ending May 2nd, we will begin the 7 Day Clean Eating Challenge. But before I dive into the details, let's talk a little bit about what clean eating is and how it benefits us. What is Clean Eating? Clean eating is eating as close to the source as possible. [...]

1 11, 2013

What’s In My Spice Cabinet?

By | November 1st, 2013|Cook It Yourself, Healthy Eating|15 Comments

You know how some people are about their shoes? That's how I am about my spice collection. Since my game plan was to begin cooking everything myself, I decided to start stocking up on the spices. I couldn't tell you how many are there, only that there are quite a few and I've used them [...]

3 10, 2013

Save Calories AND Money: Make Your Own Jams and Jellies

By | October 3rd, 2013|Cook It Yourself, Healthy Eating, Recipes|24 Comments

One switch that I was glad that I made was going from jelly to making my own. While jelly within itself is still a minimal amount of calories, there's no nutritional value to it because of the high fructose corn syrup and, well... the fact that there's no actual fruit in it. Seriously, I buy [...]

3 09, 2013

Taco Salad Remix

By | September 3rd, 2013|Cook It Yourself, From Erika's Kitchen, Recipes|7 Comments

1 cup chopped iceberg lettuce 1 diced roma tomato 1 cup ground turkey 1/2 cup basmati rice (cooked) 1/4 diced onion 1 taco shell 1/2 cup salsa 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon cilantro 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon coriander a pinch of salt Pre-heat oven at 300 degrees. Cook [...]

27 08, 2013

Identifying – And Eliminating – Excess Salt In Your Diet

By | August 27th, 2013|Conscious Consumerism, Cook It Yourself, Debunking The Myths, Healthy Eating|12 Comments

Early Saturday morning, my teen aged sister and I sat down for a little morning chat. In the middle of talking, she jumped up to begin preparing breakfast. In the background behind her chatter, I could hear the toaster going, the microwave beeping, and eggs being beaten. Then, I hear the salt shaker. I kind [...]

28 03, 2013

Breaking Up With Fried Green Tomatoes

By | March 28th, 2013|Cook It Yourself, My Journey|32 Comments

My struggle to figure out a family tradition, and let it go.

23 10, 2012

Now That I’m Clean Eating, What Can I Cook?

By | October 23rd, 2012|Cook It Yourself|11 Comments

If you're used to just microwaving (or frying up something from the freezer), don't sweat it. I've got a few recipes on hand (on this site - a formerly neglected area of the site, I will admit) that will help you get it done. That's [...]

11 06, 2012

Make It At Home: Sexy Ranch Dressing

By | June 11th, 2012|Cook It Yourself, Healthy Eating, Recipes, What Are You Eating?|37 Comments

You heard right. This is my "Sexy Ranch" dressing. I heard you askin' already - why is it Sexy Ranch?! Here's why: My ranch is sexy because this ranch... is not. 16tbsp = 1 cup. I paid about $2.50 for 1 cup of ranch dressing in a funny shaped supaskinny bottle with semi-modern package design. [...]