We’ve been going through a nacho cheese snacking phase lately. I’ve never actually tried making my own, but when I saw this recipe on Serious Eats, I knew I had to try it.

It’s super easy to make, and it comes out silky smooth and thick, making it perfect for dipping. The key ingredient appears to be cornstarch, which is explained through this article.

Veggie Grill, a popular West Coast fast casual eatery chain, recently opened inside the UTC mall.

I first noticed it a few weeks ago while visiting the mall and went in to grab a menu. A quick scan had me intrigued. While everything is vegetarian, the menu consists of entrees like “carne asada,” “crispy chicken sandwich,” and more. Definitely not dishes you would think to find on a vegetarian menu.

You place your order, grab an open table, and then they bring your food when it is ready.

Carne Asada with Steamed Kale (Grilled Veggie-Steak, Mexican spices, red onion, lettuce, tomato, spicy vegan mayo)

I opted to try the carne asada sandwich. Instead of a bun, I requested the steamed kale. The veggie carne asada meat had a texture and look similar to that of steak, but didn’t really taste at all like carne asada meat. It reminded me of the soy jerky I’ve tried before. Neither of us were a fan of this dish. We didn’t particularly like the veggie steak or the herbs and spices used.

I also got it with a side of cauli-mashed potatoes and gravy. I’ve heard really great things about mashed cauliflower as a substitute for mashed potatoes. I was surprised they didn’t have just a cauliflower mash. This blend was just okay for me and I found the gravy to be too bland.

Lemon Bars

Over the last year, I’ve gotten several requests to post a lemon bar recipe on the blog. I don’t usually have fresh lemons in the house, so I haven’t had an opportunity to experiment.

A few weeks ago, I went home and raided my mom’s garden. I brought back lemons, tomatoes, and more.

For my first lemon bar attempt, I chose to use a recipe from allrecipes entitled “The Best Lemon Bars Recipe” that received many good reviews. The recipe was very easy to put together.