This creamy mashed cauliflower is the perfect faux potato dish. It’s so flavorful and creamy that you won’t miss the potato at all.

Yes, I’m back to playing with cauliflower. And I’m happy to report, you can even use it as a substitute for mashed potatoes. I am so impressed with the texture of this mash. It looks and feels just like mashed potatoes and it tastes really, really similar. To me, it tastes like a lighter mashed potatoes because it’s not weighed down by all the starch.

Rita’s Italian Ice, the popular chain from the East Coast specializing in Italian ice and custards, has continued to open locations in San Diego.

I read about the opening in Mira Mesa a couple of weeks ago, but wanted to wait a few weeks before trying it out. It was so hot this weekend in San Diego–perfect weather for ice and custard.

The Mira Mesa Rita’s is located in the same plaza as Little Caesar’s Pizza and California Donuts. I’m sorry I don’t have a nice picture of the front. I thought I would have enough time to take a picture on our way out, but it got dark really fast.

The interior looked similar to the other Rita’s I’ve been to. Inside, the menu offers different flavors of ice, custard, and drinks. Rita’s is most famous for their gelati, which has a rich custard soft serve at the bottom, ice in the middle and then topped with more custard.

There were only four people ahead of us and it seemed relatively quiet, but for some reason it took a really long time before it was finally our turn. Twenty minutes later we had our ice orders, only to wait another 10 minutes at the cash register before someone can to ring up our order. I was afraid our ice and ice creams would be melted.

Gelati with mango ice and vanilla custard


If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’ve had an obsession lately with skillet sauces. I love how easy they are and how much they cut down on the prep work for a meal.

Yesterday, I told you how excited I was to get so many things accomplished on a Monday. I attempted to carry that energy over into Tuesday, but no such luck. I don’t even know where the time went. One of the few things I accomplished was getting this meal cooked.

During the week, I don’t have much energy for cooking, but I also don’t want us constantly eating out. I’ve been able to easily churn out meals with the help of various skillet sauces that are ready in about 15 minutes.

Recently, I was given an opportunity to review and try McCormick® Skillet Sauces which are currently available at Walmart, near the other McCormick spice and seasoning products. There are currently seven varieties available: Fajita with Roasted Chili; Fire Roasted Garlic Chili, Sesame Chicken Stir fry, Sicilian Chicken with Tomato, Smoky Applewood BBQ chicken, Sweet and Smoky Sloppy Joes, and Taco with Chipotle & Garlic. You can read more about the sauces here. After browsing through the selections, I purchased these three.