Game-Winning Pulled Pork Nachos

Trying to figure out what to bring to your super bowl party? My two favorite game day menu items have to be pulled pork and nachos. Separately, they are incredible. Together, they are mind-blowing! There’s just something about the sweetness of the pulled pork and the salty, crunchiness of the nachos that just does it for me. (I’m a huge fan of sweet and savory items!) That’s why these Pulled Pork Nachos are so great; they are the best of both worlds! Continue reading

Crock Pot Pulled Pork with Apple Fennel Slaw

We’re two weeks out from the Super Bowl and most people are starting to try and figure out what they are going to make as part of their game day menu. Our solution: Crock Pot Pulled Pork With Apple Fennel Slaw!

It’s a great recipe to throw together when you need to feed a lot of people. And while it doesn’t need to be a sporting event to entice you to make this juicy, tender, mouthwatering pulled pork,  it provides a damn good excuse to make it! Continue reading

Red Wine-Braised Chicken Legs with Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Welcome back to the Stark Naked Cooking Blog! I know, I know, I kind of derailed with posts towards the end of last year — bad Victoria. However, I’m back, better than ever, and am SUPER excited about what’s to come this year! I’ve got some wonderfully delicious recipes I’ve been working on over the winter and can’t wait to share them with you all! Dare I say “Y’all“? Oh, I dare!

To kick off the year, we are going to start with one of my favorite meals to make: Red Wine-Braised Chicken Legs with Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes!  Continue reading

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Simple Homemade Flour Tortillas

Flour tortillas have been on my mind a lot lately.  I’ve been in this breakfast burrito kick, making them every morning before I head into work.  Which got me thinking: “How hard could it be to make my own flour tortillas?”.  I mean, not only would it be fun to learn how to make them – I love making things with my hands – but I’m using them so frequently that it would probably be beneficial to my wallet as well. ($$ Bills!) Continue reading

Easy, Moist Banana Bread with Maple Syrup

Good Morning! Life is beautiful!

I’ve recently found myself with an overabundance of bananas that have started turning to the dark side.  (As you can probably tell from me featuring two banana recipes back-to-back.  Haha.  If you haven’t already checked it out, skip on over to last week’s recipe: Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins.) We just can’t seem to consume them fast enough.  And just when I thought we didn’t have enough, I was gifted a bunch from a work function.  SO. MANY. BANANAS.  But fret not, instead of throwing out these little fellas, I used this as an opportunity to turn that banana frown upside down and finally tackle the obstacle of creating a delectable, moist banana bread from scratch.  This week’s post is the result of doing some research and experimenting in the kitchen.  I present unto you, my version of easy, moist banana bread with maple syrup! Continue reading

Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins You’ll Melt Over!

Good morning and happy Labor Day weekend!  Please excuse the delay in posting, however I have a wonderful treat to make up for lost time: Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins!  It’s a sinfully delicious sort of muffin, with three different forms of chocolate: small chocolate chips, regular sized chocolate chips, and cocoa powder.  Combine that with some ripened bananas and it whips up a super tasty and hearty snack that you won’t be disappointed in!  Continue reading

Homemade Burger Buns from Scratch

I absolutely LOVE bread! Which is why showing you how to make Homemade Burger Buns from Scratch gets me all giddy inside!  It’s just that there are SO many varieties between the different shapes, textures, smells and tastes that it’s truly my Achilles heal.  I recently went into a bakery section of a Wegmans that opened near my apartment and I’m fairly certain I just stared at all of the loaves drooling for probably a solid 5 minutes like I was a kid in a candy shop.  Not going to lie.  It was fantastic!  I wonder if they’re hiring…. haha. But seriously… Continue reading

Fluffy Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

It’s Sunday morning and you’re trying to figure out what appetizing breakfast you want to feed the horde (aka the family).  As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and you want to start off the day for these little buggers with a pop of flavor!  But you also don’t want to have to spend a whole lot of effort and time.  Heard, loud and clear.  That’s why these fluffy lemon blueberry pancakes are amazing!  They are super quick to put together and don’t take long to cook.  Which is nice when you want to change gears. Continue reading

Spanish Tortilla Slice

Spanish Tortilla

Surprisingly, food is a big part of my life.  (I know, complete shocker, right?!) Technically, it’s a big part of everyone’s life, as we need substance to fuel our bodies.  However, I’m not just talking about a food for livelihood’s sake.  I’m talking about the more adventurous side of food.  The exploratory side, as it were.  Which is why living in Spain was such an amazing experience! 

Besides the culture and amazing sites, food was such a mind blowing experience when I lived there.  With jamón iberico, cochinillo (baby pig) and a variety of tapas that would make your mouth salivate so much it would make Pavlov proud, it’s not hard to understand how someone could grow a spirit of culinary curiosity.  That’s why I decided to tackle one recipe that I always loved ordering when I went out: Spanish Tortilla, also known as Tortilla Espanola! (Spanish accent required.) Continue reading