Bruschetta Baked Shrimp

When I started dating Barclay, one of the very first things I learned from him was a Very Important Tradition that he and his roommate observe every weekend: Issue-Free Sunday. Or IFS, for short.  ;) The point of IFS is pretty simple.  Sundays are for relaxing, having fun, re-charging, hanging out...

Tortellini Minestrone

Every year I look forward to this moment when two of my favorite seasons — the end of summer vegetable season + the beginning of autumn soup season — deliciously collide.  That means it’s time for all of my favorite veggie soups! And of course, minestrone is a must.  ♥ This soup...

10-Minute Gazpacho

What’s a girl to do in the middle of August with a broken air conditioner, an abundance of fresh tomatoes and veggies hangin’ out in the fridge, a quick break in the middle of the day, and a craving for something wonderfully savory? Why, make gazpacho!  (Obvs.) For some...

How To Properly Salt Your Pasta Water

Hey guys!  Thought I’d take the day off from sharing a recipe to instead share a Very Important Tip for all of you pasta lovers out there.  This topic happens to be a little culinary soap box of mine, and one that I realize we’ve never directly discussed here on...

Zesty Lentil Spinach Salad

Honeys, I’m home!  💛 After spending two unbelievably beautiful weeks in France, Barclay and I packed up our bags and made our way back across the ocean to Kansas City on Wednesday night.  And I’ve been busy sleeping off the jet lag, catching up with friends and family, re-stocking my fridge, doing laundry,...

Toasted Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Basil and Parmesan

So, do you fall in the pro-mushrooms or anti-mushrooms camp? In my experience entertaining and cooking for people for years, most people tend to passionately fall in one camp or the other.  Which means that I rarely find myself cooking mushrooms when people are coming over, just to be...

Slow Cooker Crispy Chicken Carnitas

Carnitas?  Made with chicken?? Yep, they’re a thing.  And a few weeks ago, I decided to make them my new thing. To be sure, carnitas are traditionally made with pork, which I’ve enjoyed cooking for years and years with my little “shortcut” method by simmering pork in the crock pot and then...

Feel-Good Pineapple Smoothie

You would think that after 7 years of food blogging, I’d have this naming-my-recipes-thing down.  But once again, you loyal Facebook friends out there reminded me that asking for input is always a good thing.  ;) I was an inch away from calling this an Anti-Inflammatory Pineapple Smoothie, since some of the...