Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

I may not be a huge fan of Christmas music in November.  Or Christmas merchandise hitting stores in October (ughhh).  But there is one holiday tradition whose early arrival I always look forward to — peppermint mocha season!!!  :) I know, I know that coffee shops can mix these...

Tilapia With Cilantro-Lemon Butter

Tilapia With Cilantro-Lemon Butter

“Looks like we made it….  Look how far we’ve come now baby…!” Ok, I’m actually not a big country music fan, but wahoo!!!  Made it through seven days in a row of yummy, affordable recipes on the blog for Cheap Eats Week!  And have had a delightful, and delicious...

White Bean & Ham Soup

White Bean & Ham Soup

After a few glorious weeks of sunny and surprisingly warm fall weather, the temperature in Kansas City finally dropped today, making it feel much more like the chilly November we know!  While I seem to be becoming less and less a fan of cold weather (am anti-being-cold!), I absolutely...

Cocoa and Chili Rubbed Pork Chops

Cocoa and Chili Rubbed Pork Chops

I don’t know about other grocery stores across the country, but I feel like ours in Kansas City are always running sales on pork!  While it’s not something I’d say I usually crave, I definitely enjoy “the other white meat” every now and then.  (I owe this to being...

Roasted Veggie Wrap

Roasted Veggie Wrap

I have three words for you today.  Read very, very carefully.  You won’t want to miss them. Smoked.  Swiss.  Cheese. Oh my goodness!!!  Up until this week, I had no idea of the deliciousness they represent.  I’ve long been a fan of smokey cheeses, but somehow had never had...

Lemon, Garlic & Thyme Drumsticks

Lemon, Garlic & Thyme Drumsticks

For our second day of Cheap Eats Week, thought that it was time to feature a sadly under-appreciated member of the meat department — chicken drumsticks! These have long been a favorite of mine — not only because they are a fun finger food and have all of that...

Pomegranate Salad With Honey-Cider Vinaigrette

Pomegranate Salad With Honey-Cider Vinaigrette

Ok, so I wasn’t really planning to add this impromptu little salad to the blog.  (And thus, my apologies for the lack of prep photos.)  But holy cow — it was too delicious not to share! So allow me to introduce to you my new favorite autumn salad.  It’s...

Chipotle Chicken Cups

Chipotle Chicken Cups

As much as I love creativity in the kitchen, and have no fear about testing out brand new recipes on a crowd (for better and worse!), there are days where I’m all about going with something tried and true.  :)  And when I found myself in need of a...

Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

This recipe is quite simple, but yielded some wonderfully flavorful and moist little cupcakes. They are a little more dense than your average cupcake - almost closer to pumpkin bread - but absolutely fantastic.

Butternut Squash and Crab Bisque

Butternut Squash and Crab Bisque

I still remember being introduced to this amazing soup a few years ago, and I had my first taste of the brilliant sweet butternut squash and salty crab combination. It's without a doubt my kind of comfort food. Absolutely delicious!

Wasabi Smashed Potatoes

Wasabi Smashed Potatoes

What can you buy with $0.88 nowadays?  A candy bar?  An apple?  A can of beans?? Well, at my grocery store last week, that small handful of change could buy you a 5 lb. bag of Russet potatoes!!  True story.  While I generally try to steer towards slightly more...

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

Yes, you read correctly.  Three favorite words, all combined into one fabulous dessert.  :) I made my first batch of these this weekend to bring along to a “Tribute To Beers From Around The World” party, hosted by two friends who know more about the subject than just about...