Jam Pockets

With the return of cooler weather in the Midwest, I’ve been happy to return to my cozy ritual of brewing up a steaming cup of hot tea each day.  Mmmm…absolutely love it.  (And my overflowing drawer of various teas will prove it!) So to go along with, I was...

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup with Lemon and Ginger

Finally!!  My first soup post on the blog!  It’s incredibly ironic that I hadn’t yet posted a recipe for this category, because (and any roommate I’ve ever had will confirm this) I’m a huge fan of soup!!  Hot soups, cold soups, stews, broths – you name it, you can...

Ginger Lime Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin has long been one of my favorite easy go-to dinner meals.  It’s convenient, affordable, and with the help of some simple seasonings and/or a marinade, can be incredibly flavorful and elegant! The key to locking in all of those flavors and wonderful juices, however, is all in...

Pluot (Plumcot) and Blueberry Crisp

There’s a new arrival in the produce department at my neighborhood grocery store this year.  Welcome….pluots!!! Also called “plumcots”, these cute little guys are a hybrid between (you guessed it) plums and apricots.  And they are absolutely delicious!!  The batch I picked up this week definitely more resembled plums,...

How To Make Pesto

I realized the other day that it’s been awhile since I’ve made a basic, classic pesto.  Most of the time I love experimenting with random ingredients, and enjoy seeing what creative deliciousness can result.  But with a (still!) overflowing basil plant, and a jar of pine nuts in the...

Presto Pesto Panini (with Prosciutto, Provolone & Peppers)

So apparently my love for alliteration translates to food as well.  :) This is one of my favorite quick lunches to make.  Granted, I’ve never been a big “sandwich” person.  (May have been the only kid who grew up not crazy about PB&Js!)  But I have been known to...

How To Roast a Head of Garlic

Somehow I got in a conversation with some friends the other day about roasted garlic, and was intrigued to find out that many people have still never tried making this camelized deliciousness!  So alas, I felt compelled to present a quick “how to” on the simple technique. Being that...

Parmesan Popcorn

Hallelujah!  After months of waiting while the networks drug their feet, trying to decide who would host this next season, Project Runway FINALLY debuted last night!!  And after a 12-hour day at work, I was more than ready to kick up my feet and settle in for some fashion...

Spinach, Feta & Pine Nut Pizza

This summer, I’ve had a ridiculously fun time experimenting with my, not one, but two fantastic new kitchen appliances!  The first, being my new ice-cream machine (which is currently being rewired after my puppy, Henry, decided the cord looked like a yummy afternoon snack last week!).  And the second...

Muffadoodles (Snickerdoodle Muffins)

I love snickerdoodles. I mean – really – what’s not to love about snickerdoodles?  They only have the coolest name ever.  And the coolest “look”.  And of course, that famous cinnamon-and-sugary goodness.  :)  Mmmm….. Thus, you can imagine my surprise and pleasure this week when I happened to stumble...

Watermelon Lemonade

One of my favorite, favorite memories about my time living with my Costa Rican host family years ago was waking up each morning to the sound of my host mom blending up freshly made refrescos. Basically she would puree whatever fruit was onhand that day – from mangoes, to...

Crustless Spinach Quiche

This morning I woke up early and had the random urge to make breakfast for my morning meetings at work.  (And not just any meetings…two back-to-back “creative planning” sessions.  Why oh why they are scheduled with a group of artists first thing in morning still eludes me…hmmm….)  Suffice it...