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...

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

WOW – fall is flying by!  Now that we’ve about reached the halfway point for our fall season at work, it was time this weekend for our quarterly social.  And since Yours Truly was in charge this time, we of course had ourselves a delightful little potluck – yeah!! ...

Classic Pumpkin Bread

Classic Pumpkin Bread

Now that my pantry is happily restocked with pumpkin (after weeks of empty store shelves because of this year’s shortage), it was finally time to make my first batch of pumpkin bread for the season!  Suffice it to say, I’m obsessed with the stuff.  Love baking it.  Love gifting...

Pop-Up Muffins (German Pancakes)

Apparently I have Germany on the mind this month.  I’m listening to a book on tape during my commute (trying to break my cell-phone-while-driving habit!) about German history.  And reading a fictional book with German characters.  And of course…listening to Heidi Klum bid her famous “Auf Wiedersehen” to an...

Baked Panko-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Honey-BBQ Dipping Sauce

Baked Panko-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Honey-BBQ Dipping Sauce

There are breadcrumbs… And then there are Panko.  :) Mmmm…how I love these fabulously crispy and light Japanese breadcrumbs.  I honestly don’t know how Americans missed out on them for so long.  They do wonders with adding great crunch and texture…especially to baked foods! So this week decided to...

English Toffee Bars

Wow, this has been a week.  In addition to a number of other things going on, this has been one of our busiest weeks of the year at work preparing to kick off our annual leadership institute tomorrow.  I absolutely love this event, and the wonderful people and energy...

Favorite Party Mix

Temperatures finally dipped into the low 40’s this week, complete with strong winds to bring in the cold front.  So to celebrate?  (Get ready….) I. Went. Camping. Yes, believe it.  For the third time in my 26-years, I willingly chose to spend two nights with the bugs, spiders, snakes,...