Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Apricots and White Chocolate

Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Apricots and White Chocolate

A few months ago, in an apparent moment of indifference about my forever-overflowing email inbox at work, I subscribed to Martha Stewart’s “Cookie-of-the-Day” email.  And sure enough, every day since I’ve received a lovely recipe and picture (the far more persuasive of the two for me!) of creative recipes...

5-Minute Rustic Fruit Galette

One of the things I clearly inherited from my mom is a love for making and enjoying homemade desserts.  All through childhood, I remember always looking forward to what fun surprise would follow dinner.  From more elaborate creations, to a quick batch of cookies or homemade shakes (my dad’s...

Zucchini Strand Linguine

As much as I enjoy the process of planning meals, and the anticipation that comes from researching a great recipe, shopping for the ingredients, and on and on….I absolutely LOVE spontaneity in the kitchen!!  It always seems like such an accomplishment to dig throughout the cupboards and find the...

Classic Banana Muffins

When I pay my visit to our local farmers’ market every Saturday morning, I always feel compelled to swing by the outdoor grocery nextdoor to pickup a basket of bananas. And why bananas, you might ask? Because for some fantastic reason, they sell 3 lbs. for $1. Who can...

Peppermint Ice Cream

This is hands-down my new favorite dessert of the summer! Have been a big fan of peppermint ice cream since I was a kiddo (and was privileged to grow up with a Braum’s nearby, who arguably makes the best peppermint ice cream ever!). But since leaving home, I only...

Sesame Strawberry Salad

There are so many smells I love in the kitchen — homemade bread, freshly cut pineapple, any sort of roasting garlic — mmm, the list goes on and on…  But if I were ever forced to pick an absolute favorite, there would be no contest.  My answer would be...

Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Every time I return home to Wichita to visit my folks, it’s a “must” that we pay our traditional visit to Saigon, one of my favorite hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurants downtown. Within about 2.2 seconds of placing our order, they always whisk out my favorite appetizer – fresh spring rolls....

Feta Avocado Salsa & Pita Chips

You know those people who always go to a restaurant and order next to nothing, just so that they can fill up almost completely on chips (or bread) and dip???  Yep, pretty sure I’m one of them.  (Although I make it a point to always thank the waiter/waitress with...

Blueberry Zucchini Bread

Blueberry Zucchini Bread

Somehow I’ve returned home from the farmers’ market every week this summer with a truckload of zucchini. And after weeks of stir-frying, grilling, sauteeing, and roasting them up into all sorts of yummy creations, realized I hadn’t yet made any zuch bread this summer! So I decided to try...

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