Garlic & Herb Tomatoes

You say, “Tomato”?  I say, “Tomatoes.” Yes, ’tis the season – I have zillions ready for harvest in my garden!  Needless to say, there’s been much creative tomato experimenting going on in the kitchen these past few weeks.  From whipping up various salsas, to tomato sauces, to soups, to...

Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa

There is something about cutting into a fresh, ripe, red watermelon that just screams “summer” to me.  Love it! So to celebrate the return of 90+ degree heat and a friend’s housewarming party, I decided to whip up another batch of this salsa that was a hit at our...

10-Minute Blackened Tilapia

Do you have a quick “go-to” dinner recipe?  A fallback for when you arrive home from work uber-exhausted, and just want to whip up something healthy and delicious in a snap??  Well any roommate of mine who’s heard the oil start sizzling in the skillet minutes after I walk...

Santa Fe Salad with Cilantro-Lime-Peanut Vinaigrette

Santa Fe Salad with Cilantro-Lime-Peanut Vinaigrette

Salads make me smile.  :)  Fresh salads, pasta salads, fruit salads, and even my grandma’s jello salad all hold a special place in my heart.  But I must confess — this has not always been so.  In fact, up until just about ten years ago, I was anti– salad! ...

Crunchy Granola

Crunchy Granola

I’m a big believer in breakfast.  Not just the food — the entire experience.  :)  Love waking up to the the newness of another day, padding downstairs to prepare a healthy breakfast, and enjoying it while cozied up in my sunlight-filled dining room with a good book or the...

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....