Oven-Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

Oven-Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

It’s the rare occasion when I crave fries.  Granted, I will enjoy them whenever they are served with a meal, but usually they’re just “ok”. However…sweet potato fries are a totally different story. Oh my goodness.  I’ll take a sweet + salty + savory combination anyday.  But when you...

West African Peanut Soup

West African Peanut Soup

Last night my friend, David, hosted his first-annual “Tastes of the World” party.  Basically, it was a dream event for foodies!  A week beforehand, all of the guests drew a continent and a course (appetizer, main dish, dessert, etc.) from a hat, and then researched a corresponding recipe to...

44-Clove Garlic (and Chicken) Soup

44-Clove Garlic (and Chicken) Soup

As many of you know, I happen to have a small obsession with roasted garlic.  And soups.  But strangely enough, it wasn’t until this year that I finally decided to try the infamous “44-Clove Garlic Soup” that has made its way around the blogosphere. Now I have absolutely no...

Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

If there were to be a prize awarded to the most-made (and arguably most-enjoyed!) side dish in my kitchen, roasted asparagus would undoubtedly take the cake!  Or, um…be the winner.  :)  For years and years, this classic yet super-versatile dish has been the perfect accompaniment to a wide array...

mailbox monday: which cooking oils to use?

mailbox monday: which cooking oils to use?

Dear Ali, Have you ever done an explanation on your site about the differences between cooking oils?  I always tend to default to using olive oil, but I’ve heard it’s not always the best to use since it has a lower smoke point.  But I’m really don’t know much...

Bailey’s Dark Chocolate Pudding

Bailey’s Dark Chocolate Pudding

Anyone out there love Bailey’s?  Love dark chocolate?  Love 15-minute recipes?  Love being able to make a classy dessert advance that will “wow” your friends and family? If so, you must give this pudding recipe a try! I was randomly craving pudding this month.  So after a raid through...

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Who can resist red velvet?!? Ha – apparently, my friends and I cannot.  :)  I ended up making two batches of red velvet cupcakes to take to a handful of events with friends this weekend, and they were a definite hit!  People’s eyes always seem to light up whenever...

Classic Chili (Chili Con Carne)

For years, I have searched everywhere for a stellar chili recipe.  Living in the Midwest, where chili cook-offs are just about everywhere you turn, you would have thought this would be a simple task.  But somehow every recipe I’ve tried has either been a little too spicy, too sweet,...

Oreo Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes

Oreo Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes

“Milk’s Favorite Cookie” is now….cheesecake’s favorite cookie!!! Oh my word.  As soon as I saw the recipe for these adorable mini cheesecakes in Martha Stewart’s “Cupcakes” cookbook, I knew I had to try them!  Along with the rest of the world, I love just about anything “cookies and cream.” ...

Tabbouleh Soup

Tabbouleh Soup

For any of you out there who love tabbouleh, allow me to introduce you to tabbouleh soup!!! As you might have guessed, this meal was inspired (actually, came from the leftovers!) of this yummy tabbouleh recipe I posted last week.  After enjoying the salad for lunch, I had a...

(Healthy) Fish Tacos & Mandarin Orange Salsa

(Healthy) Fish Tacos & Mandarin Orange Salsa

This week I have been craving fish tacos.  Actually, I have been craving the return of summer, and warmth, and salads, and all of that fabulous fresh summer produce.  But while it’s January and still freezing in the Midwest, I had to settle for fish tacos.  :) Ever since...

Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread

Ok, I know I just did a post about making 2011 a healthy new year.   But hey…traditions are traditions.  :)  And this is one of my all-time favorites!  So allow me to present to you…the famous….monkey bread!!! I admit that I only allow myself to make this utter deliciousness...