Blueberry Crumb Bars

When fresh blueberries first began arriving at our market this summer, I already knew where my first batch would go.  :) These blueberry crumb bars are an absolute favorite of mine.  (I can’t believe it has taken me this long to post on them!)  I actually made them for...

Summer Vegetable “Ribbon” Salad

  A few years ago, I made the decision to bid farewell to having cable in the casa.  And I have to say, I’ve never looked back!  Nearly any show I want to watch is now online, and if not (like “Mad Men”…tear…), I’ve made my peace with waiting...

Grilled Tilapia With Cherry Salsa

Talk about a delicious 15-minute meal! This grilled tilapia with a yummy cherry salsa could not have been easier…and tastier!  Since our heat index has been hanging in the triple digits all week, I actually took the easy route and just cooked the fish on the stove in my grill pan...

Colorful Summer Salsa

  Sometimes I make salsa based on a craving for a spicy kick.  Sometimes I just want to go fresh and light.  Sometimes I want sweet and fruity.  Sometimes roasted and caramelized. And sometimes….I just want some fresh color!!!  :) Yes, I admit my method for making this one...

giveaway: salsabol

giveaway: salsabol

‘Tis the season for homemade salsa!!!  Well, actually, I’m pretty much obsessed with chips and salsa year-round.  But with so many delicious, ripe tomatoes, peppers, and other fresh veggies in abundance, this is the perfect time to whip up a batch! So when Salsabol contacted me this month and...

Spiced Banana & Brown Sugar Ice Cream

Allow me to introduce you to a recipe celebrating all of the goodness of freshly-baked, perfectly-spiced, rich, flavorful, banana bread… …in an ice cream!!! I’m so not kidding.  This recipe will have you swooning.  :) I made it for the first time a few weeks ago, after stumbling upon...

Cherry Clafoutis

We have had some of the most amazing sales around here lately on bing cherries — which has been such a treat.  I love cherries!! Usually ours disappear from their little pint in the fridge before ever making it to a dessert recipe.  :)  But when I had a...

How To Make Sushi At Home

I’m pretty sure I could live on sushi.  Seriously.  Love-love-LOVE it!  :-) But as much as I enjoy hitting up our local sushi happy hours with friends, the sushi love is not always the easiest on the budget.  :S  So this year, I’ve made it my goal to learn...

Thai Basil Chicken (Gai Pad Krapow)

Every week that I’ve been at the market this summer and passed by the bunches of fresh, vivid, and wonderfully fragrant Thai basil…I crave this dish. YUM! Basil chicken has long been a favorite of mine.  (Which I must say is a little odd for me, since I’m not...

Red Sangria

Summertime = Sangriatime.  :-) So for a happy hour with some friends at my place last week, I decided to put some fresh fruit to use and make some yummy pitchers of sangria for everyone to enjoy on the deck!  Unfortunately, though, our crazy Midwest weather kicked the temperature...

mailbox monday: “stocking a spice cabinet”

mailbox monday: “stocking a spice cabinet”

Hey Ali! My name is Jessica and I just found your blog through Foodgawker.  I really love it! Whenever you have time, I wondered if you might answer a quick question.  I’m a total beginner when it comes to cooking, and still don’t have many spices in my pantry...

site updates!

site updates!

Hey hey!  We’ve made some fun new updates to the site (with more to come).  So if you have a few minutes, take a moment to look around!  :-) Here’s a quick summary of what’s new….