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Moroccan-Style Chicken Pie

This delightful chicken pie is a mix of sweet and savory, with a surprising blend of delicious spices which work together like magic. Perfect for anytime you’re in the mood for a Moroccan twist! ***Click here to enter this week’s cookbook giveaway!  Ends July 11 @ 11:59pm.*** A few...

blogiversary giveaway: cooks illustrated cookbook!

blogiversary giveaway: cooks illustrated cookbook!

***This giveaway is now closed.  Thanks for participating!*** Happy birthday to you…  Happy birthday to you… Happy birthday dear…….. G – G – G – Gimme Some OV-EN! Yeah!!!  It’s true — exactly one year ago, this little site was born.  And a year later, 180 posts later, countless...

Basil, Chicken and Orzo Soup

Any of my friends, family, or coworkers will tell you that I’m kind of a ridiculous fan of soup.  Love it.  Love ordering it at restaurants.  Love making it at home.  Love cozying up with a warm bowl in the cold of winter.  And alas…even on brutally hot summer...

Strawberry Mango Margaritas

A delicious summery twist on my beloved Margaritas. Perhaps the only way to improve the classic recipe – just add mango and strawberry! A summertime-approved crowd pleaser :) ‘Tis the season for enjoying yummy cold drinks on the deck — and all the better when made with fresh fruit!...

Chicken Marsala

Ok, I am now officially in love with my most recent cookbook purchase — The New Best Recipe from Cook’s Illustrated.  For anyone who’s followed this blog for awhile, this of course comes as no surprise.  :)  I’m a huge fan of Cooks Illustrated!!  But seriously – I’ve been...

Quick and Easy Stir-Fry

Over the years, I’ve had a number of friends approach me who are just getting into cooking, and are looking for a good recipe to begin with.  My recommendation to them (and anyone else looking for a quick meal) is always . . . stir-fry!!! Without a doubt, stir-frys...

Basil Lime Sorbet

A few weeks ago after our weekly Sunday evening “stairs workout” (I know – I can’t believe I do it!), a friend and I decided to reward ourselves by venturing over to our neighborhood’s new ice cream shop – Glace.  I’m sure we were quite the sight walking into...

sun tea in a jar

sun tea in a jar

Ok – this post is definitely not really a “recipe”.  But I’ve had so many people remark over the years on how I make sun tea, that I decided it might be worth sharing with the blogosphere!  :) As you’ve probably guessed by the photo, this is my alternate...

carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

For years, I have been on a quest for the perfect carrot cake recipe.  And I mean – the real deal. No healthy wheat flour or applesauce substitutes.  No pineapple.  No coconut.  And heaven forbid – no carrot substitutes.  Nope, I’ve been looking for the real deal — moist,...

pasta fresca

About the time I moved to Kansas City about five years ago, another new restaurant chain also happened to be moving in down the street – Noodles & Co!  I admit, I was initially a little skeptical of the idea of so many pasta dishes being stir-fried in a...

Dad’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

As far back as I can remember, my dad has been known amongst all of our family and friends for his famous specialty: chocolate chip cookies. As kids, my sister and I delighted in licking the beaters.  As teenagers, we always begged him to make a batch when friends...