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...

Kale Chips

A few mornings ago, my next-door neighbor surprised me by bringing over a huge basket of fresh kale – YUM!  Such a wonderful way to begin the day!! I’ve been craving kale chips this month, so was anxious to pop them in the oven and make a quick batch. ...

Hawaiian Pita Pizzas

It seems like everyone I know is always looking for new dinner ideas that are two things: quick and easy!!!  (And all the better if they’re healthy and delicious too!)  So when I found myself on the run this week, making a quick Hawaiian pita pizza during a brief...

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

Ok – I’ve found a new favorite ingredient at the store.  They’ve probably existed for years, and I somehow missed them.  But hey — they’re new to me.  :)  I’m talking about…. Mini-pepperonis!!!! Have you seen these?!  Oh my goodness — they’re too cute for words.  I actually forgot...