Spaghetti Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino (Spaghetti With Garlic, Olive Oil & Chili Peppers)

Growing up, I remember eating pasta…a lot.  But while the rest of the family would always enjoy the amazing array of sauces my mom made, my request was always “plain, please!”  On rare occasions, I might branch out and sprinkle a bit of Parmesan on top, but otherwise, sans...

“Medley” Muffins

Do you know the muffin man, the muffin man, the muffin man?  Actually, I do!  His name is Steve.  :) He happens to be my good friend, a brilliant physical therapy professor, and the baker of his famous “medley” muffins. It’s true.  Every now and then, Steve posts on...

Sweet Pea & Ricotta Crostini

It’s spring!  It’s spring!  It’s spring!!!!!!! Oh my word, after what seemed like the longest, grayest, snowy-est winter in history, spring has finally arrived!  Oddly in Kansas City, we had 9″ of snow decide to fall on the official first day of the new season.  (I know…ser-i-ous-ly.)  But as...

Creamy Roasted Asparagus Soup

Wow – asparagus seems to be everywhere right now! And since those beautiful, bright green stalks are apparently irresistible to me at the store (especially when they’re on sale!), we’ve been enjoying lots of asparagus lately in my kitchen. Roasted, blanched, in pesto, in gnocchi, you name it…we’ve enjoyed...

Bailey’s Chocolate Cheesecake

In honor of St. Patty’s Day next week, I’m stoked to introduce…..my favorite cheesecake!!! Oh yes.  This Bailey’s chocolate goodness has long been the go-to cheesecake recipe in my kitchen, partly because it’s (truly) so simple and foolproof to make, and partly because it’s…um…AMAZING!  By now, I think nearly...

Berry & Ricotta Danishes

For one morning — one splendid morning — I felt like a pastry chef.  :-) But I admit, thanks to the brilliance of puff pastry, this recipe was actually ridiculously simple.  The most time-consuming part was just cutting out the little frames of the pastry dough.  But other than...

Breakfast Israeli Couscous (With Apricots, Almonds & Coconut)

I love the morning.  Love the light.  Love watching my puppy yawn and greet the day.  Love that sense of newness and hope that seems to come with the morning.  And of course, love breakfast. But that said, I also love the snooze button on my alarm.  :)  More...

Easy Apple Tart

I tend to think that a meal’s not a meal without dessert.  :) But often, after already spending time in the kitchen making dinner, the last thing I want to do is spend a ton more time on another course.  So I’m always stoked to find a new desserts...

Red Hot Jello

This post goes out to my friend, Andrew, who I have to thank for reuniting me this year with one of my blast-from-the-past childhood favorites — hello, red hot jello!!! For those of you who’ve never heard of this fabulousness, the name perfectly describes it — a marriage between...

Gnocchi With Shrimp, Asparagus & Pesto

I’m all for 30-minute meals.  But I’m an even bigger fan of 15-minute meals!!  :) So yes, allow me to introduce you to a new favorite main dish that came about today somewhat randomly.  I have been trying to clean out the freezer this week, and wanted to use...

Roasted Chickpeas

As much as I love meals, I love to snack.  It’s my weakness.  My joy.  My distraction from staring at a computer for hours on end in a cubicle. I know…terrible. But hey — moderation and nutrition are wonderful things.  :)  So to satisfy the “crunch” cravings, I’ve recently...

Easy Sticky Buns

To kick of a morning of meetings on Mardi Gras, I decided to bake up these delicious sticky buns for my coworkers!  YUM! I have actually had a lovely surplus of puff pastry sitting in my freezer this month, after stocking up from a $0.99 sale at Aldi (wahoo!). ...