Spinach, Feta & Pine Nut Pizza

This summer, I’ve had a ridiculously fun time experimenting with my, not one, but two fantastic new kitchen appliances!  The first, being my new ice-cream machine (which is currently being rewired after my puppy, Henry, decided the cord looked like a yummy afternoon snack last week!).  And the second...

Muffadoodles (Snickerdoodle Muffins)

I love snickerdoodles. I mean – really – what’s not to love about snickerdoodles?  They only have the coolest name ever.  And the coolest “look”.  And of course, that famous cinnamon-and-sugary goodness.  :)  Mmmm….. Thus, you can imagine my surprise and pleasure this week when I happened to stumble...

Watermelon Lemonade

One of my favorite, favorite memories about my time living with my Costa Rican host family years ago was waking up each morning to the sound of my host mom blending up freshly made refrescos. Basically she would puree whatever fruit was onhand that day – from mangoes, to...

Crustless Spinach Quiche

This morning I woke up early and had the random urge to make breakfast for my morning meetings at work.  (And not just any meetings…two back-to-back “creative planning” sessions.  Why oh why they are scheduled with a group of artists first thing in morning still eludes me…hmmm….)  Suffice it...

Garlic & Herb Tomatoes

You say, “Tomato”?  I say, “Tomatoes.” Yes, ’tis the season – I have zillions ready for harvest in my garden!  Needless to say, there’s been much creative tomato experimenting going on in the kitchen these past few weeks.  From whipping up various salsas, to tomato sauces, to soups, to...

Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa

There is something about cutting into a fresh, ripe, red watermelon that just screams “summer” to me.  Love it! So to celebrate the return of 90+ degree heat and a friend’s housewarming party, I decided to whip up another batch of this salsa that was a hit at our...

10-Minute Blackened Tilapia

Do you have a quick “go-to” dinner recipe?  A fallback for when you arrive home from work uber-exhausted, and just want to whip up something healthy and delicious in a snap??  Well any roommate of mine who’s heard the oil start sizzling in the skillet minutes after I walk...

Santa Fe Salad with Cilantro-Lime-Peanut Vinaigrette

Salads make me smile.  :)  Fresh salads, pasta salads, fruit salads, and even my grandma’s jello salad all hold a special place in my heart.  But I must confess — this has not always been so.  In fact, up until just about ten years ago, I was anti– salad! ...

Crunchy Granola

I’m a big believer in breakfast.  Not just the food — the entire experience.  :)  Love waking up to the the newness of another day, padding downstairs to prepare a healthy breakfast, and enjoying it while cozied up in my sunlight-filled dining room with a good book or the...

Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Apricots and White Chocolate

A few months ago, in an apparent moment of indifference about my forever-overflowing email inbox at work, I subscribed to Martha Stewart’s “Cookie-of-the-Day” email.  And sure enough, every day since I’ve received a lovely recipe and picture (the far more persuasive of the two for me!) of creative recipes...

5-Minute Rustic Fruit Galette

One of the things I clearly inherited from my mom is a love for making and enjoying homemade desserts.  All through childhood, I remember always looking forward to what fun surprise would follow dinner.  From more elaborate creations, to a quick batch of cookies or homemade shakes (my dad’s...

Zucchini Strand Linguine

As much as I enjoy the process of planning meals, and the anticipation that comes from researching a great recipe, shopping for the ingredients, and on and on….I absolutely LOVE spontaneity in the kitchen!!  It always seems like such an accomplishment to dig throughout the cupboards and find the...