Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins

I’m quite proud of myself.  :)  Usually whenever I bring home a batch of fresh raspberries or blackberries, they seem to “disappear” before making it to any cooking or baking recipes I had planned. But…mwahaha…self-discipline somehow prevailed this week, and my precious little carton of raspberries lasted long enough...

Pasta with Artichokes, Tomatoes and Feta

My cherry tomato plants are the rockstars of my garden this year. It’s true.  They were my first plants to produce a harvest, and (even despite not being watered quite as much as they would have liked) continued to produce a few zillion tomatoes all summer long.  But the...

Jam Pockets

With the return of cooler weather in the Midwest, I’ve been happy to return to my cozy ritual of brewing up a steaming cup of hot tea each day.  Mmmm…absolutely love it.  (And my overflowing drawer of various teas will prove it!) So to go along with, I was...

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup with Lemon and Ginger

Finally!!  My first soup post on the blog!  It’s incredibly ironic that I hadn’t yet posted a recipe for this category, because (and any roommate I’ve ever had will confirm this) I’m a huge fan of soup!!  Hot soups, cold soups, stews, broths – you name it, you can...

Ginger Lime Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin has long been one of my favorite easy go-to dinner meals.  It’s convenient, affordable, and with the help of some simple seasonings and/or a marinade, can be incredibly flavorful and elegant! The key to locking in all of those flavors and wonderful juices, however, is all in...

Pluot (Plumcot) and Blueberry Crisp

There’s a new arrival in the produce department at my neighborhood grocery store this year.  Welcome….pluots!!! Also called “plumcots”, these cute little guys are a hybrid between (you guessed it) plums and apricots.  And they are absolutely delicious!!  The batch I picked up this week definitely more resembled plums,...

How To Make Pesto

Learn how to make pesto with this classic fresh basil pesto recipe.  It’s easy to make in the blender or food processor with just 5 main ingredients, and so fresh and delicious. In honor of the fresh crop of vibrant basil plants adorning our balcony this spring, I decided this felt like...

Presto Pesto Panini (with Prosciutto, Provolone & Peppers)

So apparently my love for alliteration translates to food as well.  :) This is one of my favorite quick lunches to make.  Granted, I’ve never been a big “sandwich” person.  (May have been the only kid who grew up not crazy about PB&Js!)  But I have been known to...

How To Roast a Head of Garlic

Somehow I got in a conversation with some friends the other day about roasted garlic, and was intrigued to find out that many people have still never tried making this camelized deliciousness!  So alas, I felt compelled to present a quick “how to” on the simple technique. Being that...

Parmesan Popcorn

Hallelujah!  After months of waiting while the networks drug their feet, trying to decide who would host this next season, Project Runway FINALLY debuted last night!!  And after a 12-hour day at work, I was more than ready to kick up my feet and settle in for some fashion...

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...