Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving Eve, everyone! After nearly 24 straight hours of traveling on Monday (whew!), I’m happy to say that I’m back home sweet home here in Kansas City, where I’ve been soaking up lots of jet-lag naps and puppy snuggles and chips and salsa and time with this handsome guy...

12 Ways To Rock Your Crock-Pot This Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Week, everyone! Are you all ready for the big day on Thursday??  Ha, to be honest, I have no idea yet what’s happening with my family and what’s on the menu for Thanksgiving this year.  As this post goes live, I’ll be flying high somewhere over the ocean...

Perfect Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Learn how to make perfectly roasted Brussels sprouts with this classic recipe.  They’re quick and easy to make, and always so delicious! Raise your hand if you love roasted Brussels sprouts!!! 🙋 🙋 🙋 I think it’s safe to say that these cute little sprouts may be the most-cooked vegetable in my...

Slow Cooker Curried Lentil Soup

This Slow Cooker Curried Lentil Soup recipe is quick and easy to prep, made with feel-good ingredients, and full of the best curried flavors! Last Monday was a lentil soup kind of Monday. It was rainy and gray and chilly here in Kansas City, I was bustling around all...

Creamy Ham and Potato Soup

Who’s feeling ready for some cozy, creamy, comfort food this week? I’ve got you covered. 😉 Seriously, this delicious recipe is everything I love in a warm soup during the wintertime.  It’s nice and rich and creamy (using only milk, no heavy cream).  It’s chock-full of veggies and garlic and lots...

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

Hey, friends!  As this post goes live today, I will be flying high somewhere above the Pacific Ocean, en route to go visit two of my dearest friends who recently moved to South Korea.  And oh my goodness, I could not be more excited about this trip!  ♥ First...

Easy Peruvian Shrimp

Do you ever find yourself getting in flavor ruts? For the past few years, I feel like 90% of the stuff I’ve cooked at home tends to fall in the Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, American, Vietnamese or Thai sort of categories.  And while those are all my faves and are so dang delicious, I’ve...

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Ok, I’m about seventeen years late to the party.  But guys, I just started watching Gilmore Girls, and I think I finally understand why everyone is freaking out about the new episodes that are about to be released. It is such a delightful show!!! I seriously don’t know how I missed out on it...

Chicken with Pumpkin Seed Sauce

When was the last time you dug deep into the archives of your Facebook photos? Like, went all the way back to the start? Well sure enough, an old photo randomly popped up on my homepage the other day that piqued my interest.  And nearly an hour later, I realized I had fallen...

Garlic Lovers Salmon In Foil (Baked Or Grilled)

I’ve mentioned on here before that learning to cook as a visiting chef in Barclay’s kitchen has always been– oh, shall we say — a bit of an adventure. There are always multiple reasons for this.  But probably the primary difference between his kitchen and mine is that his oven...

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

This Slow Cooker Beef Ragu recipe is easy to prep and simmered in the most delicious tomato sauce.  Serve it over pasta, polenta, or whatever sounds good.  ♥ Whew, October, you have been quite the ride so far. I’ve had a somewhat steady month — well, minus finding a note on...

The BEST Beef Jerky

Do you remember what was on your Christmas list back in 1998? Back then, I’m pretty sure that all of my girlfriends were asking for Abercrombie jeans, or the first-ever Harry Potter book, or the VHS of Titanic, or the latest Jewel or Matchbox 20 or Destiny’s Child or Spice Girls...