The Best Way to Cut an Avocado

Do you have an OBSESSION with avocado like I do? Ever since I was pregnant it has definitely been one of my favorite foods! Not only because it's delicious but because of the numerous health benefits it offers. Avocados are rich in vitamin A, B, C, E ...more

What to Do When Herbs Take Over Your Garden

So, I have to tell you all about my new favorite kitchen accessory. It was a gift from my soon-to-be mother-in-law. These Ball jar freezer cubes are ahhh-amazing!!!  ...more

A Child's Look at the White House Kids' State Dinner

Grillin' Out Veggie-Style Black Bean Burger.  "What! You Don't Like Tofu?" Stirfry.  Barack-oli and Mich-room Obama-lette.  These are just three of the 54 recipes that made it into the 2014 Kids' State Dinner at the White House on July ...more

The Secret to Crispy Sweet Potato Fries!

Sometimes I like to mix it up a bit and go for sweet potato fries instead of its less colorful cousin. The problem, though, is that they generally don’t get all that crispy. They just kind of lay there.  ...more

Homemade Chocolate Chip Ice Cream in 15 Minutes

This ice cream is a cinch. An absolutely cinch. No cooking, no cooling, no churning, no icy lumps. It’s in the freezer within 15 minutes and ready to eat just two hours later. It’s incredibly soft and creamy while being rich and decadent from the ...more

8 Great Snacks to Serve Poolside This Summer

Most community pools have a snack bar, but rather than resorting to buying endless microwaved hot dogs and candy bars for your kids this summer, how about packing some delicious homemade snacks to keep them fueled between games of Marco Polo and Sharks and Minnows? Here are eight ideas for snacks—both savory and sweet—that will make a big splash when the lifeguard clears the pool for adult swim. Savory Snacks Ham and Dill Pickle Bites ...more

Grilled Vegetable Gyros

I'm always in favor of Greek food, and through the years I've certainly gobbled down plenty of gyros made with meat. ...more
Greetings All!! I am of Greek heritage (big time) go to "Cheffie Cooks" and become a member of ...more

A Child's Perspective on the 2014 White House Kids' State Dinner

Grillin' Out Veggie-Style Black Bean Burger.  "What! You Don't Like Tofu?" Stirfry.  Barack-oli and Mich-room Obama-lette.  These are just three of the 54 recipes that made it into the 2014 Kids' State Dinner at the White House on July 18, 2014. ...more
Melissa Ford Bronwyn Joy Please tell me you'll put that into a separate blogpost!! I'd love to ...more

Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

These soft & chewy oatmeal raisin cookies are just like how grandma used to make them. Nothing fancy or complicated, just pure homemade goodness. There are two types of people in this world ....more

Mini Gouda-Stuffed Meatballs in Marinara Sauce + Friesland

Friesland! What a place.I spent three days exploring the splendor of this Northern region of The Netherlands and it has been a fantastic experience.As you may remember, I stayed at my sister’s m...more

thursday thoughts

My favorite thing about camping might be the food, although that isn’t shocking. Everything seems to taste better cooked over a campfire. I’ve read a few books recently by Jonathan Tropper ....more

Watermelon Raspberry Slushies

I don’t know what it is about watermelon that I love so much, but every summer I eat my weight in...more

Bonnie Butterscotch Cake, 1952 – The Vintage Cake Corner

From 10 Cakes Husbands Like Best, 1952 «...more

Oven-Roasted Salmon

I often think about my young readers and wonder what kind of recipes they need. ...more

Glamping

Last weekend we ventured out to Colorado to go camping. But in a cabin. So, more like glamping [glamorous camping -- and OMG I literally just sang Fergie's song to remember how to spell glamorous] ....more

Puesto La Jolla

The original location for Puesto recently got a makeover. The fast casual taco joint now serves a full bar and dinner menu, having expanded into the space next door. (During the day it’s still a fast casual taco spot, but at night both the original space and lounge next door serve a full service dinner) ....more

Honey Lime Sriracha Chicken

We grill out a lot in the summer so I am always thinking of new marinades. I've been on a Sriracha kick lately, so I decided to marinate our chicken in a mixture of honey, lime and Sriracha. We let the chicken hang out all day in the marinade and soak up as much flavor as possible ....more

Gluten-Free Chesapeake Cheddar Bay Biscuits

All the buttery richness of a biscuit made gluten-free with Pamela’s Products Biscuit & Scone Mix. Prepare yourself for a Gluten-Free Chesapeake Cheddar Bay Biscuit addiction....more