The Cult of Organics: Is It Worth It?

At a playdate with a group of mothers, I once horrified an impossibly hip, young mom by telling her I refused to eat organic food because it was too expensive and that I felt I wouldn't be buying a better product. The look of shock on her face made ...more

Easy, Elegant Appetizer: Caprese Stacks With Prosciutto

Recently, my husband and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary. We dined out one evening while we were recently in Florida and my husband asked the chef to create a new appetizer by adding some pan-seared prosciutto to a tomato mozzarella salad ...more

3 Easy Cookie Recipes to Make With Kids

I don’t often need an excuse to bake. I love the smell of cookies or bread baking in the oven. It seems to draw everyone in the house to the kitchen island and away from their phones, computers and electronic pad thingies. I grab a mug of milk for ...more

New Study: The Anxious Vegetarian

Another day, another study, this time finding that while all other studies have found the contrary, the Medical University of Graz in Austria found that vegetarians had more health problems than meat eaters.  According to CBS's coverage, ...more

How to Make Gluten-Free Pizza Dough

It’s the go-to party food, the something-went-wrong-with-dinner salvation meal and one of the most requested gluten-free recipes of all time.While there are gluten-free frozen pizzas, premade crusts and box mixes on the market, I’m all for ...more

Being a Food Blogger Gave Me the Attention Span of a Pea

A rather bold statement I’ll admit, but being a food blogger has completely turned my attention span to mush. Don’t get me wrong. I love blogging and all that encompasses it. The freedom and creativity that blogging allows me in my life is second to none. I’ve met wonderful people, I get to make my own schedule, I have worked with fabulous brands in the food industry and have even published my own cookbook; all of which wouldn’t have been possible without having my food blog. However, when I recently started to feel overwhelmed, I took an attention span test and got a 30 out of 100; which means that I basically have the attention span of a pea. I bet if I took this test before I became a food blogger, I would have more than likely scored in the upper 75% percentile. Is this what technology has caused in our society? By being "ON" 24/7? ...more
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A Fun Drink for Kids: Pink Lemonade Slushie

My kids are always wanting something "fun" to drink so I whipped up these no-brainers on Saturday night.  ...more

Better Than Takeout: Homemade Chicken Pad Thai

I love chicken pad Thai and have wanted to make it at home for a few years now. Sadly, when I've found a recipe for it, there are usually about 30 ingredients, most of which I can't pronounce. And I would get scared and chicken out. So when I found this easy recipe, I decided to go for it! I will be honest here and tell you that I really wasn't expecting anything great. ...more
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Mediterranean Pasta Skillet

From time to time, you may have heard me complain about my fussy eater, and the whining that takes place around the dinner table. Yes, there is whining nearly every night, but meal time is still my favorite time of the day. There are no phones, no TV, and even though it may be hard to get a word in, I love listening to everyone talk about their days ....more

Copycat Quaker Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

If you've been trying to find the perfect granola bar recipe for your whole life, if you've been dreaming of a fat chewy, chocolatey bar from heaven, you can finally lay your weary head to rest. This is the answer to your prayers. Read more » @ ...more

New Rold Gold Pretzel Thins Giveaway and Cheesy Pretzel Dip

National Pretzel Day is almost here (April 26th)! What better way to celebrate than with ROLD GOLD’s new Pretzel Thins? I have always loved pretzels, especially ROLD GOLD Pretzels! ...more

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Pea and mint soup

Finish Each Other’s

Warm Bulgur Wheat Salad I’m trying to get back on track with blogging, but I’m not going to lie – things have been a little rough lately and it has been hard finding the time to develop/test new recipes. ...more

Hot and Cheesy: Baked Ziti with Mini Meatballs

 Where I live, it’s still chilly enough to want something hearty for dinner, so here it is: Baked Ziti with Mini Meatballs....more

Salmon Onigiri/Japanese Salmon Rice Balls

Onigiri is Japanese rice balls. In Japan you’ll find onigiri in supermarkets and convenience stores. Usually shape in round or triangle with finely chopped pickles, fish, meat, vegetables in it ....more

The best Chocolate Cake recipe

Preheat oven to 3501 cup cocoa2 tablespoon of coffee dissolved in 2 cups of water2 1/2* Cups sugar2 1/2* Cups flour1 cup oil5 Eggs3 Teaspoons vanilla1 1/2** Teaspoon salt1 1/2** Teaspoon baking soda1 1/2** Teaspoon baking powder Mix all ingredients together pour into a 9x13 pan and bake for 1 hr. Cool and add frosting with sprinkles. ...more

Potato & Asparagus Salad with Black Olive Vinaigrette

I could start this post in exactly the same way as I began telling you about my lamb meatballs a couple of days ago: the weather always decides what I eat. ...more