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

Meatless Monday: Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice and Black Bean Cheesy Bowl

When it's too hot to turn on the stove, either grilling or using the slow cooker are my preferred ways to cook and keep the kitchen cool. On a hot day earlier this summer I made this Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice and Black Bean Cheesy Bowl, where the rice is cooked in the slow cooker with onions, canned black beans, diced green chiles and seasonings. I had the wild idea of cutting up some string cheese and stirring in the last half hour of cooking, for bites of melted cheese throughout the dish, but skip the cheese if you want a dish that's vegan. ...more

Go Beyond Sweet Cherry Pie with 10 Amazing Cherry Recipes

I love cherries. Sweet cherries, sour cherries, cherry pie filing out of a can, maraschino cherries, dried cherries -- you name it, I love it. I even love Warrant's Cherry Pie (you're welcome.) When cherry season rolls around, I'm one heck of a happy woman. I buy bag after bag and then... I just eat them straight out of the bag. I always think that I should make something with the cherries but I don't. Not because we don't have a cherry pitter. ...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

Crepes with Greek Yogurt Cream

I can’t seem to get enough of these crepes. This basic crepes recipe is the same one I’ve used for years. I’ve tried other crepes recipes but nothing compares to these or gives consistent results ....more

Lemon Dill Sauce Recipe

Lemon dill sauce makes a delicious sauce for fish, chicken, and vegetables. Made of lemon, dill, garlic, and cream, this recipe is simple to make and stores easily. ...more

Spicy Steak Tacos with Watermelon Salsa

It's Taco Tuesday, and everything is awesome! ...more

Pasta Carbonara with Bacon and Peas

When I think of simple comfort food, I think of this dish. There’s something so comforting about this pasta with the salty bacon, creamy Parmesan cheese, and sweet pop of the peas. It takes less than 15 minutes to cook and tastes wonderful ....more

Green Beans with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Share Do you know that besides having peanut butter as a sweet treat, you could use it to create a savory Chinese dish too? Sometime, I was so surprised at how versatile an ingredient could become, if you use it in a different context. The green beans salad with spicy peanut sauce is one of the best examples ....more

Spanish Garlic Shrimp & Catalan Style Spinach

Spanish Garlic Shrimp – one of the most popular and classic tapas, served as a main with a side dish of classic Catalan Style Spinach...more

Crispy Fish Sticks

This crispy fish stick recipe comes from Cooking Light magazine. Instead of using tilapia fillets, I used cod fillets instead and found that they worked great! I think cod is also a light white fish and works well breaded ....more

Fried Fish Tacos with Rainbow Slaw and Pickled Onions

The first time I ever heard of fish tacos, way... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...more

Grilled Zucchini Ribbons with Pine Nuts and Charred Corn

Oh the dog days of summer, they leave me with desire to float in the pool all day long. I want to play and have fun instead I’m stuck in the office all day. Judging by how slow it has been lately it appears that the entire world is on vacation ....more

The Many Lives of Our Kitchen

Our kitchen as it looks after our recent redecorating frenzy– July 2014 While I wait for inspiration...more