Lunchtime Just Got a Whole Lot Better: Apricot-Basil Chicken Salad

Chicken salad for lunch can certainly be ho-hum.  But with apricots, almonds, and basil--three of my faves--added in, it's anything but boring.  This chicken salad is creamy and light with the just the right bite from the vinegar and onion and the perfect amount of crunch and sweetness.  It's great in a sandwich, on top of greens, or even all on its own.  Lunchtime just got even better. ...more
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Meatless Monday--Squash and Corn Tacos

Just like that, summer is coming to a close.  The blogosphere is busting at the seams with pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin, but I'm not quite ready to go there.  Don't get me wrong, I love pumpkin, but there's still plenty of late summer produce to savor before fall baking officially starts.  Plus, hello!  Apples need to get their time in the spotlight!...more

Bacon, Brie, and Bourbon Peach jam Grilled Cheese

You guys.  This sandwich.  Each component of it is a decadent treat unto itself.  But when they're combined, very, very good things happen.  Buttery bread grilled to crispy perfection, gooey melted cheese oozing over the edges, salty, spicy pepper bacon, and sweet spiked jam--if loving this is wrong, I don't wanna be right....more

Preserve Summer in a Jar: Make Bourbon Peach Jam

I can't tell y'all how glad I am to have this jam preserved for the winter. Now I can pop open a jar in the middle of winter and instantly be transported to the Southern summers of my dreams. If they last long enough, that is. I've already got a couple of ideas swirling around in my head. They're gonna be good. I'll keep you posted :-) Image: Courtesy of Apple a Day ...more
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Swiss Eggs

Swiss eggs are guaranteed to feel and taste special, no matter what time of day you enjoy them.  Eggs, cheese, cream, and English muffins are all quite enjoyable on their own, and they really work together here.  If you eat meat, the Canadian bacon provides a great salty bite, but it definitely isn't necessary.  In fact, I think I'd like these eggs best with a saltier-than-normal cheese and a few extra snips of chives--any time of the day!...more

Seasonal Supper on the Grill: Jalapeño Chicken with Summer Fruit Salsa

I live in a place where we can grill year-round. But no matter the season, grilled food just always screams summer to me. It really doesn't matter what comes off the grill, I'll be in my happy place of summer food with my very first bite. Add a simple salsa chock-full of summer's best fruits, and you've got a healthy, colorful winner. ...more

Meatless Monday--Pasta with Spinach-Cilantro Pesto

One added bonus (as if it needed an added bonus) of summer break is not having to pack my lunches five days a week.  It's not that it's really that big of deal, it just that it's one more thing to do each night.  When not having to pack a lunch is combined with not having to wear makeup every day and not having to get up at five in the morning, life is pretty good.  You feelin' me?...more

Quinoa Primavera--Meatless Monday

From time to time, people will ask me which season is my favorite for food.  I have to say, it's a really tough call.  I love fall for the sweet potatoes, butternut squash, pumpkin, cranberries, and (obviously) apples.  Winter, with its roasts, soups, and stews is always great.  And seriously...who doesn't love fresh summer produce?...more

Meatless Monday--Quinoa Salad with Arugula, Goat Cheese, & White Beans

I've got this easy, healthy, and filling salad for you to enjoy.  All you have to do is put the quinoa on, prep all the ingredients while it cooks, and throw everything together.  Top it off with some goat cheese and you are ready to go.  Done and done.  A perfect spring meal....more

Meatless Monday--Pasta with Mint Pesto, Peas, and Edamame

I love when a handful of fresh ingredients come together in just the right way, bringing glimpses of the new season with every bite.  This pasta, with loads of mint and spring peas--fresh if you can get them!--is wonderfully light and springy on the palette.  It even looks like spring with lots of vibrant green color.  So when that first warm spring day comes around, you can throw this easy, healthy pasta dish together in about 20 minutes flat and spent the rest of the day dining al dente and enjoying the sunshine....more