{Friends First with Rachel Cooks} Barley Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Parsley

This light, summery barley salad full of fresh tomatoes, cucumber and parsley is reminiscent of your favorite Middle-Eastern salads and makes for the perfect summer side dish. Happy July, darling readers! Are you melting and freckled/sunburned/tanned yet? ...more


Snickerdoodle cookie base rolled in shredded coconut. Behold, the Cocodoodle! I totally just made up my own word ....more

Win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer!

That’s right, kiddie-beans, it’s about that time again! I am joining together with 14 of my favorite fellow food bloggers to give away one of our favorite things: A KitchenAid Stand Mixer! Yep...more

Garlic and Herb Swirl Bread

Fluffy yeast bread swirled around salted butter, garlic, and herbs. Your favorite swirl loaf and your favorite garlic bread just became best friends. We need to get something out of the way immediately: The butt of this bread is the best part ....more

The Bachelorette Party: Week 6 Recap

Well, guys, we are now to the point in the show were every guy who gets eliminated is fair game to be the next Bachelor. Since I am not sure I like any of these guys for Andi (because it is obviously my opinion that matters most here), I am probably going to have to start evaluating these goobers for next season. Also, let’s get this out of the way, too – these Suave Salon Professionals commercials are driving me crazy ....more

Lemon Mousse with Fresh Summer Berries

Light and airy lemon mousse layered with fresh mixed berries makes for the perfect no-bake summer dessert. I think the summer heat is getting to me. Earlier this week, we installed one of our window air units in the bedroom (so we can, you know, actually get some sleep without suffocating) ....more

Curried Cauliflower Melt

Roasted cauliflower, havarti cheese, apple, and curried mayo slapped between two slices of bread and melted to perfection. Who says you need meat to make a sandwich? ...more

Apple Pie Cookies

Bite-size pockets of flaky pie crust filled with an apple-cinnamon filling. Apple pie just got 10 times cuter and 100 times more portable. I might have a bit of a pie problem ....more

Seeded Flatbread Crackers

Crispy homemade flatbread crackers studded with a blend of seeds and grains. Perfect for dipping! I always thought that making homemade crackers would turn out to be a major pain the butt for not a whole lot of reward ....more

Deep-Dish Crumb-Topped Apple Pie

Classic deep-dish apple pie flavored with cinnamon, ginger, and a pinch of allspice and topped with brown sugar crumbs....more