Mitten Crate April 2015

The thing about Michigan is that it never stops surprising me. Michiganders make jokes about the weather, noting how it can be 70 degrees when you wake up and in the 30’s later that afternoon (totally true). But more than the weather, I’m surprised and humbled by the entrepreneurs in our state, working so hard to build a business here, making it work in a place where others have fled when times got tough ....more

Tandoori Sweet Potato Skins

When you ask...more

Lemon Earl Grey Streusel Muffins

Try as I might, I am not a tea drinker. I know it has health benefits, I know it’s pretty delicious; I know it’s a lot of things. But if I’m drinking a hot beverage, it’s going to be coffee every single time ....more

Tomato & Hearts of Palm Salad

Have you ever tried hearts of palm? I don’t think I had even heard of them before the International class of my culinary school curriculum. Heart of palm (also known as palmito) is the core of the stem of a certain type of palm plant ....more

Chicken Cobb Macaroni Salad

When I think of summer barbecues and graduation open houses, I basically just think of ALL THE PASTA SALADS. If there are multiple versions available at any one party, even better! I love the classic, macaroni salad my mom makes with celery, onion, mustard and mayonnaise – it’s simple and perfect ....more

Honey Old Fashioned

Mad Men is finally back on TV, and there’s nothing like tuning in with an Old Fashioned in your hand. While this cocktail is traditionally made with a sugar cube, I’ve been known to substitute everything from honey to agave nectar to maple syrup. Don Draper might not approve, but um, he’s not really the best person, so I don’t care if he approves! ...more

Roasted Glazed Carrots with Greek Yogurt & Buttered Pine Nuts

Lately, inspired by the Ottolenghi cookbooks, I’ve been really into vegetable side dishes that are as special (or MORE special) than the main dish on my plate. I love it when the vegetables are actually the...more

Mini Meyer Lemon Tarts with Ginger Cookie Crust & Chinet® Cut Crystal® Tableware Giveaway

Nothing makes me happier than to find out I have a new niece or nephew on the way! I know it sounds strange, but for as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a cool aunt. I had a cool aunt myself, the kind of who baked cookies and colored in coloring books with me, and bought me little gifts that brought a smile to my face ....more

Mini Meyer Lemon Tarts with Ginger Cookie Crust & Chinet® Cut Crystal® Tableware Giveaway

We already have one sweet niece, and when our friends Laurie and Andy found out they were expecting a baby boy, we were thrilled, because that meant we'd have a nephew! Laurie's sisters and mom put on a baby shower for her, and asked me if I would like to handle some of the desserts. Of course! Even better, Laurie requested two lemon desserts!...more

Cheesy Roasted Veggie Pockets

I love pretty much all vegetables so much that I have no problem fitting them in my daily routine. Especially when the vegetables are roasted and browned and toasted and all those good things. But, if you have a kid (or adult!) in your family that needs a little convincing when it comes to vegetables, I’ve found that the best thing to do is sneak them into all things pizza-related ....more