{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

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

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

Real Life: My Little Kitchen

A real-life look into my little apartment kitchen. Because I know you know you’re nosy. I did a deep-clean of my kitchen and dining room a couple of weeks ago and thought it would be a perfect opportunity to take a few photos and share my kitchen space with you ....more

Banana Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut custard and sliced bananas layered on top of a cookie-like crust and topped with whipped cream. Good luck stopping with just one piece. We need to discuss several things about this pie. 1.) I made it for you twice ....more