Winter Fruit Salad

Fruit salad is not the first thing that comes to mind when I think of winter food, but I thought I’d see what I could come up with using some of the season’s best and brightest – citrus, pomegranates, and persimmons. I used a large ruby grapefruit, which I peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces, … Continue reading

Pork Chili Verde

Baby, it’s cold outside. And when it’s cold outside, one thing that will always warm you up is a hot bowl of chili, especially when it has a kick! This recipe from Slim’s Last Chance in Seattle was featured on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and I just had to try it. And … Continue reading

Cookies for Santa: Gingersnaps

Rounding out my Christmas cookies this year are gingersnaps. Shocking, I know, another recipe with ginger. (Yay!) These are delicious and extremely easy to make – hurrah! I put 1 1/2 HEAPING tablespoons of ginger in this dough, and they turned out perfectly spiced. If you’re perhaps not as big a fan of ginger as … Continue reading

Cookies for Santa: Alfajores

If I could choose how I die, I would definitely choose death by alfajores. Yep, death by a sugary, butter-induced coma doesn’t sound to shabby to me. Did I mention that these cookies are sandwiched together with dulce de leche? That’s right, caramel sauce! You can buy dulce de leche at most grocery stores (Whole … Continue reading

Cookies for Santa: Mexican Wedding Cookies

These are one of my all-time favorite Christmas cookies, and oh man, are they deliciously rich! I’ve seen several different names for these cookies, but my family has always called them Mexican Wedding Cookies, so that’s what I’m sticking with. I had never actually made these before myself (my mom always made them), and I … Continue reading

No-Knead Bread

This is an oldie but a goodie. This recipe hit the big time when the New York Times published an article – and the recipe – in November of 2006 about Jim Lahey and the Sullivan Street Bakery’s bread baking sans kneading. The secret here is letting time do the work for you, and this … Continue reading

Tagliatelle alla Bolognese

In Northern Italy, about half way between Venice and Florence, lies a red-roofed city called Bologna that is filled with quirky charm and absolutely spectacular food. Many people consider Bologna to be the culinary capital of Italy. This region is the birthplace of lasagna, mortadella, ragu, tortellini in brodo, and oh so much more! I … Continue reading

Easy Eco Christmas Wrap

Brown paper packages tied up with strings…these are a few of my favorite things! I decided to reuse some of the brown paper grocery bags I’ve collected this year to wrap Christmas presents. It’s a great way to save a little cash (wrapping paper can get pricey!) and put an eco-friendly stamp on your holiday … Continue reading

Ginger Champagne Cocktail

Yep, it’s ginger again. Can you sense a theme here? Ginger is one of my all-time favorite spices, and when I saw this cocktail recipe, I had to give it a try. And just as I thought – delicious! And as a bonus, these puppies are only 150 Calories a pop! I’ll drink to that. … Continue reading

Cookies for Santa: Orange Gingerbread Cookies

I don’t usually like to push addictive substances on people, but you’re gonna get hooked on these cookies. I’m serious, they’re addicting. These are probably the best gingerbread cookies I’ve ever tasted, and the sublime combination of orange zest and spices makes them super unique. Plus it’s an incredibly easy recipe! Butter, sugar, and orange … Continue reading