Strawberry Balsamic Gin Smash

You know those days when you just need a drink? This is the perfect drink for those days. The impetus for making this drink didn’t actually come from one of “those days.” I actually had the day off (local holiday – hooray!), and was reading Bon Appetit on the beach (I know, rough life), when … Continue reading

Healthy Chicken Salad

Chicken salad gets a healthy upgrade with arugula, grapes, cucumber, and a healthy Greek yogurt dressing. Nope, no mayo in sight. Don’t worry though, this salad packs so much flavor, you won’t even miss it. I prefer to use red grapes in a salad like this, but green grapes would work just fine.   Special … Continue reading

Roasted Corn and Red Pepper Hummus

“Chickpeas whipped beyond recognition.” That’s what my boyfriend calls hummus. Let’s just say he’s not a fan (I think it’s a texture thing). Anyways, I love me some hummus, even if it is just chickpeas whipped beyond recognition. It’s a tasty, healthy dip that can be eaten with just about anything – what’s not to … Continue reading

Raisin and Nut Granola

Call me crunchy, but I love me some granola. Granola and fruit. Granola and milk. Granola and yogurt. Granola just plain ole’ by itself. Love it. What I don’t love about granola – at least the store-bought kind – is the price. So, as often as I can (as it’s a bit of a process), … Continue reading

Herb Roasted Chicken

Sometimes it’s just easier to cook the whole darn bird. At least that’s what I figured would be easiest for our Easter dinner. [Yes, I know, this post is wildly late.] I’ve never roasted a whole chicken – or turkey! – before, and I figured it was high time to give it a try. Plus, … Continue reading

Steamed Artichokes and Garlic Aioli

I’ll be honest, I’m pretty much intimidated by most French recipes, particularly those – like mayonnaise and hollandaise – that are delicate and require technical skill and a lot of whisking. Well, I decided to attempt to overcome this fear by attempting some homemade aioli (read: a sort of garlic mayonnaise sauce). All told, no … Continue reading

Chocolate Chocolate Birthday Cake

Feliz cumpleaƱos! My boyfriend’s birthday and my birthday are about 10 days apart, so each year I try to bake one cake for the both of us – because my waistline doesn’t need two cakes – and it’s usually of the chocolate variety (our favorite!). I actually baked this same cake for another friend’s birthday … Continue reading

Easter Sticky Buns

Do you ever get the urge to do something you know just isn’t good for you? You know, like going out for drinks at a happy hour that turns to late night drinks when you have to get up early for work the next morning. Or lounging on your couch all day watching movies when … Continue reading

My Top Ten Kitchen Tools

I have quite a few favorite standby kitchen gadgets that I use on a pretty regular basis when I cook, and I thought I’d share with you my top ten cooking tools. Most of these will be pretty obvious, but some you may not have thought about using before. These are great time-savers and can … Continue reading

Vegan Strawberry Shortcakes

Since we all know I’m not a vegetarian, I think it’s pretty safe to assume I’m no where near being a vegan (not even a little bit). I’ve never baked anything vegan (always wondered how they did it with no milk, butter or eggs) until now. We were recently invited over to a friend’s house … Continue reading