Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Mini-Pies

Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Mini-Pies

These strawberry mini-pies were one of my favorite recipes of late and their poptart similarities made me excited to create a brown sugar and cinnamon version, since that is by FAR the best poptart (the glazed version, that is). With a few simple tweaks I had two-bite sized treats that work as well for...

Simply Perfect Tomato Sauce

Simply Perfect Tomato Sauce

Last week my cousin says to me, “are you more of a cook or a baker?” Baker, definitely. “Why?”, she asks. Well, I like to follow a recipe and know I’ll get exactly what’s promised. Except, I say, for basics like tomato sauce. “Well I don’t know how to make my own tomato sauce”,...

Mexican Quinoa Stew

Mexican Quinoa Stew

Fall sports are in preseason, the mall is filled with sleeves, and I actually saw one or two red leaves on the park trees. The change is undeniable. It can also present a sort of culinary limbo wherein you itch to make things with canned pumpkin but the farmer’s market is still stocked to...

Creamy Cilantro Sauce

Creamy Cilantro Sauce

Sometimes with dinners I find myself in a rut of grilled/sautéed chicken or fish alongside veggies and some sort of grain. Healthy? Absolutely. Boring? Most definitely. That being said, these types of meals come together quickly and require little to no brain use. When variety is needed and I have a little bit of brain...

Orzo Salad with Spinach, Pepper and Feta

Orzo Salad with Spinach, Pepper and Feta

A pasta salad that is low in pasta, high in veggies and diverse in flavor – heck  yes. To all you women of  child-bearing age (and especially those who are actually, currently bearing children), you will want to eat this salad. Let me explain.

Grilled Peaches with Ice Cream and Spiced Honey

Grilled Peaches with Ice Cream and Spiced Honey

Peaches are by far my favorite fruit. This time of year it feels like I have more ripe, perfect peaches than I know what to do with. While peach pie is my own version of dessert-heaven, the time involved isn’t always available. Grilled peaches with ice cream comes together in under 10 minutes with...

Toasted Corn and Tomato Salad

Toasted Corn and Tomato Salad

Obviously when it comes to cooking (and anything else, really), we learn by doing. I have attempted  ideas before in my kitchen that were complete disasters (like when I tried to make hummus into a pasta sauce). I do tend to remember both my failures and successes, so when my friends or family have...

S’mores Rice Krispie Treats

S’mores Rice Krispie Treats

It’s high time for another easy, no-bake summertime dessert. Here’s a question that sounds like a joke sort-of but isn’t funny – how can you make rice krispie treats better? Put s’mores in the middle. You’re killing me, Smalls! (name that movie).

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