Maple Almond Granola

It’s made up of pantry staples.  It’s a whiz to throw together.  It’s the first request from my sisters when they come visit. It’s GRANOLA.  I can’t tell you how many requests I get to make granola.  When my sisters came to visit a few weeks ago, this version made an appearance.  A very short […]

Garlic Herb Bread Twists with Parmesan Cheese and Easy Marinara Dipping Sauce

Grub-alicious dunk-alicious snack food here.  “Grub-alicious!” “Dunk-alicious!” Another sophisticated way to describe these bread twists is, “better than any bread stick I’ve ever had/will ever have again.”   Clearly, I’m passionate about my snack time. These beauties won’t disappoint.  Perfect for kids and grown-up kids alike.  All the little nooks and twists are coated in […]

Mushroom Risotto

  I woke up Saturday morning thinking about what I was going to make for dinner.   8 am … I was thinking about dinner (per usual).  A quick tidying up of the apartment, and off to the farmers market.  Boyfriend, coffee, and dog in tow (still thinking about dinner). The second I gazed upon […]

Zucchini Ribbon and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

  Easy entertaining options … Lord knows I’m always on the look out for ’em.  I love unexpected/unplanned gatherings.  For me, spontaneity always breeds a fun low stress atmosphere.  I’ll gladly take any excuse to casually entertain without over-thinking it.  So when you’re in the neighborhood, and you don’t mind an easily excitable puppy jumping […]

Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles)

  Zucchini noodles (aka “zoodles”) are healthy, light, and delicious.  Another plus, the gorgeous presentation these luscious strands of goodness make. I use a vegetable spiral slicer or julienne peeler to make zoodles.  If you don’t have one of these “fancy” kitchen tools, use a box grater or cut zucchini by hand into small strips, […]

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes and Feta

  I enjoy Spring cleaning. Yup. I’m one of those people. If you cringe at that thought … well, I declare you unorganized!  But, you’re still allowed to enjoy this spring dish. I know a “less than 20 minute meal” has become a cliche/semi-marketing term, but it applies here. So, take a break from the […]

White Pizza with Roasted Garlic, Ricotta, Burrata, and Cherry Tomatoes

  I’m having a pizza oven built in my backyard.  It’s going to be beautiful.  I’m having it built right next to the veranda.  With the view of the vineyard and the foothills in the background, this spot has been begging for a wood fire pizza oven.  Once the oven is built, my backyard pizza, […]

Roasted Butternut Squash and Parmesan Sauce

  Another vegetarian dish for y’all! (I know I’m a Midwesterner, but I just felt like typing “y’all”… ever get that urge?) Not to worry, carnivores.  This recipe will not disappoint.  A really cool substitute for the marinara/pesto sauces typically used in pasta dishes.   The natural smoothness of the pureed butternut squash gives this […]