Classic Hummus

  Don’t buy it.  Make it yourself.  More fun and flavor are to be had! If you normally read something like the above in a food blog or publication and think to yourself,  “sure, I should do that,” … but then, upon further and deeper thought, you say to yourself (honestly) … “Even though thatContinue reading “Classic Hummus”

Zucchini Noodles and Spaghetti with Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic and Shrimp

  I’m a pesto loving fool.  I’m also a tomato loving fool.  Thankfully, this dish has ’em both (plus super cool spiraled zucchini noodles).  I’m a fool in love, and in this particular instance I’m referring to my dinner. What do I love about this dish (other than the pesto and tomatoes?): The harmonious balanceContinue reading “Zucchini Noodles and Spaghetti with Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic and Shrimp”

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 shortContinue reading “Maple Almond Granola”

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 inContinue reading “Garlic Herb Bread Twists with Parmesan Cheese and Easy Marinara Dipping Sauce”

Mexican Couscous Salad

  Here’s a simple one for ya.  No excuse for ya not to make this salad.  (I’m going to type “ya” in this post. Ya got it?) This salad is easy to prepare and even easier to gobble up.  Just combine the ingredients then toss and serve. I make this one constantly during the summerContinue reading “Mexican Couscous Salad”

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 uponContinue reading “Mushroom Risotto”

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 jumpingContinue reading “Zucchini Ribbon and Goat Cheese Bruschetta”

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,Continue reading “Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles)”

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,Continue reading “White Pizza with Roasted Garlic, Ricotta, Burrata, and Cherry Tomatoes”

Quinoa and Kale Patties

  This is basically a bunless veggie burger.  Not to worry, carnivores.  They taste so much better than typical veggie burgers.  Don’t believe me when I tell you how good these are?  Well, you’re just wrong … but make these and prove it to yourself.  My meat eating family members devoured ’em. So get ridContinue reading “Quinoa and Kale Patties”