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December 28, 2018

Often with the new year comes a change in your eating habits. Whether it is part of your resolution for the next year or you are just trying to cleanse your body of all the sugar you enjoyed over the holidays, a healthier menu finds its way into most homes. The best way to make this healthier eating habit stick is by finding recipes that are healthy, delicious and easy. You need foods around the house that are easy to make and store so when your tummy grumb...

September 21, 2018

 There are so many things to love about this recipe. It is hard to know where I should even start. The flavors are bold while still staying very simple, the texture is both crispy and creamy, and the acid from the vingrette cuts through the richness for another layer of flavor. The simplicity of the recipe is another huge advantage. It is perfect for a weeknight. The flank steak takes about 15 minutes to cook and while that is happening you can throw togeth...

July 23, 2018

I have to admit that I am not a big fan of watermelon myself, but it is a summer staple so I have been playing around with it a bit this summer. The more recipes I create, the more that I am enjoying it. So now I'm actually eating watermelon sometimes. I never thought that would happen. I've always loved the synthetic watermelon flavor in gum or candy, but not the fruit itself for some reason. 

One of the things that I like about watermelon is that it has a...

July 16, 2018

I know you can eat chicken salad all year, but I always crave it in the summer. The Waldorf chicken salad is a pretty classic style of this dish. I like to put it on an open faced bagel with a good piece of cheese on top and toast it for a chicken salad melt. It is also delicious on some greens as a salad. 

If the nuts and fruit aren't your style when it comes to chicken salad give something else try. Avocado and goat cheese with the chicken would be delicio...

June 26, 2018

Ever since I lived in Italy for the summer I have been in love with bruschetta. Now maybe it had to do with the fact that tomatoes in Italy taste truly amazing even when eaten plain, but there is something about this blend of flavors that I truly enjoy. It isn't just me.  Every time I make this bruschetta people ask for the recipes and it’s so simple.  There are very few ingredients in it, but each one packs so much flavor.  This is obviously best when toma...

June 21, 2018

We are trying to eat more meatless meals in our home this summer. Mostly to ensure we are getting enough vegetables, but also because there are so many delicious things to make that don't have meat in them. I know not everyone loves tofu, so you could skip that part of this recipe. You can either just do the vegetables or add shrimp or chicken to the dish instead. By changing the protein, the cooking time of the dish will change as well, so just keep that i...

June 14, 2018

This is a flavor packed sweet potato recipe that I make every summer. I often make it for the 4th of July and it gets gobbled up. Not only is it easy and filled with flavor, it can also be enjoyed both cold or warmed, so really this is a great year round dish. It is based on a Bobby Flay recipe that I found years and years ago. If you don't like vinegar, cut back, because this is a vinegar forward dish. Feel free to sub in red wine vinegar or apple cider vi...

June 8, 2018

With a 20 month old and a growing business I love easy dinner ideas as much as the next person. I recently put this one together for a client. Nothing groundbreaking here, but delicious and great for any time of the year. You could do these in the oven or on the grill since they are wrapped in foil. Feel free to play with the ingredients too. These would be great with some fresh rosemary and balsamic vinegar topped with a little goat cheese. Yum, I have to...

March 16, 2018

I love flavor packed, simple appetizers that present well, which is one of the reasons I love this smoked salmon crostini. Different flavors and textures help to create a wonderful depth of flavor in each bite. The smokiness of the salmon, the crunch of the bread, the tart of the capers and the creaminess of the mustard butter. This smoked salmon crostini is easy to assemble and it can be made in advance. If I haven't convinced you to try this easy appetize...

February 8, 2018


London broil is not a tender cut of steak, but it is affordable and if you marinate it and cook it right, it can be delicious. This cut of beef is perfect for the grill or broiler (hence the name) and when it is on sale its
fairly inexpensive to feed a family of four. While you will see London broil labeled as such in the store, it actually isn't a specific cut of meat, it is a way of cooking meat. The cut is generally top round steak. So if you don't...

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