Broiled Garlicky Artichokes & Balsamic Mayo

I’ve always liked the flavor of artichokes, but the texture can sometimes be a bit off-putting. For me, it usually happens frozen artichoke hearts are thawed and they become mushy. When you chop them up for dips, the texture isn’t as much of an issue, but sometimes you want the artichoke to be the star of the show instead ofRead more

Almond Milk

When I was pregnant, and during the first 6 months postpartum, I drank a lot of almond milk – in smoothies, pancakes, oatmeal and over cereal. Although I’m drinking dairy again, I still have a soft spot for creamy nut milk, especially when it’s homemade. Not only does homemade nut milk let you control the thickness and sweetness of yourRead more

Birthday Cake

On Monday, I turned thirty. Although I’m fairly certain it’s mathematically impossible that I’m thirty, I’m completely fine with it. No 1/3 life (I hope) crisis here. I have a great husband, the most perfect little girl, and I’m exactly where I imagined myself at this age. So, here’s to another great decade – hooray! A little backstory for you…JamesRead more

Fig and Blue Grilled Cheese

Finding the energy to cook dinner at the end of a long (sometimes very long) day of entertaining a baby can be close to impossible. As easy it is to throw a frozen meal into the oven, I try really hard to make the vast majority of our meals as fresh as I can. Sometimes I turn to products toRead more

Bourbon Apple Pie

Some occasions call for an apple pie with a bit more pizzazz – enter this souped up, streusel covered, deep dish version of an American classic. You have your usual suspects, of course: apples, cinnamon and a flaky crust. But, you GUYS, the magic is in the addition of bourbon and heavy cream (genius!) to the filling. It’s a sinfulRead more

Cookie Butter Ice Cream

Hi. I had a baby. Is that enough of an excuse?! 7 months into motherhood and I’ve finally found some time to breathe. As it happens, I am lucky to have one of those babies who doesn’t really like to sleep (until this past week…what a weird kid…), so my “free” time is usually the hour or so of cookingRead more

Roasted Turkey

You may be wondering where I’ve been the last few (ha!) months. Well, we have been busy preparing for our first baby – a little girl! We are down to the home stretch and getting very excited. Since I will be staying home with the little one, I will hopefully have the time to get this blog up and runningRead more

Inside-Out Neapolitan Cake

I’ve already shared a Neapolitan cake recipe on the blog, but here is a new twist on the idea. You can use your favorite 3-layer chocolate cake recipe (even from a box) or use the one I provided below. The real star of the cake is the 3-flavored frosting, though, so make sure you try it! I love the lookRead more

Christmas Party Menu Planning

I feel like throwing your first neighborhood Christmas party is some sort of initiation into suburban life. I dropped off our invitations yesterday and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous that no one will show up. Let’s all cross our fingers, please! I thought I would share my menu to provide some early inspiration forRead more

Eggs Benedict

Inspired by Eggs Benedict at Martha’s 22nd Street Grill in Hermosa Beach, CA and Cafe Benelux in Milwaukee, WI, this recipe includes all my favorite components of the different twists I’ve had on this classic dish. I prefer thinly shaved ham over Canadian bacon as well as the addition of sauteed spinach and a thick-cut tomato, all covered in plentyRead more