Crisps with Goat Cheese, Blackberries and Honey {fast appetizer}

Almost twenty years ago, when my husband and I were still dating, we loved to have cheesy romantic evenings. I’m not saying romance is cheesy, I’m saying our romantic evenings involved cheese. Lots of cheese. We would drive to the nearest Wegman’s, grab a baguette from the bakery then meander over to the cheese bar [Read On]

Blueberry Syrup for Pancakes and Homemade Soda | Make Ahead Mondays

I just turned almost-forty. I believe I’ll refer to my entire year that way, because this is my last year before that big four-oh. I think the almost-forty was probably harder than the actual-forty will be to face. The decade birthdays seem like a celebration, where the ones that immediately precede somehow seem like a [Read On]

Cucumber Rounds with Herbed Cream Cheese

Take advantage of summer’s bountiful produce with this refreshing, delicious, and simple appetizer of cucumber rounds topped with herbed cream cheese. This post is part of my continuing series as one of the Kraft 2013 Tastemakers Team and was sponsored by Kraft. All opinions are my own! There’s something about summer that fires up my [Read On]

Cherry Habanero Lime Jam

While working my way through the sixty pounds of cherries I had ordered from the Amish store, I got to the point where I was making jam. On a whim, I minced and tossed a little fresh habanero pepper into my regular cherry lime jam. Whoa. It was so good I made everyone in the [Read On]

Mixed Berry and Basil Sangria-By-The-Glass (and mocktail variation)

I like sangria a lot, but there’s one massive problem with most sangria recipes that are circulating out there. They assume you: a) have an enormous number of people partaking with you, b) you’re a lush, or c) you’re okay with leftovers going flat. None of these options suit me. Oh sure, I have an [Read On]

Garlic Bagel Chips | Make Ahead Mondays

Garlic Bagel Chips rock my Casbah. I’m pretty sure just about everyone out there has tried them at one time or another, but it should come as no surprise that the homemade variety -fresh and crisp and hot- from your own oven is THAT much better. That they’re ridiculously simple to make is icing on [Read On]

Piña Colada Smoothies | Vegan and Dairy Free

  Piña Colada Smoothies are my new go-to smoothie. They’re kind of fabulous. You know how I’ve told you I was a picky eater when I was a kid? I was a total texture-phobe and I was dead picky about flavour combinations. My mom now says, “Hey, we just didn’t know you were gourmet.” My [Read On]

Roasted Garlic Spinach Alfredo Lasagna | Make Ahead Mondays

Remember how I said I was eating more healthy foods here? Well, I am. But I’m also doing things like what’s pictured above, so you should probably ignore any health claims I make. I’m TRYING to have willpower people, but then I go and do this to myself. Honest-to-Pete, this uses three cups of heavy [Read On]