Spicy White Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Dip

White Bean Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Today, my family is flying from Florida to visit us in our new home in Austin, and I couldn’t be more excited! Now that we have our first house, pay our bills and mow our lawns, I hope they’ll think we’re good little grown...

Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce

Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce

When we lived in California, there was this little Greek restaurant my husband and I used to walk to for dinner sometimes, usually on a weeknight because it was less crowded. He always ordered a pita sandwich, I ordered chicken and steak kebabs, and...

Basil Pesto Potato Salad with Tomatoes and Mozzarella

Basil Pesto Potato Salad, Tomatoes, Mozzarella

When it comes to summer side dishes, some have affection for pasta salad, salsas and corn on the cob, but my heart lies with potato salad. Ahh, potato salad. If you were a river, I’d swim in you. If you were a love song,...

Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes

Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes

A lot of my local Austin grocery stores have food tastings, and one in particular had a tiny slice of pineapple upside down cake on display last week. I gave a polite wave and declined the sweet, freshly baked bite of cake but didn’t...

Chicken, Penne and Vegetables in a Garlic Cream Sauce

Penne, Chicken and Vegetables in a Garlic Cream Sauce

When you’re sick of sticking to salads, sucking yourself into figure-hugging summer dresses and just overall being a good girl and watching your weight, eat THIS. If you still want to maintain a fraction of the good girl, eat a small portion, but have...

Moist Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Before we had any of our stuff, before we had a permanent place to sleep, and right around the time I was starting to get really stressed about our recent move, my husband and I went for a relaxing, well-deserved lunch out. We picked...

Watermelon, Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

Watermelon, Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

Last week, I faced a dire situation: Mark and I decided to make mid-afternoon margaritas, and his “on the rocks special” just wasn’t cutting it. With our new refrigerator’s crushed ice maker on the job, I was expecting an icy, beach-worthy drink with everything...

Refreshing Watermelon Granita

Watermelon Granita

Even though I just had a small group over for July 4th, bright and early in the morning I rushed to the store for a 10-pound watermelon. Why? Who knows. I guess I pictured us all lazing around on the back porch, feet in...

Sautéed Citrus-Herb Salmon

Buttery Citrus-Herb Salmon

Especially around swimsuit season, I do most of my cooking with olive oil – sautéing, marinades, dressings, as a dipping for crusty bread, you name it. However, this recipe for salmon sautéed with a little butter, lemon peel and fresh herbs seemed irresistible to...

Mini Caprese Salad Bites

Mini Caprese Salad Bites

Caprese salad is one of my absolute favorite dishes, and one that really epitomizes summer, in my opinion. It’s good every which way – splayed out on a plate, piled high, or in these little bites, smothered with the lovely marriage of a good-quality...