Potato-Crusted Snapper with Bell Pepper Salsa

Potato Crusted Snapper

It may be cooling off outside, but I just cannot get enough of fresh, flavorful salsas! I love those bright, crisp flavors of basil, lemon, and parsley mixed with the sweetness of bell peppers, tenderness of tomatoes and tang of capers. It’s my little way...

Greek Panzanella Salad

Greek Panzanella 2

I’ve never been a big fan of salad, but I have a few guesses why: First, I keep my leafy salads pretty bare – no dressing, no fancy extras, nothing at all. Second, I’m too busy focusing on the warm, fragrant main course instead...

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

Chocolate Chip Cookies (2)

Until a year ago, I was still pouring from mix from the bag and following the just-add-egg method for my “homemade” chocolate chip cookies. It wasn’t such a bad solution at the time. But, now that I’ve begun religiously making my own chocolate chip cookies,...

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas

Why I chose to wear a white sweater and khaki pants on the day I made these amazing, saucy chicken enchiladas, I’ll never know. But even though my nice clothes are soaking in a bath of laundry detergent and hot water, all I can think about is how...

Quick & Easy Apple Tart

Apple Tart 2

After a too-fun-for-words trip to Austin, Texas spent noshing on BBQ and tacos, tubing down the San Marcos river, and sampling the beers from a variety of outdoor bars, I am officially relieved that I don’t have to squeeze into an swimsuit for the rest of...

Basic Marinara Sauce + How To Peel & Seed Tomatoes

Marinara Sauce

I don’t have any sentimental stories about watching my grandmother stir a simmering tomato sauce over a wood stove, or helping her tear herbs from the garden and plopping them into the pot. Instead, maybe I’ll be that little old grandmother one day, with a recipe like this...

Easy Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto

Though I may not be able to take care of a basil plant from my top-floor city apartment, I sure do love to chop up those gorgeous green leaves for a salad, pasta dish or pesto. Just look at that color! That isn’t Photoshop, folks. Okay,...

Pecan Pie Bars

Pecan Pie Bars

Is it weird to jump face-first into a pile of warm laundry when no one else is around? I was content on maybe just lying there for the entire day, until my husband came home from work at 6:30 and found me, piled underneath mountains of...

Spiced Chicken with Tropical Salsa

Spiced Chicken

I am so excited for fall this year. Fall means I can finally break out my favorite leather boots and soft sweaters, drink hot chocolate, and this October, turn 25! As much as I love sweater season, though, I’m still very much inspired by summer and its brighty, sunny flavors...

Your Best Burger Ever: Tips & Tricks

Burger Tips

Everyone likes their burger done and dressed up differently. I prefer mine good and blackened, piled high with cheese, onion, tomato, lettuce and avocado, with a few pickles on the side. What about you? However you like it, there are a few basic rules to abide by for...