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...

Berry Strata

Berry Strata

It’s safe to say that with all the traveling my husband, Mark, and I are doing this year, we don’t have any huge plans for our first wedding anniversary, which is today. I’m so happy that a year has passed, but we’ve been together for...