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...

Cherry Crisp

Cherry Crisp

This past weekend, my husband and I took a trip to Florida to visit my family. We laid by the pool and the beach plenty, and I got to wear the heck out of my summer dresses and sunscreen. However, crazy as it may seem, I probably...

Grilled New England Seafood Bake

Seafood Bake 3

If there’s one thing I will miss about California when my husband and I move, it’s the avocados. But, since we moved here from Boston three years ago, there has been one thing I have been missing terribly: the fish. Shellfish, freshwater, saltwater, you name...

How To: Make Seasoned Breadcrumbs

Bread Crumbs

I’m not the type that needs everything in my pantry to be homemade. One thing I really like to have around, though, is homemade bread crumbs made from a stale loaf of French or Italian bread. They’re exceedingly easy to make, require no food processor and stay fresh for...

Layered Ratatouille

Ratatouille (2)

One of the things I love most about Southern California summers is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables available. From grocery stores to farmer’s markets, it’s a wonderful thing to know that the produce I need, and plenty more that I don’t need, is fresh, plentiful and grown...

French Toast Bites

French Toast Bites

Whenever I have a leftover loaf of hearty French or Italian bread lying around, I always love to cut it up and do something creative with it. Sometimes I’ll make bread crumbs or croutons, or maybe garlic bread or panzanella, but on weekends there’s nothing better...

Peach and Blueberry Galette

Peach Blueberry Galette

When I was a little girl, my mom would save the pie dough that she’d trim from her delicious homemade Apple Pie, and she’d give it to me to make whatever I wanted. Usually, I’d just eat the stuff raw while she wasn’t looking...

Potato Frittata

Potato Frittata

I have been wanting to try a frittata for SO long, but for some reason I always had a good excuse not to make one. Like, say, who has the energy to get up at 7 a.m. on a Saturday and start preparing it in time for breakfast?...

Classic Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese

Everyone has a certain way they like certain foods. For example, I like my steaks still moo-ing but my burgers blackened, and my mom and mother-in-law both agree that the blue M&Ms “just taste…different.” Until recently, though, no one was more stubborn than my husband and the...