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...

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...