Strawberry Galette

Strawberry Galette (2)

“It looks like a strawberry pizza,” were the first words out of my charming husband’s mouth after seeing this scrumptious, gorgeous strawberry galette. If making it had required more work, I would have had his head. But truth is, this little beauty is a lot of gain for...

Spiced Chicken with Couscous Salad

Spiced Chicken with Couscous

I consider myself a pretty good cook, but when it comes to something as simple as a salad, I confess that my creative brain is a little lost. About twice a week, I force down forkfuls of a plain baby spinach and tomato salad, and...

Lamb Chops with Garlic-Rosemary Sauce

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Besides the complete and total disaster that was Thanksgiving dinner of 2007, in which Mark and I tried to roast a twelve-pound turkey on a cookie sheet, I don’t recall ever cooking many meats in my kitchen besides chicken, beef or pork. I mean, those are...

Caprese Panini with Sun-Dried Tomato Mayo

Caprese Panini

A few months ago, I posted about one of my longtime favorite salads: a Caprese Salad with an oh-so-simple Balsamic Dressing. As much as I love cooking and preparing a meal, it doesn’t get much easier, or tastier, than piling together tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil and...

Quick Lemon Chicken with Garlic and Tomatoes

Lemon Chicken with Garlic and Tomatoes

Today has been a lazy day. Mark and I saw an early movie for $7 (can you remember when a regular movie only cost $7 – or less? I miss those days), and after stopping for some lunch, we came right home and put our pajamas back on....

Lemon-Glazed Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins

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Every weekday morning, Mark goes through his rushed routine to get ready for work, and he’s usually out the door about half an hour after he wakes up. But, on the days that I want to slow him down a little, there’s no better way to do it than with a warm,...

Cowboy Cookie Mix in a Jar

Cookie Mix in Jar

As I shared last week, the cookies I baked for my mom and mother-in-law were rendered completely and totally un-giftable after they crumbled in my hands. I hadn’t thought for a second that the cookies wouldn’t make the short trip from the counter to a box, but as with...

Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies

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Late last week, I had a problem. I was flipping through every recipe book I own, my favorite recipe websites, and other blogger’s pages in search of the perfect cookie to package up and send to my mom and mother-in-law for Mother’s Day. The fact that the...

Lemon-Thyme Shortbread Cookies

Lemon-Thyme Shortbread Cookies

If there’s one gift I can recommend giving this Mother’s Day, it’s a gift from the heart. Perfume and chocolates are all well and good, but everyone, including Mom, has an interest or a hobby that can inspire a more creative purchase. Does she like...

Mini Meatloaves

Mini Meatloaves

When I was first learning to cook, I was hesitant about calling my mother for instructions. Thinking back, I still don’t know why. But while I was crossing my fingers that a simple pasta dinner would turn out well and I’d impress my new boyfriend (now...