Tomato Basil Crostini

Tomato Basil Crostini

A week before our recent dinner party, I was flipping through magazines, blogs, and recipe books trying to find a perfectly elegant but easy appetizer. It couldn’t be too filling because dinner would be a hearty stuffed pork loin, and it couldn’t be too...

Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are one of those bite-sized wonders that you just can’t afford NOT to make for a party or casual get-together. Everyone will love them. And I mean everyone as in, no matter how many people you have over and mushrooms you plan...

Classic Italian Lasagna

Lasagna

On a snowy winter day after school, dashing up my quarter-mile driveway with my backpack bouncing on my back, there were two distinct smells that I cherished coming home to: The thick, musky smell of the old wood stove crackling in my family’s kitchen,...

Best Ever Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Growing up, there was not a lot my mom and I could agree on, especially when it came to cooking. I was an impatient and perpetually bored teenager who would insist I knew a better way to whisk an egg, peel an apple, boil...

Spicy Sausage Dip

Sausage Dip

People, let me tell you. This stuff may not look pretty, but it is heaven on earth. I originally found a similar recipe from Annie’s Eats, a fantastic food blog with really eye-popping photos, and decided it was one of many of Annie’s creations...

How To: Organize Your Recipes

Organize Recipes

To keep your recipes organized and safeguard against spills, store them in a binder full of 8-1/2 x 11 pocket laminated sheets, found at any large retailer or office supplies store (Target, Wal-mart, Staples, Office Depot, OfficeMax, etc.). You will need: 1 binder that...

Cherry, Almond & White Chocolate Biscotti

Biscotti 2

For Christmas this year, my Dad (whose birthday happens to be today – Happy Birthday, Dad!) sent me the most delicious cherry jam – irresistible on a warm, toasted slice of my homemade bread – and a small bag of dried cherries. I was...

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Caprese Salad

While it’s safe to say – and I hate admitting this – that my fruitful, fragrant basil plant is sometimes left unattended and forgotten, I cannot say the same about tomatoes. We can’t have enough tomatoes in this house. They go so fast! Now,...

Walnut Banana Bread

Walnut Banana Bread

To those who don’t find comfort in the sometimes wearing process of mixing, beating, flouring, shaping, and rolling a typical loaf of bread, the simple process of making and baking a banana bread should be right up their alley. Swirl together some sugar, egg,...

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Nothing says good down-home country cookin’ like a pulled pork sandwich. Even if you live in a little city apartment like I do. No matter where you are, no matter the harsh winter weather, you can still get that “summer” feeling with a sweet...