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

Buttermilk Bluberry Muffins Lemon Glaze 2

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...

How To: Make Vanilla Whipped Cream

Homemade Whipped Cream (3)

During holidays and special occasions, I rarely remember squirting a fat dollop of Reddi-Whip onto my mother’s delicious strawberry shortcakes and fruit pies. Why commit store-bought injustice against your own prized pie? Come on, now. You already know that freshly whipped cream tastes WORLDS better, so get out your beaters...

Buttermilk Honey Bread

Buttermilk Honey Bread

This blog started with a loaf of homemade bread, and since then, I’ve had great fun experimenting with all different varieties of bread – the sweet and savory, warm and doughy, and those that are just plain great for a sandwich or dunking in a bowl...

Strawberry Basil Cocktail

Strawberry Basil Cocktail

One of the things I like most about growing my own basil is that it is so easy to take care of and can be added to a number of dishes I make at home. However, though I’ve garnished many a pasta sauce and chicken...