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...

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...