Gingered “Sushi” Salad

If you were to ask my friends where I eat the most during the week, it would be our local sushi restaurant. And if you were to ask our server there what I always order with my sushi, it would be a side of ginger dressing. I’m obsessed with it. No matter what roll we…

Garden Green Guac Bagel

Below my office is a great little juice bar that I frequent often. As their business grew, they were encouraged by their patrons to start carrying healthy lunch items. I had ventured down one day and they had just added healthy grain bagels to the menu. The girl behind the counter and I looked over…

Smoked Salmon Arugula Salad

I used to be intimidated to be in charge of making the salad. Seems silly, but it’s the truth. When I first started cooking, I often found my salads to be bland. Especially compared to my Mom’s salads (people talk about her salads). One night I was helping my Mom put dinner together, and I…

Garden Basil Pesto

Nothing quite says “Welcome Spring” like homemade pesto. Right from the blooming garden, freshly picked basil packs full flavor of the warmer months. Pesto can seem intimidating, but it’s just about finding the balance of ingredients and blending them all together! Adjust to your taste, and have fun with it! Ingredients 2 Cups Fresh Basil…

Broccoli Crunch Salad

When it comes to power foods, Broccoli is one at the top of the list. Especially raw broccoli. It is high in vitamin C, dietary fiber, and is known to have anti-cancer benefits. And if broccoli were to ever have a fan club, my Mom would be the president. I’m not sure a day has…

Roasted Chicken Brie & Tomato Panini

While stocking my new kitchen when I moved, I found one of those on-the-counter grills on sale, and I just had to get it. While I’m still mastering some of the grilling techniques on it, I have learned how to get the beautiful grill marks on a panini. This sandwich turned out to be delicious….

Smoked Three Bean & Tri-Colored Pepper Chicken Chili

I ate chili for the first time at the age of 20 years old. Wendy’s was the chef, and my college roommate insisted it was the best. Having been scared of the meat & bean concoction up until that point in my life, I had decided to trust her. Good thing I did because chili…