Green Bean Gremolata

Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa, is the Queen of making the most flavorful dishes that are approachable and crowd favorites. This Green Bean Gremolata became my signature side dish through the holiday season. Green beans are a safe vegetable to serve as they pair with almost every dish and most people like them. Her preparation…

Fresh Squeezed Lemon Vinaigrette

Often when the ingredients are fresh & vibrant, you can keep it simple. This Lemon Vinaigrette is lite & bright in flavor, and it’s easy to whisk together with it’s short ingredient list. It is the quintessential taste of a summer day. Dress mixed greens with the vinaigrette to make a simple, crisp green salad…

Sweet Pineapple Rice

Going with the theme of cooking from my pantry, I found items that could transport us, at least in the culinary-sense, to the shores of Hawaii. The sweet flavors of both the sweet potato and the pineapple transform the earthy rice. Not only do the sweet potato and pineapple add incredible flavor to the rice,…

Breakfast Spinach Pastry Cups

Whether you make this dish from last night’s leftovers, or make it all at once, this fried egg spinach puff pastry is one to remember. The flaky, buttery crust… the savory, creamy spinach… all topped with a perfectly fried egg… is it time for breakfast yet?? Ingredients Eggs Butter or Olive Oil Salt & Pepper…

Spinach Pastry Cups

I had originally prepped this post long before the Covid-19 Pandemic and Stay-At-Home orders were in place. The way we live has changed drastically in the last two months plus. Our life has been impacted on almost every level. We pray for those who are sick, those we have lost, and for the healthcare workers…

Heirloom Tomato Zucchini Crostata

This recipe is my favorite go-to appetizer. It’s easy to make, it can be made in advance, and it’s impressive. Between the buttery dough and the fresh vegetables & herbs, the flavors are hard to resist. There are almost never any leftovers when I serve this at a party.  It can be served as one…

Greek Farro with Tzatziki Ranch

With Memorial Day around the corner, we will be entering into the start of the cold-grain salad season. Potato and pasta salads are key staples for summer BBQs. I am a huge fan of both, but sometimes it’s fun to serve something unexpected. This dish is made with Farro, which is an ancient whole grain,…

Carrot Ginger Soup

Is there anything more comforting than a hot bowl of soup?  This Carrot Ginger Soup is not only packed with delicious flavor, it’s good for you. So as we’re transitioning from winter into spring (hopefully), this soup is great to serve for both lunch and dinner. This dish can also be made FODMAP friendly by…

Tex-Mex Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potato

Sometimes you just feel like a one-component meal. These twice-baked sweet potatoes are packed full of flavor, and will leave you satisfied. If you wanted to add a protein, you could always compliment it with grilled chicken, which could be simply grilled on the side, or shredded and added into the mixture. Just be sure…

Lemon Zest Garden Pasta

Summer time is here and what better way to celebrate it in the kitchen than with garden vegetables and the fresh zest of lemons. We were just up in Northern Michigan, and were planning a boat picnic. As such, we wanted to pack an easy to transport and eat meal. This was perfect! We paired…