my go-to winter/holiday/pot luck meal! (sponsored)

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December 1st, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #VivaLaMorena¬†#CollectiveBias If life is crazy – every day, all the time – then I don’t even know how to describe the holiday season. It’s not so much that my day-to-day changes that much (thank goodness). But. There is […]


“keen” on quinoa: stuffed peppers

"keen" on quinoa: stuffed peppers

March 20th, 2015

See? I told you I would use it cooked! I’d never made stuffed peppers before, though they’ve always held an appeal to me – for presentation value alone they seemed worth a try. And then I came across this recipe – using not only quinoa (cooked!), but beans, corn, cheeses and lots of spices – […]


“keen” on quinoa – a mini series!

"keen" on quinoa - a mini series!

March 6th, 2015

Okay – I’m really not “keen” on quinoa. In fact, I really don’t like it at all (but I liked the title, so there’s that). I’ve noticed an alarming trend happening in my kitchen these days – that is, the accumulation of what I call “one-off” ingredients. These are ingredients that I buy for a […]


happy new year – let’s eat!

happy new year - let's eat!

January 6th, 2015

Happy New Year all! Hope your holidays were fabulous, spent doing things you love with those you love most. We had a busy and fun break #sixteendaysofnoschool. There were LOTS of movies – both the child and grown-up variety. Highlights for me were “Song of the Sea” (gorgeous animation and a refreshing break from the […]


d.i.y.: pies ‘n thighs chicken biscuits!

pies n thighs chicken biscuits

October 16th, 2014

So remember the grated butter tip from a few weeks back? Well here are those biscuits I promised! The how-to is on Babble right now and you are going to LOVE it! There’s also a recipe for Pies N Thighs best-fried-chicken ever, and a honey butter you’ll want to slather on everything…… Later this month […]


favor-“ette”: vermont maple sriracha (chicken)!

sriracha chicken

July 1st, 2014

I’ll admit: I was late to the sriracha game. Like, last-week-late. Up till now I’ve completely ignore this “do it all” condiment. Why? I have no idea. It’s trendy (I like trendy). It’s spicy (my big guys love spicy). And there seemed to be nothing you COULDN’T cook or bake with it (Pizza! Tacos! Chex […]


my favorite sandwich (sponsored post)

my favorite sandwich (sponsored post)

June 16th, 2014

Disclosure: Compensation for this post was provided by Cobblestone Bread Co. via AOL Media. ¬†All opinions expressed here – as always – are completely my own, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Cobblestone Bread Co. or AOL. We are lucky enough to have a grill right outside our back door, which […]


sheet pan salmon and broccoli with chili-caper vinaigrette

sheet pan salmon and broccoli with chili-caper vinaigrette

May 6th, 2014

I’ve been obsessing over a certain kind of meal these days – in the “one pan” category, as I love the simplicity, and relatively fast prep. And then – as if by magic – a friend recently posted this recipe: While soups, chilis and casseroles also fall into the one-pot style of cooking, I’m an […]


“mini cooks” dinner – enchilada lasagna (yum!)

"mini cooks" dinner - enchilada lasagna (yum!)

March 26th, 2014

Welcome back to “Mini Cooks”! MJ, Joy and I have been having so much fun “cooking” up great recipes that are delicious as well as designed to get you and your little ones in the kitchen – together! Joy’s serving up dinner today, with a recipe that looks as easy as it does amazing! This […]


d.i.y.: lobster roll & homemade mayo

lobster roll, homemade mayonnaise

July 26th, 2013

I know – it’s a DOUBLE “d.i.y.” today – woo hoo!! So it’s NO secret that I love me some lobster roll – so much that it would absolutely play a starring role in any “final meal” of mine. And my Instagram feed will totally back me up on this. Over many, many years I’ve […]