Ten years of learning to cook

“Yeah, but I can’t cook like you.” Quite a few people have said that to me lately, and it always makes me smile. It was ten years ago that a light bulb went on in my head. Amidst growing health concerns, I knew I was going to have to start eating primarily homemade food in…

Early fall decor sales

It’s finally August, meaning it’s less than one month until we fall enthusiasts get the green light to transform our living spaces! Not only did I not get to participate last fall because we were packing and moving, but I have a brand new space in which to play this year. I CANNOT WAIT TO…

Easy Blueberry Pie

Last week, I went blueberry picking with a friend. We did what friends do, got to chatting, and before I realized it, I had seven pounds of blueberries! Considering there are only two people in my household, it’s going to take awhile to get through seven pounds of blueberries. So summer baking, it is! After…

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Upon learning about the legendary New York Times/Jacques Torres chocolate chip cookies, I knew I had to taste them! However, I live on the opposite coast from Manhattan. So it was up to me to create them. The original recipe is a bit more complicated than your average cookie. It uses equal weight of bread…

Sesame Chicken and Broccolini

This recipe is an easy go-to when I want something lower maintenance and fast. It comes together in about 20 minutes, and even clean up is easy! Sesame Chicken and Broccolini (Original recipe: Mom on Time Out) 2 tbsp peanut oil 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs 1 bunch broccolini, cut into florets 3 green…

Garlic Rosemary Chicken

Some of my favorite home recipes are restaurant copycats. This one, a knock off of an Olive Garden dish, is one of the best. It is deceptively simple; sauteed chicken over spinach. Nothing fancy, right? You guys, it’s the sauce. If you take the time to do this dish right, this pan sauce is to…

Savory Pumpkin Soup

While pumpkin soup is something I typically reserve for autumn and Thanksgiving, I was craving it the other day. But this is not your grandma’s strangely sweet yet weirdly bland pumpkin soup. My recipe is different than most, as I omit all the traditional sweeter spices. No ginger, no cinnamon, no nutmeg. I’m after a…

Peanut Butter Butterscotch Rice Krispies® Treats

This is one of those simple recipes you teach your kids to get them excited about cooking, which is precisely where I learned it. Staying at a friend’s house during summer vacation in middle school, we felt accomplished making these easy treats for ourselves. I still crave these bars from time to time as an…

Italian Sausage and Pepper Risotto

I have recently discovered that some of these meal delivery services post their recipes online. After watching Kay with The Organized Soprano effortlessly make this dish on her YouTube channel, I decided to tackle risotto for the first time. I’d always been intimidated by the idea of risotto being high maintenance and complicated, but using a Home…

Creamy Chicken Sausage and Spinach Soup

Sometimes, you go to a restaurant and enjoy a dish. Other times, you go to a restaurant, and think of all the ways you would alter a dish if you made it at home. This is one of those for me, my version of Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi soup. In this version, I use more-flavorful…