The Perfect Pumpkin Bread

It’s October! It may not be the nice October that I am used to but… ITS FREAKING OCTOBER! You know what that means, the start of the baking season. Even better? Cooler weather! Well kind of. It rained the past two days and do you know the first thing I did when I saw raindrops…

Caffé Amouri: A Hidden Gem

Happy International Coffee Day! Today we celebrate International Coffee Day. It’s not just an annual event for the celebration and enjoyment of coffee, in fact it is actually a day used to raise awareness for the plight of coffee growers to promote fair trade coffee. So don’t feel guilty gulping down an extra cup of…

The Deconstructed Sushi Bowl

I LOVE sushi. Like I have said in my previous posts before, if I could eat it everyday I absolutely would. The price? Not so much. The work that comes with it if you decide to make it at home? Don’t even get me started. So, because of my cheap and lazy bad habits, alas…

Honey Dijon Beet Salad with Chevre Cheese

I’ve met my fair share of beet haters in my time (my husband being one of them) and I have a perfect track record of converting them once I actually get them to try something made with fresh beets. When I bring up the word “beets” to anyone, I automatically see a wrinkle in their…

Basil Limeade

It’s been getting hot and muggy lately. Not that type where it’s dry-hot, but super sticky-humid hot. And when it’s this hot I always get a sudden urge to quench my thirst with lemonade. So I walk over to my fridge, open it up and… LIMES… Gross… No lemons? Well… Ugh… FINE I’ll make limeade…

Basil and Walnut Pesto

I wish I could say my basil is growing like a weed this summer, instead it’s doing the opposite. It’s short, skinny and just looks so depressing. I mean what can I say, I do have the black thumb of death. I guess it’s just one of my curses that I will have to endure…

Fresh Homemade Pasta

I’m back! I know it has been almost 3 months since I last blogged, but so many good things have been happening! New job, new city, new house, and most importantly NEW KITCHEN. So, more blogging and recipes will be coming soon, I PROMISE! I love herbs and when I moved into my new home…

Corn Chowder and Cheddar Biscuits

Fall has officially found its way to Virginia and it is making itself very welcome. Fall can stay however long it wants but I know selfish winter will be shoving its way in before we get to enjoy our pumpkin spice lattes from our local Starbucks. Winter just can’t let fall have all the fun…

Spaghetti Squash Bake

This recipe utilizes one of falls most beloved treasures, spaghetti squash! I’ll be honest, I had no idea what a spaghetti squash was until I stumbled upon one at the grocery store two months ago. No, seriously, I actually tripped over one as I was getting trampled in the aisles while getting to get my…

Roasted Tomato Basil Bisque

On rainy cold days, nothing beats a grilled cheese sandwich dipped in a creamy tomato bisque. This old fashioned tomato soup always warms my heart on a cold and gloomy day. As you all know, fall is slowly approaching, so, you know what that means! Bring out your Campbell’s tomato soup cans! Just kidding, Don’t…

Tomato, Basil and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Bruschetta is so easy to make and always a crowd pleaser. The popularity of this Italian favorite is no surprise, as it’s not only a simple appetizer, but also an ‘upscale’ finger food. While there are the traditional tomato-and-basil recipes, there are many more bruschetta varieties. There is something about tomatoes and basil that just…

Baby Red Potato Salad

Baby Red Potato Salad Potato salad is a year-round favorite for me. The ingredient variations are endless and the dish provides a tasty and complementary side for almost any entrée. However, I am one of THOSE individuals who is not a fan of the traditional potato salad *gasp!* I know, I know crazy right? I…