Appetizers and Snacks

Green and Red Summer Sausage Salad

Red and green summer sausage salad (looks festive served at a holiday party, but the recipe works for any time of year)
Tonight is New Year's Eve and I'm more excited for this holiday than I have been in years!Nate and I haven't really celebrated since we had our first kid. For the last five years this day has mostly involved 8pm festivities with a fake Netflix countdown. Man, we sure know how to party like it's preschool! Tonight, we've rented a suite at a...

Loaded Sweet Potato Skins with Savory Italian Sausage

Loaded sweet potato skins made with ground Italian sausage, cheese, sour cream and chives.
It's the week before Thanksgiving, and you all know what that means. Friendsgiving! In case you aren't familiar with the term, Friendsgiving is a Thanksgiving held with friends. We usually do a separate friend gathering along with the usual family stuff. It's the perfect opportunity to try out a daring twist on an old recipe favorite, because your...

San Diego-Inspired Appetizers, Let’s Party

Fish taco patties with coconut lime sauce
I love San Diego. A lot. So much so, in fact, that sometimes I throw little parties for my local friends just to celebrate the amazingness that is America's Finest City. Whenever I find - or manufacture - a good excuse, I like to gather everyone together and create cuisine inspired by a certain location. This go-around, obviously,...

Roasted Artichokes Packed Full of Flavor

How to make easy Italian oven-roasted artichokes with three ingredients. Just pour some premade sauce over and cook. The flavors will seep in and the result is WAY better than boiling.
Roasted artichokes are pretty much the best thing ever. The high heat gives them a buttery texture, and the lack of boiling water means that the artichoke is free to retain its rich and nutty flavor. Pull them apart and dip them in mayo or olive oil for a luxuriously indulgent treat.The one and only way that roasted artichokes...

American Flag Food Craft

This American Flag food craft is easy to make in a kids' bento. Create it for 4th of July, Memorial Day or any time of year to prompt a discussion about the nation.
Happy July! Looking for a sweet snack or an easy bento to set out for the kiddos in celebration of the 4th? I have the perfect American flag food craft for you.Chicken nuggets, blueberries, cherry tomatoes, egg whites from a hard-boiled egg, cashews, strawberries, a beef stick and long slices of cheese. This American flag food craft has a little bit...

Bacon Dates with Goat Cheese

Bacon dates with goat cheese
Fun fact: these bacon dates are what made me go into labor with Minion. Okay, it may have been a combination of the bacon dates, acupuncture, yoga ball stretches, walking, massage and primrose oil. I was really tired of being pregnant. When all that other stuff didn't work, someone suggested I eat a bunch of dates to...

27 Delectable Chocolate Bacon Recipes

All the best chocolate bacon recipes. Oh yes. This feels soooo right.
Chocolate. Bacon. Chocolate bacon? Oh yes. This combination seems so wrong and yet it tastes sooooo right. The chocolate bacon trend has taken over on Pinterest, Food Network, and in our very own kitchen.One of the things I like most about chocolate bacon recipes is that there's a combination to please almost everyone. Except vegetarians. And vegans. And people...

So Many Celebrations

Gluten-free carrot apple latkes
October through December is definitely the season of festivity. Parties and celebrations and gift swaps galore! And it seems like everyone has birthdays around this time (nine months before now is Valentine's Day, soooo I guess that makes sense). We even have a couple anniversaries squeezed in for good measure.Last weekend we kicked off the celebrations with Nana and Papa's 50th...

33 Oh-So-Appealing Apple Recipes

33 apple recipes that are sweet, savory, and everything in between
Fall is here, months filled with ghosts and goblins and delicious pumpkin and apple recipes! From sweet, cinnamon-crusted mini pies to savory meat dishes chock full of protein, apple recipes abound for occasions from Halloween to Thanksgiving and on into Christmas and New Years. My favorite apple recipes, though, are the ones made in the early morning just for my...

Cream Cheese Lunch Meat Rolls

Cream cheese lunch meat rolls. Perfect for families going gluten-free and missing sandwiches!
Our family has been missing gluten lately as it used to provide the staple for a lot of quick-and-easy meals in our busy lives: pasta, cereals, sandwiches. But I'm always up for a challenge and I love creating a healthier take on an old favorite! These lunch meat rolls have all the best stuff from a gourmet sandwich. We make a...