Gin-Basil Lemonade Cocktail

gin basil lemonade

I’m not really one for making cocktails at home. I’ll mix the occasional gin and tonic, and I’m not above blending a shot of rum into a smoothie or adding Bailey’s to my hot cocoa after a long day. But most of the time, my drink of choice at home is simple: a bottle of beer […]

Buffalo Chickpea Salad

buffalo chickpea salad

As a firm believer that hot sauce makes almost everything better, it was only a matter of time before this salad came about. I made this salad on a day when I really wanted buffalo wings, but had no time or energy to actually go get said wings and no chicken with which to make […]

Salmon & Avocado Summer Rolls

Sorry I’m a bit late with this week’s post. Paul and I took a wonderful long weekend trip to celebrate…our one year anniversary! Our main destination was Pittsburgh, but along the way we stopped in Wheeling to visit The Good Zoo at Oglebay Resort. You might ask why we went out of our way to […]

Kiwi Oatmeal

I have gone most of my adult life thus far thinking that I did not like kiwi. I don’t know if I had a bad experience as a kid or what, but for many years I avoided kiwi at all costs. However, in the spirit of trying new things (or re-trying old ones), when I […]

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

This recipe came about one morning when we were running low on groceries and there was no fresh fruit in the house. Normally I’d be fine just throwing a handful of raisins into my oatmeal and calling it good, but I was looking for something a little more substantial and spotted a couple of carrots sitting […]

Thermos Oatmeal

thermos oatmeal

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  “Why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?” “People are idiots, Leslie.” –Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson, Parks & Rec I love breakfast. I love the food (pancakes? coffee? eggs?) and I also cannot function without a solid meal to start the day. That’s why shortcuts like this […]

Harissa Avocado Toast

This recipe uses Friday’s New Food, harissa–a spicy paste made of chile peppers, garlic and olive oil. The avocado toast is inspired by a similar recipe shared on Vegetarian and Cooking. If you’ve never tried harissa, this is a great introduction! Print Harissa Avocado Toast Yield: 1 serving Calories per serving: 475 Fat per serving: […]

Kumquat & Ginger Oatmeal

kumquat ginger oatmeal

This is the first follow-up recipe from a New Food Friday–see the previous post for a quick overview on kumquats including where to get them, how to store them and some other ideas for using them. Almost as soon as I tasted my first kumquat I started thinking about ways I could use this sweet […]

Shrimp “Egg Roll” Stir Fry

This recipe came about one evening when Paul was out of town and I needed to whip up something fast to feed myself. I went exploring in my freezer and discovered the end of a bag of frozen shrimp, as well as half a head of shredded cabbage I’d frozen over the summer. And thus, […]