Chicken and Dumplings

chicken and dumplings

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  Before we get to the chicken and dumplings, let’s talk kitchen equipment. I want to share with you one of the gifts that I received at my wedding shower, one that I treasure. It wasn’t something shiny and new, right out of the box. Instead, it was […]

Summer Succotash

Season to taste with the basil, salt and pepper.

I love recipes that really seem to celebrate a particular season. Spring is the perfect time for light fish dishes and lemony asparagus risotto. Fall is made for soup and pumpkin-flavored everything. Winter calls for stews and roasted vegetables. And then there’s summer, overflowing with strawberries, tomatoes, peaches, sweet corn, fresh herbs, melon, squash, cucumbers, […]

Sugar Cookies

Just in time for the holidays, a classic sugar cookie recipe with super-easy icing.

This post is a real classic–it’s the cookie recipe my family has used for Christmas cookies every year for as long as I can remember! They’re the quintessential sugar cookie, with a light, slightly crunchy homemade icing to top it all off. Feel free to add other decorations–sprinkles, red hots, etc.–while the icing is still […]

Avocado Spinach Dip

Reminiscent of spinach artichoke dip, this vibrant, cheesy dip gets its creamy richness from avocado.

Sometimes, you get stuck in a rut. Sometimes, you need a change. This post is about three game-changers: A new camera! Since starting this blog, I’ve evolved from taking all the photos on my iPhone 4, to an iPhone 5, to my Fujifilm point-and-shoot. However, last week I bit the bullet and bought a full-blown […]

Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and grits.

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  This recipe for shrimp and grits comes from nutritionist Ellie Krieger. Maybe you’ve caught her show on the Food Network, or seen her cookbooks at the store. Ellie is probably best known for creating healthier versions of classic comfort food. I own her book The Food You […]

Homemade Sweet Potato Fries & Honey Mustard

I’ve had a pretty great week. In the past seven days I’ve been at home with my family, started new classes, delivered a killer presentation, met and taught a group of awesome students, and landed two internship gigs. More on all that in the next couple of weeks. There is absolutely no connection between sweet […]

Boneless Buffalo Wings

Recently it seems that a lot of things have been falling into place for me. I’m a person who likes to believe that things happen for a reason, and I’ve been seeing the evidence these past few weeks. Here’s an example: About a month ago, I started looking for an internship, a required part of […]

Macaroni & Cheese

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  This was a great weekend. In terms of school, I did practically nothing. But in terms of relaxation, I accomplished a lot. And it all started when this guy on the left pulled into town on Thursday. Paul and I will have been dating for two years […]