A Super Bowl spread without the guilt

For many, the end of January signifies relief as we’ve made it through a month dedicated to resolutions, self improvement, goal setting, or quitting one vice or another. Hopefully our efforts have spurred new habits and genuine commitment to an overall healthier lifestyle. Yet just as soon as January passes, February comes along and throws…

When winter’s got you down, try this Carrot Ginger Soup

I started to feel a little under the weather today, that chill to your bone where you can never quite warm up. Craving soup I decided to try this this Carrot Ginger Soup from Love and Lemons which instantly turned the carrots which immediately turned the sad looking carrots in my fridge into something surprising…

Chocolaty Chunk Coconut Banana Bread

Everyone needs a go-to chocolate banana bread recipe. It’s the number one requested dessert in our house so I am always looking to improve upon my recipe. A bunch of overly ripe bananas called for another go at it this morning. I stumbled upon this irresistable looking recipe from Half Baked Harvest swapping butter or…

Company Turkey Chili with Butternut Squash

The Super Bowl is around the corner and while I’m not a football fan I love an excuse to throw a party. One of my favorite one pot winter dishes to make and serve for a group is chili. It’s easy, doesn’t really require a recipe and guests can customize with their own toppings. I’ve…

What’s Cooking this Hanukkah

For the past several years we have hosted an annual Hanukkah party/gift exchange. This is one of those holidays that is meant for grazing, we’re starting out early on a Sunday afternoon which just calls for a casual spread, the centerpiece being a big appetizing board (see inspiration below). I’m also brining brisket back on…

#thestew and why recipes go viral

If you were born in 1981 (cutoff age for millennials) and/or follow the New York Times Cooking columnist, cookbook author and foodie starlet Alison Roman then you will recognize this image immediately. For those who need an introduction, this Spiced Chickpea Stew with Coconut and Turmeric was created by Roman herself, published to the New…

When the best meals require no recipes

I was lucky enough to receive a delivery last week from a friend who is working with Mutti Tomatoes, which has been operating as a family run business out of Italy for over 100 years. Canned tomatoes are a staple in most pantries and for me, are used on a pretty much weekly basis for…

Home for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in our family has evolved over the years to become a holiday hosted by my dad and stepmom who married four years ago over Thanksgiving weekend, a few short years after each lost their own spouses to cancer. Together, they have built a home to host our newly blended family including six children (plus…

Best Birthday Brownies

It’s hard to believe my oldest baby turns 8 today! We celebrated over the weekend with a sleepunder party. Think all the best parts of a sleepover (pajamas, movie, games, popcorn, ice cream sundaes, flash light tag) but then got to send the girls home to bed for a good night’s sleep. I found these…

Fall Soups to Cook Right Now

As soon as the temperature starts dropping and the leaves start changing colors all I want to do is make SOUP! Below are two great fall soup recipes to try right now, both which can be prepped in under 20 minutes. The first, is Martha Stewart’s Apple-Butternut Squash Soup. I keep coming back to this…