I had a huge bowl of green apples left over from a photoshoot. Mmmm ... what to make with them? What. to. make..... apple crumb cake with cinnamon and oats atop a moist sour cream cake with a hint of almond extract. Yep. That's it. Start peeling apples.
We're all looking for easy and healthy weeknight family meals. This Yogurt Crusted Chicken is crispy, tender, versatile, and simple to make.
Homemade gifts are the best gifts. And, when your holiday gift list includes not only family and friends, but also co-workers, neighbors, teachers, and even the mailman, homemade treats make heartfelt economical gifts that everyone appreciates.
Every year I love making our neighbors homemade baked goods and delivering them to celebrate the week of Christmas. In years past, I've made them sugar cookies, pound cakes, and even sourdough bread. It's just a little token to say thanks for being our neighbor and Merry Christmas! All of our neighbors happen to be elderly so I think receiving a homemade treat can be extra special ... they deserve something extra special!
Lately I have been snacking on pretzels dipped in Nutella. Sweet and salty. A dangerous combination. One afternoon while scraping the bottle of the Nutella jar with the very last pretzel (don't you dare judge me), I had a thought ... a brilliant thought. Why not make Nutella brownies with a pretzel crust? I didn't know just how brilliant this idea was until I made them. And ate them. All.
Tis the season for bowls of warm soup dressed with fresh herbs and topped with homemade biscuits. Cool evenings call for huge pots of hearty stew filled with meats and veggies and this Chicken and Bacon Corn Chowder hits the spot.
Years ago we honeymooned in Hawaii. We snorkeled with the sea turtles, sailed with the whales, took surfing lessons and drove the road to Hana. Thinking back on our trip, although we experienced some of the most incredible attractions The Aloha State has to offer, nothing takes me back to that vacation as fast as fresh pineapple and warm banana bread.
I really love to eat batter ... cake batter, pancake batter, cookie dough, I always lick the bowl! So if the dough is the best part of the cookie, why wouldn't you sandwich chocolate chip cookie dough between two chocolate chip cookies? I would. You should.
These Lemon Whoopie Pies with Lavender Frosting are my kryptonite. I. love. them. I think part of it has something to do with my latest obsession with lemon.
What's not to like about S'Mores? Chocolate and warm marshmallow smushed between two graham crackers, usually eaten around a bonfire with good friends. "How do you like your marshmallow?" is the question that always ensues. "Lightly toasted? Charred? On fire?"
I get asked all the time how I come up with new recipes. What's my inspiration? It may sound strange but I am really inspired by the items that are about to go bad in my pantry. I can't stand to waste food so if something is on it's last days, I'll figure out a recipe to use it.
Summer's freshest lemons and blueberries make for fabulously delicious homemade muffins. Just out of the oven, these puppies are the perfect breakfast treat.
Lunch is always a difficult meal for me to get inspired about. Midday, I want something light yet filling, fresh and satisfying that will last me through the afternoon. Salads are always a good go-to lunch option but most are uninteresting and ultimately unhealthy, which completely defeats the purpose of eating a salad in the first place. This salad is not one of those—it is flavorful, healthy and a lunch you'll be excited to dive into!
Over the past 5 weeks I have been cooking, styling and photographing over 100 pies for a cookbook that will be coming out in October (explains why the blog has been a little neglected lately). Yesterday we wrapped our final day of shooting and to celebrate I made the team breakfast.
My favorite cocktail is a good Margarita. Emphasis on the good. To me, a good margarita doesn't include sweet-and-sour mix. I love me some cheap greasy Mexican but most of those restaurants serve pitchers of premixed Margaritas that are bright green in color and chalked full of sugar—yuck!
Over the next twelve days I am going to take the Christmas carol "The 12 Days of Christmas" to inspire some magical holiday entertaining. From food to fashion, decor to design, it's going to be twelve days of creative ideas of how to brighten your holiday or throw your very own "12 Days of Christmas" themed party.
This past weekend we celebrated Jacobs' grandmother's birthday (my grandmother-in-law). When she requested banana pudding in lieu of a birthday cake we were all thrilled because everyone loves this recipe!
I am continuing my "Martha Challenge" this week with two amazing dinner recipes (check out my Martha Challenge favorites including Spiderweb Florentines and the September issue's Chicken and Broccoli Mac-and-Cheese).