Garlic cheddar bombs

I love planning parties. And it’s not very hard to guess what my favorite part about party planning is—the food. What’s great about most parties is that it’s not a sit-down, formal affair (unless you want it to be). Most of the time, you do appetizer/small plate type fair—and good small bite options are almost…

Chicken burrito bowl

Doug and I host Super Bowl every year—and I always try to throw in a few new dishes to keep things fresh. This year, one of our friends had a few dietary restrictions, so in an effort to make sure I had at least one thing she could eat, I searched my Pinterest arsenal to…

Spinach ricotta calzone

After the Super Bowl this year, I had an extra pound of pizza dough lying around. So rather than make a simple pizza, I decided to jazz up the pizza dough a bit and make a calzone—vegetarian style. So if you’re looking for a Friday (during Lent) dinner option that doesn’t involve one of your…

Grilled corn, tomato, and avocado salad with honey lime dressing

One of the things I enjoy most about the summer is that you can throw some of your favorite foods (but not ALL of your favorite foods) into a bowl and it is absolutely delicious. I could eat this summer salad for every meal. It includes tomatoes, roasted corn, and avocado, and is drizzled with…

Apple cranberry sage bites

Every Memorial Day weekend, my parents host a bunch of their friends and my siblings and I at their house in PA. There’s a lot of BBQing, a lot of booze, and a lot of fun. This Memorial Day, my mom put me in charge of appetizers. So I pulled out my Pinterest arsenal to…

Corn, onion & basil salad

Corn on the cob is basically my favorite thing ever (okay, maybe not my VERY favorite thing ever, but it’s up there). So when the summer months start creeping up, all I want to do is eat corn … in any form I can get it. I found this delightful recipe from Barefoot Contessa. It’s…

Mango and black bean salad

With grilling season in full force, it’s time to break out all of the side dishes that require fresh produce. This salad made with mango, avocado, black beans, and cucumber is a rainbow of colors. It’s simple to make and super light since it’s not smothered in a heavy dressing. Just a squeeze of fresh…

Sausage and apple puff pastry roll

I love trying recipes with unexpected flavors. This puff pastry roll filled with a sausage, apple, and onion stuffing is a little bit salty and a little bit sweet. It’s the perfect dish to serve for brunch, lunch, or a snack any time of the day. SAUSAGE AND APPLE PUFF PASTRY ROLL Servings: Makes 2…

Spinach balls

I fancy myself a bit of a hostess with the most-est. And there’s nothing I love more than having family and friends over and sharing some of my favorite small bites alongside some much-needed adult beverages. Here’s a recipe for one of my favorite appetizers: spinach and cheese balls. They’re super easy to make and…

Tuscan artichoke and spinach strudel

When you hear the word “strudel,” you probably imagine a sweet pastry filled with warm oozing fruits or chocolate. But this strudel isn’t your average strudel. It’s a savory version with artichoke, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes. Whip one of these up for your next gathering with friends, or bring it along as the perfect appetizer….

Parmesan & thyme crackers

I know what you’re thinking: Meg hasn’t shared a Barefoot Contessa recipe in a while. Well, no need to fret. That’s exactly what I plan to do today! In honor of the upcoming Super Bowl festivities, I’ve decided to share a super simple homemade cracker recipe. Whether you plan to serve them alongside a platter…

Parmesan & black pepper whole-wheat focaccia

There’s something about baking bread that keeps me very zen. Maybe it’s the precise measuring, or working frustrations out by kneading the dough. Whatever it is, baking is my stress reliever. And when you can de-stress and make something delicious at the same time, it’s definitely a win-win. This recipe for parmesan and black pepper…