Tomato, peach, and mozzarella salad

Summer means many things to me: hot, muggy days, flip flops, sunglasses permanently placed upon my head. But one of my most favorite things about the summer is the food—specifically the delicious, crisp produce. I’ve shared a couple of great warm weather salads in the past (including this beet, tomato, and feta salad), but I…

Greek orzo salad

I recently posted this recipe for Greek chicken kebabs, and as yummy as they sounded, you were probably thinking, “What should I serve with those kebabs?” Not to worry. Today’s post will provide you with just the answer: Greek orzo salad. I made this recipe alongside the Greek chicken kebabs and they were the perfect combination….

Curried chicken salad

Those that know me know my true loves (and I’m not talking about Doug). These loves include cheese, ice cream, sushi (not all at once, of course) … and chicken salad and the Barefoot Contessa can’t be forgotten either. When I was thinking about my next recipe to post, I realized I have never shared…

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…

Spinach and ricotta noodle pudding

With the weather getting much nippier and the air blowing a bit colder, it’s the perfect time to warm up with a hot bowl of something delicious. And who better to help us in the comfort food department than the glorious Ina Garten? Her recipe for this spinach and ricotta noodle pudding can be enjoyed…

Butternut squash & sausage stuffed shells

I love the flavors of fall: squash, cinnamon, nutmeg … the list goes on. There’s something incredibly comforting about these flavors. And when you put them together in one dish, it’s like magic. I recently found a recipe for butternut squash and sausage stuffed shells that looked amazing—so of course I had to try it….

Maple glazed Brussels sprouts with apples and bacon

A couple of my coworkers and I took on the task of creating a meal entirely devoted to apples, which meant that apples needed to be incorporated into each dish we made. It actually wasn’t as difficult as one may think. Along with a dessert (my famous apple cider donut holes), I decided to make…

Summer garden pasta

One of my favorite things about summer is a leisurely visit to the farmer’s market. Bright colors … delicious smells … it’s basically heaven perusing through all of the different types of fresh  produce and fruit. As I flipped through one of my Barefoot Contessa cookbooks a couple of weekends ago, I came across this summer…

Sweet corn pudding

I love corn. And that includes corn on the cob, corn bread, corn muffins … I could go on, but I think you get it. So when I was looking for a good side to make with my crab cakes recently, I found this super simple and super delicious recipe for sweet corn pudding. It…

Tomato tart with blue cheese

I know I’ve been MIA, but I’ve been a busy little bee: Work stuff, vacation, getting engaged. It’s been a busy couple of months! So it’s about time I shared a new recipe. This one is the result of a long few days of traveling and not really wanting to make anything. As I was…

Creamy coleslaw

I’m a sucker for a good coleslaw. Whenever I’m at a restaurant and order barbecue or fish and chips, it just isn’t the same unless I have a side of cold coleslaw. Everyone has their own recipe, but my favorite is this creamy version. The great thing about this recipe is that it doesn’t involve…

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…