pesto grilled cheese

Ricotta Pesto Grilled Cheese

A pesto grilled cheese made with three types of cheese is the best kind of lunch. A grilled cheese sandwich is easy enough to make. Who doesn’t like golden toasted buttery bread oozing with melty cheese? Bonus points if it has lacy bronzed edges because the cheese hit the pan. I’ve made a million grilled [...]

tomato vinaigrette

Summer Tomato Vinaigrette

A simple summer tomato vinaigrette comes together quickly and is best enjoyed all summer long. If you think of the best salad you’ve ever had, and what made it that way? The lettuce? Doubtful. Other veggies? I mean, maybe, depending on what they are. Because cheese and nuts and fried onions can definitely make a [...]

panzanella salad

Tomato and Peach Panzanella with Burrata and Pesto

A summer bread salad recipe reminds me why I put up with hot, miserable weather. One of my favorite things about summer salads is that they don’t have to be complicated. Because if you get good produce, you don’t need a complicated dressing or tons of extras. A bread salad is a great way to use [...]

Iced Coffee Mornings

The last few months have been busy for me. I’ve traveled a lot — mostly good, some not so much. I’ve also been reflecting a lot. On my health. On the state of the country and world. And on what I want to do with myself and my life. I normally start my day with coffee. [...]

individual peach cobblers

Individual Peach Cobblers

Easy individual peach cobblers make an impressive, easy summer dessert, perfect for any occasion. My summer is divided into sections based on what types of fruit are in season. It starts with strawberries and ends with watermelon, but in between are one of my favorites — peaches. I make at least one peach dessert every summer, [...]

zucchini pancake recipe

Zucchini Pancakes with Lemon Mascarpone Cream

A spiced zucchini pancake recipe gets the royal treatment with an indulgent lemon mascarpone. Every summer, every chef and gardener I know is scrambling around for various ways to use up all the zucchini in their garden. Because if you’ve ever grown zucchini, you know that there comes a point where you have more than [...]

strawberry salsa

Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa

This easy strawberry salsa recipe makes the perfect addition to your chip and dip table. Picture this. You are tasked with bringing an appetizer to a potluck or backyard barbecue. You pick up a bag of chips and salsa, because who doesn’t like chips and salsa? That’s the problem. Everyone loves chips and salsa, so [...]

mini poptarts

Mini Raspberry Chamomile Pop Tarts

These mini pop tarts filled with tart raspberry jam are the perfect bite-sized treat for any time of day. I recently was tasked with making some treats for a baby shower for a friend of mine. So I weighed my options carefully before deciding.  I wanted something simple that didn’t require plates or cutting or [...]

cauliflower potatoes

Cheesy Cauliflower Potatoes

Cheesy cauliflower potatoes make a healthy version of a traditional side dish that everyone will love. I like vegetables and try to eat as many as I can, whether in a giant salad, roasted as a side, or blended into soups. That being said, I find myself going through periods where I don’t eat many. [...]

lemon cheesecake

Lemon Berry Cheesecake Parfaits

Easy no-bake lemon cheesecake parfaits are the perfect anytime dessert when you need something sweet without a lot of effort. Years ago, I worked at a bakery where we made these lemon cheesecake cups. The cheesecake filling was bright and lemony, and it was layered with housemade granola and fresh strawberries. They were one of [...]