Fall cooking—especially for Thanksgiving—is something I think about all year long. Only a couple of months after my boyfriend and I began dating in the spring of 2014, we were already planning our Thanksgiving menu, making lists and coordinating sweet and savory dishes to cook for our family and friends. You could say it was love. Continue reading
The thought of trading in flip-flops for boots and sand for fallen leaves makes me realize that I’m just not ready for summer to end yet. While there’s nothing that will make the warm, sunny days never-ending (except maybe a move to Southern California?), I can make sure I squeeze every last drop of fun out of festive barbecues, fresh-cut grass, dips in the pool and all the rest. With that in mind, I’m sharing my most unforgettable, all-time favorite Labor Day recipes. They’re a mix of traditional—potato salad, Watergate salad—and new recipes—zucchini fries, peanut butter s’mores bars—and some others in between, but they’re all guaranteed to make this Labor Day the best in recent memory!
Do you keep up with your food holidays? No, I don’t mean Thanksgiving or Easter; I’m talking about Blueberry Cheesecake Day (May 26), Pierogi Day (October 8), or, perhaps most important of all: S’mores Day which is August 10th! Sure you could gather around the campfire and cook up the classic, but these require no bug spray! Continue reading
Summer’s here, so it’s time to get naked…cakes, that is! Traditional layer cakes are going frosting-free, and the result is an almost un-BARE-ably awesome dessert for all warm-weather occasions: wedding showers, baby showers, grad parties—you name it, I’ll be creating naked cakes.
I will be honest with you all—the best part of the big game for me is the food. I have never really had a vested interest in the teams vying for the title, but game-day menu planning? Now that is a whole other story! Regardless of who is winning or losing, I have to score a touchdown with my guests with my football party spread.
My family includes major sports fans, including a husband who created a man cave just to watch games with his buddies and sons. I’m not immune to the excitement. It’s up to me to make sure the snacks and appetizers are ready to go, and I want to make sure they are absolutely delicious.
I HATE going to work in the dark and returning home in the dark. It’s the most soul-sucking part of winter, in my book. You can give me snow shoveling and heating bills and that constant cabin-fever-germ-paranoia, and I’ll take it in stride—but I need me some sunshine now and then. So when I’m feeling cold and blah and fantasizing about tropical beaches, I head to my kitchen to make one of these glorious citrus desserts. When you’re basking in their bright colors and tangy flavors, you can almost pretend it’s 80 degrees outside. (Almost.) Continue reading