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Sue

Blistered corn and asparagus salad with salmon in a wooden bowl, side view

Blistered Corn and Asparagus Salad with Salmon

Blistered Corn and Asparagus Salad with Salmon dressed in a creamy lemon chive dressing ~ it’s a main course salad with a whiff of spring.  You’ll feel satisfied and good about yourself after polishing it off, and isn’t that…

Tangerine Marmalade Crumble Tart, sliced 2

Tangerine Shortbread Tart with Fresh Rosemary

Tangerine Shortbread Tart with Fresh Rosemary ~ an easy crumble tart infused with a hint of fresh rosemary ~ perfect for breakfast, brunch, or afternoon tea!…

Lemon Buttermilk Chicken Skewers

12 Inspiring Recipes that Pair Chicken with Citrus

12 Inspiring Recipes That Pair Chicken with Citrus ~ considering we each eat, on average, close to 100 pounds of chicken a year, having some good ‘juicy’ recipes up our sleeves is smart if we’re going to keep dinnertime…

Asparagus Goat Cheese Frittata

Asparagus Goat Cheese Frittata

Asparagus Goat Cheese Frittata ~ is there anything easier, and more comforting, than eggs for dinner?  This is a convenient busy day 30-minute meal that always feels like a treat to me.…

Sheet Pan Chicken Puttanesca ready for the oven

Sheet Pan Chicken Puttanesca

Sheet Pan Chicken Puttanesca is a riff on pasta puttanesca, one of the most effortlessly delicious (and sensual) dishes out there.   This easy 30 minute tray bake makes good use of all those lush flavors, plus chicken!  Genius.…

Instant Pot Wild Mushroom Risotto in a white bowl 5

Instant Pot Wild Mushroom Risotto

Instant Pot Wild Mushroom Risotto ~ this earthy risotto is one of my all time favorites for a quick weeknight meal or a romantic dinner by the fire.  Wild mushrooms, dry sherry, and fresh thyme provide glorious flavor, and…

A Blush Pink Valentine’s Day Menu

A Blush Pink Valentine’s Day Menu ~ whether you trend Millennial pink or more toward faded Victorian rose, there are more than a few shades in this blush tinted menu to brighten up your Valentine’s Day ~ no artificial coloring required!…

Blood orange and tangerine spremuta (Italian orange juice)

Blood Orange Spremuta (Italian orange juice)

Blood Orange Spremuta (Italian orange juice)  ~ a traditional healthy Italian fresh squeezed citrus juice for citrus season.  When was the last time you squeezed yourself a perfect glass? …

Broccoli Parmesan Soup with a blue napkin

Broccoli Parmesan Chicken Soup

This Broccoli Parmesan Chicken Soup is a quick cooking and vibrant soup recipe that the whole family will love.  It’s a cozy (and healthy!) one pot meal ready in 30 minutes.…

Nutella Sandwich Cookies, stacked

Nutella Sandwich Cookies

Nutella Sandwich Cookies ~ these easy cookies have a delicately crisp exterior, and are soft and chewy inside.  A thick layer of Nutella filling seals the deal.  So yummy.…

Beyond the Bag ~ The Art of Making Tea, Demystified

Beyond the Bag ~ The Art of Making Tea, Demystified.  Tea making is thousands of years old, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun with it!  Here are some ways you can easily adapt those ancient principles…

A glass of Kentucky Bourbon Vanilla Bean Pudding with spoon

Kentucky Bourbon Vanilla Bean Pudding

Kentucky Bourbon Vanilla Bean Pudding ~ this thick, classic, creamy vanilla pudding spiked with bourbon is an irresistible and comforting adult dessert!…

Will You Marry Me Brownies, sliced with powdered sugar

Will You Marry Me Brownies

Will You Marry Me Brownies ~ a simple pan of homemade brownies has won more hearts than any box of bonbons or dozen roses ever could.  This easy chocolate dessert is deceptively simple and surprisingly persuasive.…

Chickpea Salad with Pesto in a large white bowl 2

Chickpea Salad with Pesto

Chickpea Salad with Pesto might just be the perfect salad, perfect for family meals, potlucks and working lunches alike.  This deliciously colorful Mediterranean bean salad should be a staple in any healthy meal plan.…

Trader Joe's marcona almonds

12 Things I Never Leave Trader Joe’s Without!

12 Things I Never Leave Trader Joe’s Without ~ TJs sparks foodie passions like no other store, and our favorites list is as unique as our fingerprints.  How does my list match up with yours?…

Warm lemon puddings on a baking sheet with blueberries

Flourless Warm Lemon Pudding Cake

My Flourless Warm Lemon Pudding Cake is like an oasis of bright tangy sunshine in the middle of winter (aka citrus season!)  This easy self-saucing lemon sponge cake dessert is downright magical.…

Roasted Beets and burrata on a white platter

Roasted Beet and Burrata Salad

Roasted Beet and Burrata Salad with basil walnut oil ~ this is my kind of food ~ simple, vibrant, healthy…with a touch of mouthwatering decadence.  It’s lovely to look at, so satisfying to eat, and I feel good afterwards…shouldn’t…

Hot quest dip

15 Excuses to Have Hot Cheesy Dip for Dinner

15 Excuses to Have Hot Cheesy Dip for Dinner (as if you needed one) ~ a collection of hearty hot appetizers that can stand in for dinner at a moment’s notice.…

Vibrant Winter Slaw with Citrus Vinaigrette

Vibrant Winter Slaw with Citrus Vinaigrette ~ I love a great slaw any time of the year, but there’s a special place in my heart for this root veggie salad that brightens up my winter menu with a blast…

A glass of lemon water with sliced lemons

Why I Start Every Day With Lemon Water

Why I Start Every Day With Lemon Water ~ I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now and love it, but there’s a lot of misinformation swirling around out there, so today I’ll separate the myths from…

A stack of glazed Buttermilk Lemon Bread slices

Buttermilk Lemon Bread

My Buttermilk Lemon Bread is a tangy lemon loaf that practically sings with fresh lemony flavor, and I’m spilling all the secrets to this perfect citrusy pound cake right here!…

Truffle mac and cheese just out of the oven

Truffle Mac and Cheese

Truffle Mac and Cheese ~ a luxurious baked pasta with plenty of rich creamy sauce and an earthy flavor and aroma thanks to truffled cheese, truffle oil, and a dash of truffle salt.…

Salisbury steak meatballs with garlic gravy

Salisbury Steak Meatballs

My Salisbury Steak Meatballs smothered in garlic gravy on top of buttermilk mashed potatoes is just about the dreamiest meal I can imagine.  Dig out your cast iron skillet, this is going to be good!…

Super easy cinnamon coffee cake on a blue plate with fork

Super Easy Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Super Easy Cinnamon Coffee Cake ~ a soft pillowy cake with a simple flavor profile and a retro vibe (no one will guess it starts with a boxed mix!)…

a mug of Italian Sausage and Bean Soup

Italian Sausage and Bean Soup

Italian Sausage and Bean Soup is hearty, nourishing, comforting, and quick to make ~ clocking in at just under an hour.  It rivals Grandma’s chicken soup when it comes to curing what ails you.  …

Scooping up Smokey Spinach and Artichoke Dip with a chip

Smokey Spinach Artichoke Dip

Smokey Spinach Artichoke Dip ~ a warm, cheesy classic that’s an absolute necessity if you’ve got friends coming over on a chilly night.  My smokey recipe takes this familiar comfort food and gives it a delicious edge.  …

A Black-eyed Pea Salad in a white bowl with a spoonful of Meyer Lemon Rosemary Vinaigrette

Lucky Black-eyed Pea Salad for the New Year!

A Lucky Black-eyed Pea Salad for the New Year ~ this healthy high fiber bean salad is vegan, gluten free, and black-eyed peas are among the very lowest in carbs of all the legumes.  So even if you’re not…

Drunken Cranberry Meatballs

5 Mouthwatering Cocktail Meatballs

5 Mouthwatering Cocktail Meatballs ~ ah the cocktail meatball, equal parts dainty, elegant, and, well, meatball. If you’re looking for a crowd pleasing appetizer that doubles as dinner, get your toothpicks ready and look no further than this cocktail…

Winter Cheese Platter

How to Make an Epic Winter Cheese Board

How to Make an Epic Winter Cheese Board ~ grazing tables are all the rage this year, and this blockbuster appetizer is ideal for winter holidays, game days, or any time hungry friends and family gather.…

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels with sprinkles

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels are the answer when you need something sweet in a hurry.  Great for holidays, gifts, parties, or just emergency snack attacks.  …

The Sloppy Santa nightcap

The Sloppy Santa and 9 Other Naughty Nightcaps

The Sloppy Santa and 9 Other Naughty Nightcaps ~ I’m signing off for the weekend with a warm and fuzzy collection that will help you drift off to a much deserved rest after a busy holiday season.  Just be…

A chocolate hazelnut torrone, sliced

Chocolate Hazelnut Torrone

My Chocolate Hazelnut Torrone is an Italian confection that is pure chocolate hazelnut nirvana.  It’s made with 3 simple ingredients, but nobody has to know how easy it was to throw together.  (They’ll be too busy munching to care…

Bourbon Marshmallows in hot cocoa

How to Make Bourbon Marshmallows

How to Make Bourbon Marshmallows ~ these plush vanilla bean marshmallows are spiked with bourbon, add them to hot cocoa for a sweetly indulgent nightcap.…

Clementine Melting Moments on a green plate with a cut clementine

Clementine Melting Moments

Clementine Melting Moments  ~ can a simple cookie really taste like a fresh juicy clementine?  You bet, these little bite sized, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies are infused with the essence of fresh Clementines through and through.  Make them for the…

These easy cocoa meringues are the minimalist of cookies ~ just a few simple ingredients whip up into something magical! Meringues are a naturally gluten free, fat free treat!

12 Days of Holiday Meringues!

12 Days of Holiday Meringues ~ meringues might just be the perfect holiday treat, they’re easy, pretty, gluten free, and light enough to leave room for all the other holiday cookies!…

Jewel Box Truffles on a glass tray

Jewel Box Truffles

Jewel Box Truffles ~ I dare you to find a better or easier holiday food gift than these adorable bedazzled chocolates.  And the best part?  If you can melt chocolate, you can make them!…

Sugar Plum Fairy Bark on a gold and white plate

Sugar Plum Fairy Bark

Sugar Plum Fairy Bark ~ a pretty white peppermint confection bedazzled with sprinkles, because a little bling is always appropriate during the holidays.…

Crisp Almond Lace Wafer cookies

Reader’s Recipes: Almond Lace Wafers

These delicate almond lace wafer cookies have a wonderfully light crisp texture and can easily be made gluten free.  Dip them in chocolate or leave them plain, they’re always a hit!…

A round platter ofRainbow Crudités with Fire Feta

Rainbow Crudités with Fire Feta

Rainbow Crudités with Fire Feta ~ an oasis of freshness and crunch in a season full of comfort foods and holiday treats, people will flock to this colorful healthy appetizer!…

Making Copy Cat Harry and David Fruit Galette Cookies

Copy Cat Harry and David Fruit Galettes (plus printable tags)

Copy Cat Harry and David Fruit Galettes ~ my homemade version of these soft shortbread sandwich cookies filled with fruit preserves are simply amazing.  I’ve included custom gift tags to go along with them, just download and print!…

Easy How To instructions for making swirled chocolate bark

Chocolate Bark ~ 15 Ways!

Chocolate Bark ~ 15 Ways ~ chocolate bark is the easiest of all homemade candies and probably my favorite.  It can be done in a thousand and one ways, here are the 15 best!…

5 Mouthwatering Flourless Desserts

These 5 mouthwatering flourless desserts prove you don’t need traditional white flour to make a knock-out sweet treat! …

Toasted Almond Russian Tea Cakes in a mug

Toasted Almond Russian Tea Cakes (plus printable gift tags)

Toasted Almond Russian Tea Cakes (aka Mexican Wedding Cookies) are a variation on tradition using toasted almonds.  These easy shortbread drop cookies with their snowy sugar coating are required eating during the holidays!  I’ve designed special tags to go…

sliced Nutcracker Bark on a marble slab

Easy Nutcracker Bark (with printable recipe tags!)

Easy Nutcracker Bark ~ crunchy, salty mixed nuts enrobed in lots of dark chocolate.  Who wouldn’t want some of that?  Nobody, that’s who.  And I’ve even included downloadable recipe gift tags so you can share with your bestest friends.…

a log of Hazelnut Sandies cookie dough, sliced

Hazelnut Sandies

Hazelnut Sandies ~ I love the toasted nutty flavor, I love the buttery shortbread texture, and I love that little sandy finish from the sugar coating.  This is my kind of cookie!…

A pan of eggnog streusel French toast casserole with a piece taken out

Eggnog Streusel French Toast Casserole

My Eggnog Streusel French Toast Casserole is a decadent, holiday morning worthy baked French toast that can be assembled the night before.  Can you say fantasy B&B breakfast?…

rolling and cutting gingerbread cookie dough

Complete Holiday Guide to Freezing Cookies

Complete Holiday Guide to Freezing Cookies ~ I’ve tracked down the best tips and tricks for make ahead cookies so you can enjoy more of your holidays inside and outside of the kitchen!…

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, sliced, on a cooling rack

The Best Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread is a must make every fall — this pumpkin bundt cake is moist and tender with just the right amount of spice, and the chocolate chips take it from delicious to dynamite!…

Breaking apart a homemade turtle candy

Grandma Kathy’s Homemade Turtle Candy Recipe

Grandma Kathy’s Homemade Turtle Candy ~ this vintage recipe is straight from grandma’s recipe box, it’s the one she made throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s and it’s still the best classic holiday candy around.…

cacio e pepe spaghetti squash

Cacio e Pepe Spaghetti Squash

Cacio e Pepe Spaghetti Squash is a deliciously low carb and gluten free version of one of my favorite classic Italian pasta recipes.  …

Maple Glazed Oatmeal Cookies

Maple Glazed Oatmeal Cookies

Maple Glazed Oatmeal Cookies ~ this classic chewy oatmeal cookie dipped in a rich maple glaze is deceptively simple and divinely delicious ~ you won’t be able to stop at just one.  Bake them to enjoy now, or freeze…

Por chops in the Instant Pot for Instant Pot pork chops with creamy mushroom sauce

5 Easy Weeknight Instant Pot Dinners

Having an Instant Pot means never having to settle for boring weeknight meals again ~ here are 5 Easy Weeknight Instant Pot Dinners that prove it!…

Gift Guide 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Since this Sunday is wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, shopping is on my mind, and I’m a firm believer in getting as much of it out of the way as possible so you can actually enjoy the…

Spiced Vanilla Pear Oatmeal

Spiced Vanilla Pear Oatmeal is a healthy gluten free hot cereal with floral, fruity pear, fragrant vanilla, warm spices, and creamy oats ~ it makes for an aromatherapy boost we could all use on frosty mornings.  …