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Sue

  • plum amaretto sorbet in a small glass with spoon

    Easy Plum Amaretto Sorbet

    Easy Plum Amaretto Sorbet ~ this epic summer fruit sorbet is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted, it’s like biting into a ripe juicy plum, exploded tenfold.   To be honest, a…

  • apricot jalapeño jam with cheese and crackers on a white marble surface

    Apricot Jalapeño Jam

    Apricot Jalapeño Jam ~ it’s sweet, hot, sticky, and makes an insanely delicious appetizer with soft cheese and crackers.  Do this hot pepper jam small batch refrigerator style, or can up…

  • Americana Desserts for Summer

    Americana Desserts for Summer ~ from true-blue classics (cherry pie, anyone?) to those ‘only in America‘ specialties, these dessert recipes will take you from July 4th all the way to your…

  • Green Lemon Potato Salad in a bowl with spoon

    Greek Lemon Potato Salad

    This Greek Lemon Potato Salad bursts with sunny Mediterranean flavors.  It’s a healthier alternative to classic potato salad ~ and no mayo means it’s perfect for outdoor picnics and barbecues, too.…

  • a slice of blueberry lemon layer cake with fork

    Blueberry Lemon Layer Cake

    Blueberry Lemon Layer Cake ~ a vibrant layer cake recipe bursting with juicy berries and fresh lemon.  It makes a wonderfully unique birthday cake, and I’ve yet to meet a soul…

  • Making citrus sugar in a food processor with sugar and lemon zest

    How to Make Lemon Sugar

    How to Make Lemon Sugar ~ this is an easy technique for infusing real lemon flavor into sugar for all your baking projects.  If you’re a lemon lover you need to…

  • Colorful Firecracker Chicken in a wok with tongs

    The 16 Best Panda Express Copy Cat Recipes!

    The 16 Best Panda Express Copy Cat Recipes ~ from chow mein and fried rice to everybody’s favorite orange chicken, these restaurant style copy cats are spot on!…

  • Sweet Fire Chicken Skewers fanned out on a plate

    Sweet Fire Chicken Skewers

    Sweet Fire Chicken Skewers ~ tender chicken kabobs stacked with a rainbow of onions, peppers, and pineapple chunks grilled up in a sweet and spicy sauce inspired by my current Panda…

  • Coconut Rice with a sprig of cilantro

    How to Make Coconut Rice

    How to Make Coconut Rice ~ coconut rice is rich and creamy with a subtle tropical flavor that is so much more than a side dish for chicken or fish.  It…

  • Rhubarb jelly with small spoon

    Rhubarb Vanilla Bean Jelly

    My Rhubarb Vanilla Bean Jelly is a rosy sweet/tart rhubarb jelly flecked with vanilla bean seeds that turns morning toast or a pb&j sandwich into a gourmet treat.  Be sure to…

  • slices of orange glazed zucchini bread, stacked

    Orange Glazed Zucchini Bread

    Orange Glazed Zucchini Bread ~ a soft, moist zucchini packed bread with a surprise sweet glaze made with fresh squeezed orange juice.  Make room at the front of your recipe file…

  • Fruit Salad with creamy coconut poppy seed dressing

    Creamy Fruit Salad with Coconut Dressing

    Creamy Fruit Salad with Coconut Dressing ~ it’s  grandma’s potluck classic spiffed up and brought into the 21st century with a non-dairy vegan coconut lime dressing, and trust me, you won’t…

  • Norwegian Rhubarb and Almond Cake

    This Norwegian Rhubarb and Almond Cake is a delicate breakfast or snack cake that features the unusual combination of tart rhubarb with almond.  …

  • solar lanterns for zero waste entertaining

    Zero Waste Outdoor Entertaining ~ you can do it!

    Zero Waste Outdoor Entertaining ~ make all your backyard barbecues, summer garden parties, and family gatherings eco-friendly this season with minimal waste and maximum style! What is zero waste all about?…

  • Trader Joe's Storefront

    What’s New and Good at Trader Joe’s

    What’s New and Good at Trader Joe’s ~ honest feedback on the latest and greatest products from everybody’s favorite grocery store!  …

  • spponing rainbow bean salad into glass bowls

    Rainbow Bean Salad with Sweet and Sour Dressing

    My Rainbow Bean Salad with Sweet and Sour Dressing is always the prettiest salad on the potluck table, but it’s also high fiber and super healthy.  It’s basically a complete rehab…

  • rhubarb scones cooling on a rack

    Rhubarb Scones

    Rhubarb Scones ~ these pretty scones loaded with little bits of juicy rhubarb make a perfect breakfast or afternoon tea-time treat.  Be sure to freeze some rhubarb when it’s in season…

  • Broccoli Honeycrisp Slaw in a small white bowl with a bamboo fork

    Broccoli Honeycrisp Slaw

    Broccoli Honeycrisp Slaw ~ tender shredded broccoli stalks, impossibly crisp apples, sweet currants, and toasted almonds all combine with a creamy cider dressing to make one heck of a deliciously unexpected…

  • a slice of orange blossom bundt cake

    Orange Blossom Bundt Cake

    An Orange Blossom Bundt Cake made with my signature orange infused sugar for a classic pound cake texture and a sophisticated orange flavor.  This is the orange cake to end all…

  • The Best Farmers Market Totes

    The Best Farmers Market Totes ~ we Americans are finally getting hip to the market culture.  We go to discover, taste, stock up, people watch, and look chic while we’re at…

  • A slice of lemon cake with lemon poppy seed buttercream on a small plate with fork

    Lemon Layer Cake with Lemon Poppy Seed Buttercream

    Lemon Layer Cake with Lemon Poppy Seed Buttercream ~ a lush lemony 3 layer cake loaded with a tart lemon poppy seed buttercream frosting.  Your fork won’t touch solid ground until…

  • holding a plant based burger with all the fixings

    The Ultimate Plant Based Burger Taste-Off!

    The Ultimate Plant Based Burger Taste-Off!  We ate meatless burgers for a week to review the Beyond Burger and 12 other popular veggie burgers.  Vegan meat is the hottest trend this…

  • Beet and blueberry salad with a box of blueberries

    Beet and Blueberry Salad with Labneh

    My Beet and Blueberry Salad with Labneh and watercress is a dream team of super foods dressed up as a delicious and satisfying salad.  A rainbow of beets, plus bright blueberries…

  • Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad in glass bowl

    Summer Potluck Salad Recipes for the 21st Century!

    Summer Potluck Salad Recipes for the 21st Century! ~ it’s potluck season again and whether it’s the company picnic or a backyard barbecue, you’re going to need a few potluck salads…

  • Sheet Pan Salmon Primavera

    Sheet Pan Salmon Primavera

    Sheet Pan Salmon Primavera ~ (PREE-ma-vera) or spring, in Italian, has inspired some of my favorite dishes.  This healthy meal is a celebration of tender spring veggies with omega 3 rich…

  • A pan of almond blondies with a slice removed

    Almond Shortbread Bars

    Almond Shortbread Bars ~ an easy shortbread dessert recipe infused with a homemade almond paste, and topped with a to-die-for sweet almond glaze that gets poured right over the  hot pan…are…

  • a log of homemade almond paste wrapped in plastic

    How to Make Homemade Almond Paste!

    How to Make Homemade Almond Paste ~ this delicious, fresh almond paste recipe is made super quick and easy in your food processor.  Wrap it up, refrigerate, and get on with…

  • Stuffed zucchini in a pan with spatula

    Stuffed Zucchini with Pine Nut Salsa

    Stuffed Zucchini with Pine Nut Salsa ~ zucchini boats stuffed with a delicious blend of sausage, tomato, cheese, garlic, and breadcrumbs, topped with a lemony pine nut salsa that will knock…

  • mixed berries on a white surface

    Craving Berry Desserts? Start here!

    From the earliest spring strawberries to lush, late-summer blackberries, berries rule the dessert table at our house.  Here are a few of my favorite berry dessert recipes……

  • A rhubarb shortcake on a white plate with whipped cream

    Rhubarb Shortcake

    Rhubarb Shortcake ~ the combination of flaky pastry, juicy tart fruit, and sweet cream is unbeatable.  One taste of this easy and elegant spring dessert and you’ll never settle for strawberry…

  • Clotted Cream Shortbread, cut into squares

    Cornish Clotted Cream Shortbread

    Cornish Clotted Cream Shortbread  is an authentic shortbread recipe that uses clotted cream in addition to butter to make the most luxurious breakfast or tea time treat ever.  This is the…

  • Rhubarb Vanilla Bean Shortbread Tart, sliced

    Rhubarb Shortbread Crumble Tart

    Rhubarb Shortbread Crumble Tart ~ this  juicy rhubarb tart recipe is warmed up with vanilla bean and a buttery oatmeal crumble topping.  After you make it for Mom this Mother’s Day,…

  • Spring Backyard Flower Arranging

    You don’t have to have a Martha Stewart style cutting garden to put fresh flowers on the table throughout the season.  Here are my top tips for spring backyard flower arranging,…

  • A Brown Sugar Bourbon Icebox Pie topped with shaved chocolate curls

    Brown Sugar Bourbon Icebox Pie

    My Brown Sugar Bourbon Icebox Pie recipe with lots of pillowy whipped bourbon mousse piled into a dark chocolate crumb crust and topped with more dark chocolate is a seriously adult…

  • Bloody Mary Gazpacho with lime wedges and garnishes

    Bloody Mary Gazpacho

    My Bloody Mary Gazpacho recipe is a clever mash-up of your favorite brunch cocktail and a refreshing Spanish chilled soup ~ now you can sip a zesty Bloody Mary out of a bowl!…

  • drizzling honey on a piece of honey jalapeño cornbread

    Honey Jalapeño Cornbread

    Honey Jalapeño Cornbread ~ this is a moist, Southern buttermilk cornbread with a fluffy open crumb, a hint of sweet honey, and a smokey heat from the peppers.  Make it your signature potluck…

  • The Ultimate Guide to Guacamole Recipes

    The Ultimate Guide to Guacamole

    The Ultimate Guide to Guacamole ~  a great guacamole recipe is cheap, healthy, vegan, gluten free, drop dead easy, and universally loved. (We’ve been making it since college, humans have been…

  • A slice of strawberry rhubarb pie with ice cream on a blue floral plate

    Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie

    Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie ~ sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb team up for this easy one crust crumble topped pie.  Was there ever a springier dessert?  I don’t think so.  Be…

  • Mexican Steak Fajita Salad in a wooden bowl 2

    Mexican Fajita Steak Salad

    Mexican Fajita Steak Salad ~ the combination of a cool crisp romaine salad with juicy steak and hot seared peppers and onions is hard to beat.  We’re making homemade fajita seasoning and homemade…

  • A slice of roasted banana bread

    Roasted Banana Bread with Walnuts

    This Roasted Banana Bread with Walnuts is the best banana bread recipe I’ve ever made…seriously. Want some?  You’ll need an entire bunch of bananas, some buttermilk, a full bag of walnut…

  • gluten free whole tangerine cake

    The Best Gluten Free Cake Recipes for Spring

    The Best Gluten Free Cake Recipes for Spring ~ there are always lots of entertaining opportunities in Spring ~ Mother’s Day, Easter, Passover, showers, graduations…so many cake-worthy occasions.  From decadent chocolate…

  • Roasted salmon topped with berry salsa

    Salmon with Berry Salsa

    Salmon with Berry Salsa combines a succulent side of salmon, simply roasted with olive oil, lemon, and salt, with a juicy tumble of mixed berry salsa spiked with lime and jalapeño.…

  • Spring Salad with Eggs and Creamy Tarragon Dressing

    Spring Salad with Eggs and Creamy Tarragon Dressing

    My Spring Salad with Eggs and Creamy Tarragon Dressing is a beautiful addition to any spring brunch or Easter table.  It’s made with shaved asparagus, fennel, and radishes, crunchy pistachios, silky…

  • Raspberry Eaton Mess in a glass with spoon

    Raspberry Eton Mess

    You don’t have to be a prep school alum to appreciate a Raspberry Eton Mess ~ it’s a traditional British dessert made with meringues, berries, and lots of whipped cream. It’s…

  • zucchini beef meatballs with pasta marinara

    Zucchini Beef Meatballs

    Zucchini Beef Meatballs made with ricotta cheese are soft, pillowy, and utterly delicious.  I like to serve them with pasta marinara for a healthier, lightened up comfort meal that gets raves…

  • Limoncello Cocktails

    The Prettiest Pastel Cocktails for Spring

    The Prettiest Pastel Cocktails for Spring ~ they’re in every color of the rainbow and almost too pretty to sip, but don’t let that hold you back, they’re perfect for your…

  • Raspberry Lemon Tea Cake with fork

    Raspberry Lemon Cake

     My Raspberry Lemon Cake recipe with lemon buttercream is made with yogurt, fresh raspberries, and lots of lemon juice for an old fashioned from scratch layer cake that’s perfect any time…

  • Great Island Salad Plate in a white bowl with chicken salad and mixed fruit

    Great Island Curried Chicken Salad Plate

    My Great Island Curried Chicken Salad Plate has a definite tropical spring break vibe with a tumble of colorful mixed fruit anchored by a big scoop of curried chicken salad (made…

  • Sheet Pan Frittata with spring greens, asparagus, snap peas, and goat cheese

    Sheet Pan Frittata with Spring Greens

    A Sunday stroll through the farmers market inspired this Sheet Pan Frittata with Spring Greens…I found all sorts of early spring veggies, but finally settled on dandelion greens, baby asparagus, snap…

  • Black bottom strawberry cheesecake squares

    No Bake Black Bottom Strawberry Cheesecake Squares

    My No Bake Black Bottom Strawberry Cheesecake Squares is a make-ahead friendly recipe made with fresh strawberries and a dark chocolate cookie crust ~ it’s an easy strawberry dessert that anyone…

  • Burger Salad Bowl with Fork

    Burger Salad Bowl

    Burger Salad Bowl ~ take a juicy burger, still sizzling from the grill, plop it on top of vibrant spring greens and surround with all the fixings, including a tangle of…

  • Tossing pasta with a chive parsley pesto

    Chive and Parsley Pesto

    Chive and Parsley Pesto ~ a spring green pesto sauce that goes rogue without a trace of basil.  Don’t save it just for pasta, use it on fish, chicken, sandwiches, burgers,…

  • roasted asparagus on a baking sheet with soft boiled eggs

    12 Recipes Every Asparagus Lover Needs

    12 Recipes Every Asparagus Lover Needs ~ asparagus is king of the spring veggies, and whether you like yours thick, thin, or in between, you’ll need some fabulous recipes to make…

  • a stack of strawberry lemon blondies 2

    Strawberry Lemon Blondies

    Strawberry Lemon Blondies Recipe ~ these easy strawberry blondies are moist and dense, (think soft shortbread) with plenty of little jammy pockets thanks to a cup of diced fresh strawberries in…

  • Making a chopped chef salad in a wooden salad bowl

    Chopped Chef Salad with Creamy Sweet Onion Dressing

    Chopped Chef Salad with Creamy Sweet Onion Dressing ~  the chef salad is an American institution, and probably the original main course salad.  But this epic loaded salad gets even better…

  • Lightly steamed asapragus with 30-second Hollandaise sauce

    30 Second Hollandaise Sauce

    This 30 Second Hollandaise Sauce recipe is made quick and creamy with your immersion blender — no cutting corners, either, this is the authentic stuff!  Slather it on Eggs Benedict, asparagus,…