stuffed pork tenderloin

  Sharing this one before the holidays because this is a recipe you can use to really impress people. Anything involving kitchen twine immediately elevates the appearance of a difficult and skilled preparation. But I swear this is easy! When I was menu-planning for this “dinner party” I started flipping through my backlog of food…

eggnog cheesecake

Good morning and happy one week until Christmas! I’ve been trying to squeeze in a lot of crazy travel before I’m off for a week which means I’ve been eating too much Panera on the road and not enough delicious food cooked in my own kitchen. Last night, though, the GS and I hosted our…

my favorite pumpkin bread

If you’re reading this and thinking “It’s December! Pumpkin season is over” we can’t be friends anymore. I bet you’re the same person who starts playing Christmas music on November 1, in which case we were never friends in the first place. #1, I would eat pumpkin flavored things year round. Pumpkin-spice coffee (Harris Teeter…

what’s on my kindle, part 21

Sneaking some more Haiti pics into this Kindle post! I know, the day before Thanksgiving I should probably be posting about food but it’s not going to happen. I’m making this stuffing, the only pretzel jello, this cranberry sauce, this pumpkin bread (sort of- will probably share this recipe with the tweaks I’ve made!) and brining…

lemon chicken soup

Guess what, kids?! I’m a homeowner!! In the last 5ish years, between the GS and myself we have inhabited 12 different residences, ranging in distance between 15 minutes apart and 6+ hours apart. They also ranged in quality, safety level, and cleanliness. We started looking at houses a few weeks before we got engaged and…

haiti

Oh Haiti, you got me real good. Before I even start I’ll tell you this is definitely going to be wordy so my apologies if you’re not interested. You can wait til next week for my regularly scheduled recipe and sarcasm. Last Sunday I got up bright and early and flew to Port-au-Prince, Haiti by…

turkey quinoa meatballs

Yesterday I was driving home from Virginia Beach (about 4 hours with no traffic, and there is always traffic) and I’ll admit I was probably tailgating the person in front of me juuuuust a little but only because he was hanging out in the left lane going 5 miles under the speed limit. Pet peeve….

napa valley kale salad

I really tried not to post two “salad” recipes in a row, but I’ve been a crazy traveling lady (hit 100,000 miles on my car last week!) and this is the newest thing I’ve made. So basically I’m saying it’s a coincidence and I haven’t fallen down the #weddingdiet rabbit hole. At least not this…

utica greens

This should really say “Utica greens” because these are more of an imitation of the real thing. Also, HI. Over the past several weeks I’ve just taken a hard face plant into adulthood and this blogging business got away from me. First. After 5+ years, the GS decided that my chicken cutlets were up to…

what’s on my kindle, part 20

Breaking the Silence by Diane Chamberlain. I’ve really loved some of her books (The Silent Sister, Necessary Lies, The Midwife’s Confession) and disliked others (Pretending to Dance). This one fell somewhere in the middle for me. There were parts of it that I really liked and I think she does a good job weaving several story…

montreal & montpelier

Last week we lost my Aunt Chrissie after a 3 1/2 year battle with cancer. She was an amazing person. I think if you asked anyone who knew her to describe her in one word, it would be “sweet.” But what we learned through her struggle with cancer is that she was equally as strong…

linguine with clam sauce

Happy September! I hope everyone had a nice Labor Day weekend. We spent ours at the lake which was amazing even though we didn’t have the best weather. Really I was happy to have a 3-day-weekend that didn’t involve attending a wedding. A group of 12 of us had a family golf tournament on Saturday….