kale caesar

Don’t hate me for the most basic of all basic posts. I mean that in both ways, as in “I’m giving you directions for assembling a salad” and also the 2016 vernacular “this is soooo #basic.” I made these a few weeks ago for dinner, with the promise to myself that if I was going…

zuppa toscana

Does this title immediately make you think “Olive Garden,” or is that just me? Don’t let it scare you. This is one of my favorite soups I’ve ever made and it is 100% the easiest one. Like, 20 minutes easy. I saw something similar on Pinterest recently and if I could find the link I…

zoodle carbonara

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my sadness over Alan Rickman’s passing last week. While I of course feel that the Harry Potter movies never did justice to the books, I’ve always loved Alan Rickman. He loved the books in real life and had such respect for JK Rowling, and I thought he…

easy at-home pho

I’m so excited to share this as my first recipe of 2016. Remember in the 60s when fondue parties were a big thing? I mean, I don’t. Because I wasn’t alive. But I’ve heard this was the case. I also imagine these to be swinger parties for some reason. I’m convinced that pho parties are…

slow cooker cioppino

This weekend I went to my first Ravens game ever! Which is kind of surprising given that I’ve lived in Baltimore for the better part of eight years. Aaron had four tickets so he invited the GS and I to go. We had amazing seats, but I still kept finding myself watching the Jumbo-tron even though…

spaghetti with butternut and sage

Allow me to introduce you to the greatest road trip game of all time. The GS and I did a LOT of driving over the last 2 weeks, between heading to Syracuse for my grandma’s 90th birthday party (#AllHaleTheQueen) and then to Long Island for a wedding this weekend, we clocked in close to 20…

seared salmon with forbidden rice

My little buddy Kev is sick! They think he might have mono. Instead of being a cliche big sister and making the “who have you been kissing??” joke, I made a more productive suggestion for all this school time he’s missing. So rude. Luckily now I have a NEW BROTHER (in-law) who returned from his…

margherita pizza

WEDDING COUNTDOWN IS IN SINGLE DIGITS. I hope my mom isn’t reading this, she’s stressed like crazy and doesn’t need a reminder. On Monday this week I thought, “Maybe I’ll do a juice cleanse!” Not that I want to be crazy and lose a bunch of weight, but after all the dining out all summer…

slow cooker pulled pork

I have spent the entire summer traveling all over the country every week, and somehow the only “famous” person I’ve seen was Jim Boeheim. And that includes two trips to California. This doesn’t seem fair. When I was in Phoenix, I had a chatty Lyft driver (not the creepy one who picked me up from…

two easy summer staples

GUESS WHAT? Yesterday was my 4 year Spill the Beans Blog-iversary. Can you believe it? That means you must have wasted hours of your life reading my words over the last four years. It’s been a really fun thing for me to do, and I definitely think it has forced me to get a little…