lightened-up chicken divan

Last weekend I hosted a wine tour bachelorette party at camp for my friend Sarah. I’ve been to the wineries a gajillion times (mostly for the wine slushies- let’s be real) but it was fun to do it with a big group, especially with people who have never been before! I also made four pounds…

grilled salmon

Back to the grind, post Labor Day Weekend fun. As a birthday present to myself, I took my first paid vacation day EVER on Friday, and headed to camp after work on Thursday. I had two IPAs and Kevin gave me a baseball card with his face on it so it was a pretty solid…

barley salad with nectarines and goat cheese

The GS visited Rochester this weekend for the annual arts and crafts festival/day drinking extravaganza. He also brought a German friend (Jan- pronounced like Yan) that he met while studying abroad, and Jan’s friend Max. This was their first time in America and I think they really enjoyed telling people that they flew all the way from…

linguine w/ avocado arugula pesto

First of all, I passed my big test. Hooray! It was quite an ordeal but I got through it, got slightly drunk, and aggressively threw my study guide in the trash. Over it. I rewarded myself with some serious Kindle time in front of my building on Sunday (latest read- Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau,…

three bean salsa

I somehow made this way more complicated than it needed to be. I was planning to whip up this salsa/salad concoction one night last week for dinner, but when I got home from Wegmans I realized that I don’t have a can opener. This is one of the downfalls of living alone- all those little…

shrimp & avocado salad with lime dressing

Well hello there, first 12 hour work day. When I found out I was going to be an hourly employee I was really excited because I figured I would get paid lots and lots of overtime. The GS said “Doc! That’s perfect for you because you have no life and no friends!!” I was 0%…

blackened tuna with avocado salsa

It’s the last supper. At my house in Baltimore, that is. And yes, I only lived at this particular house for a year. But we had GRANITE. Allow me a moment to grieve. I knew I was meant to cook here one last time when I went to the grocery store and the wild caught tuna…

lentil salad w/ apples & blue cheese

I’m moving so soon. It’s freaking me out a little but is also very exciting. Because I’m planning to move out of Baltimore in my Honda Civic, I’ve been getting rid of things like crazy. Donating clothes, selling furniture, throwing away garbage bags of crap that I can’t quite figure out how I accumulated. This includes…

buffalo chicken mac & cheese

Last week after I posted on Wednesday I had a thought: “I told them my thesis defense was on Tuesday and then didn’t mention it on Wednesday, I wonder if people think I failed?!” Cue the music: You’reeeee sooooo vaaaaaaaain. Vain, yes. Delusional, definitely. I called my mom and told her I passed so that…

dr. pepper glazed easter ham

Happy Easter friends! Here’s where I tell you all about the great food I made for Easter after it’s already over and you’re no longer looking for Easter meal ideas. It’s cool, just bookmark it for next year. My family is in Charleston for Easter which makes me very jealous, and the GS is from…