beer battered onion rings

Last week Kelly, Aaron and I did a 3 day cleanse. It’s one I did before Thanksgiving last year, and I actually like it. Aaron lost 9 pounds even after completely cheating the last day and eating a reuben and a flatbread pizza for dinner. For reference, we were supposed to be eating green beans….

mediterranean chicken burgers

I seem to recall a cute little saying in elementary school, “April showers bring May flowers!” Was that just a way to make children growing up in Syracuse, NY feel better about the fact that even once it stops snowing, the weather is still going to be crappy for a few more weeks? Is there…

cinnamon roll bread pudding

As I mentioned, Kevin and I spent last Tuesday in Harry Potter world. I am unabashedly obsessed with Harry Potter. I’ve read the books so many times I’ve lost count (though it’s comfortably in double digits). I’m not big on the movies because they really don’t do the books justice, but I’ve seen them all….

jalapeno chip crusted salmon

Enter: excuses for being MIA for the last two weeks. Enter: recipe for your next dinner party! This was the one meal I made while I was briefly back at home in between jet setting. I was in Chicago for a week, and I’ve since been to Florida and now in Virginia Beach. I’m ready…

cauliflower & orzo salad

On Sunday night all my dreams came true when I got an email from the Onondaga Free Library telling me that Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook Cravings was available for my Kindle. I read the book in its entirety on Sunday night, but I had to wait to finally make something because I’ve been on the road all week….

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…

spicy pickled carrots

How are your shoveling muscles feeling? Mine are a little sore. That may also be attributed to Body Pump, though. I taught yesterday at noon to a room of 60 people. No one has been working this week in Baltimore. Except for the front desk staff at the gym, I guess. This big muscle head…

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…

broccoli & cauliflower soup

As promised, SOUP. Golden Globes Sunday is a holiday in my book, so I wanted to make a great dinner. And by dinner, I mean the meal I eat at 4PM when the Red Carpet pre-show starts. I intentionally did not call this “broccoli cheddar soup,” because while there is some cheese in it, the…