heirloom tomato salad

This is the weekend we say goodbye to summer, isn’t it? Dislike. Rather than having a relaxing LDW at the lake, we’re making a quick trip up to Long Island tomorrow for a wedding, driving back after the reception, and flying to Louisville on Sunday morning for an engagement party. I know what you’re thinking….

whipped butternut & goat cheese dip

I forgot to tell you about one of my most exciting gifts from Santa. AN IMMERSION BLENDER. I want to go on an all-soup diet so that I can use it every day. I’m sure over the holidays you ate your fair share of apps. There’s pretty much nothing better than an array of dips/spreads/shrimp…

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, butΒ I still kept finding myself watching the Jumbo-tron even though…

whole wheat chocolate pomegranate bread

Here it is, the quintessential “basic” photo of fall: A few weeks ago when I made this forbidden rice with pomegranate seeds, I had some leftover seeds. At first I thought, “Salad!” and then I thought “Chocolate!” Chocolate always wins. After ruining my shirt with the last pomegranate, I figured there has to be a…

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…

sausage & peppers pizza w/ smoked gouda

Last week I went out to California to support an intro workshop for audiologists who are learning about our cochlear implant system. Sounds riveting, I know. But actually it was really fun. Despite working 12-15 hour days, I got to meet some cool people from all over the country and brag about how awesome our…

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…

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…

ramen noodle salad

This one is coming from Phoenix! Holy hell it’s hot here. I landed last night at midnight and it was still ONE HUNDRED AND ELEVEN DEGREES outside. Then I had the creepiest Lyft driver ever who kept asking why I was being quiet and I was like “Uhh it feels like 3 AM to me,…