Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice


I don’t know about you but come October I am obsessed with everything pumpkin and everything “Pumpkin Spice”. From coffee to cream cheese, you name it, as long as it’s got pumpkin in the title, I’m into it. There’s just something so warm and inviting about the combination of spices used to make up what is… Read More

Fall Favorite: Apple Cider Granita


It’s Fall! Hooray!!! I may have entered the season kicking and screaming but as soon as the leaves begin to change and that cool crisp air sets in, I’m an easy convert. Plus, what’s not to love about Fall, right? Pumpkin and apple picking are two of my favorite activities and let’s not forget about… Read More

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes

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Believe it or not, I rarely if ever get to watch Food Network or any other network for that matter. Mommyhood and work keeps me pretty busy. But recently I caught an episode of one of my favorite Food Network Chefs, Giada Di Laurentis and boy was I glad I did. She was doing an… Read More

Feed Yourself First: Beet Berry Blast Smoothie


Why is it that as soon as we become parents, we seem to completely forget about our own needs? And I’m not talking about going to the gym or getting a mani/pedi, I’m  talking basic needs like food and water.  Maybe it’s just me but after four years and two kids I’m still guilty of… Read More

Easiest, Crispiest Bacon You’ve Ever Had!

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You know that when a person claims something is the “easiest” or the “crispiest”, they better mean it. And I do! Seriously, folks, I’m not a bacon eater but my husband is and he approves of this method without question. And whether you are a bacon fan or not, you have to agree, it’s kind… Read More

Leftovers Never Tasted THIS Good: Spaghetti Frittata

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I hate to waste food and I know many people feel the same way. Inevitably we make too much of something, we put it into an airtight container to eat later and then it sits in our fridge until it grows legs and walks away or we are forced to clean out the fridge because… Read More

Baked Breaded Pork Chops


I get asked a lot about weeknight meals. People are always curious what my weeknight go-to family meals are. Because I develop recipes for a living I think that most people assume I’m feeding my family fancy-pants meals every night and that’s just not the case. Regardless of  my profession, we’re still a family and… Read More

Chi-Chi-Chi-Chia Seeds, My New Best Friend!

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You see those things up there that look like black sesame seeds? They are Chia Seeds and they’re my new best friend. Ever since they popped up in my local Trader Joe’s as a “new item”, I cannot stop using them. I know, I know. Now you have that dang Chi Chi Chi Chia pet… Read More

Shirley Temple Ice Pops


We love popsicles around our house and over the years I’ve come up with quite a few recipes. I’ve discovered that no matter what ingredients I choose, if I freeze them inside a cute mold on a stick, the kids are sure to love them.  Needless to say they are really pop-ular  (pun intended-I’m a dork!)… Read More

Pesto Roasted Chicken Thighs

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I’ve told you before just how much homemade pesto rocks! I’ve even given you five great uses for it besides as a pasta sauce. But today my friends, I give you yet another tasty recipe using pesto and quite possibly my favorite of the bunch: Pesto Roasted Chicken thighs. That’s right! Pesto makes an excellent… Read More

Summer Squash, Corn and Cheddar Fritters


It’s no secret that summertime is an exciting time to visit the farmers market. Even the produce aisle at your local supermarket is more enticing and bursting with colorful fruits and veggies this time of year. I have to admit I have to restrain myself when I’m shopping in the warmer months because if I’m… Read More

Grandma’s Meatballs


Growing up Italian, it’s a rite of passage when you learn your grandmothers meatball recipe. It’s something that is passed down from generation to generation. Each family has their own special twist and lord knows every recipe is as individual as the family themselves, but they all have one thing in common, tradition. In fact, a  family… Read More

Package Juice Alternative: Citrus Spritzers


For the first two and a half years of my oldest sons life we kept his beverage options to three things: milk, water and seltzer. We’re not a big juice family for many reasons, namely SUGAR and because I really see no good reason to give it to young ones when eating whole fruit is… Read More

Summer Entertaining: Mojito Mocktails!


I love Summer entertaining, mostly because it’s usually super casual and laid back. In fact, I probably entertain more in the summer than I do all year long because it’s just so easy. All you need is a couple of easy dishes and one or two signature drinks to make a party seem really special.… Read More

Afternoon Pick Me Up: Espresso Granita Con Panna


I’m not a huge coffee drinker but every now and again I need a little caffeine jolt. I think every parent can relate to needing a pick me up, especially on those mornings when you’ve been up all night with a kiddo who just wants to partaay! Anyway, I find myself wanting coffee more in the… Read More

Fillet Of Sole With Lemon, Butter, Parsley Sauce


      We eat fish at least once a week in our house. I’m lucky to have an incredible fish monger within walking distance to my house so it’s super easy to just hop on over and get fresh fish whenever I feel like it. I usually serve fish on the days when I… Read More

Sugar Cookie Summer Berry Crisp


Recently I found myself with a tube of pre-made sugar cookie dough and no idea what to do with it. I needed it to test a recipe for an assignment but ended up going another way so it was left unused. I’m a bake from scratch kinda gal so I wasn’t really interested in baking up… Read More

Homemade Graham Crackers


Graham crackers are a childhood snack staple. Kids love them and parents feel good about indulging because they are healthy and seem like a more sensible option than let’s say, an Oreo cookie. On the surface, store bought graham crackers may seem healthy and a great snack to feed you little ones but upon closer… Read More

Hearty and Delicious Red Cabbage and Feta Chopped Veggie Salad


  Warmer weather is upon us which means lots and lots of potlucks, cook-outs and BBQ’s. I don’t know about you but, no outdoor meal is complete without a crisp and refreshing salad. I mean, you have to have something healthy to go along with all of that grilled meat, right? Lately I’m not such… Read More

Breakfast Of Champions: Crispy Wheat Germ French Toast


  I have two boys under four years old and to say their eating habits are erratic would be an understatement. One day they love something and the next won’t even look at it. It can be frustrating but I try to stay the course and constantly offer them a variety of nutritious foods. No… Read More