Grilled Peach and Corn Salad

Grilled Peach and Corn Salad

Have you ever had a really awesome peach?  I mean really awesome.  You would know if you have.  I've got a guy, my really awesome peach dealer.  Every week during the season, I go to the farmers market to pick up delicious white peaches that come from a small farm in Pennsylvania .  While you could just eat them and let the juices drip down your chin, I love to grill … [Read more...]

Say Cheese!

Broccoli and cheese

Sweet D has turned a corner in the food department.  One day she would only eat waffles, bananas and string cheese; the next day she was open to vegetables, spices and meat!  Hooray!  This is a phase that I can live with.  That said... she's still one.  Steamed veggies straight up aren't going to cut it.  They need a little something... something delicious... something that D … [Read more...]

Stop Talking About Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer

You may have heard about Yahoo’s new CEO, Marissa Mayer, and how they hired her knowing she is pregnant… and that she’s planning to work through her maternity leave.  If you haven’t heard about it, I’m going to assume that your internet has been down until this very moment because everyone seems to be talking about it.  And I wish they would stop for two very specific … [Read more...]

Grilling for the 4th

Grilled sweet potato salad and chicken skewers

I love the 4th of July.  It has always been my favorite holiday.  Cook-outs, family and friends, and fireworks -- what's not to love?! Even as an adult I get excited for the 4th.  But now rather than stuffing my face with the food other people make for me, I stuff my face with food that I make for other people.  There are TONS of great recipes to make for cook-outs at home … [Read more...]

First Birthday Smash Pie

First birthday smash pie

People always tell me that time flies quickly with kids and to savor every moment – strangers say that to me.  I nod and say things like “Don’t I know it!” and give a fake laugh and walk away annoyed that a person would think that I don’t savor moments with my daughter.  How dare they?! Here I am on Sweet D’s first birthday – one year after she came into my world and made me … [Read more...]

Kale chips: You can’t eat just one

Kale Chips

Potato chips are delicious. I'm pretty sure that's one food topic most people would agree on. Potato chips are delicious. But they are terrible for you! Even baked chips aren't guilt-free. So what's a person to do if they can't get that crunchy, salty fix from potato chips? Kale chips. I'm not going to try to convince you that they are just as good as potato chips… … [Read more...]

Kitchen Mishaps, Father’s Day and Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon meringue pie

I don’t like to bake.  You already know that about me.  I’m not good at following directions so baking and I don’t really get along.  When I cook savory meals, I can freelance!  A dash of this!  A splash of that!  I can do a little dance and twirl all while running through a meadow of daisies!  Ok, maybe not quite that.  But it is freer.  Baking is science.  I’m not very good … [Read more...]

A Girl and Her Grill: Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

grilled eggplant parmesan

I’m a girl who loves to grill.  For some reason in the world of home cooking, those are things that seldom go together but I don’t really understand why.  I won’t dissect the gender stereotypes here – it really doesn’t matter.  What does matter is that I love to grill.  It is time to spend outside, time to spend with my dog (who thinks I’m out there exclusively for the purpose … [Read more...]

French Press Coffee — The Cheaper Single Cup Option

Cup of coffee

This week we had our first trip to the emergency room.  All is fine – wheezing and coughing turned out to be a virus, not croup or pneumonia.  But that doesn’t change the fact that ER trips are exhausting especially when they are at night.  The next morning rolls around, the alarm clock goes off and an angry mama bear stomps her way out of bed. Coffee, get in my face NOW!  I … [Read more...]

The Versatile Baked Apple

Baked apples

My husband and I lived in New England for a few years.  Every fall we would get a group of friends together and go apple picking. Apple picking is a big thing in that area.  A big. Thing.  We go apple picking here in Maryland, but it isn’t like in New England.  The air is crisp, farms serve apple cider donuts and people wear puffy vests; it is like a Normal Rockwell painting or … [Read more...]

My First Mother’s Day: Grilling Pizza as a Family

Grilled Pizza

This Sunday is my first Mother’s Day as a mom.  I’m pretty excited about being included in this awesome club of people who get this holiday.  How will I be spending it?  With my husband and baby.  My two favorite people.  The people who gave me this amazing title. I grew up with a single mom.  Despite the fact that we were good kids, I know that every day was hard for her.  … [Read more...]

Outsmarting Food Quirks: Black Bean and Banana Quesadillas


Every kid has their food quirks – I’ve been a mom for a short 10 months and I already know this to be true.  And just to complicate things, the quirks change without notice.  Sweet D ate all of her veggies without resistance until suddenly thanks but no thanks.  Typical. To navigate these quirks, every parent has their tricks.  I asked a few friends who have toddlers about … [Read more...]

Pancake Tacos: Shhh… they’re healthy!

Pancakes -- ready to flip

Back before Sweet D came into our lives, Hubby and I used to sleep in on weekend mornings.  On Sundays we would roll out of bed whenever and make pancakes.  Not every Sunday – but on any Sunday where we both got up around the same time and we had all of the ingredients in the pantry.  Some Sundays.  Those Sundays were great… ah, the good ol’ days. Now things are different.  … [Read more...]

Beet and Cheddar Crackers for the Whole Fam


Sweet D is 10 months old this week – she’s been eating solids for 4 months.  As you can imagine, being the foodie that I am, I was very excited about introducing her to the wide world of foods and flavors.  But it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.  Eventually she got the hang of eating purees from a spoon, and quickly caught on to feeding herself dry foods like puffs.  … [Read more...]

What is Community Supported Agriculture?


Four years ago I somehow managed to convince my husband that we should sign up for a CSA – community supported agriculture.  It was shockingly easy to talk him into it; I suppose he was into the idea of healthy, fresh and interesting meals.  Can’t blame the guy! So what is a CSA?  You pay a fee to a local farm for the season and they give you a box of produce every week.  … [Read more...]