Bourbon Roasted Pear Salad with Gorgonzola and Candied Walnuts

Juicy pears are roasted with bourbon and brown sugar then combined with leafy greens, blue cheese and sweet, crunchy candied walnuts for the most memorable salad ever.  Bourbon Roasted Pear Salad with Gorgonzola and Candied Walnuts is dressed with a light and tangy apple cider vinaigrette, perfect for the holiday season. I'm not a big salad eater.  I want to be...I want to be that person that cooly shuns a big, juicy burger blanketed with melty cheese on a big, soft bun for a bowl of raw … [Read more...]

Easy Candied Walnuts

A wonderfully sweet and salty snack, Easy Candied Walnuts make a great addition to any cheese plate.  Equally amazing sprinkled on salads and perfect for gift giving, you won't believe how simple they are to make. Every year, as the holiday season approaches....the spiced nut carts start popping up around town.  Mainly at the outdoor shopping complexes but wherever they are, I can smell them from a mile away.  I love them.   I go nuts for the nuts, it reminds me of the roasted chestnut … [Read more...]

Easy Vodka Sauce

Simple, tangy pasta sauce with a bit of creaminess that's ready in less than 30 minutes.  This Easy Vodka Sauce is easy to make and better than many restaurant versions.  A secret ingredient puts it over the top! I've said it before...I'm not a fan of red sauce.  I don't know why, maybe it's too acidic for me but I would rather have a heaping pile of pasta tossed with butter, olive oil and cheese than pasta swimming in a pool of marinara.  Unless it's my marinara because it's fabulous but … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs and Marinara

A healthy twist on your favorite spaghetti and meatballs dinner.  Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs and Marinara is easy, healthy and extremely satisfying.  Just three ingredients are added to the slow cooker and left to cook all day long for a simple dinner that the entire family will love. Happy Friday, everyone!  I hope you all had a fantastic fall week.  It's peak season for leaf peeping right now so the trees are absolutely stunning, so stunning it could be dangerous.  I … [Read more...]

Two-Ingredient Everything Parmesan Crisps

These easy appetizers are crispy, salty and completely addicting.  So simple to make with just two ingredients, Everything Parmesan Crisps will be your new favorite snack for absolutely EVERYTHING. I hope everyone had a great weekend.  I returned home from Kansas City on Saturday where I attended my new favorite food blogger conference, Chopped.  It was jam-packed with new learning opportunities and incredibly motivating people.  I started off the conference with an intimate photography … [Read more...]

Pot Roast with Butternut Squash and Dried Plums

Slow roasted Pot Roast with Butternut Squash and Dried Plums is the best comfort food around. A wonderful choice for Sunday supper, easy to make and leftovers are even better the next day.  Methods for oven roasting and slow cooker are shared for this recipe. It's been raining for days now....I'm feeling soggy.  And tired.  There's something about rainy days that make me incredibly sleepy.  And wine, that makes me sleepy too.  Last night I had too much wine and today it's rainy so I just … [Read more...]

Everything Bagel Spice Blend

Salt and spice and everything nice, that's what this blend is made of.  Everything Bagel Spice Blend is a mixture of everything you find topping an Everything bagel.  It's easy to make and tastes great on just about....everything.  I'm not a big bagel fan...all the dough and carbs is usually a turn off for me, however, if I get a whiff of an Everything Bagel within sniffing distance...all bets are off.  And, let me warn you, I'll try to share to shave off some of the regret later but I … [Read more...]

The Very Best Vanilla Pudding

Rich, creamy and sweet, Vanilla Pudding is the epitome of comfort food. So simple to make you’ll never reach for the instant stuff again. Fantastic for an every day treat but elegant enough for entertaining. One of the first things I ever learned to make was vanilla pudding. It was so simple, especially when you bought a package of instant pudding….you, literally, had dessert in a matter of minutes. I always preferred the stovetop instant pudding over the “mix and stir” variety, there was … [Read more...]

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

Oats, peanut butter, pumpkin and spices are combined masterfully to create these No Bake Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites.  The perfect pre or post workout snack...or just to curb a craving for something a little sweet.   How was everyone's weekend?  The weather was beautiful so I got all fall and bought a bunch of mums to replace the dried and depressing flowers that were still in my flower pots.  None of the buds are quite open yet since it's still early so everything just looks like a green … [Read more...]

Green Beans with Goat Cheese, Shallots and Walnuts

A simple side dish made stellar, creamy goat cheese, sweet shallots and crunchy walnuts add a wonderful contrast to green beans that have been blanched and sautéed in a bit of butter. Green Beans with Goat Cheese, Shallots and Walnuts make a beautiful accompaniment to a variety of main dishes and can be served hot or at room temperature. How was everyone's Labor Day weekend?  Did you all enjoy the last few "unofficial" days of summer?  I had planned to spend the weekend at the beach with … [Read more...]