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...]

Chocolate Turtle Coffee Cake

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HolidaySweetTreats#CollectiveBias Chocolate for breakfast!  Chocolate Turtle Coffee Cake is topped with buttery pecans, smooth caramel and sweet chocolate for the most amazing coffee cake ever. The perfect reason to eat chocolate cake for breakfast.   I'm a chocoholic. From Halloween until January 2....I shovel it in as fast as I can.  Not everyday but if I eat just one … [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...]

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...]

Tomato Jam and Cheddar Palmiers

Sweet tomato jam and cheddar pair well in these addicting appetizers.  Tomato Jam and Cheddar Palmiers are simple to make with refrigerated puff pastry and add a surprisingly sweet treat to your appetizer table. Happy Hump Day everyone!  I hope you're week is going swimmingly....the sun has returned to my corner of the earth and I'm bringing back summer just a little bit.  All this Halloween mumbo jumbo is jumping the gun a bit but I hope it's helping you plan your blow out Halloween … [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...]

Crunchy Caramel Apple and Brie Quesadilla

Sweet, savory and so amazingly good, this Crunchy Caramel Apple and Brie Quesadilla is great for breakfast or dessert.  The granola is a fantastic addition to an already tasty treat.  Easy to make in minutes, you'll be noshing on these all season long. I don't know why this happens but as soon as Labor Day is behind me I don't scramble for the pumpkin spice everything, I'm a caramel girl.  Salted caramel, caramel caramel, chocolate caramel, homemade's all me.  I can eat that … [Read more...]