• Butter Cups

    I have wanted to make my own peanut butter cups for a while now… but I have been too lazy. It felt like a complicated thing to make. Today when my son and I wanted to create something in the kitchen we went for it! I call them Butter Cups instead of Peanut Butter Cups because you can use any kind of nut butter to make them. We made them with peanut butter as well as coconut butter today so that my son could bring them in to school. The verdict? They were not hard to make! If you have a microwave and a freezer you are in business and…

  • Everything But The Bagel Salt with Dill

    Everything Bagel Salt. It is everywhere, no? It’s topping avocado toast, fried eggs, cream cheese on a bagel… I mean the possibilities are endless. So why not make it at home? Forget the fact that it is more economical in the long run, it makes for a great little hostess gift. This one here is a little different because I have added a little dill to it. Trust me,  it is amazing in my current egg salad obsession which you can find right here. I tried a version of Everything Bagel Salt with dill and knew I needed to recreate it at home! Everything But The Bagel Salt with Dill…

  • Egg Salad with Persian Cucumbers & Everything But The Bagel Salt

    Egg Salad with Persian Cucumbers & Everything But The Bagel Salt I created this one day when I was STARVING without lunch prepared, in a rush, a car full of groceries and with a sleeping kid in the car. I was able to make this in the time it took me to unload the groceries from the car! The star is my Everything But The Bagel Salt seasoning. The dill with the cucumber in the salad gives you a bit of a pickle taste that is perfect! The seasoning is just so good and so simple to make. Great for avocado toast, celery with cream cheese or deviled eggs! Ingredients:…

  • Hazelnut “Cookie Dough” Bars

      This recipe is directly adapted from the amazing Rachl Mansfield’s recipe for “Crack Bars”. Her Cookie Dough “Crack Bars” can be found here: http://rachlmansfield.com/sea-salt-dark-chocolate-cookie-dough-crack-bars/ – THEY ARE AMAZING! I saw hazelnut meal in the store and thought why not try a different variation of these freezer treats! If you like Nutella you’ll love these! I add a little extra sweetener and vanilla because I know my kids and they’d like it a little sweeter than the original! Hazelnut “Cookie Dough” Bars Cookie Dough Base: • 2 cups hazelnut meal/flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill) • 3 tablespoons coconut flour • ¼ cup coconut sugar • 3 tablespoons melted coconut…

  • Orange & Cardamom Vinaigrette

    So I am a sucker for a new product at Trader Joe’s… always perfectly displayed and priced so well that you don’t mind taking a flyer on something new. Sometimes they are misses, but not often. When I saw the new Pomegranate Vinegar the other week I had to get it! Anything to inspire a new salad dressing! After a bit of brainstorming I have come up with a great dressing for your Fall salads! Orange & Cardamom Vinaigrette 1/2 Cup Olive Oil 1/4 Cup Pomegranate Vinegar (if you can not find this you could swap red wine vinegar or even raspberry vinegar) 1 to 2 Garlic Cloves (depending on…

  • Chipotle – Lime Dressing 

    I can barely even take any credit for this dressing. I planned to make “Jalapeño – Lime Dressing” from Kathryne Taylor’s new book LOVE REAL FOOD but the store was out of jalapeños… but they did have a can of chipotle in adobo sauce. I figured I’d give the swap a shot;  it was smokey and tart and just awesome! Delightful happy accident! Chipotle – Lime Dressing 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup lime juice 1/2  to 1 whole chipotle pepper in adobo sauce. Depends on your desired heat level. 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 garlic clove smashed 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt Combine…

  • Roasted Crunchy Chickpeas 

    These are my favorite snack and go to crunch for a salad! Protein packed crouton- yes please! Roasted Chickpeas One can chickpeas Olive oil Favorite spice/seasoning Preheat oven to 475 degrees. 1. Open the can of chickpeas, pour into a strainer and rinse thoroughly. 2. Line a cookie sheet with paper towels then turn out chickpeas on pan- pat/roll dry with towels, then discard paper towels. 3. Drizzle with olive oil… I eye ball it and do a few times around the pan. I’d say about a tablespoon. 4. Generously season with salt, pepper and your favorite spices. I love using smoked paprika but garlic powder, chili powder even Trader…

  • Artichoke and Tahini Everything Sauce

    Artichoke & Tahini Dressing/Sauce/Slather/Dip… “Everything Sauce” I’m not even sure what to call this creation. It spawned from a recipe from the new Food52 book Mighty Salads, I changed a few things (naturally) to suit my taste buds. What I got was an earthy, smokey, sweet & spicy jar of awesome. I toss it with roasted vegetables (broccoli and sweet potatoes being my favorite!), spread it on toast with avocado, stir into hot lentils/grains, thin with water to make it a salad dressing (think hearty greens like kale) or dip chips into it! The possibilities are endless! Artichoke and Tahini Everything Sauce 5 artichoke hearts (I used canned) 2 cloves…

  • Plum BBQ Sauce 

    BBQ sauce is surprisingly easy to throw together and even easier to customize with your favorite flavors. I also love that you can control the sugar if you make it yourself… not everything needs copious amounts of sugar. I will leave that for cake and ice cream. I had some plums sitting out as well as some tomatoes so I started from there! You could easily play with the ingredients, use a different stone fruit or add coffee, maybe some chili peppers, whatever your favorites are! Here you go: 3 Cups Chopped plums 1 Cup Chopped tomatoes 1 Medium red onion chopped 4 Garlic cloves crushed 4 Tablespoons of brown…

  • Cold Brew Coffee 

    Happy 4th of July! This is the perfect recipe to make to get you back in the swing of things after a fun holiday weekend! I have wanted to try to make my own cold brew every since I got hooked on Trader Joe’s cold brew and of course Grady’s (the best!) too. I went looking for some bottled cold brew at the local grocery store in RI and everything had added sugar… What is up with that? So after a little research I think I have perfected it! Start by going to the “grind your own” section of your grocery store. Pick your favorite whole bean and grind it…