• My Instant Pot Review

    Behold the mighty Instant Pot. If you follow me on social media then you are aware that I love it… I mean, okay, it is bordering on an obsession. My Brother and Sister-In-Law gave me the Instant Pot DUO80 for Christmas and I could not wait to get back home to use it. It came out of the box a couple of days before the New Year and it has taken up residence on my kitchen counter ever since. It is used almost every day and sometimes multiple times a day. It seems to do EVERYTHING. It is part pressure cooker, part yogurt maker, part rice maker and part slow cooker.…

  • My Favorite Cookbooks…

      Most asked question? Of me anyways… “What is your favorite cookbook?” That is a TOUGH question. I could never pick ONE favorite… I have a cookbook obsession. I have A LOT of cookbooks. Truthfully, I read them like I read novels. I am quite content to curl up on the couch with a cookbook and read. It could be a brand new purchase, one checked from the library or one I have had for years. I love them. I love thinking about the way ingredients work together and how to implement the different methods of cooking. Let’s not overlook the gorgeous photography and clever layouts in these books. Some…

  • 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:…

  • Instant Pot Meatballs Marinara

      My brother and sister-in-law gave me an Instant Pot for Christmas and I have used it every day (if not twice a day!) since I have gotten home from vacation. No joke, this thing is amazing! I am currently weeding my way through various cook books to learn what I can about best practices for the Instant Pot. I will write up a review of the best things I have tried… give me a month though. In the meantime as I am trying to create some of my own recipes I have come up with quite possibly the best meatball ever. First things first. The Instant Pot. I have…

  • 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…

  • Ramp Pesto 

    Ramps pop up in grocery stores in the Spring for a short window of time- they are delightful! I think this recipe gives you a lot of bang for your buck! RAMP PESTO One bunch of ramps 1/2 cup pistachios 1/2 cup grated pecorino Romano 1/3 cup olive oil (or more if too dry) Sea salt Pepper Juice of half a lemon Wash and trim the ends of your ramps. Cut in half and add to food processor. cut off the leaves of the ramps. Add the pistachios and pulse a few times. Then add the cheese, a few grinds of pepper and a pinch of salt, pulse a few…

  • “Best Ever” Coconut Oatmeal

    Oatmeal… I grew up on the Quaker Maple & Brown Sugar packets… LOVED them, a very frequent before school breakfast. I think it’s because of those little packets that I like my oatmeal sweet and fairly creamy… or it can taste like cardboard. I was standing in front of the fridge trying to figure out what to put in my oatmeal to make it as good as those packets and I saw an opened can of coconut cream (what is the real difference between that and full fat coconut milk?)…perhaps this would work? IT DOES! The coconut cream (or milk) lends a sweetness without having to douse the oatmeal in…