• Pepper Cheese

    This is a classic. My mom and I have been making it for years and I always make it the same day I make gazpacho. Cusinart is already out and you have leftover pepper and onion. Easy peasy. It is the perfect thing to have in your fridge for a snack or whip out as an hors d’oeuvre when friends stop by. Also, totally kid approved! Ingredients: 1 Pound good sharp cheddar (white or orange) 1 small pepper or half large, any color 1/4 red onion Instructions: 1.Rough chop pepper and onion and add to cusinart. 2. Pulse until a fine dice with a good amount of liquid.Place small strainer…

  • Secret Source: Walmart

    I love finding a deal… Walmart is full of them. They have REALLY stepped up their style game, and really, their quality too! I have a full set of marble melamine plates (you can find them on My Favorites Things Page!) that match this platter and they are the BEST. Look what other treasures I have found to set up the perfect backyard soiree. Click on corresponding number to shop image!    1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6. / 7. / 8. / 9. / 10. / 11. / 12.

  • Kale Salad For A Crowd

    Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of Summer- yay! It is also the start of all the fun potlucks and barbecues! We had a fun event last weekend, Comedy Night, where I brought a large enough kale salad to feed a crowd (20 people to be exact). This was a winner! You can dress it before you go, too; it makes it super easy. It also happens to be low fodmap friendly (obviously), and vegan as well! You can certainly scale back the size to just feed your family for the night. I’ve thrown in some chicken or grilled shrimp for a complete dinner. Kale Salad with Maple Mustard…

  • Food 52 Shop

    Normally I am scanning through Food52.com for all the amazing recipes. Once in a while I will scroll through their shop section. It never fails to make me want to completely redo my entire kitchen, overhaul my cabinets and set a perfect tabletop for a midweek meal. It is such a well curated space, it is inspiring. With the next round of holidays coming up (Easter & Passover are the perfect time to bring out your best for family gatherings) I wanted to share a few items I have and love and what I currently have my eye on from Food52.com. Copper & Brass Louise Trays – These are just so…

  • Raspberry Compote

    Raspberry Compote is the perfect topping for homemade yogurt. Or ice cream… or toast… or pound cake… or over goat cheese… or swirled into pancake batter. See where I am going here? It takes anything and elevates it; perfect for entertaining or just making Sunday morning breakfast a little more exciting! Bright, slightly sweet and so easy to make; this is a great recipe to have in your repertoire! Raspberry Compote 12 oz of raspberries (2 small containers or one of those big long ones) 1-3 Tablespoons of real maple syrup (all dependant oh how sweet you like it, if it was just for me I would do a heaping…

  • 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…

  • Resolutions?

      I will be honest. New Year’s Eve is not my favorite “Holiday”. So much build up and pressure to have plans for the night and have all of these resolutions in order to have a bright and shiny new year. No thank you. I do LOVE new chapters, fresh beginnings, a reset. So I take it as that. A great time to refocus and turn in a little bit. I would much rather focus on ways I would like to be, things I would like to do and perhaps accomplish rather than setting perimeters and restrictions (No sugar! Workout every day! Eat more Kale!).  Know what I mean?  …

  • Holiday Dressing

    What to wear to all the fun holiday parties and gatherings? What to wear when you are out running all the errands and not look like a mess when you run into 100 people you know? I have the answer! Here are my favorite go-to’s for just these occasions. I really like to shop local and try things on before buying them; I actually get things I’d normally not pick when shopping online! My favorite shops around me are Fred in Westport and Old Greenwich and the Darien Sport Shop. Great selection and wonderful customer service! Also, I love our local Lord & Taylor. Everything is ALWAYS on sale, seriously. So…

  • 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…