• My Famous Marinade

    Famous! No, really. Well amongst my family and dinner guests, at least! Last week was my brother’s birthday. (You may have already seen this on Instagram) I decided I needed to make it a day that we celebrate him instead of getting bogged down in my own grief (and anger) so I made all his favorites for dinner. Grilled lamb chops with my “famous marinade” were ALWAYS his favorite and frequently requested. I make them every Easter. On the side we had his other favorites; roasted potatoes, a big green salad and homemade tzatziki… and let’s not forget the Texas “Sheath” Cake… because it is amazing! It was a wonderful…

  • What to make for dinner when you are exhausted…

    Okay guys, final blog post for 2018! I figured I better make it a good one and what is better than 3 super easy, “barely a recipe” dinners?So here is the thing. I am tired. So very tired. No one really talks about the exhaustion that can come along with grief. I think the exhaustion is because grief is just all consuming, ever present and painful. There is space for nothing else. I have been doing my best to take cut myself some slack, keep expectations low and just focus on keeping my family moving along. I was so incredibly fortunate to have meals delivered by my friends every night for…

  • Roasted Gnocchi

    Oh my goodness. The power of roasting things in the oven truly is transformative. I have been spending a lot of time on Pinterest lately because it’s pretty mindless and I need that. There is truly some great content on Pinterest so it’s a win-win. I stumbled across this recipe on The Kitchn and was intrigued. Throwing potato gnocchi in the oven instead of boiling? Would it work? Not only does it work, it is AMAZING and the possibilities are endless. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. This is a perfect and addictive hors d’oeuvre and my kids gobbled them up. (On a side note; my brother would…

  • Make Ahead Breakfasts

    Okay… summer is now over (unofficially). That Tuesday after Labor Day always seems to be the day despite what the lunar calendar says. The melee sets in; back to school, back to work, back to life. It can be hard to get out the door in the morning (or sit to write a blog post!), am I right? I pulled together my favorite recipes that you can make a head and get you and/or your kids out the door even faster without the headache! Muffins: So easy to make ahead and keep on the counter or better yet, in the freezer! Make a double batch while you are baking! All of…

  • Chocolate Hazelnut Granola

    School is about to start… a little over a week to go. I am trying to get into the mindset of being back in a routine (and off the beach). A wholesome breakfast before the school day starts is a priority in my house. This granola fits the bill. Hearty and nutrient packed with enough chocolate to make the kids happy. Serve with yogurt and fresh berries and you are all set! A variation on my Granola Formula amped up with the flavors of Nutella! Ingredients: 3 Cups gluten free oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill) 1 Cup chopped hazelnuts 1 Cup sliced almonds 1/4 Cup flax meal 1/4 Cup…

  • Tomato “Cobb” (aka: Cold Tomato Soup)

    It’s hot. The thought of turning on the oven, cooking, even grilling is really unappealing. The last days of summer are always filled with lazy lunches because you just can’t bother between the heat and the looming prospect of going back to the reality of the school year. This recipe is PERFECT for these lunches. It’s also perfect because tomatoes are SO very good right now and we have an abundance of them in the garden. I can’t take credit for This genius recipe. I found it in the Bartlett’s Ocean View Farm Cookbook years ago (another one of those awesome collective cookbooks) and tweaked it ever so slightly. Thank…

  • 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…

  • Gazpacho

    There are so many different version of Gazpacho out there. Red Tomato, yellow tomato, green tomato, watermelon… the list goes on.  This is my favorite variation- simple, easy and perfect on a hot summer day. Also a great use for the amazing purple peppers I got this week from Mike’s Organic Delivery! (Take 10% off your first order with code AMH10) I skip the raw garlic with this version which seems to make it much more kid friendly. You could certainly make this with tomatoes from the garden but I love a can of San Marzano tomatoes- they are perfect every time. Ingredients: 28oz Can of  whole peeled San Marazano…

  • Quick Peanut Sauce

    I have had a lot of requests for the recipe for this peanut sauce that I throw together so I finally measured it out! I love having this on hand for those awesome vegetable rolls I buy at the grocery or for any grilled meat. Soba noodles (or zoodles) pair perfectly with it and thinly sliced cucumbers and carrots tossed with it make a pretty fabulous salad. I like how this all comes together in one bowl… and I’m lazy and use garlic powder which omits the cutting board and knife (and truly blends in better too!). Quick Peanut Sauce Ingredients: 1 Cup smooth natural peanut butter (I like Teddies)…

  • Easy Blender Banana Muffins (gluten free!)

    Summer. I’m all for the EASIEST and FASTEST recipes when all you want is to get out an enjoy the outdoors. My kids love a morning muffin and I love the ease of mixing it all together in a blender. The base of these are banana and oats but you can add in whatever you can think of! We went for blueberry, blueberry almond, chocolate chip, & chocolate chip almond! EASY BLENDER BANANA MUFFINS (gluten free!) (Makes 12) Ingredients: 3 Ripe bananas 2 Cups gluten free rolled oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill) 2 Eggs 1/2 Cup real maple syrup 1/4 Cup milk (cow or almond) 1 tsp vanilla extract…