Protein-Packed Quiche with a Chickpea Crust

I returned from a lab ski trip today (which turned into a snowshoeing trip since it was raining and the slopes were icy), and my hubby immediately requested I make him another protein-packed quiche. He has recently gotten very into weightlifting and is surviving on...

Honey Sesame Cashew Brittle

I think I inherited my love of peanut brittle from my grandpa. My brother and I always gave him a few boxes of brittle for Christmas when we were growing up and I can’t see peanut brittle and not think of him! Whenever I’m in a gourmet candy shop I may peruse the...

Mediterranean Lamb with Gnocchi

Kia ora! I’m finally gone through all our New Zealand pictures, so my next several posts will be recaps from our trip! New Zealand is just a breathtaking country and has something for everyone – mountains, beaches, wine country, even glaciers, volcanoes, and...

Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Potato Stacks

I don’t eat beef very often. In fact, you may have noticed that there are no recipes featuring beef on my blog because it's a protein I very rarely cook at home. But, every once in awhile I get a craving for a juicy medium rare dry-aged New York strip steak or...

Christmas Dessert Sushi

If you’re having a bit of déjà vu, it’s because I posted a similar dessert sushi recipe back in March when I started my blog. But, I’ve since tweaked the original recipe after a few email requests and I think this version is definitely worth sharing! In all honestly,...

Bacon Burgers with Roasted Garlic Cherry Glaze and Gorgonzola Cheese

We're back from New Zealand! It was an absolutely amazing trip, and I can't wait recap all the highlights and share a few recipes inspired by our journey! I've gotten into the habit of keeping a detailed journal with notes about all our activities and meals whenever...

Fall Breakfast Hash with Cheesy Scrambled Eggs

Apolinaras and I recently traveled to Portland, Oregon, for my dear friend Britt’s wedding. Britt, Annika, and I were inseparable during college and whenever we’re together, it’s like nothing has changed - we had soooo much fun!  Britt and her new hubby Ben were just...

Caramelized Peach Sundaes with Cardamom Gingersnap Topping

When I was planning our Indian dinner party menu, I knew I wanted to serve ice cream since it’s been so hot, but I still wanted to have the dessert tie in with the theme of the meal because yes, I’m a big dork like that! I was thinking it would be fun to create my own...
Peach Salad with Pecan Chicken and Gorgonzola

Peach Salad with Pecan Chicken and Gorgonzola

"Movin' to the country, gonna eat a lot of peaches, I'm movin' to the country, I'm gonna eat me a lot of peaches....If I had my little way, I'd eat peaches every day"...especially now that they're in season! There's nothing quite like a fresh peach that is so ripe the...

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Berry Tart

Berry Tart

My favorite part of the 4th of July growing up was always trying to spell out my name with a sparkler before it burnt out. I've always loved a good challenge, so it never got old! Now it’s all about the food, and this year I dreamed up a festive berry tart that would...

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Avocado Crab Cake Sliders

Avocado Crab Cake Sliders

I have a huge folder of recipes from blogs that I’d like to try on my laptop (and now also a growing gallery on pinterest!), and pretzel rolls have been on my list forever. A soft sandwich roll that tastes like a pretzel – mmmmm, what’s not to love? I imagine they’d...

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Burgers

Chicken Cordon Bleu Burgers

It’s always fun to update a retro recipe. I can’t actually remember the last time I had chicken cordon bleu, which you probably know is a boneless chicken breast rolled around ham or prosciutto and Swiss or bleu cheese and then coated in bread crumbs. But, I was...

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Pasta Salad with Avocado Dressing

Pasta Salad with Avocado Dressing

I’ve slowly been working on reorganizing my recipe index so there are more sub-categories and it’s easier to navigate, and I realized the side dish section is lacking. Poor neglected side dishes. Well, here’s another one to add to the list. Nothing quite says summer...

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Pulled Pork Sandwiches on Toasted Garlic Buns

Pulled Pork Sandwiches on Toasted Garlic Buns

Ever since I went to Sweet Cheeks and was disappointed that the “Texas toast” my pulled pork sandwich was served on was simply white sandwich bread, I’ve been dreaming about pulled pork piled high between pieces of garlic bread. So, I recently headed to our local meat...

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Pizza Onion Rings

Pizza Onion Rings

A couple months ago, Apolinaras and I spent a long weekend in Chicago. I was scheduled to give a seminar about my lab’s research at the AACR conference at McCormick center, and Apolinaras tagged along to keep me company. Apolinaras and I went to college and grad...

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