What do we do when we buy a bunch of raspberries because they’re on sale? We make pie! I’ve had this recipe in my back pocket for a while now, and have been meaning to make it, but grabbing some beautiful berries at a beautiful price sealed the deal. And, the fact that this pie is so easy to throw together made it taste even sweeter.
I started by making an Oreo cookie crust. I know, right? Not a bad way to start things off.
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Yep. This was good. A little too good, but that isn’t surprising when you see what goes into it. If you’re looking for a way to use up some more of the summer zucchini from your garden, this recipe is for you. Or, if you’re like me and don’t have a summer garden, but you have a grocery store or farmers market that sells zucchini grown by people who are much better gardeners than you are, well…then it’s for you too. Read more...(769 words, 12 images, estimated 3:05 mins reading time)
It’s official! The first new slow cooker dish of the fall season was a huge hit! This delicious variation on regular beef stew was just the perfect thing for dinner last night. I had one of those days where I was running around right up until dinner time. I needed something I could throw in the Crock Pot, and forget until dinner time. This was the amazing result. Read more...(757 words, 11 images, estimated 3:02 mins reading time)
I’ve recently come across a pretty spectacular cookbook find. It’s so great, in fact, that I could probably cook from it every night of the week and be perfectly content. When I first look through a cookbook, I dog ear the pages of recipes I’d like to make. After I closed this book, almost every page corner was turned down. Which book, you ask? The Skinnytaste Cookbook, by Gina Homolka. I’ve been a fan of Gina’s blog for years, and I’d heard that she’d put out a cookbook, but I hadn’t gotten my hands on it until a couple of weeks ago. Read more...(870 words, 11 images, estimated 3:29 mins reading time)
People ask me all the time why I started writing a blog. It’s probably a question I get at least once a week. Blogging, though increasingly common, still has this kind of weird aura around it. People don’t get it, and I have to admit, sometimes I don’t get it either. It blows my mind that there’s this little space on the internet with my name on it, that I’m in charge of. There’s also this weird ego-thing around blogging in general. Like, why on earth would I think that anyone would ever want to read anything I’ve actually written…about my dinner, no less? It’s a battle I’m constantly struggling with. I am notoriously bad at self-promoting my blog. It’s only been quite recently that I even tell people that I write a food blog when they ask me what I do. My go-to answer for a long time was just “I do a little work from home.” Anyway, my point is, I often feel like my job is pretty weird. Read more...(1103 words, 11 images, estimated 4:25 mins reading time)
That’s all is takes to make this incredibly fun, crispy, crunchy, chocolatey, cool dessert. This ice cream cake is so easy to put together, and it knocked the socks off of my family at a cookout over the weekend. My husband even mentioned after dessert that he’d like me to make this cake for his birthday…which isn’t until next April. Read more...(1060 words, 12 images, estimated 4:14 mins reading time)
Ah, Labor Day weekend…summer’s last hurrah. A time to gather together, slap on some sunscreen, hang out at the pool one last time, and have a cookout. In honor of that last hurrah cookout, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite summer recipes from past posts to ease your menu planning along. And, now that I’ve had a good look at some of these again, they may be making an appearance at my own house this weekend. Bonus!
And just like that, it’s September and I’m back to playing extracurricular taxi driver after school. Wow, that was fast.
Getting back into the swing of things always takes some adjustment. We’re all going through that transition now, and one of the ways I can help navigate the crazy is with some simple meals to throw together come dinnertime. Plus, if I can work it so clean up time is minimal, that’s a huge bonus. Read more...(681 words, 9 images, estimated 2:43 mins reading time)
Before I get into the heart of this recipe, let me just state that this tomato-onion-garlic-basil concoction is delicious on pork chops. It would be delicious over chicken, or delicious over fish. It would be delicious served over sliced baguette as an appetizer, spread on a pizza, or delicious simply eaten out of the pan with a spoon (I’m guilty). If you haven’t guessed yet, it’s really good stuff.
And it is so simple and fresh, and perfect for a busy back to school weeknight. Read more...(637 words, 9 images, estimated 2:33 mins reading time)
A couple of weeks ago, I got to cross off something on my bucket list. My dear friend Kristin told us earlier in the summer that she had two extra tickets to see Harry Connick Jr. at The Ravinia Festival in Chicago, and she asked if we’d like to join her and her husband. You may be thinking that seeing Harry live would be the bucket list item. Nope. I’ve seen Harry perform a few other times, and he’s wonderful, he really is. If you ever have the chance to see him, go. He’s ridiculously talented, funny, and charming. Every show of his is different, and he is so personable he can make a large venue seem like a small, intimate jazz club. I had the opportunity to meet him when we lived in New Orleans, and he is refreshingly genuine. I could go on and on about how much I love Harry…and I think I have. Read more...(956 words, 11 images, estimated 3:49 mins reading time)