Nutty Granola Bars {These are for you, Donny Osmond!}

nutty granola bars

I’m a little bit country
And I’m a little bit rock ‘n roll
I’m a little bit of Memphis and Nashville
With a little bit of Motown in my soul
I don’t know if it’s good or bad but I know I love it so
I’m a little bit country, I’m a little bit rock ‘n roll…

My 70’s crush on Donny Osmond made me want to be a little country to his “rock ‘n roll.” I knew every cheesy dance move to the song, and daydreamed about taking Marie’s place, if say, she called in sick or fell off the stage. Never mind that I couldn’t sing. {Why yes, I was a huge nerd. How did you know?!?}

Regardless of whether or not you enjoyed the song, the lyrics definitely reinforced the belief that opposites attract.

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Iceberg with Tomatoes, Blue Cheese & Bacon

iceberg 600 px

If you’re of a certain age, and especially if you’re from the east coast, you get a picture in your mind when you hear the word “steakhouse.” Maybe you know of Delmonico’s {the first steakhouse in the US}. Or Peter Lugers… Murray’s… Or my personal favorite, 21 Club. Continue Reading →

Basil, Cucumber & Avocado Gazpacho

basil cucumber avocado gazpacho

It’s hard to top a day that includes hiking in the mountains, then enjoying a meal and a little wine outside while staring at said mountains. If that meal includes a new food discovery – like this Basil, Cucumber & Avocado Gazpacho, all the better. Continue Reading →

Banana Pancakes

three ingredient banana pancakes

Are you asking “where’s the syrup in this picture?” None needed. Trust me. These three ingredient Banana Pancakes are perfectly sweet and perfectly healthy. In fact, I’ve yet to eat one with a fork. Why? Because I’m usually grabbing one to eat – by hand –  on my way somewhere. Continue Reading →

Seeded Whole Grain Soda Bread

seeded whole grain soda bread

When most people talk about weekend “binge watching” {a.k.a. “Netflix and chill”} they might be thinking House of Cards, Suits or Downton Abbey. And yes, those are some of my favorites. But if you say “binge watching” to me? Top of mind, it’s Cooked, Chef’s Table and I’ll Have What Phil’s Having. Continue Reading →

Miso Soup with Chicken & Vegetables

miso soup with chicken and vegetables

I am recovering from the meat-sweats. Continue Reading →

Multi-Seed Crackers {The Worst Salesperson on the Planet}

multi seed crackers

Sometimes I whip up something so tasty, I think I could sell it. And then I remember – I’m a horrible salesperson! Don’t believe me? Just ask Husband. He loves to share the story. Continue Reading →

“Jimmy Dean” Turkey Sausage {8th-grade Boys are the Worst}

jimmy dean turkey sausage

I haven’t eaten a hot dog since 8th grade . For the record, it had nothing to do with a bad ballpark experience. It was courtesy of the boys in my home-economics class.

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Chicken Potpie

chicken potpie

Maybe you’re experiencing a long streak of below-freezing temperatures. Maybe you’ve had a rotten week. Or, maybe you just crave a dish you ate as a kid that brings back warm memories. We all have those days where we just need some comfort food, and Chicken Potpie is definitely comfort food. Continue Reading →

Apple & Cranberry Turkey Roulade

apple and cranberry turkey roulade

I’m so over the need to pull off a Norman Rockwell-worthy holiday dinner. Seriously, how many people really bring a whole, perfectly cooked turkey – beautifully garnished and presented on an heirloom platter, to the table for carving? Well, ok, my mom and dad pulled it off, but I’m convinced they were the exception to the rule. Continue Reading →