Classic Deviled Eggs

My college/post-college roommate and maid of honor, Elisabeth R, loves patriotic holidays – following in the footsteps of her paternal grandmother, Dot C. About a decade ago Elisabeth came east from Seattle with her husband (Dan S) and Mom (Judy R) to celebrate 4th of July in Cherry Hill, NJ at her grandmother’s home.  [Read more…]

Herb Yogurt Cheese

Who grew up thinking Boursin cheese was about the fanciest cheese around? Back before we were obsessed with artisan cheeses this garlic and herb cheese from France was often served for special occasions. Boursin cheese was created by François Boursin in Normandy, France in 1957. [Read more…]

Roasted Beet Hummus

Saturday is International Hummus Day. Yes, there’s a day for everything. In doing some research I did determine that this is a relatively new annual celebration having been around only since 2012. How did I find out about it? [Read more…]

Chorizo and Black Bean Nachos

With Cinco de Mayo almost upon us it’s time to talk nachos. The perfect nachos to me are a balance between yummy ingredients and technique. [Read more…]

Buffalo-Bacon-Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Two of my all time favorite guilty pleasure dips are Buffalo Chicken Dip and Artichoke and Spinach Dip. So I was pretty excited when I saw this recipe and knew that I had to give it a try. [Read more…]

Quick Pickled Vegetables

One of the many reasons why I love writing a food blog is my ability to share good recipes with family, friends and beyond. When I meet a chef who is willing to do the same that makes me even happier. [Read more…]

Cocoa-Espresso-Cardamom Almonds

This little piggy went to market and brought home these wonderful roasted almonds. Perhaps that’s the second verse of this nursery rhyme? This is the perfect simple treat to make during the busiest time of the year. [Read more…]

Meyer Lemon Marmalade

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without an orange in my stocking. It’s been that way since I was a little girl and continues until this day.  So when I decided to bring a cheese board to a recent ladies’ gathering I thought what better accompaniment to a tasty selection of cheese than a homemade marmalade to celebrate the holidays.

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Butternut Squash-Sage-Goat Cheese Spread

Fall has arrived! And it’s my favorite time of the year. Cooler temperatures, leaves changing, amazing natural light and comfort food – all good things. Having grown up in California I really didn’t get to experience fall until I came east to college in 1986. [Read more…]

Goat Cheese-Herb Stuffed Sweet Piquanté Peppers

These tasty little treats were inspired by an Instagram post from Vermont Creamery that I saw a few weeks ago. I’m partial to anything from Vermont Creamery whether it be cheese or butter. In fact I have them to thank for learning what “good butter” really is (I’ll save that for another post). We recently spent the afternoon in the Burlington, VT area so it seemed a fitting time for this post. [Read more…]