We have arrived! The time of year where patio dinners can finally happen. As you know, Joanna has a pretty nice outdoor dining setup, so I wanted to create a recipe that would be the perfect addition to any summer BBQ or chill evening dinner: a warm mixed grain salad recipe topped with roasted fennel and dandelion greens. This month’s dish can be served as a side, but is hardy enough to be a delicious vegetarian or vegan main dish with the flexibility to omit the shaved parmesan. As food trends move in a greener direction, I thought it would be fun to explore some delicious meat-free options. With this salad, it’s not missed at all. The addition of crushed green olives gives it a hearty texture, while the briny flavor complements the floral and bitter flavors of the dandelion greens perfectly. Get ready to eat this all summer long!Continue reading “Warm Mixed Grain Salad Recipe with Roasted Fennel and Dandelion Greens”
Springtime is one of my favorites of the year. The weather is mild, the sun (for the most part) is back in the sky, the days are longer, flowers are blooming, and beautiful produce starts to pop back into rotation. During the warmer months of summer, I crave the freshness of vegetables. It’s often all I want, but spring offers that unique middle. This time of the year is when you still desire something comforting while also wishing to partake in the available fresh produce. For all of those reasons, today I’m sharing a spring garden galette. It is flexible, adaptable to whatever might be in season near you, and it can quickly be served as a main course.Continue reading “Spring Garden Vegetable Galette Recipe with Chevre Cheese”
There will always be a special place in my heart for the quintessential grilled cheese made with Kraft singles on white bread. To me, this classic is the late-night snack eaten casually over the sink after a night out with friends (sigh, remember those?). There is absolutely nothing wrong with it, but what if we took the classic grilled cheese a little further?? Nothing too tricky or fussy — just a little bit more grown-up and a lot more fun. This month we are sharing 3 new takes on the classic grilled cheese. There is a little something for everyone. Let’s get into the gooey details.Continue reading “3 Grilled Cheese Recipes You *Have* to Try”
As we start to settle into 2021 slowly (some slower than others, judging by how long it’s taken Joanna to edit and publish this post!), it’s clear that some things are staying the same for a while. One of my biggest struggles this past year was finding that balance of a quick and somewhat healthy lunch when I am working on projects at home (or when I’m at my full-time job, flying around). One of my favorite, quick eats is baked sweet potatoes, so I’m sharing how I turn them into a delicious, east lunch with a preserved lemon sauce. Sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile, and once they are in the oven, relatively hands-off. Plus, bonus, they tend to please most.Continue reading “Easy Lunch Recipe: Baked Sweet Potatoes with Preserved Lemon Sauce”
Well, we did it. We have finally arrived at December. After the year we’ve had, I decided that this month’s recipe should be a decadent treat that I think we all deserve. A dessert that will delight any crowd: an Orange Spice Bûche de Noël (or if you’re feeling a bit more pedestrian, a Yule log recipe). In years past, I have made every kind of complicated holiday dessert or treat imaginable…. gingerbread houses, croquembouche towers, even cream puff swans. Still, nothing has delighted folks quite like the whimsical forestscape of a beautiful Bûche de Noël. While a more traditional Yule log is usually chocolate, I assure you this orange spiced variation will be a delicious break from tradition.Continue reading “Orange Spice Bûche de Noël (Yule Log Recipe)”
It’s crazy to think that it’s time to start to plan our Thanksgiving menus, but it indeed is the time! When thinking up what to share for my November recipe, I found myself reflecting on just how different this holiday will feel. It seems everything this year has been new or breaking with tradition, and rather than running from it, I decided, why not lean into it? Thanksgiving was always different for my Italian American family. The turkey was always the dry (sorry, Nana!) stepsister to our family’s lasagna, and let me be real; I was just there for the sides. I think most of us were/are. So why not bring something a little fun to the table this year, like this spicy baked macaroni and cheese recipe?Continue reading “Spicy Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe”
Joanna’s note: Exciting news: I am thrilled to welcome a new recipe contributor here on the blog! Meet Josh Borden from Wanderlust & Piecrust. Josh and I connected on Instagram long ago and have been quietly making plans for him to join my team — and it’s finally time! He’s relatively new on the scene and some truly wonderful recipes to share. We can’t wait to share even more! Be sure to follow Josh on Instagram, too.
October has always been a whimsical time of year for me. It signals the opening of the gateway to the holiday season. Nothing contributes to this time of year quite as much as the flavors and foods of fall: soup, pumpkin, spices, and crisp apples. One particular fall favorite of mine is my Buttermilk Pumpkin Pancakes recipe. I am sure I am not alone in the general feeling of disappointment at how pumpkin-flavored things have just become sticky sweet and lacking anything cozy and spicy. Often the standard pumpkin pancake recipes you find rarely carry any of that sought after flavor. When I created this pancakes recipe, the flavor profile needed to give way to those authentic Fall flavors, and that’s precisely what it does. A more unique and robust flavor is achieved by taking a few extra steps when handling the common ingredients found in a standard pancake recipe and by creating your own blend of spices instead of reaching for that premixed pumpkin spice (you know, the one that’s been sitting in the back of our pantry for years).Continue reading “Chinese Five Spice Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe”