Roasted, Toasted Tomatoes & Eggplant

One night, the DIVAs were sitting around the dining room table, and we got on the discussion of foods that we were intimidated by. Lobsters, artichokes (… the ones not in a can…), and mine – Eggplant. I had never cooked it with it before. So we decided that night for over the next several…

Harvest Pork Tenderloin

One of the greatest fall activities in Michigan is apple picking. You gather up a group of friends on a sunny yet crisp Sunday morning, and you head out to the local orchards. They load everyone onto tractors and take you around the various sections of the orchard to fill your giant bag with the…

Turkey Lasagna with Goat Cheese

The following lasagna is a variation of a turkey lasagna that Ina Garten features in Barefoot Contessa, Family Style. Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup chopped yellow onion 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey 1 (14-ounce) can crushed tomatoes 1 Jar of Butternut Squash Spaghetti Sauce 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves 2 teaspoons kosher…

Parmesan Chicken with Tomato Balsamic Angel Hair

Ina Garten makes an incredible breaded chicken, and then tops it with fresh greens, homemade lemon vinaigrette and freshly shaved parmesan. I love making this dish on a warm spring day. I wanted to create a heartier meal though with her chicken for a cozy winter night. Hope this Chicken Parmesan warms up your evening!…

A Michigan Fall Chicken Dinner

After living in Michigan all my life, I moved to Florida in mid-September. Despite the 85+ degree weather outside, I was desperate for a fall meal. With fresh apples on my counter, I started cooking. Below is what I ended up creating, and it was delicious! Ingredients  4 Skinless Boneless Chicken Breasts 4 Apples, skin…

Not Scary Seafood Paella

So tonight I had my parents, Jay & Kelly over for dinner. It was the first official dinner I’ve cooked for all of them together in my new home. As such, I wanted to do something special. After searching for something new and exciting, I came up with the idea of making paella. It’s the…

Cheers to the DIVAs!

Cheers! And welcome to the life of a DIVA. To provide the background of the DIVAs, we’ll go back to an excerpt from our first printed cookbook: “Once upon a time, in 2004, a small group of recent college graduates began gathering each week to cook a meal together.No matter what recipes or ideas were…