BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato with Goat Cheese

Best compact meal ever. I created this dish by accident. What started as bbq chicken, a plain baked sweet potato, and a side salad, quickly turned into an over-stuffed, mouthwatering flavor explosion. The contrast of the sweetness in the potato, the spice of the bbq, the bite of the vinegar dressing and the creaminess of…

Salmon Avocado Bird’s Nest

Salmon, Avocado, & Eggs…. does breakfast get any better? You’re never going to find a more impressive but easy breakfast dish. Ingredients 2 Whole, Ripe Avocados 2-4 oz Smoked Salmon 4 Eggs Fresh Dill Salt & Pepper, to taste Pinch Red Pepper Flakes Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Half the avocados & remove the pits….

One Dish Mexican Quinoa Delish

This recipe is dedicated to the recently married couple, Shannon & David. Shannon is one of my dearest friends. We met when we were four years old in Junior Kindergarten… and have remained best of friends since. Last weekend, she married her best friend and I could not be happier for them! At the wedding…

Garlic Smashed Parmesan Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are an ultimate comfort food. They’re warm, fluffy, full of flavor, and remind us of home. November is the perfect month to start whipping up mashed potatoes again. The cold weather has settled in, and you just crave them. In order to keep them on the weekly menu during the cold months though, a…

Harvest Walnut Ginger Spread

As I have mentioned in a past post, my family and I took an incredible trip to Italy last year. One of our stops was in Tuscany, and we stayed at an absolutely beautiful Relais & Chateaux hotel, Il Falconiere. Among the many incredible features at this hotel, including a Michelin Star Restaurant, it has a…

Roasted Butternut Squash & Goat Cheese Quinoa

If I haven’t shared this before, I am telling you now that Autumn is my favorite season. Obviously the rich colors of the changing trees are beyond spectacular. The cooler air rustles the leaves and changes your wardrobe… you can hear, smell, see and feel fall’s arrival. And of course you can taste autumn! The…

Tuscan Stuffed Veal Medallions

Last September, my family took an incredible trip to one of my favorite countries, Italy. The people, the culture, the history, the wine, and of course the food. One of our stops was Cortona, in the heart of Tuscany. Cortona is often recognized as it is where the movie Under the Tuscan Sun was filmed…

Summer Fig Salad

Sometimes just a simple salad with fresh ingredients makes the best meal. Add roasted chicken for a more substantial dish. Enjoy! Ingredients Mixed Baby Green and Kale Fresh Figs, quartered Shaved Parmesan Cheese Sliced Almonds Fresh Dill Champagne Vinaigrette In a large bowl, add the mixed greens, shaved parmesan, sliced almonds, and fresh dill. Add…

Lemon Asparagus Herbed Quinoa

One of my most favorite summer activities is family boat dinners. We all prep dinner in advance and pack a picnic basket… and of course a wine basket as well! This quinoa salad is served room temperature, which is ideal for a warm evening out on the boat. Ingredients 1 Cup Quinoa 1 bunch Asparagus,…

Watermelon Basil Vodka Slushies

Sometimes a vodka soda is just not going to cut it. Step up your cocktail game with this frozen concoction that reflects the flavors of a sunny, summer afternoon. Ingredients 1/2 Cup Vodka 1 Cup Simple Syrup Half a Watermelon, puréed 1 Lime, juice only 10 Basil leaves, chopped 4 Cups Ice Cut the watermelon into chunks, and place…

Gingered “Sushi” Salad

If you were to ask my friends where I eat the most during the week, it would be our local sushi restaurant. And if you were to ask our server there what I always order with my sushi, it would be a side of ginger dressing. I’m obsessed with it. No matter what roll we…

Garden Green Guac Bagel

Below my office is a great little juice bar that I frequent often. As their business grew, they were encouraged by their patrons to start carrying healthy lunch items. I had ventured down one day and they had just added healthy grain bagels to the menu. The girl behind the counter and I looked over…