Merry, Bright + Yummy: 5 Easy Holiday Appetizers

What are the chances that you are either hosting a gathering in the next few weeks or that you are responsible to take a “dish to share” to someone elses home?  Pretty good, I would assume.  Tis the season for cocktails, appetizers and gorgeous, festive finger food and friends, I’ve got the hookup right smack dab here.

So, without further ado, I present to you the most merry, yummy, gorgeous little ditties south of the North Pole.  Happy App’ing!   Continue reading

Southwest Chicken, Bacon and Potato Soup

SONY DSCIt won’t stop, you guys.  All things comfort.  All day.  Every day.  I’m not sure if its the damp, cold weather happening around here or the fact that theres a precious tiny little human growing inside of me but COMFORT FOOD, I will find you.

And soups are at the very top of my comfort food list these days. It’s December, after all-seems only appropriate.  As I’ve told you in the past, soups are one of my very favorite dishes to create because there are just no rules.  Soups are so forgiving.  Throw in what you’ve got in the fridge and with a few of the right aromatics, spices and garnishes you’re practically good to go.  This soup right here?  This Southwest Chicken, Bacon and Potato Soup?  You just must.   Continue reading

Spinach, Broccoli + Farro Salad

SONY DSCGood day, friends!  I hope your weekend was what a long-Thanksgiving weekend should be…relaxing, fun and yummy-food-filled!  And now, back to the grind.  But let me tell you, this salad is a mighty fine way to start that grind.

If we are Instagram buddies you may have seen my recent obsession with the Kale + Broccoli Salad from Lunds and Byerlys, a local grocer around these parts.  And you guys, the obsession is legit.  LE-GIT.  You know I’m a sucker for super-grain farro to begin with, especially in salad form.   But besides my beloved farro, this salad just has gobs of goodies in it:  kale, broccoli, parmesan, apricots, sun dried tomatoes.  Weird combo, no?  No!  You wont believe what that flavor/texture hodge podge does…it will knock your socks off!  Continue reading

Slow Cooker Cranberry BBQ Meatballs

SONY DSCFriends, it’s all beginning!  Snow.  Elastic pants.  Food overload.  Family time.  The holidays….yay!

Are you all set for Thanksgiving?  Turkeys brining?  Recipes ready to rock and roll?  We will be hosting my in laws again this year so it will be cozy and quiet…looking forward to a wonderful day with lots of food.  When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner I’m a bit of a traditionalist….aside from throwing in a fun, new salad here and there I like to stick to the basics.  Classic roasted turkey.  Mashed potatoes and gravy.  Stuffing. Those are the basics….delicious, dependable, crowd pleasing basics.  And then…in my house, there is no such thing as a Thanksgiving meal without Ina’s Spinach Gratin-I die.  And a good old fashioned cranberry sauce-can never ever ever get enough.   Continue reading

Pan Roasted Salmon Mediterranean Bowls with Tahini Sauce

SONY DSCOh for all things yum.  If you’re looking for a warm, yet light, fresh weeknight meal idea look no further, friends.  These bowls right here are the whole shebang.

Let’s start with the tahini sauce.  If you have even the slightest relationship with hummus this stuff will knock your socks off.  I eat it on everything.  I mean everything.  From green salad dressing to veggie dip to burger topping to sweet potato fry dunking.  Tart and garlicky and creamy and oh my golly I just can’t get enough.   Continue reading

Chocolate Banana Muffins

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How often do you have over-ripe bananas sitting on your counter?  Is it just me?  I swear it happens weekly, yet I continue to buy the same bunch that tends to go partially uneaten every time I do my shopping.  Maybe it’s because I love a good challenge?  Because Lord knows you can only make so much banana bread and so many peanut butter banana smoothies…it forces me to switch things up and get creative with those leftover sweeties.

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