Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Crostini

Happy Friday.... the 13th! So I like to think of Friday the 13th not as bad luck, but as maybe the best luck ever.   Friday the 13th gives you an excuse for everything. Seriously.   Forgot to pick up lunch for the meeting? It's Friday the 13th... Forgot your mom's birthday? It's Friday the 13th... (jkkk today's my mom's bday... totally did not forget your birthday!!) Finished off the box of chips ahoy?? No, that was just you. But if someone caught you finishing … [Read more...]

Tea Sandwiches – 2 Ways

If you give a mouse a cookie....   She's going to want to make appetizers.. and salads... and cocktails.. and sandwiches...and what about a pasta salad? Maybe some cupcakes?? But someone might want a vegetarian option...??   That's pretty much what just happened this week.   It was one of my very best family friend's wedding showers this weekend at my house and I got to be in charge of the dessert buffet! It started out with my mom wanting me to just bake cookies … [Read more...]

Buffalo Chicken Mini Meatballs

 So I'm really excited about my garden! Check out my pics below. Everything's planted, everything's green (mostly green), one of my baby tomatoes is starting to ripen, and I feel a totally new and deep connection with nature. I walk around barefoot...wake up with the sun... only eat what I plant myself....   Just kidding. More like ruin my slippers watering my plants at 8 am after I stumble out of bed with coffee dripping down my face and pray that my little red pepper plant can … [Read more...]

Jazzed-up Tomato Bruschetta with Sweet Balsamic Reduction

  I love tomato bruschetta.   Maybe even more than chocolate.   Vine ripe tomatoes + fresh basil + lots and lots of garlic = heaven on a toasty cloud of bruschetta bliss. Mm...Mmm...mmmm....   And it just so happens that I am a tomato bruschetta expert. It's a serious profession. Pleased to meet you.   Tomato bruschetta has been one of my favorite foods for as long as I can remember. Living off a college kid's budget, studying in Rome … [Read more...]

Tomato, Avocado, and Cucumber Crostini with Creamy Sherry Vinaigrette

Happy (Insert Holiday Here)!   It's officially wedding season....bbq season... baby shower season, memorial day... 4th of July.....grill outs....   Summer's coming and all this gorgeous warm weather (Its going to be 90 degrees today in Chicago!) means finding every possible excuse to celebrate cold beer, blue skies, fresh food, and awesome friends!     It also means that Jenny from apartment 201 is probably going to ask you to bring an appetizer to tomorrow … [Read more...]

An Earth Day Inspired Dinner Party

 So today's post is extra special - like deserving of glitter, a gold star, and maybe even a firework kind of special... I hosted my very first dinner party ever yesterday! I am so excited that Foodbuzz.com liked my proposal for an Earth Day themed, earth-friendly, vegetarian (mostly vegan!) dinner party, because it gave me an amazing excuse to invite over my closest friends to be with the people I love the most - doing the thing I love the most...cooking! I loved having an Earth … [Read more...]

Spinach-Parmesan Souffles

How was your all's weekend?? Hope you had a great St. Patty's Day and are rested and recovered for the work week! And if not there's gotta be at least a few drops of Bailey's left in your liquor cabinet for that starbuck's in your hand... or Advil. Or McDonald's. Egg McMuffin anyone? I swear those do the trick. I lived in a sorority house for a year while in college and our house mom would order these 'mock' Egg McMuffins (haha ok yes...in case you didn't think it was possible, you can get … [Read more...]

Tomato and Parmesan Focaccia with Caramelized Onions

So I have a new life calling. And its not baking cakes or saving the world. Its getting tickets to the Ellen Degeneres Show. Do you know how to do this? Because I think its actually impossible. The website told me to 'click' on the date I wanted to see the show on. So I did. Simple right? Wrong. You can't click on any day. The little cursor turns into a hand when you wave it over the calendar... taunting you... pretending its on your side...but then refuses to click on a date. But its ok. … [Read more...]

Quick Mini Pizza Appetizers with Arugula, Peppers, and Prosciutto

Happy 2012! Well... almost. Can you believe its already been another year? I keep accidentally typing 2010 for some reason. I'm a little behind. I literally almost sent out a resume yesterday that said December 2010. And the first line under my 'skill' section says "detail oriented..." I'm excited for New Years Eve though! As a kid we'd always work it up and make NYE into a huge deal. We'd all sneak like a half of beer from our parents, buy some cheap party hats... and then realize that … [Read more...]