Creamy Guilt-Free Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  3 days....dun dun dun! If you're scrambling for recipes, I've got you covered!   Today's post is going to be short and sweet on words and heavy (pleaseee pass the side dish recipes!) on the food. I've rounded up all of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes from the blog to give you a yummy and foolproof selection of sides, mains, and desserts that will impress your guests and have everyone asking for the recipe! Because we all know that Thanksgiving is about love, family, and … [Read more...]

Fresh Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

8 days until Thanksgiving...! That means just 8 more days until Santa comes to Macy's, 93.9 Christmas Lite FM, and Starbuck's cute little Christmas cups... o wait. All of that has been up since October.. and I LOVE it. I'm sorry. Judge away. I'm one of those people that scours the radio looking for the first Christmas station. I watched Love Actually on Sunday. And there may or may not be a Christmas ornament sitting on my coffee table....   I'm of the more is better mindset and … [Read more...]

Roasted Butternut Squash Farro Salad with Cider Vinaigrette

Holy Moly. I have SO many Thanksgiving recipes I want to share this month I don't even know what to do! My desk/kitchen counter/living room floor....probably car floor...jeans pockets...coat pockets...anything with pockets....are stuffed and covered in random scratch pieces of paper with recipe ideas scribbled all over.     Literally this is how I organize my life.   Thank God Facebook keeps track of birthdays for me.     But long story short I was … [Read more...]

Brie, Roasted Turkey, and Pear Panini

Holy moly this week got crazy. Crazy good. Crazy bad. A little sad. And a lot, a lot of LOVE.   My amazing, brilliant, grandpa passed away this week. He battled Alzheimer's for over 8 years and I have never seen a more graceful fight in my life. Alzheimer's tries to take everything away from you, and even until the end it couldn't take his heart, I'm so happy he gets to rest now... and hopefully find the most kick butt Old Country Buffet up there in heaven (go figure the gourmet … [Read more...]

Make-Ahead Mini Muffin Pizzas – Back to School

Can you all believe its already mid August?? I've been trying to live in denial that summer might actually end, but Famous Footwear and Old Navy will just not give it a rest. So. many. back to school commercials going on.   Which isn't entirely depressing... I love fall. Love boots, changing leaves, football tailgates... my birthday... :)   But most of all (totally not surprising), I love fall food. We start getting back into some comfort food - and there is nothing more … [Read more...]

Baked Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

I am SUCH a condiment girl.   Ketchup. Honey Mustard. Mayo... Miracle Whip (forget those commercials that make you pick sides). I dip french fries in honey. Eggs in salsa... eat mayonaise and tomato sandwiches....so its only natural that one of my favorite foods on earth are Chicken Fingers. The holy grail of dippers.   The only problem is that most chicken fingers you find at restaurants are battered, deep fried, and loaded with calories. With a 2 am Wendy's run as an … [Read more...]

Spicy Chicken with Summer Vegetable Salad

So it might have been 50 and rainy today; the Memorial Day gods may have been laughing at us as we ducked in and out of the patio trying to grill our bbq chicken, but I feel like summer guys! I just got home from one of those genius self serve frozen yogurt joints where they let you pick from an endless buffet of candy, chocolate,  and all things sugar, and I feel like it could be sunny and 80's. Or like I may be suffering from a mild sugar coma. Summer doesn't start when the pool opens, it … [Read more...]

Vegan Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread (Monkey Bread)

  Woo! So excited for brunch this Sunday! Bring on the pancakes, pastries, omelets, and mimosas! Flowers are blooming and the weather's getting warmer, but I think my favorite part about Spring is that every other weekend is some new excuse to celebrate with Brunch! (Easter? Mom's Day?? Wedding Showers??). Mom - totally excited to celebrate your awesomeness on Mother's Day. But I'm kind of really excited to celebrate that all-you-can-eat brunch buffet too...   Andddd I know … [Read more...]

Loaded Vegan Nachos

So today's post started out as a Mojito recipe...(a really good mojito recipe!)   Buttttt... 4 test recipes and a half of bottle of Bacardi (no judging) later and all I was craving was a big, heaping, plate of nachos. Should have seen that one coming..   Normally a frozen pizza would do the trick, but thanks to a marathon of Mexican recipes on the Food Network and Pinterest exploding with Cinco de Mayo -  it was nachos or bust. And these are SO good guys! SO yummy. And … [Read more...]

30-minute BBQ Pork Sandwiches with Slaw

I have been a cooking machine since I got home from Cali! I've gone on a serious cooking bender - fish tacos! BBQ pork! steak with red wine sauce (I don't even eat steak)! Would you also like a homemade chocolate chip cookie after dinner? Umm.... yes please.   It's my last few weeks with the family before I move into my new apartment downtown and I am letting my kitchen addiction get the absolute best of me. So I hope you all enjoy the next couple weeks of posts with real meals (like … [Read more...]

Thai Quinoa Squash Salad

Hi!! By the time you see this post I will hopefully be leisurely sunning myself on a California beach, sipping mojitos, without a care in the world :) So while I'm away on vacay I asked Dara, from Generation Y Foodie, to please come and share one of her fabulous recipes with you all! This girl has some of my favorite recipes on the web, always healthy, super inventive, and practical for real world cooking. I could literally cook my way through her blog Monday through Friday.. and then put it … [Read more...]

Creamy Vegan Pasta Primavera

  Hi guys! It's 7am. I stink like self tanner. There are more clothes on my bedroom floor than hangers in my closet. And my internet search history looks like I am either an LA restaurant critic or seriously stalk LA restaurant critics.   There's only one thing this can mean... I leave for vacation next Monday!! I am so excited! I'm taking a girls trip with my mom to visit a couple friends in California before I make the big move to my new apartment and job in May. It's been … [Read more...]