Cheesy Italian Crostini: 10-minute NYE Appetizer

Happy day-after Christmas! I hope you all had a great holiday! We had a great Christmas this year. Lots family, lots of friends, and way too much food! Me and my (gorgeous!) younger cousins opening gifts last night! As usual - I went a little nuts-o on the Christmas baking. 8 kinds of cookies... a caramel chocolate ganache tart, and a chocolate cream pie. NBG. Its turned into more of a sport than anything. Its not really about sharing love...carefully manicured sugar cookies.. or seeing … [Read more...]

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...]

Jazzed-up Tomato Bruschetta with Sweet Balsamic Reduction

  I┬álove 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.┬áLiving off a college kid's budget, studying in Rome … [Read more...]