Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing*

One of my favorite things that my mom would make when we were growing up was her spinach salad. It's insanely good. I added goat cheese and craisins to her original recipe to make it my own but you can play with the ingredients and leave things out if you want. When you fry off the bacon pour off all of the fat except 2 tablespoon. Set aside. To the spinach add the sliced onion, bacon, hardboiled egg slices, craisins, and goat cheese. Now it's ti...

Roasted Beet Salad*

Ever crave beets? Me too! Ever crave beets and goat cheese? Me too! This salad is one of my favorites and if I'm ever out at a restaurant and see a roasted beet salad I have to get it. The beets can be cooked ahead of time, as well as the balsamic reduction, and then assembled before you're ready to eat. Be careful when you're peeling the beets because the red beet juice will stain! Ok, start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F. Slice the be...

Roasted Pumpkin Soup*

You know what I love about October? It's socially acceptable to have pumpkin in everything. I could literally have pumpkin flavor breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, dessert, and anything in between. I don't know why I'm so obsessed with it but I am and this recipe is out of control good. It's very easy to make and it's healthy! Score. Ok, let's get started. First thing you want to do is preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Cleaning...

Pecan Encrusted Goat Cheese Salad with Orange Vinaigrette*

This salad is too good. I have a serious obsession with goat cheese. Then, you put a pecan crust on it and top it with an orange vinaigrette?!... forget about it. Ok, time to assemble this gorgeous salad. Cut your lettuce of choice and put in your salad bowl along with the red onion slices. In a small bowl put the zest of the orange in it. Cut the top and bottom of the orange off and set it cut side down. With your knife following the curve of th...

Watermelon & Feta Salad*

Ok, if you're like me I go to the grocery store and see these big beautiful watermelons on sale and I'll buy one thinking I'll eat the whole thing. I'll get home and have a few slices and be over it. Then I'm left with half of a perfectly delicious watermelon in my fridge just sitting there! Well my friends, this is what you can do with that delicious leftover watermelon. I love watermelon and feta together. You have the saltiness from the feta m...

Mediterranean Orzo Soup*

This is such an easy soup recipe. While I was in Greece last year one of my favorite things that I ate was chicken soup. After a long night of Greek dancing with some locals till 6 am in the morning we worked up quite the appetite. They took us to a place on Mykonos Harbor that never closes and ordered us up this amazing chicken soup with fresh lemon juice squeezed on it. It was just unreal. This is my version of that delicious s...

Roast Beef Sandwich with Horseradish Cheese and Pesto*

Ever take a bite into a sandwich and just go "WOW"? Well, you will when you bite into this. This is such an easy sandwich to throw together and take with you. Move over boring ham and cheese! Get outta here PB&J! Ok, so the first thing you want to do is heat up a pan or griddle pan over low heat. If you just want to make this a cold sandwich it will be equally as delicious don't worry. This recipe only uses half a loaf of ciabatta but you might w...

Pasta e Fagioli*

This soup is great for those chilly nights when you just want to sit on the couch all snuggled up. It's very easy to make and it's full of flavor. The first thing you want to do is preheat your pot over medium high heat. Add the butter and the olive oil to the pan and let melt. Add the chopped pancetta and let cook for about 2-3 minutes. While that's cooking chop the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic. Add to the pan and stir to mix everything. ...

BLT with Avocado and Lemon Thyme Mayo*

Who doesn't love a good BLT? Come on!! I know I do. This BLT (if you can even believe it) is better than the original. The lemon thyme mayo adds a pop of freshness that I think every BLT needs. This recipe is so easy and delicious and perfect for a satisfying lunch. The first thing you want to do is cook your bacon. I like to cook my bacon in the oven on sheet trays. It's easier and it always comes out flat which is good in for a sandwic...

Vichyssoise*

As you all should know (ok, no one cares but me) it's Julia Child's 100th birthday this month! She is the queen of food. I'm obsessed. You know that movie Julie and Julia?... that's basically me. But I'm not famous. Anyways, in honor of her birthday I wanted to make the classic French soup, Vichyssoise. Vee-she-swah. There, you can say it! It sounds super fancy but it's really not... it's just a chilled potato and leek soup. Pron...