Happy Birthday Nora!

Nora Bday-2

A very special lady turned 21 on Saturday! Please meet Nora, my Development Associate ~ Intern ~ Millennial Culture Coach ~ Recipe Namer ~ Cooking Class Assistant and Trivia Buff ~ Occasional Taste-Tester ~ All-Around Favorite College Student. And yes, that is how I recommend she document the last year of her life on her resume. I have … [Read more...]

Brunch Bites: Baked Benedict Buffet

Eggs Benedict Buffet Bar-3

Looking for an easy, fun brunch option? Try your own Baked Benedict Buffet! Sunday Funday, indeed. Eggs Benedict is traditionally made with an English muffin, topped with a thin piece of fried or broiled ham, a poached egg, and hollandaise sauce. More fussy ingredients than I need, and I am guessing the same is true for you. If you read my … [Read more...]

Kale & Egg Quiche with Sweet Potato...

Kale and Egg Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust

As seen on Greatist (see #15) I'm calling it now: New go-to. Bagel Bake, you have some gluten-free competition for "favorite brunch dish." Graham Cracker Granola, you are lucky that you are also considered a snack, so you are not in jeopardy of being bumped for now. This recipe was located and selected by AWP for our most recent Cooking … [Read more...]

Party Tips: Warm Cookies

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Coconut Oil Cookies ~ by My Utensil Crock

What beats a plate full of cookies? A pan full of warm cookies, straight out of the oven, served to a crowd in a get-em-while-they're-hot fashion. When planning a recent party I threw in my apartment, I got a little lazy with the menu. I have been trying to focus on make-ahead items for parties, so I can spend the time immediately before … [Read more...]

Mozzarella-Stuffed Chicken Meatballs

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Just when you think meatballs are the perfect food on their own, along comes this recipe. You know those little marinated mozzarella balls that come in the enormous bucket at Costco, or a normal-sized bucket (that is tiny by comparison) at other stores? Yeah, those guys. In this recipe, these mozzarella balls are stuffed inside a … [Read more...]

Ga’s Brownies

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Warning: Super-fudgy, super-delicious, super-photogenic brownie recipe coming up in 3...2...1... Boom. Ga's Brownies. You are welcome. Ga, for those unfamiliar, is the nickname given by my brother to my mom's mom. I honestly never saw anything amiss with this nickname. It's short for "Grandma." My brother was a kid when this happened. It … [Read more...]

Garlic-Parmesan Soft Pretzel Knots

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Uh, yeah. Homemade Garlic - Parmesan Soft Pretzel Knots. There are few herbs I like better than garlic, and I still can't believe I can make pretzels in my kitchen. This recipe, combining these two favorites, takes a little hands-on time, but each step is easy, and soooo worth it. I just took the pretzel dough part of the Mini Pretzel … [Read more...]

Potato Skins with Cheese, Chives + Bacon

Potato Skins

Potato Skins are my favorite stand-by bar food.  What are my other options? Nachos: Done right, YES, but why is it so hard for bars to get nachos right? Chicken wings: I can't get past the thought (and feel) of chewing off the bone. Fried calamari: Too fried. Potato Skins it is, then. And they are so easy to make at home, and add or limit … [Read more...]

Damn Meatballs {Sweet + Sour}

Damn Meatballs {Sweet + Sour}-8

That's what my parents call them. "The Damn Meatballs." My parents actually aren't the swearing type, they just happened to QUADRUPLE this recipe for a New Year's Eve party they hosted, to serve 150 guests, and forming the meatballs turned in to an all-afternoon affair. "When will we be done making the Damn Meatballs?" But don't be dissuaded - … [Read more...]

Party Tips: Meatballs + Manicures

Meatballs + Manicures

Sometimes when I have people over for a get-together, I am a mess at "game time." As my first friends are arriving, I am generally not wearing makeup (or shoes), my sink is filled with dishes, and I'm lucky if I haven't thrown two armfuls of clothes in the bottom of my closet to hide them from sight. Something is simmering on the stove - three … [Read more...]