Simple, yet special, recipes for the home chef.

Pork Tenderloin Sliders with Spiced Apple Compote - Seared pork tenderloin topped with spiced cooked apples and peppery arugula. Serve as a party bite or a light dinner! |

Home cooks across Michigan love the great apples available in our state, perfect for cooking or eating on their own. Today, I’m excited to be guest posting for the Michigan Apples blog, sharing a recipe featuring Gala apples (my favorite variety!).

One of my favorite ways to transition from the comfort foods of winter to lighter, more Spring-like fare is by serving a dinner that includes sliders. I love a great sandwich for dinner once in awhile (especially next to a bowl of soup). But when warmer weather arrives, it’s beyond easy to lighten up the ingredients of that sandwich for a healthier meal.

Spring Pea & Herb Salad with Asiago & Parmesan

Spring Pea & Herb Salad with Asiago & Parmesan - A fresh and bright salad to welcome Spring! |

I know, it’s only the first week in March. But I’m just over winter. I’m tired of my boots, I’m tired of my hat, and I’m tired of the melting ice water that drips off the roof onto my head every time I reach out to get the mail. OVER IT. I saw some great fresh English

Lemon Mascarpone, Graham Cracker & Pistachio Parfaits

Lemon Mascarpone, Graham Cracker & Pistachio Parfait-8

One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that after a special meal, by the time you get to dessert, people seem equally impressed by layer cakes you’ve spent 2 hours on, and parfaits you’ve spent less than 15 minutes on. Maybe that’s just true of my family, as dessert is never really the highlight of

Culinary School Lesson: How to use veggie scraps to make easy & FREE vegetable stock for use in soups, rice, pasta and other dishes! |

In my “What I Learned in Culinary School” series, I’ll be sharing tips and tricks that I learned from two years of working with some of the country’s best chefs. This will include big things like learning to work efficiently, and small things like how to cook bacon perfectly. All of them will be applicable

Ricotta & Fig Oatmeal

Ricotta & Fig Oatmeal - A unique 5 minute breakfast that is the perfect way to use up leftover ricotta cheese! |

When was the last time you used an entire tub of ricotta cheese at once? Unless we’re talking about lasagna, that answer is pretty much never in my household. But ricotta is just too delicious to let go unused, so I’m always trying to think of new ways to use it up. I’m joining the United Dairy

Double Cashew & Chocolate Chip Milkshakes

Double Cashew & Chocolate Chip Milkshake - A treat for cashew and chocolate lovers! |

You know how there’s that one person at every party that eats all of the cashews out of the mixed nuts, and then pretends they didn’t do it? That’s totally me. Except, I don’t even try to deny it. If somebody confronts me about eating all the cashews I’m most likely to respond with “You

Pizza Popcorn

Pizza Popcorn - Start with a big bowl of popped popcorn, then whip up a quick pizza-flavored olive oil that includes sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and lots of Italian herbs. |

My other great love (besides cooking) is movies. I was a film minor in college, and still try to see as many good movies as I can. That includes trying to see every Oscar Best Picture nominee each year before the awards air. How many have you seen this year? As a reminder, they are: American Sniper,