Simple, yet special, original recipes.

Cucumber & Avocado Salad with Tequila-Poppyseed Vinaigrette - A fresh, beautiful and healthy salad! |

When a party goes on for 10 hours, you can technically throw two parties in that time span. That’s just what I did for my annual sangria party earlier this month. Not only did we sip delicious sangria, but we also enjoyed a California Avocado BBQ party. Oh, and it was also my neighborhood’s block party that night. So yeah, there was all kinds of partying going on! Hey, Michigan has such brutal winters that you have to live it up while you can. It was a perfect August evening, so we certainly did live it up.

Everything Bagel Pizza with Lox

Everything Bagel Pizza with Lox - Pizza crust with homemade everything bagel seasoning, herbed cream cheese, smoked salmon, tomatoes, red onion and capers. Can be cut into small pieces for an elegant party bite! |

My husband LOVES making pizza – he grills it in the summer, bakes it in the winter, and comes up with a new flavor combo each time. In this monthly “guest post,” I’m going to sit back, relax, and maybe take the occasional photo while Jeff makes me a pizza and tells you about it.

Agave Lime Lemonade

Agave Lime Lemonade - 3 ingredients + water come together in this Mexican-inspired refresher. No added white sugar! |

Welcome to Foxes Love Lemonade! I’m (obviously) obsessed with the bright, tart taste of lemons, and I love freshly squeezed lemonade as well! Classic lemonade is just dandy, but in this summertime monthly post, I’ll be coming up with new spins on my favorite cool-down drink. Aw, this is my final installment of Foxes Love Lemonade

Double Coffee Affogato #IcedDelight

Double Coffee Affogato - A classic, elegant Italian dessert and coffee all in one. Cold and creamy coffee ice cream topped with hot, strong coffee. |

  When it comes to the end note of a great restaurant meal, I truly am an 80-year-old woman at heart: Just coffee, please. If you have espresso, even better. If you make homemade ice cream in house, I might think about trying a scoop, but bring me my coffee while I mull it over.

Buffalo Ranch Pasta Salad #SundaySupper

Buffalo Ranch Pasta Salad - A flavor-packed side dish that's a total crowd pleaser! |

Next week is already Labor Day weekend? I thought I would have time to savor every drop of this summer, after the worst-ever Polar Vortex we went through last winter. Instead, it seems like summer has gone by even faster than usual. It’s really not surprising, considering how much I’ve done this summer: kayaking, a big

Fruttare Frozen Fruit Bars |

As you’re reading this, I’ll be undergoing outpatient sinus surgery, or just getting started on my recovery after it. You see, for the past several years, I’ve had about seven serious sinus infections each year. Since it takes nearly a month to recover from each one, I’ve basically been sick for more than half of

Tomato & Roasted Lemon Salad

Tomato & Roasted Lemon Salad - A vibrant and fresh summer salad adapted from Ottolengi. |

In this monthly series, I commit to cooking whatever is on the cover of Bon Appetit, Saveur or maybe some other food magazine. There’s a reason these particular dishes are on the cover – they’re usually the best recipes in the magazine. When I saw that the August 2014 issue of Bon Appetit had a Yotam