Simple, yet special, recipes for the home chef.

Peach Pie Ice Cream Bars

Peach Pie Ice Cream Bars - An irresistible combination of fresh peaches, crumbled pie crust and creamy frozen custard. |

I’m going to need a little cheese with my whine, because: power outages. Let’s start at the top: Jeff and I are actually moving to a new home! It’s only about six blocks from our current home, but is ever-so-slightly larger, and in an ever-so-slightly nicer part of town. But the sad fact is that moving to the nicer part of town isn’t always an upgrade in every possible way.

Naan, Greek Yogurt & Crispy Lentil Bites

Naan, Greek Yogurt & Crispy Lentil Bites - Pull together this fresh vegetarian snack, light lunch or party appetizer in just 5 minutes! |

This Naan, Greek Yogurt & Crispy Lentil Bites recipe can pretty much be summed up as “all of my current food obsessions on a plate.” Lentils and Greek yogurt are staples in my kitchen, always and forever. I’ve been going through pine nuts at a frantic pace lately, thanks in part to wanting to add buttered

Teriyaki Hot Dogs with Pickled Vegetables

Teriyaki Hot Dogs with Pickled Vegetables - Shake up your boring hot dog routine with these Asian-inspired dogs! |

I’m not going to sugarcoat it. We’ve been eating A LOT of hot dogs for dinner lately. We’re in the process of moving between two houses, so we’ll both work all day, and then spend the evenings loading up our cars with boxes, driving them to the new house, and unloading and unpacking them there.

Rustic Plum & Walnut Tart

Rustic Plum & Walnut Tart - A beautiful dessert that combines a simple homemade walnut butter with fresh, juicy plums! |

The sad irony of the summer is it’s when the best fruit for baking pies is in season, but it’s the worst time of year to turn on the oven! It’s been a little bit cooler here in Detroit lately, after nearly two weeks of punishing humidity. But it’s still warm enough that turning on the oven

Chocolate, Cherry & Banana Smoothie

Chocolate, Cherry & Banana Smoothie - Refuel from a workout with the protein in this smoothie made with chocolate milk, bananas and fresh cherries. |

Some of my favorite posts from other bloggers are the ones that chronicle a “day in the life” of their world. I’m always curious to take a peek behind the scenes and see what everybody else does all day, so why not give it a go myself? Here’s a snapshot of a typical Tuesday: 7:15a

Grilled Eggplant Flatbread

Grilled Eggplant Flatbread - A lovely vegetarian meal or party bite that comes together in a flash. Grilled naan bread is spread with creamy Greek yogurt and topped with grilled eggplant, spiced chickpeas and pine nuts. |

In my opinion, June is the most lovely month of the year. The days are long, the weather is generally warm but not uncomfortably hot, and I can spend the entire month grilling my dinner and never tire of it. June is also Dairy Month! I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the fresh, wholesome

Cornmeal Pancake & Shrimp Appetizers

Cornmeal Pancake & Shrimp Appetizers - Elegant and delicious chilled appetizers, perfect for a special party! Mini cornmeal pancakes are topped with dill-horseradish cream and poached shrimp. |

When most people stare down a bunch of bags of pancake mix, they probably picture light and fluffy pancakes dripping with syrup. I have a friend who has told me that it’s one of his life goals to be served a stack of pancakes as tall as his face. You know, like you see in