Simple, yet special, recipes for the home chef.

Salsa Verde Elote Bites

Salsa Verde Elote Bites - Creamy Mexican street food-style corn served in mini tortilla bowls. A perfect EASY party bite! |

Sometimes, when my husband and I are out to dinner, I look around, and can easily spot the couples in the restaurant that are on a first date. You know, the awkward small talk, cautious flirting, and most especially, eschewing of any super messy menu items.

At one of our favorite places in town, one of the best menu items is elote – a Mexican street food-style corn-on-the-cob that is slathered in butter/mayo/sour cream and then covered in crumbly cheese. You know, the kind of dish that is absolutely delicious, but gets all over your face, hands and even arms as you eat it. Not first date fare, but hey – I’ve been married eight years next month. I have no qualms about ordering the elote and digging in!

DIY Spring Salad Board

DIY Spring Salad Board - Assemble a bounty of spring produce on a platter, along with creamy Parmesan-Peppercorn Dressing, tangy Parmesan Vinaigrette, and crunchy Parmesan Fricos, and let your guests assemble their own salad with this fun party idea! |

I’ve mentioned quite frequently that one of my favorite ways to entertain (or heck, even prepare a dinner for just two people) is with DIY platters. Pile a bunch of great ingredients onto a cutting board, platter, or even just a baking sheet, and let everybody make their own personalized dish. But the truth is,

Meaty Enchilada Chili Dip

Meaty Enchilada Chili Dip - This dip will keep your party guests coming back with another chip again and again! |

Sometimes the biggest struggle with creating new recipes . . . is naming said new recipes. I designed this meaty enchilada dip to taste exactly like the filling in beef enchiladas. But instead of rolling the filling in tortillas, I wanted to serve it with tortilla chips as a dip. Then, my husband came home as I

Lemon Drop Margaritas

Lemon Drop Margaritas - When life gives you lemons, make margaritas. Use this recipe for margaritas made with lemons when you don't have any limes around. The bright, fresh lemon flavor is actually very similar to a traditional margarita. |

I was expecting these Lemon Drop Margaritas to be mind blowing for one reason, but they turned out to be mind-blowing for a completely different reason. You see, I wanted to stick pretty close to a traditional margarita recipe, but swap all of the lime juice for lemon juice, and then rim the glasses with

Chopped Broccoli Salad with Cheese Tortellini

Chopped Broccoli Salad with Cheese Tortellini - A party favorite! Everyone in the crowd will wants seconds of this tortellini salad full of broccoli, cheese, fruit and nuts. |

When I throw parties, I always like to have a wide variety of dishes for guests to choose from. While (luckily) there aren’t any major food allergies or special diets in my group of friends and family, I still like to offer a range of options, including plenty of fresh, healthy-ish things in addition to

Cheese Board for Beer

Cheese Board for Beer - All of the salty, spicy, creamy, nutty and pickled items you need to assemble an appetizer spread perfect for a beer-tasting party. |

Anybody that knows my husband and I knows that we love beer. Our favorite restaurant (a short walk from our house) is really a beer bar that happens to have great food. Jeff brews his own beer, and is always seeking out new beers to buy and try. We have a fridge in the garage

Thai-Style Curry Shrimp & Noodle Bowls

Thai-Style Curry Shrimp & Noodle Bowls - A hugely flavorful homemade curried noodle bowl that comes together in about 30 minutes! |

There’s an old cliche in many parts of the country with fluctuating climates: “If you don’t like the weather in , just wait a few minutes.” Michiganders certainly use that phrase about our state quite often. Two weekends ago, I was outside, shooting hoops in the driveway in a t-shirt (the husband