Simple, yet special, recipes for the home chef.

Parmesan Mashed Potatoes with Quick Sausage Ragu

Parmesan Mashed Potatoes with Quick Sausage Ragu - The ultimate bowl of comfort! Creamy Parmesan mashed potatoes are topped with a quick ragu made with Italian sausage. |

As you can see in my other post today, I recently had the chance to attend a potato harvest tour in Idaho. I got to see the full “life cycle” of a potato, from learning about planting, to harvest, to processing, to plate. As you can imagine, we were given delicious potatoes to eat at breakfast, lunch and dinner. You’d think that I’d come home and want a break from potatoes for a bit, but that wasn’t the case at all. In fact, I had mashed potatoes with my dinner the very next night after arriving home.

Scenes from the 2015 Idaho Potato Harvest

Idaho Potato Harvest Tour 2015 |

The Idaho Potato Commission recently invited me to attend the Idaho Potato Harvest Tour. Since I’m currently without a working kitchen (making recipe development and food photography kind of tricky), I jumped at the chance to get out of my construction-dust filled home and breathe in some fresh Idaho air. I wanted to drop in today and

Minestrone Pasta Sauté with Ricotta

Minestrone Pasta Sauté with Ricotta - All the good stuff from minestrone soup, served up in a skillet meal. Top with ricotta and parmesan cheese! |

I have this weird thing with soups. With some soups, I really only like the broth. Like, I enjoy chili that has a thinner consistency, so that I can eat the broth, and just leave behind all the beans and meat. But with other soups, it’s really the “stuff” that I’m into. Like minestrone. I love

Taco Salad Jars with Green Chile Yogurt Dressing

Taco Salad Jars with Green Chile Yogurt Dressing - Classic taco salad, kicked up a notch with a fresh corn salsa + a creamy yogurt dressing. Prep on Sunday, eat for lunches all week! |

Salad jars and I go way, way back. One of my recipe development clients requested a salad-in-a-jar a few years back, and then another, and then another. And somewhere along the way, these salad jars became some of my most popular recipes, so people browsing Pinterest and search engines for recipe ideas must be liking

Roasted Lemon Shrimp Cocktail with Piquillo Pepper Dip

Roasted Lemon Shrimp Cocktail with Piquillo Pepper Dip - A Spanish-inspired twist on classic peel-and-eat shrimp cocktail. Serve as an appetizer at your next party and watch it disappear! |

I’m really lucky to have married a man who likes similar foods to me, and is pretty much willing to try just about anything. We do, however, have different opinions on one thing: seafood served in the shell. Jeff and his family absolutely love crab legs, whole lobsters, shell-on shrimp, and the like. Jeff actually

Creamy Roasted Autumn Vegetable Pasta

Creamy Roasted Autumn Vegetable Pasta - Celebrate fall's bounty with this creamy pasta tossed with roasted butternut squash, brussels sprouts and mushrooms. |

Since I celebrated the end of summer tomatoes earlier this week, I’m moving on to the best of the fall bounty. The farmer’s market is overflowing with squashes of all shapes and sizes, giant stalks of brussels sprouts, and big baskets of locally foraged mushrooms. While any of these veggies would be perfect on their

Tomato Caesar Salad Bruschetta

Tomato Caesar Salad Bruschetta - Simple homemade Caesar salad + tomatoes, piled onto toasty bread! The whole crowd with love this one. |

How has your farmer’s market been lately? I have been LOVING mine, because we’re at that lovely time of year where the offerings are straddling two seasons. It means I come home with bags so heavy with produce that I can barely heave them onto the counter*. *a counter that no longer exists, because the