Simple, yet special, recipes for the home chef.

Top 12 Recipes of 2014

Top 12 Recipes of 2014 |

Oh my gosh, it’s time to reflect on 2014 already. Seriously?!? This year flew by at record speed, even during the weeks where I felt like all I did was work. Just this year, I posted 178 new recipes, 12 culinary school lessons, 5 restaurant reviews, recaps of trips to Greece, Italy, Columbus and western Michigan, and again hosted my annual sangria party and blogged about it for a week. I also did a bunch of freelance food photography that didn’t necessarily make it to the blog, got a new blog design, figured out how to use my new camera, and became friends with a giraffe. Whew.

Mini Baklava Tarts

Easy 3-Step Baklava Tarts - All the flavor of baklava, in bite-sized tarts that take just minutes to make! |

Between the melomakarona the other day, and these Mini Baklava Tarts, the country of Greece might as well be my official sponsor for holiday desserts. And if the country of Greece is reading this, and wants to send me back to Mykonos and Santorini, I’d gladly accept. As it turns out, I’ll be spending the

Prosciutto & Fig Cheeseball Bites

Prosciutto & Fig Cheeseball Bites - A simple, fun party bite that can be adapted to use whatever ingredients you have on hand! |

I’m sure that many people consider cheeseballs “old school” or “retro.” I’d agree that they’re probably both of those things. But really, I think they’re a holiday tradition. Along with sugar cookies and homemade Chex mix, it’s just not Christmas without a cheeseball. My grandma had been in charge of holiday cheeseballs for years, until she

Greek Honey & Spice Cookies (Melomakarona)

Greek Honey & Spice Cookies (Melomakarona) - All the flavors of baklava, in a cookie. These amazing cookies stay fresh up to 2 weeks! |

If you follow me on Instagram, you have may have seen how much fun I’ve been having (and how many delicious cookies I’ve been eating) participating in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap this year! Not only has it been a great way to connect with fellow food bloggers, but the swap benefits Cookies For

Spicy Beer Cheese Dip

Spicy Beer Cheese Dip - A party favorite! Dip a cracker into it, or spread it on a sandwich! |

Dip is good. Beer is good. Cheese is good. Combine all three, and it’s going to be really good. Supporting the local economy by using Michigan-made ingredients? Really really good!

#AeroGarden Giveaway

#AeroGarden 3SL Giveaway |

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to test out an AeroGarden 3SL Indoor Garden. The ground is frozen outside, but inside on my dining room table, I’ve got some basil, parsley and dill growing! Since I also work from my dining room table, I feel like I am literally watching herbs grow.

Make-Ahead Breakfast Muffins

Make-Ahead Breakfast Muffins - Make these bacon, mushroom, kale and sundried tomato filled egg muffins in advance, then freeze them. In just a minute in the microwave, you'll have a healthy and tasty hot breakfast! Perfect for hosting house guests, parties and busy weekday mornings. |

When it comes to holiday movies, “Home Alone” will always be my favorite of all time. Jeff even created a Filthy Animal Pizza for me in honor of this cinematic classic last year. While I’m sure that plenty of families have a holiday season similar to that of the McAlisters, with a packed house full of