Simple, yet special, recipes for the home chef.

Grilled Chicken & Apples with Couscous

Grilled Chicken & Apples with Couscous - A beautiful, healthful grilled meal for summer or fall! |

Home cooks across Michigan love the great apples available in our state, perfect for cooking or eating on their own. Today, I’m guest posting for the Michigan Apples blog, sharing a recipe featuring Fuji apples.

Summer might be half over, but there’s no end in sight for the dinners I want to make on the grill. I’ve been known to grill (at least occasionally) all year ’round, because you just can’t match the flavor of food prepared on the grill with any other technique.

Vanilla Bean Latte Overnight Oats

Vanilla Bean Latte Overnight Oats - A cool, creamy breakfast with a sweet coffeehouse flavor. |

During the epic kitchen remodel last fall, I went to my favorite local coffee shop to get my caffeine fix every single day. You see, I had no working stove to boil water, and only the gross utility sink in the basement to wash any dishes (but I was trying to get by with as

Double Strawberry Moscow Mules

Double Strawberry Moscow Mules - An even more summery twist on a summer cocktail! Jazz up the beloved Moscow Mule with fresh strawberries and strawberry preserves. |

You guys. I’ve been waiting to share this recipe with you for an entire year. Let’s back up, to last July. We had bought our new house and were starting to plan for the dream kitchen, but we were still in the process of selling our first house. I had started working at the new house

BBQ Party Dinner Bowls

BBQ Party Dinner Bowls - A classic backyard BBQ party, in one bowl! Turn to this quick-fix wholesome recipe for a fresh family dinner this summer! |

Did you guys know there are 99 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day? It sounds like a lot, but it’s already going by so fast. But in those 99 days, I pretty much plan to eat 99 meals that celebrate fresh ingredients, BBQ, and simple summer recipes.

Cucumber & Triple Lime Gin Seltzer

Cucumber & Triple Lime Gin Seltzer - Stir up a batch of this refreshing take on a classic summer cocktail for your next get-together! |

For somebody who just started drinking gin and tonics last summer, I now seem to rotate through a lot of variations of them. I have three different brands of gin in my liquor cabinet – one that pair wells with cucumber, one that pairs well with lime, and a neutral one that enjoys mingling with both. Today,

Grilled Parmesan-Pesto Sweet Corn

Grilled Parmesan-Pesto Sweet Corn - 4 ingredients. 8 minutes cook time. The best summer side dish ever! |

In my opinion, summer in the Midwest is highlighted best by two great ingredients: Michigan cherries, and fresh sweet corn. The season for both of them is all too short, so it’s best to just go crazy on them while they’re around. To say that I haven’t eaten a pound of fresh cherries in one

Grilled Shrimp with Vanilla Beurre Blanc

Grilled Shrimp with Vanilla Beurre Blanc - Don't let the fancy French name intimidate you - in just about 20 minutes, you can pull together this elegant summer appetizer! |

This Grilled Shrimp with Vanilla Beurre Blanc is kind of like a culinary school lesson, with a more modern twist. Beurre blanc is a classic French sauce (translated as “white butter”) that is similar to a hollandaise in theory, but without any eggs. Don’t let the French name intimidate you: beurre blanc is simply an emulsion of