Simple, yet special, recipes for the home chef.

Mini Turkey Taco Salads

Mini Turkey Taco Salads - An appetizer-sized version of the restaurant classic! Layers of beans, seasoned ground turkey, cheese, lettuce and tomato inside of wonton wrapper "taco shell" bowls! |

You know those HUGE restaurant taco salads served in those gigantic fried tortilla bowls? I’m pretty sure that was my favorite food as a child, and I would order it at any restaurant that served it. Looking back on it now, it’s actually a little frightening, because those things probably contained enough calories to fuel my little body for days.

Grilled Fruit Kabobs with Cannoli Dip

Grilled Fruit Kabobs with Cannoli Dip - Grilled strawberry and pineapple kabobs, with creamy ricotta dip studded with pistachios and mini chocolate chips. |

Summer might be winding down, but I’m not ready to give up on summer grilling yet. Pumpkin cakes and apple pies are right around the corner, but I’ll take another few weeks of lighter, fruity summer desserts for now. The kind that take only a few minutes to whip up after an evening bike ride.

Lemon Coconut Dream Bars

Lemon Coconut Dream Bars - A tropical treat that will whisk you away to an island! Graham cracker crust is topped with a lemon-infused coconut and almond topping, and a lemon glaze. |

I feel like possibly with the exception of olives, no food is more polarizing than coconut. I think you either love it or you hate it. Sometimes you can love it and hate it in the same lifetime. I remember shunning all coconut-based Halloween candy as a kid, but now I buy tons of coconut

Spicy Peanut Spaghetti Stir-Fry with Ginger Pickled Cucumber - A one-pot meal with huge Asian flavors! |

So, my new house has a dishwasher the size of a shoebox. It’s only temporary of course, because it looks like the kitchen remodel will be starting next month (eeeeeek!). But, as somebody who cooks and gets dishes dirty for a living, a teeny tiny dishwasher isn’t ideal. Since I can basically only fit two

Smoked Salmon BLT with Lemon-Herb Mayonnaise

Smoked Salmon BLT with Lemon-Herb Mayonnaise - A fun twist on a classic sandwich that can be enjoyed for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner! |

Do you shop the same grocery list each week, or change it up every time you hit the store? Because my husband and I are always just eating whatever food my recipe development clients ask for, I have a wildly different list each week, depending on what recipes are currently being tested and photographed. In

Corn on the Cob with Caramelized Onion Butter

Corn on the Cob with Caramelized Onion Butter - Slather fresh corn on the cob with sweet and savory caramelized Vidalia onion compound butter! |

When you live in the midwest, you pretty much take giant fields of corn for granted. Chances are, if you’re driving between any two major metro areas, you’re driving past as at least a few cornfields. And most of the time, you won’t give them a second thought. But yesterday, as I was driving by

Grilled Flank Steak Salad with Fresh Cherry Vinaigrette - Celebrate two late summer favorites - fresh cherries and sweet corn - in this grilled flank steak salad with fresh mozzarella cheese, hard boiled eggs and homemade cherry vinaigrette. |

I bet that August is probably considered the dog days of summer in many parts of the country. But here in Michigan, it’s one of my favorite months, as far as eating goes at least. Fresh cherries are winding down their season, but still available, and sweet corn is at it’s peak. In fact, I made