Simple, yet special, recipes for the home chef.

Chicken Cobb Macaroni Salad

Chicken Cobb Macaroni Salad - Perfect for summer barbecues or graduation parties!  Macaroni salad loaded with chicken, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, blue cheese, spinach, tomatoes & celery! |

When I think of summer barbecues and graduation open houses, I basically just think of ALL THE PASTA SALADS. If there are multiple versions available at any one party, even better! I love the classic, macaroni salad my mom makes with celery, onion, mustard and mayonnaise – it’s simple and perfect. But you know food bloggers – always trying to jazz everything up.

Honey Old Fashioned

Honey Old Fashioned - A sweet twist on the classic bourbon cocktail. |

Mad Men is finally back on TV, and there’s nothing like tuning in with an Old Fashioned in your hand. While this cocktail is traditionally made with a sugar cube, I’ve been known to substitute everything from honey to agave nectar to maple syrup. Don Draper might not approve, but um, he’s not really the

Roasted Glazed Carrots with Greek Yogurt & Buttered Pine Nuts - Carrots don't have to be a lowly side dish. These will be the highlight of your dinner plate, guaranteed! |

Lately, inspired by the Ottolenghi cookbooks, I’ve been really into vegetable side dishes that are as special (or MORE special) than the main dish on my plate. I love it when the vegetables are actually the star of the plate, and any meat or protein is kind of the supporting player. This technique goes against everything I’ve

Mini Meyer Lemon Tarts with Ginger Cookie Crust - An adorable mini dessert perfect for baby and bridal showers, Easter, Mother's Day, or any Spring party! |

Nothing makes me happier than to find out I have a new niece or nephew on the way! I know it sounds strange, but for as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a cool aunt. I had a cool aunt myself, the kind of who baked cookies and colored in coloring books

Cheesy Roasted Veggie Pockets

Cheesy Roasted Veggie Pockets - A make-ahead lunch or snack that will make a vegetable lover out of anyone! |

I love pretty much all vegetables so much that I have no problem fitting them in my daily routine. Especially when the vegetables are roasted and browned and toasted and all those good things. But, if you have a kid (or adult!) in your family that needs a little convincing when it comes to vegetables,

Orange Bundt Cake with Blackberry Icing

Orange Bundt Cake with Blackberry Icing - Rich vanilla cake flavored with orange zest, topped with a fresh blackberry icing. |

I don’t know about you, but I have been in a spring cleaning frenzy this year. Or should I say, spring “tidying” frenzy. After hearing nothing but good things about this book on the Japanese art of tidying up, I read it at a record pace and immediately put its teaching to use. I’ve been going

Onion Ring, Sausage & Egg Stacks

Onion Ring, Sausage & Egg Stacks - Onion rings for breakfast, or breakfast-for-dinner! Onion rings, sausage, and eggs are stacked and topped with basil pesto. |

Alternate title for this post: “That Time I Really Wanted to Eat Onion Rings For Breakfast-For-Dinner, So I Did.” I don’t know, guys. This recipe is kind of wild, but I kind of love it. I tried to take step-by-step photos so I could fully immerse you in my mad scientist ways, but those photos