Girls’ Night in 5: Figs with Honey Ricotta

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. Figs!?  Ricotta!?  Scusami!  Its September, and my Italian side is showing! Its fico season!  I can’t help it.  Juicy little figs are only around for a few weeks.  And the juiciest of the bunch are a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kind of thing.  Be prepared to be inundated with photos of these juicy jewel toned beauties! I am eating figs in every manner…

Girls’ Night in 5: Blackberry Goat Cheese Tarts

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. For the past week or so, there is a familiar sweet smell wafting through the air each morning on my run. Blackberries. I know that we are all supposed to love strawberries and raspberries and other things that aren’t so wild and plentiful, but I am a blackberry girl through and through. Maybe its because blackberry and stone…

Summer Salads and Sides: Peach Burrata Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Some salads are green.  Lots of salads are pretty.  But some salads are SHOWSTOPPERS! This salad has my whole heart! Say “hello” to a lllll of the stonefuits!  Peaches, plums, and cherries.  Plus, sweet blueberries, cherry tomatoes, fresh mint and basil leaves, and chopped almonds for crunch!  Drizzled with most amazing champagne vinaigrette – made with champagne vinegar and fresh squeezed orange juice Oh, and did I mention the GIANT ball of burrata in the center?  No?  Well, there is a giant, creamy, gooey ball of fresh burrata cheeeeeeese in the middle.  In. Heaven.   This salad is gorgeous, delicious, and packed with all of the amazing fresh flavors of…

Girls Night in 5: Cantaloupe Piña Colada

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. Tropical drinks on hot summer days are the best.  The only thing better – aside from drinking a tropical drink in a tropical place – is enjoying them with your best friends on girls’ night!!  This boozy (or virgin!) smoothie-style spin on the piña colada is a cantaloupe infused burst of the tropics. Again, I’m mentally prepping for…

Love People Well: Spicy Asian Quick Pickled Veggies or “Quickles”

While I admit that I gravitate towards baked goods, specifically muffins, as evidenced by the first two posts in the Love People Well series (found: here and here), I am spreading my wings and branching out!  Pull your mason jars!  We are making “quickles!!”  The easiest, tastiest, crunchiest spicy Asian-style quick pickled veggies! No one can argue with the easily shareable/giftable nature of cookies, muffins, scones, etc. but does my single-dude contractor friend who saved our house from falling over this week want a batch of muffins?  I’m willing to wager that answer is “no.”  (Although, he’s never been one to turn down anything with chocolate chips, now that I…
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