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…

Football Food: Easy Smoked Salmon Dip

Football foods are easy apps, snacks, and crowd-friendly dishes for hosting game day or toting to your tailgate.     Football season is officially upon us.  While I may know more about football than before I the husband indoctrinated me on the finer points of the game, it does not mean I am any more keen on the sport.  You see, simply knowing the difference between a running back and a cornerback does not make one care about this distinction. Running, hitting, throwing, and refs throwing flags on calls no one knew existed?  Yea, no thanks.  If you need me, I’ll be by the snacks. Which leads me to this easy smoked…

Back-to-School: Saffron Coconut Milk Mussels

This back-to-school season, I will be posting new One-Bowl-Wonders recipes.  Recipes in this series are simple, quick, and can be made with just one bowl.  They are designed to be ready to eat in under an hour without wrecking your whole kitchen!  Easy recipes. Easy clean-up. Big reward! ….Perfect for back to school! Sometimes, even on a busy weeknight… I want something that tastes really special.  By really special, I mean something that tastes like it cooked all day.  I want those richly melded, complex flavors of a long simmered sauce, but I want to bat my eyelashes and wiggle my nose like in I Dream of Jeannie and have it…

Back-to-School: Chipotle Shakshuka

This back-to-school season, I will be posting new One-Bowl-Wonders recipes.  Recipes in this series are simple, quick, and can be made with just one bowl.  They are designed to be ready to eat in under an hour without wrecking your whole kitchen!  Easy recipes. Easy clean-up. Big reward! ….Perfect for back to school! When I have a can of whole tomatoes – which is always because I’m Italian and have a Costco card – there are roughly a million things I want to do with them.  But when I have fresh eggs (thank you, farmers’s market), all I ever want to make is shakshuka. Especially as the evenings start to get…

Back-to-School: Coconut Milk Poached Cod with Bell Peppers and Pineapple

This back-to-school season, I will be posting new One-Bowl-Wonders recipes.  Recipes in this series are simple, quick, and can be made with just one bowl.  They are designed to be ready to eat in under an hour without wrecking your whole kitchen!  Easy recipes. Easy clean-up. Big reward! ….Perfect for back to school! In August, the husband and I stole away for a little over a week in Kauai. It was equal parts invigorating, relaxing, and exactly what we needed before launching into a crazy season that will involve a move (never fun) and lots of changes (all, good and necessary). Kauai and Hawaii, in general, may not be known as…
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