Fall Flavors: The Best Ever Apple Butter

You know those lazy sunday afternoons where the weather is hinting at fall you want to do is curl up with a cup of tea and a book (or the 2 months of Bon Appetite magazine you haven’t had time for)?  I am ready for those days.  This summer has been amazing.  One of my favorite summers ever actually!  But, as the days get cooler and a few of the leaves are starting to turn, so I’m ready for that pot of tea, a good book, and a cozy blanket.  The only thing that could make this picture even better is if there was something cooking to make my house…

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…

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…

Mango Coconut Sticky Forbidden Rice

Mango, mango, mango!  And coconut Milk!  And sticky forbidden rice! By the time this posts, we will be leaving for Kauai in T minus 6 days, so I wish I could say that this recipe was the product of my tropical recipe fever.  But I can’t.  In fact, it was the product of the husband not being able to chew for several days after dental work.  And after about day 2 of chocolate pudding, he was ready to mix it up a bit.  And knowing he is a huge fan of thai sticky mango rice, I thought this might be right up his alley.  I was not wrong.  As he…
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