Summer Dessert: Roasted Plum and Nectarine Crisp

I remember making myself sick from eating too many plums as a young kid. If it weren’t for a distinct memory of the event, I would likely repeat the incident today. The unforgettable juiciness of black and red plums, and their smaller, tarter, and easy-to-eat-far-too-many of them Italian counterparts are still some of my favorite stone fruits. My great grandparents had an Italian plum tree in the field of their farmhouse.   I have vivid memories of my Great Nonnie cooking everything in gobs of butter, riding their very grumpy horse with my Dad, and eating as many plums as I could pick! Lesson learned about that last one. (Especially. before…

Summer Salads and Sides: Grilled Eggplant with Maple Tahini Sauce

As I’ve mentioned a million times, I love Middle Eastern cuisine – the flavors, the colors, but also the creative ways they use of vegetables!! So I wanted to take a deconstructed approach to the flavors of baba ganoush. I’m Italian, so I’m no stranger to eggplant. Shout out to the lovely eggplant parm!! Its August and eggplants are at their peak, so why not stick them on the grill to take advantage of the smoky flavor it adds! Topped with a drizzle of the most addicting tahini-maple sauce, you have the easiest, most addictive grilled eggplant side dish ever. Its like baba ganoush’s cousin-twice-removed (but with out the chilling…

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…

Coconut Lime Cookie and Fro-Yo Sandwiches

Six years ago this morning, I was sitting in hair salon chairs with my best friend sipping coffee through a straw having my hair done for my wedding, nervously checking ferry wait times, and stressing about my half-memorized vows. Six years ago today, I said “I do” to the guy who still makes me laugh until I cry and is every bit as kind, smart, and wonderful as I thought when we jumped into this crazy adventure.  There is no one else I would want to do life with. Yesterday, we boarded a plane for Kauai.  The same island we went to on our honeymoon 6 years ago.  We are…

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…
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