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…

Summer Road Trippin’: Chewy Dark Chocolate Cherry Quinoa Bars

Healthy, portable, and easy to make snacks that keep me going without making a mess are my kind of snacks!  This summer I have brought these chewy dark chocolate cherry quinoa bars everywhere.  They have gone with me: on more than one road trip backpacking hiking kayaking as pre and post race “fuel” in my purse on a plane When I find what I like, I tend to put it on repeat.  And I am a super fan of these chewy bars.  Can you tell? I have a KILLER time finding protein bars that actually taste good and aren’t packed with sugar and processed ingredients.  So far I’m batting in…

Girls Night in 5: 5 Ingredient Flatbreads

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. When you have a lot of people over, lots of options are key!  Usually the down side to lots of options is lots of TIME and planning.  Enter the 5 ingredient, 5 minute flatbread.  Almost no time, and super minimal planning.  Double score. There are roughly as many possible toppings for these as there are fish in the…

Summer Road Trippin’: Oven Dried Strawberry Trail Mix

Did everyone have a wonderful 4th of July???  I hope so!  We rolled it all into a 4 day weekend and went out to our fam’s cabin.  Was great to relax but if anyone lives in Eastern Washington or northern Idaho… How are you all surviving the pollen in the air right now???  I wouldn’t describe any of us as being allergy prone and yet, we all felt like we were in foggy-headed allergy comas! Regardless, I did lots of reading in a hammock, hiking, and cooking over a campfire! But, to get to the cabin, we had a very looooong car ride.  6+ hours.  Long car rides mean car…
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