Chewy Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Spring break was rather chaotic in my house and I'm glad things are getting back to normal.  I decided to celebrate normal by making my family this chewy butterscotch oatmeal cookie recipe. One kid went to Florida with friends for the week and the other one was in Germany for 10 days with his AP German class.  I am thrilled to have them back home and what better way to spoil them than with homemade oatmeal cookies, right?  They are so sweet and chewy you can't just eat one of them!  And oatmeal is totally healthy, right?  While these cookies … [Read more...]

Italian Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe with Fresh Basil

The weather is finally starting to warm up down here, although I know half the country is buried under snow! When I think of warm weather recipes, one of the first things that comes to mind is pasta salad.  I whipped up this Italian orzo pasta salad recipe recently and it took less than 15 minutes from start to finish. It's an easy pasta recipe to take to your next back yard barbecue or neighborhood pool party.  What I really love about it is that you can cook the pasta and assemble the dish in the morning while the temps are relatively cool. … [Read more...]

Frosted Grapes Recipe for Healthy Snacking

This frosted grapes recipe takes deliciously simple grapes to a whole new level. Grapes are one of my family's all time favorite fruits.  If I put out a bowl of grapes I can pretty much be guaranteed that they will be gone by the end of the day.  I have never actually done much COOKING with grapes, though. Usually we just pop them in our mouth until the bowl is empty! When I came across a post on Pinterest about how to frost grapes, I was intrigued! Frosted Grapes are like CANDY, only healthier! So, why make frosted grapes (AKA sugared … [Read more...]

Lemon Thyme Infused Sea Salt is Perfect for Your Seafood Recipe

Having grown up in New England, right on Long Island Sound, I can honestly say there are very few varieties of seafood that I don't like.  And seafood is delicious when flavored with fresh herbs like those in this lemon sea salt recipe.  Thyme is one herb that I actually grow in my own herb garden and it comes back year after year.  By combining fresh herbs, a little bit of citrus, and some coarse sea salt, you have the perfect herb infused sea salt recipe to really bring out the flavor of your fish. And by making this thyme salt recipe up in … [Read more...]

Chocolate Fondue Recipe and Tutorial for Dessert Lovers!

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I find myself craving all things chocolate! This Chocolate Fondue recipe seems like such an elegant dessert but it is incredibly simple to make.  Depending on the type of supplies and kitchen equipment you have at home you can make this chocolate fondue over the stove or directly in a fondue pot.  Regardless of how you make it, the key to really good chocolate fondue is high quality ingredients.  Good chocolate fondue needs heavy cream and high quality chocolate.  Everything else is pretty flexible!  If … [Read more...]

Homemade Cajun Spice Mix for your next Mardi Gras Recipe

This homemade Cajun spice mix is the perfect addition to your next Mardis Gras recipe! I grew up in New England and the most exciting 'ethnic' food I remember having as a kid was pizza.  For those of you who are not familiar with New England cooking, to say it is bland is a bit of an understatement.  Don't get me wrong....I love New England clam chowder and homemade baked beans and my mom's pot roast.  But they aren't making my mouth scream "WOW...spicy!".  When I moved down to Texas after college, my taste buds went through a bit of culture … [Read more...]

Easy Rice Bowl Recipe with Chicken and Edamame

Looking for quick and healthy dinner ideas?  This easy rice bowl recipe is just the thing you need. Rice bowls are incredibly flexible in terms of which meats, veggies, and flavors you combine.  I chose to use boneless chicken breasts baked in a sweet teriyaki glaze and tossed in lots of raw vegetables with the brown rice.  The great thing about most rice bowl recipes is that all the fixins can be made ahead of time.  That means your weeknight dinner plans just got a whole heck of a lot easier and you have no excuse for not eating … [Read more...]

Easy Peppermint Sugar Cookies are the Best Christmas Cookie Recipe Ever!

These easy peppermint sugar cookies are seriously the best Christmas cookie recipe I have ever made.  And I have made a TON of Christmas cookies over the last few years! I have a ton of classics from my mom that I make every year.  From her old fashioned cookie recipe for Honey Macaroons to my own bourbon ball recipe, I have a sweet tooth that I indulge regularly during the holiday season. However, this new cookie is seriously my favorite and I look forward to sitting down with a few and a glass of milk at the end of a busy day of shopping and … [Read more...]

Easy Mint Truffle Recipe For Serious Chocolate Lovers!

Many years ago I started making homemade candy for Christmas.  It has turned into quite an adventure and I am up to about 15 different kinds every year.  One of my favorite types of homemade candies to make is this easy mint truffle recipe.  They are quick to make and the chocolate flavor is so incredibly rich!  Whether you want to enjoy them for yourself or give them as a gift, you really need to try making truffles this year! Want a different flavor?  Check out my red wine truffles! This post contains affiliate links. If you make a … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Caramel

If you learn how to make homemade caramel, you will never again wonder what to give people as a gift.  Homemade caramel is incredibly easy to make and takes only 4 ingredients that you can easily find at your local grocery store.  You will be amazed at how awesome your homemade caramel tastes compared to the 'blech' flavor of the stuff you buy at the grocery store.  Once you get a taste of this sweet, chewy and buttery goodness you will never again buy it in the candy aisle! Making homemade caramel is not hard.  However, you HAVE to keep … [Read more...]