Fruit and Greek Yogurt Fluff Parfaits


I have always been a bit ambivalent toward Greek yogurt. I love how much protein is in it but it basically just tastes like sour nothing to me. If you add fruit to Greek yogurt, it slightly sweetens it up to make it a bit more palatable but there’s still room for improvement. You can…

Israeli Couscous with Mango, Cucumber and Cilantro


My grandma sent me this recipe! She clipped it from some magazine that offers healthy choices. I’ve been eyeing this recipe up for a while and recently bought a mango and cucumber so I could try it. I found most of my ingredients at Trader Joe’s, including the Israeli couscous. I didn’t use quite the…

Brown Sugar-Chipotle Salmon with Honey-Berry Glaze


My grandma clipped a chipotle salmon recipe from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. I’m a sucker for anything chipotle so I, of course, thought the recipe looked amazing. My adapted version of the recipe is below. ingredients. 1 c. blackberries 2 T. honey 2 T. butter, melted and cooled fresh lime juice of two slices of lime…

Best Guacamole


For all intents and purposes today is the last day of summer. Yes, I realize the technical last day of summer is a few weeks out, but September 1 always signifies fall to me, providing the weather cooperates. In September kids go back to school, TV shows premier new episodes, and the weather gets a…

Fresh Tomato Salsa


I absolutely detest store-bought salsa. You will never find me reaching for it at a party, picnic or potluck. In a pinch, I will buy/use Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde, which is made from tomatillos, not tomatoes, and is more of sauce to me than a salsa. I mainly add this sauce to the inside of…

Raspberry Pancakes


It’s been a raspberry weekend in my house. This morning I decided to make some pancakes using leftover raspberry guts. Leftover raspberry guts? Yeah, I know. Sounds gross. I made some raspberry juice to add to buttercream frosting and in order to make raspberry juice you need to cook 2 cups of raspberries with sugar…

Fresh Raspberry Buttercream Frosting


I have plans to open a bakery some day. Well – not concrete plans to be exact. So I guess I should rephrase that. I have hopes to open a bakery some day? I have the name  already picked out. Sorry. Can’t reveal it. Don’t want someone stealing the name. And until I figure out…

Salted Caramel Ice Cream


For my birthday this year my sister bought me an ice cream recipe book. It was the perfect gift because I’ve been obsessed with making homemade ice cream recently. But I was a bit skeptical that anything in the book could top the insanely delicious ice cream I’ve already made. The first recipe I decided…

Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers


My grandma and I have good taste. We both clipped this recipe from the Penzeys Spices magazine! I made these turkey burgers when my dad was in town (in an effort to eat “healthier” with him). I ate mine on Brioche Buns bought at the Portland Farmers Market (the buns were the BOMB) and topped…

Roasted Beets with Balsamic Glaze


This past weekend I tricked my dad into eating beets as my friend did to me the weekend before. He wasn’t as easily swayed as I was. I think he was slightly intrigued but probably would never ask me to make this (or any beet recipe) again. I kind of like roasted beets a lot….

Fresh Peach and Blueberry Pie


Last weekend I bought about nine peaches with the intent of making peach pie for the Fourth of July. Peach pie? Why make peach pie on the Fourth of July? There’s nothing more American than baseball and peach pie, right? Fine so maybe it’s baseball and apple pie. But I’ve already successfully made apple pie….

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream


Ever since I discovered vanilla bean ice cream – and I have this faint recollection that my friend Heather introduced me to it in high school – I’ve become a bit of a vanilla ice cream snob. As in: I don’t like regular vanilla ice cream anymore. It’s got to be vanilla bean. I don’t…

Fresh Raspberry Pie


I love my friend Julie. She’s one of the healthiest people I know. She knows all the substitutions to make turn something fatty into some healthy. (I know what you’re thinking – we don’t make the likeliest of friends. But I actually think our friendship works well for that very reason. I can get her…

Thin Mint Ice Cream


It’s summer. (Yay.) It’s 90 plus degrees out. (Boo.) I’m craving ice cream. We are having a heat wave here in Portland, Ore. It’s my third summer here and I’m pretty sure the summers are getting hotter and hotter, earlier and earlier. The first summer I was here I don’t remember it being particularly hot…

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream


I was so sad when I finished off my last half-pint of Peanut Butter Ice Cream, I promptly decided I needed to make more. After conferring with a friend, we decided the only way to improve upon the already perfect ice cream would be to add some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. After all, don’t peanut…

Chili Lime Mayo


Growing up I hated mayonnaise. Which means I hated anything mayonnaise-based – like any sort of creamy dressing. The first time I ever tried ranch dressing, I was nearly 20 years old. I tried it while I was working as server in a restaurant after watching fellow servers down piles of waffle-cut French fries into…

Spinach and Feta Pancakes


I discovered a container of Feta cheese in my fridge that I wanted to use up this weekend. So I googled spinach+feta+pancakes and found a recipe similar to this. (It included onion, but I didn’t have any onion so I omitted it.) I ate these plain (with plain butter) and realized after the fact that…

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Fresh Raspberries


These pancakes are so light, thin and delicate you can actually fit more in your mouth and your stomach. I have yet to decide if that’s a good or bad thing. ingredients. 5 eggs, separated 15 oz. c. ricotta cheese 1/2 c. buttermilk 1/2 c. heavy cream 4 T. melted butter 3 T. sugar lemon…

Spinach and Strawberry Salad


I picked this salad recipe for my dad who does his best to eat healthy, (I must be the mail man’s daughter?) and because the other day I realized I have very few salad recipes on my blog (when a coworker asked me to recommend my favorite salad from my blog, which was met with…

Triple Chocolate Ice-Cream


This recipe is meant to be used with a Kitchen Aid ice cream maker attachment. It comes out a bit like soft serve immediately but freezes into actual ice-cream overnight. ingredients. 2 c. whipping cream, divided 2 squares (1 oz. each), semi sweet baking chocolate, cut into chunks 2 squares (1 oz. each), unsweetened baking…