Lemon, Fennel + Olive Pizza

lemon fennel & olive pizza

I can’t even tell you how excited I am about this pizza – it was an experiment gone very, very right! The creamy ricotta, sweet fennel, briny olives, and tart lemon are perfect together. The flavors are crisp and bright, yet the pizza is substantial enough to be a satisfying winter meal. One bight and […]

Braised Onions with Orange + Balsamic Vinegar

balsamic glazed onions

These tiny onions cooked in fresh orange juice and balsamic vinegar are my new secret weapon. They’re delicious as a side dish, on top of steak or chicken, on salad, or as a component of a more complex dish. They’re cheap, easy, and fast. Plus, you should have seen Shawn’s face light up when he heard that he’d get to eat little onions again. Seriously ladies, pearl onions are apparently the key to a man’s heart. Who knew?

Pecan-Bourbon Tart + Giving Thanks

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I’d like to take  minute and say thanks to all of you: thank you for indulging me as I share my recipes and for helping this little blog turn into something that means a lot to me and that has led me on an incredible journey. It’s given me confidence, (in the kitchen and out of it), given me the opportunity to travel to new places and make new friends (and to reconnect with old ones!), and has turned into quite the interesting little job (I know I complain about being overworked sometimes but I never forget how lucky I am to have not one but two jobs that I love with all of my heart). I couldn’t have done any of it without your support.

I’m contributing two dishes to tonight’s feast: Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad and this Pecan-Bourbon Tart. I’ve been making this tart for years, and it’s Shawn’s favorite dessert.

Chicken Pot Pie + visiting The Chew

chicken pot pie

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a taping of abc’s talk/cooking show, The Chew. Being in the audience of a tv show is something I’ve always wanted to do, but until now I just hadn’t gotten around to it. It was a lot of fun! The episode I attended airs on November 21 at 1pm (12 pacific), but be sure to tune in throughout the holiday season for easy recipe and craft ideas. You can also check out their recipes (or request free tickets to attend a taping yourself!) on their website.

My first impression of the studio was that it was really small, but the made use of the space really well. The counters were all on casters so they could be moved around and rearranged as needed (I wish my counters at home did that!) I was also a little star-struck by the hosts. If you’ve never watched the show the hosts are Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Daphne Oz, and Clinton Kelly – so much talent in one room!

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Covered Oreos


Before we get to these cookies, I’d like to make an announcement: my rockstar of a husband, Shawn, officially lost 75 pounds! As I’ve mentioned before, we both recommitted to Weight Watchers over the summer and he’s been killing it. I promised/threatened that I would post here when he lost 75 pounds, and he did! I’m so proud of him!

It’s kind of ironic that this announcement just happens to coincide with a post about an indulgent recipe like this one, but it’s just further proof that you can eat food that tastes great and still be healthy/lose weight.

With that said, back to the cookies…

Seafood Chowder in Bread Bowls

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Soup weather is officially here and I couldn’t be happier! There’s not much that’ better than warm soup eaten out of a bread bowl, is there?

This seafood chowder was inspired by one that I had a few week ago at The Original Soup Man; I love how thick and rich it was and couldn’t get enough of the sweet bay scallops. I drank every last drop and left with plans to recreate it at home ASAP!