Buttermilk-Gruyere Biscuit Topped Shepherd’s Pie

Buttermilk-Gruyere Biscuit Topped Shepherd's Pie | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Simple, comforting, and so easy to make!

The evenings are a little bit brisker. The mornings are a little bit darker. And the afternoons are a whole lot busier.

Now that my children are back in school, our days move at a more frenetic pace. Gone are the sleepy days of summer – we are now in the full swing of autumn, juggling carpools and after school activities, homework and rehearsals, sports and projects. It’s good to be back in busy mode, but boy, it’s amazing how quickly those precious afternoon hours fly by.

Chipotle Pulled Pork Bruschetta with Queso Fresco | www.kitchenconfidante.com | A hearty appetizer with zesty kick!

Chipotle Pulled Pork Bruschetta with Queso Fresco

My goal is to have leftovers. “Whaaaat?” you say? Crazy talk? Oh no. I’m all about cooking once, eating twice. Or trying to, at least. If there are leftovers, packing lunches for my family is a whole...

Homemade Vanilla Extract | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Homemade vanilla is easy to make and makes a wonderful present!

Simple Sundays | Homemade Vanilla Extract

The rustle of leaves on the ground and the cool breeze of the morning coax me into the kitchen. When autumn brings its promise of pumpkins and apples, vanilla scented muffins and maple glazed everything, I am...

Lobster Cobb Salad | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Five Little Things

Five little things I loved this week: 1. Lobster Cobb Salad My husband had a craving. He ran to the store, came home with two beautiful lobsters, and went straight to work, steaming them. As he shelled...

No-Bake Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Nectarine Compote | www.kitchenconfidante.com | When the summer heat rises, no-bake is the way to go!

No-Bake Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Nectarine Compote + The New Greenmarket Cookbook Giveaway

I often wax poetic about how in love I am with life in California, I imagine that sometimes it sounds like much of the same: blah blah, the farmers markets, blah blah, the avocados, the artichokes, the...

Baked Ziti with Roasted Eggplant and Peppers | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Summer meets fall when roasted eggplants and peppers are tucked into cheesy baked ziti.

Baked Ziti with Roasted Eggplant and Peppers

Pasta feeds and pancake breakfasts – to me, the two used to go hand in hand, events of mass consumption, fundraising for a common goal. I remember volunteering at my grammar school when I was a little...

Swiss Chard with Pancetta, Corn and Cannelini Beans | www.kitchenconfidante.com | A wholesome and satisfying side dish!

Simple Sundays | Swiss Chard with Pancetta, Corn and Cannelini Beans

I walked under a ladder last Wednesday. When it comes to superstitions, I tend to scoff at them. After all, we have a lovable black cat, and umbrellas in the house make for awesome kid forts. I’ve...

09-05-14 Five Little Things | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Five Little Things

Five little things I loved this week: 1. Back to School (Night) My inner nerd came out in full force this week – call me crazy, but I LOVE Back to School Night(s)! Even if it means...

Nectarine Crumb Cake | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Nectarine Crumb Cake + Ice Cream Birthday Cupcakes | Two-in-One Birthdays!

For my little family, birthdays begin the minute you wake up — as soon as our children open their eyes on their special day, I want them to know how huge this day is – for both...

Grilled Flank Steak and Fingerlings with Chimichurri | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Fire up the grill with this simple, tender flank steak, topped with a chunky chimichurri sauce!

Simple Sundays | Grilled Flank Steak and Fingerlings with Chimichurri

TBH. To be honest. I notice this abbreviation on my daughter’s instagram, so-called friends leaving honest (and thankfully sweet) sentiments. It took me a while to understand; this is a form of communication common to them but...

Five Little Things - August 29, 2014 | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Five Little Things

Five little things I loved this week: 1. Nectarines We can’t get enough! I’m buying them by the pallet, and I can’t wait to share a delicious cake with them next week, so stay tuned. Meantime, you’ve...

Pork Belly Buns | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Pork Belly Buns + A $500 #PorkBucketList Giveaway!

The buildings tend to feel closer together in lower Manhattan, and the streets no longer make sense. The logical, planned, numbered streets and avenues are replaced by Mott St, Delancey St, Canal St, and as a little...

Pan-Roasted Halibut with Cilantro Edamame Pesto | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Simple Sundays | Pan-Roasted Halibut with Cilantro Edamame Pesto

“Did you feel that?” I can’t tell you how many times I wake in the middle of the night, 100% convinced that the house is shaking. I wake up my husband, and check my phone to confirm...

Five Little Things - August 22, 2014 | Raspberries | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Five Little Things

Five little things I loved this week: 1. Visualizing the Daily Recommended Serving We always hear about the daily recommendation of fruits and veggies – but how does it actually look? I loved these pictures from The...

Nutella Greek Yogurt Fillo Cups | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Nutella Greek Yogurt Fillo Cups

When it comes to friendships, I feel blessed to know that I have met some wonderful people over the years – each one unique and special in its own way. There are the friends I’ve known since...