Simple Sundays | Blueberry Maple Granola

Blueberry Maple Granola | | A delicious way to start your day!

Stomach bugs, blech. They hit out of nowhere and I am convinced the germs somehow know when supplies run low at our house – illness seems to target us when the fridge is empty and the pantry is bare.

My little guy succumbed to a nasty bug the other evening, and I rummaged through what was left in the cupboards for the last few bottles of ginger ale and crackers. But I also realized that we were completely out of granola. We can’t go a day without granola, so I knew I had to remedy that, stat.

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies | | A combination of cream cheese, butter and one more special ingredient makes for a simple dough and perfectly tender cookies.

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

“I’m tired of wearing jeans,” she confessed this morning. “Me, too,” I agreed, as I handed her a freshly ironed shirt. It was secretly comforting knowing that my daughter and I are on the same page. The...

Simple Recipes for Memorial Day |

Simple Recipes for Memorial Day and a Season of Grilling

Memorial Day has a special place in my family’s heart, and I am sure that as we all enjoy the long holiday weekend, we will pause to remember the true meaning of the holiday. And of course,...

Baby Back Ribs with Blueberry Balsamic Barbecue Sauce | | Ribs glazed with this spicy barbecue sauce will wow everyone at your next barbecue.

Baby Back Ribs with Blueberry Balsamic Barbecue Sauce

If there is one thing my daughter can eat with blissful abandon every single day of the week, it would be ribs. Ribs for breakfast, ribs for lunch, ribs for dinner. Viva la ribs! With our landscaping...

Baked Zucchini Fritters with Ranch Tzatziki | | These baked fritters are a great way to eat your veggies.

Baked Zucchini Fritters with Ranch Tzatziki

I rediscovered the wonder of podcasts the other day. They fell off my radar for some reason, but there was a time when I even fell asleep listening to Lynne Rossetto Kasper’s soothing voice on The Splendid...

Coconut Tapioca Pudding with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote | | This cozy pudding is especially wonderful served warm, each spoonful swirling the coconut flavors with the gorgeous compote.

Simple Sundays | Coconut Tapioca Pudding with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Some things are just made for each other. Like light rain in springtime. Good wine with good friends. Sitting by the fireplace on a cold night. Fresh bread with soft butter. Bedtime stories and goodnight hugs. Rhubarb...

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie |

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie

It was a good week. I went to sleep at a reasonable time each night, and I made it into the gym every day. These two little details make a big impact – it set the tone...

Rhubarb Cake | | Rhubarb is the star of this homey cake that is guaranteed to become a family favorite.

Rhubarb Cake

When spring peeps its head in after the chill of winter, there is nothing more exciting for me than walking into the market and seeing gorgeous crimson stalks of rhubarb among the usual produce. In many places...

Tulips on Mother's Day -

Simple {Silent} Sundays | Happy Mother’s Day

For all the women in our lives, the ones who nourish, the ones who worry, the ones who give of themselves — feel cherished and loved. Happy Mother’s Day!

Raspberry Meringue Roll |

Raspberry Meringue Roll

I think of my mother every day. I see her everywhere I turn, from the red geraniums on my neighbor’s doorstep to the snow peas at the market, to my daughter’s theatrical flair and my son’s thoughtful...

Dungeness Crab Salad with Buttermilk Garlic Pepper Sauce | | Sweet morsels of crab in a crunchy salad with a spicy dressing.

Dungeness Crab Salad with Buttermilk Garlic Pepper Dressing

Returning from Avery Island was like waking up from a long dream. As I sat at the airport, waiting for my connection, I scrolled through the pictures on my phone, almost in wonder that I had actually...

Pea Pancakes with Tzatziki Sauce |

Pea Pancakes with Tzatziki

I’m not sure how to explain it, but when I see fresh peas at the market, I simply can not resist. I buy them without plans, and sometimes they just get thrown in to whatever is the...

Scenes from Avery Island and Tabasco | | Scotch & Salt Cocktails

Scotch and Salt Cocktail + Scenes from Avery Island, Home of Tabasco

The forecast that week was not promising. Thunderstorms and heavy rain were not only probable, but guaranteed, and red shades of high alert would taunt me each time I checked my phone as I packed. Out came...

Watermelon Lime Margaritas |

Simple Sundays | Watermelon Lime Margaritas

I guided the car up the hair pin turns, each curve of the road treating us to sweeping views of the valley below. It’s a drive that you make with care, and you can’t get too distracted...

Banana Pineapple Cake | | Bananas and pineapple make this comforting cake moist and delicious.

Banana Pineapple Cake

My mom was not exactly a cook.  At least for the early part of my childhood.  I have many memories of her producing dried out pork chops that would take half an hour to chew before each...