Homemade Spinach Fettucine with Creamy Artichokes and Chicken Sausage Sauce | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Homemade Spinach Fettucine with Creamy Artichokes and Chicken Sausage Sauce + Seasonal Recipes for April

Tell me the truth: how many jelly beans and Peeps and chocolate covered Peeps (why haven’t I discovered these earlier in life, by the way?) and Cadbury eggs did you sneak in the last couple of days?...

Easter Eggs | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Simple (Silent) Sunday | Easter Greetings

Easter greetings, from my family to yours!

Fresh Basil | Five Little Things - April 18, 2014 | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Five Little Things

Five little things I loved this week: Fresh Basil What is it about the scent of fresh basil that transports you instantly to summer? I am loving all the herbs this week, it makes my cooking light...

Seared Ahi Tuna with Chimichurri Sauce | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Seared Ahi Tuna with Chimichurri Sauce, Arugula and Avocado

We all indulge on weekends, am I right? I can’t be the only one who finds herself flipping pancakes and making hearty, egg-laden brunches, with perhaps some baking thrown in for good measure? Oh, and don’t forget...

Roast Chicken with Thai-Chili Compound Butter | www.kitchenconfiidante.com

Simple Sundays | Roast Chicken with Thai-Chili Compound Butter

Once in a while, I pick up items in the grocery store with absolutely no plan, without any idea how I am going to use it. Take a look in the back of my pantry and you’ll...

Five Little Things | April 11, 2014 | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Five Little Things

Five Little Things I loved this week: Life’s Little Surprises (and Macarons!) This week has been peppered with wonderful little surprises. Unexpected macarons from a local favorite was one of them, and so were surprise sushi dates,...

Toasted Quinoa Stuffed Artichokes | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Stuffed with wholesome quinoa & delicious feta cheese, this makes for a wonderful side dish, or a meal all its own!

Simple Sundays | Toasted Quinoa Stuffed Artichokes

Raise your hand if you’re intimidated by artichokes…or remember a time when you stayed away from them at the market because you weren’t sure how to handle them.

Mixed Berry Dutch Baby Pancakes | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Mixed Berry Dutch Baby Pancake

Oh Wednesday. You’re such a hard day of the week! I wake up yearning for the weekend, when alarms don’t exist, and I can rise at my leisure. When mornings aren’t rushed, and coffee can be sipped...

Eggplant Rollatini with Pancetta and Spinach | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Eggplant Rollatini with Pancetta and Spinach

Is it possible to be a closet vegetarian…who loves pancetta? I’ve noticed a shift in my eating. The balance on the scales is weighing heavier on the vegetables, and lighter on the meats. Perhaps it is the...

Carrot Mango and Kiwi Smoothie | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Carrot Mango and Kiwi Smoothie

“Mom, you’re my BMF,” my son confided as he slid his hand into mine. “BMF?” I asked, my mind going through the possible abbreviations.

Bacon Leek Dip | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Simple Sundays | Bacon Leek Dip

We met in Chicago, where the river runs green on St. Patrick’s Day, where leprechauns brave the bitter cold, and where, it seemed, the whole city would go out for drinks, Irish or not. The first time...

Quinoa Crusted Eggplant Parmesan | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Quinoa Crusted Eggplant Parmigiana

Things sure have changed. One of my daughter’s friends was over the other afternoon, and as they munched on snacks and smoothies at the kitchen table, the chatter turned to their allowance. I was relieved to hear...

Apple Beet Salad with Endive and Baby Greens | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Simple Sundays | Apple Beet Salad with Endive and Baby Greens

When lunchtime rolls around, I reach into my refrigerator and pull out a variety of vegetables and fruit, anything to satisfy my craving for crunch and freshness. Lately I just haven’t had the appetite for anything heavy...

Smoked Salmon Phyllo Bites with Wasabi Goat Cheese | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Smoked Salmon Phyllo Bites with Wasabi Goat Cheese

I’ve been counting down. In 21 days, 15 hours, 36 minutes, 31 seconds, I will be back in my hometown, probably a blubbery mess,

Mocha Coconut Granola | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Simple Sundays | Mocha Coconut Granola

Wednesday morning started like this: 5:50 am: alarm 6:10 am: let the dog out, start the coffee 6:20 am: shower and dress for the gym 6:30 am: wake the sleepyheads 6:35 am: sip hot coffee 6:45 am:...