Crunchy Asian Salad

It’s starting to get WICKED HOT in Boston and I can always use more quick, no cook, easy clean up meals for the dog days of summer. The hubby loves Asian flavors so this was a big hit. It held up well the next day for lunch leftovers and will definitely be put in the…

In House Take-Out

This recipe was inspired by cHow Divine’s recipe (see link at the bottom). I put this dish in my rotation as a quick meal that is still healthy. It heats up well the next day for lunches and you get all the benefits of the great fermented food (see link at the bottom). I took…

Themes & Hosting Recipes!

So this Memorial Day weekend I was all about HOSTING! That Sunday I had both a brunch guest and dinner guests and it was a very busy day in the kitchen. I did try to KISS the menus (KISS = keep it simple stupid). If you drive yourself crazy trying to match everything to your…

When Life Gets Busy…

Life Update and Some Snacks! May is the busiest month at my job and it’s also the time that “life” itself ramps up for all those Spring & Summer activities. I would much rather be playing in the garden then typing up a blog…sorry guys. When I am busy I stick to tried-and-true basics like…

Cinco de Mayo

In anticipation of May 5, below is a lovely Latin inspired dish that is easy to make and you can prep ahead of time! Emaly’s South of the Border Bowl Why spend almost ten-bucks on take out when you can make it yourself. As usual, this makes about four bowls, adjust quantity as needed.  Some…

Shrimp, Leek & Spinach Pasta

This recipe was inspired by Real Simple’s pasta recipe (see link at the bottom). I tried the original recipe and it was very bland. This recipe needed to be amped up and I think I found the way: garlic, butter, cheese and wine…gee…all of my favorite things. The dish is not exactly the most healthy…

Testing Out Blue Apron

Blue Apron….thankfully it was a gift… So my beautiful, talented and funny friend Soley gave me a gift certificate for Blue Apron for my birthday. I waited way too long to use it (my excuse was I needed the website up to blog about it…so kind of a valid excuse) and I finally did in…

Cottage Pie with a Twist

As you will see with my recipes, I like REAL FOOD. Stick to your ribs, meat and potatoes and all that implies, especially during these cold winter months in Boston. To counter-act all of that goodness I must go to the gym. I have battled to maintain a healthy/curvy figure since college. Between my metabolism,…

Mama’s Recipe: American Chop Suey

Lynda’s American Chop Suey Everyone has that recipe that sends you back to being eight years old and zipping around the kitchen while your parent prepared your favorite meal. That recipe that only Mom (Dad, Gramma, Auntie..whomever) makes that you have the recipe for and it does taste the same when you make it, but…