Make-ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

I happen to be one of those strange morning people who wakes up ready to work and gets going practically the second I jump out of bed. Well, on the weekdays, at least. On the weekends I’ll make a fresh, hot breakfast, like pancakes or waffles, and move at a more leisurely pace. But...

Homemade Pumpkin Butter

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Butter using Fresh OR Canned pumpkin. It’s such an easy fall recipe, only 20 minutes to make. Perfect to spread on toast! I very distinctly remember my first encounter with pumpkin butter. It was back during my college years when I was strolling the aisles of the grocery store…a...

Arroz Con Pollo

This weeknight Arroz Con Pollo Recipe is from the 8×8 Cookbook – Goes from oven to table for a great dinner! This recipe is from my friend Kathy’s new 8×8 cookbook, and I have to say that I’m completely in love with her idea. Kathy made an entire cookbook full of dishes that are...

Brown Butter Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts

These Brown Butter Pumpkin Spice Donuts are baked, not fried! Nice cakey denseness and old-fashioned flavor. We’ve made it to the season of all things pumpkin! In my mind, the start of pumpkin season is the kickoff for the holidays. It’s when it starts to get cold outside, we start baking delicious things with...

Tabbouleh

This fresh tabbouleh recipe is easy to make, and has cucumber, tomatoes, and lots of herbs. Great on its own, as a side, or in a pita with chicken! I just returned from an 8-day cruise in the Caribbean (post coming soon!) and since then have been craving tons of fresh salads and fruit....

How to Make Croutons

The first time my husband had one of my homemade croutons he said, “WOW. Now that is a crouton worth eating. It’s like a soft biscuit of crunchiness instead of a hard rock.” It’s staggering how much better homemade croutons are than storebought. Storebought croutons are hard and dry, and they don’t have the...

Handheld Chicken Pot Pies

This recipe is dedicated to the crust lovers of the world. You know, the people who think that a chicken pot pie with only one crust, aka a “chicken pot pie lid,” is not enough. This is the glorious chicken pot pie experience you seek. My brother Andrew calls me every once in a while...

Caramel Apple Crisp

Recently I realized that I’m not a big fan of summer. Or rather, I’ve realized that the love for summer depends greatly on where you live. When I used to live on the Connecticut coast, summers were spent walking by the ocean enjoying a nice breeze, and going to the lobster shack down the...

BLT Stuffed Avocados

If there’s one thing I get at the grocery store every time I go, it’s avocados. Avocado is like the bacon (aka ruler) of the plant world, and I must have it in my kitchen at all times (like bacon). You’ll find me eating avocado toast for breakfast most days, and all of my...

English Style Scones

To this day, if you go to my childhood home and open up the refrigerator, you will find bags of scones in there, made by a bakery called Sconehenge. Located in Berkeley, California, I devoured these absurdly delicious scones all throughout my childhood. My dad still has access to these scones since he lives...

4 Refreshing Summer Drinks

Goodness it’s HOT lately! It’s the kind of hot where I don’t even want to go to the pool, and would rather sit inside by the air conditioner instead. I’ve been getting by with lots of ice and cold drinks! Earlier this summer I created and filmed four non-alcoholic drink recipes that are fruity,...

Pink Lemonade Thumbprint Cookies

Reason number #849734 that the internet is a wonderful thing: online baby showers! Today I am bringing these Pink Lemonade Thumbprint Cookies to the interwebs for a virtual baby shower in honor of Catherine from Weelicious. Catherine has the cutest family and shares tons of recipes and lunchbox ideas for helping kids eat wholesome foods,...

Quinoa and Eggplant Stuffed Peppers

Whenever I see peppers on sale for a couple bucks a pound, I buy a TON. Because seriously, peppers are normally $3.99 or sometimes even $4.99/lb. Why are peppers so expensive?! I don’t know if it’s because they’re hard to grow or if there’s not enough of them, but generally speaking their price keeps me...

Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart

Salted Caramel Chocolate Ganache Tart

This Salted Caramel Chocolate Ganache Tart is one of the biggest tests of willpower that I know. It’s dangerous, dangerous stuff. But! I do have a philosophy that when eating desserts, you should only bother eating it if it rocks...

Strawberry Fool

Isn’t it the best thing ever when you eat something so gloriously delicious, and it’s also unbelievably simple? Yes, I love complicated dishes too, and don’t shy away from making elaborate recipes like Beef Wellington or Carrot Cake Truffles, but when something is quick, just a few ingredients, and totally delightful, there is a...

White Chocolate Peanut Butter

It’s crazy how much better freshly ground peanut butter is than the jarred stuff. It’s like a slap-in-the-face reminder from food saying “HEY! I’m always better fresh.” It’s truer for some foods than others, but peanut butter is one of those examples that you can really notice. Freshly ground peanut butter is one of...

The Kale Salad of my dreams

“Can we stop with the kale propaganda?” This is how Jim Gaffigan, one of my favorite comedians, opens up his segment on Kale. With all the talk about kale as a superfood, I understand where he’s coming from, but all of that aside I think kale is TOTALLY delicious! Seriously. I eat it because...

Classy Toast + Pioneer Woman and Land O’Lakes Ranch Trip

Did you see the Poppy Seed Muffins with Raspberry Butter that I posted earlier this week? I just made more of them yesterday and am eating one as I type. They’re so good! That muffin recipe I posted went along with one of the Kitchen Conversations events that I’m doing with Land O’Lakes this...

Poppy Seed Muffins with Raspberry Butter

These Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins have a soft, tender crumb, and are over the top delicious when spread with a fresh raspberry butter. If I had to pick my favorite muffin ever, it would be a tie between blueberry and lemon poppy seed. (Although, if the poppy seed muffin has this raspberry butter on...

Mexican Inspired Corn

Eating corn on the cob cold, straight out of the fridge in the morning is something that happens a lot in my life. Corn for breakfast? Yeah, I’m weird. But I think corn on the cob is the greatest thing in the world, to the point where sometimes I roll out of bed and...

Grown Up Ants on a Log

When you hear “grown up ants on a log,” what do you think of? The quickest guess my mind comes up with is some sort of alcohol-spiked peanut butter. But for this recipe, there’s no peanut butter in sight. No raisins either. Earlier this year I went to an event at the Pinterest offices...

Shrimp Linguine with Asparagus

Last Friday I made this pasta recipe on the Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda to help support a good cause, the Pin a Meal, Give a meal program. I went on the show with my friend Bridget from Bake at 350 (who made these scrumptious Sugar Cookie Bars with Strawberry Glaze), and...

Cayenne Puff Pastry Cheese Straws

I recently got an email from someone asking me to do a video collaboration, and she said that since I post so many cheese recipes and clearly love cheese so much, maybe we could do something with cheese. I turned to...

Stephen’s Favorite Salmon Salad

Last month my little brother Stephen came to visit me in New York City for his first time ever! Stephen had just spent 4 months backpacking around South America so I was ready to spoil him with good food. When I picked him up from the airport, this salmon salad was waiting for him...

(Actually good) Chocolate Mug Cake

I remember when mug cakes blew up on the internet a few years ago, I got really excited. My problem with making cakes is that they usually make an 8×8 pan minimum, and Pete and I are always tempted to finish the whole cake ourselves (and we usually do, at a quicker pace than we’d...

Miso Cucumber Sticks

For the longest time, I thought I didn’t like miso. I remember dining out at a sushi restaurant a few times and getting served a little bowl of miso soup, and I just wasn’t crazy about it. So my conclusion? That I didn’t like miso. This all changed when I tried my friend Brenda’s Miso-Butter Grilled...

Thomas Keller’s Fried Chicken

This is the best fried chicken I’ve ever had, for sure. It’s also the best fried chicken Thomas Keller has ever had. That means if you love fried chicken, you must make it. Several years back my brother bought me the...

Leek Gratin

Potatoes get all the fame and glory when it comes to gratins, but I think leeks are the ultimate star ingredient for this classic dish. Now that it’s spring and leeks are coming into season, I want to share this side dish recipe with you. It’s one of my favorite ways to prepare leeks!...

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Blood Orange Granita

If you’ve ever had dippin’ dots before, I feel like granitas are the icy form of dippin’ dots. They are little fluffy flecks of juicy flavor that melt on your tongue, and it’s super refreshing. It’s so easy to make too! Today we’re going to make one with blood oranges. I first discovered blood...

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

I find it hard to explain why I love pound cakes so much, as there is nothing really fancy about a pound cake. It’s simple, made with only a few basic ingredients, and it’s dense by nature. But the flavor is just so pleasant and perfectly balanced, and when served with a dollop of whipped cream...

Greek Zucchini Salad

Fresh Greek Zucchini Salad Recipe

Say hello to my new favorite way to eat zucchini. Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables, and it seems you can do a thousand different things with it. Here on the blog I’ve done Crispy Zucchini Cakes, Zucchini Noodles Aglio e Olio, White Chicken Lasagna with Zucchini Noodles, Zucchini & Arugula Salad, Zucchini...

Fluffy Buttery Rosemary Braids

A couple years ago I was very enthusiastic about baking bread at home, but nowadays there are only a few breads that I find worthwhile to make myself. Crusty baguettes and sourdoughs I buy from a bakery, but I make my own sandwich bread, my own soft pretzels and breadsticks, and my own loaves like...

Mango Salsa

Mangos must be in some sort of season right now, because all the grocery stores in my area have tons of them on sale! And when that happens, it means lots of mango salsa in my fridge. I’m always shocked by how many people have never tried a mango before. They are easily one of...

Five-Spice Orange Glazed Roast Duck

Orange Glazed Five Spice Duck

When life presents you with a whole duck, this is the best way to make it, if you ask me. And last week, the universe presented one to me at a steal! I found a whole duck for $2.99/lb instead of the usual $5.99, so I took it home with me and thought about how...

Chocolate Meringue Buttercream Cake

Today I present to you the most old school recipe I have ever encountered. And I should say, I realize it may not be that old school for the average person, but I don’t have any old family cookbooks, so I think it’s super cool! Today’s recipe is inspired by a recipe my step...

Beef Wellington

ALL HAIL THE BEEF WELLINGTON. Beef Wellington is one of the best recipes to ever have existed, if you ask me. I find myself making Beef Wellington for nearly any special occasion I can because yes, it’s a special occasion dish (in other words, beef tenderloin is expensive). But it’s SO worth it. I...