February 1, 2018

Rich, chewy, buttery Vanilla Bean Caramels - so addictive and easy, you'll be making them year-round!

This time of year means one thing to me – treats, treats, and more treats. I make homemade cookie boxes every year to hand out to friends and family, and every year I look for more recipes and varieties of treats to include. 

This year included candy! And my favorite candy? Caramels – buttery, soft, vanilla-scented caramels. I have always wanted to make homemade caramels, and this year I present homemade Vanilla Bean Caramels! 

If you’re looking for something special or want to branch out, make this. If you’re worried about making homemade candy, don’t fear! This only takes half an hour to make, and the hardest part is just waiting for the candy to set. Then just cut them into pieces, wrap in wax paper if you’d like, and you’ve got the perfect special treat for friends and family!

I brought these to work today, and my coworker’s boyfriend said these were caramels he had ever had. I can’...

December 1, 2017

Penne Rosa - tender penne pasta tossed with spicy tomato cream sauce, topped with broiled mozzarella; the perfect fall dinner!

Fall is finally here! And with that comes sweaters, cooler weather...and comfort food! Now we have an excuse to indulge 😊 

This meal continues to be one of my favorites, and I make it at least once per week. Minimal dishes and time in the kitchen, and SO good. This is one of my master sauces, and I use it in a variety of Italian dishes - manicotti, ravioli, stuffed shells; it's endlessly versatile.

Another way I love to use this sauce? With rigatoni pasta, mini mozzarella balls, and roasted cherry tomatoes...with fresh basil on top. A must try!

However you decide to try this, it's a must have! With a salad on the side to balance things out, of course 😊 

Penne Rosa

Serves 2


6 ounces penne pasta 

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 clove garlic, minced

1/3 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons Romano cheese (optional but recommended)

6 ounc...

October 18, 2017

 Apple Pie Oatmeal – creamy oatmeal flavored with cinnamon and vanilla extract, topped with apples sautéed in brown sugar caramel sauce! My favorite oatmeal recipe to make!

It finally feels like we are moving into Fall, and with that, comes some great, stick-to-your-ribs, comfort food.

One of my favorites, and a bit underrated, is oatmeal. A lot of people think oatmeal and think "healthy", but I just see a nice, warm and cozy breakfast! Add some butter and a little sugar and you've got yourself a filling treat!

I hope you guys love this recipe as much as I do - it's warm, comforting, and it really says that fall is here! Make this for breakfast this weekend and you'll see what I mean 😊

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Serves 2


For the oatmeal –

1 cup milk (anything works – I normally use 2% milk or almond milk)

1 cup water

1 cup quick-cooking oats

Pinch of salt

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Splash of vanilla extract

For the apples –

1 tablespoon butter

1 small granny smith...

September 25, 2017

Flourless Chocolate Cake – rich, creamy, dense chocolate cake that has the texture and taste of a chocolate truffle, made with only 3 ingredients!

When it comes to making recipes, the only thing that generally matters to me is if it tastes good. I normally never look up “easy” or “quick” recipes, because many times those focus more on shortcuts and less on actual taste.

Finding a recipe that is easy, relatively quick, and tastes amazing? Rare! This is one of those recipes. Flourless chocolate cake, made with 3 ingredients – a whole lot of chocolate, eggs, and butter. That’s it!

There are a couple different additional items needed to make the recipe, but don’t let that discourage you. This is TOO GOOD to not make!

This is also one of the items that is on my catering menu! I have finally made the step to accept more catering orders and actually created a menu with pricing, business cards, logos, etc.

I’ve been waiting to do this for so long - I’ve been baking treats for friends and family for...

September 20, 2017

Homemade hummus is the perfect go-to dip; rich, creamy and only 4 main ingredients - this will be your new favorite snack!

 Homemade hummus is one of my favorite go-to dips; it's also one of the things that I used to be so intimidated by, until I realized there were only 4 main ingredients! Since I tried making it 5 or 6 years ago it has consistently been one of my favorite snacks. It's perfect with warm pita bread or crisp veggies, and it fills you up without making you feel bad, which I love.

I also love making hummus for dinner parties or parties in general, since it's a make ahead dip that stays fresh for at least a couple weeks, and it's so quick to whip up! You know how else you can serve it? With dinner! Try serving a nice scoop of hummus with some roasted veg (I love roasting broccoli and carrots), with some warm bread, and you've got yourself a good meal.

Want some extra protein? This hummus would work great in a pita wrap with some grilled chicken and veggies! So many different...

July 19, 2017

It’s officially summer! These are the times when I really savor the weekends and try to enjoy the weather as much as possible.

And you know what goes great with warm weather? Cold, fresh homemade salsa with a little kick to it and SO much flavor – perfect for topping fish tacos or just dipping some good tortilla chips into.

Roasted Tomato Salsa

Makes 1-1/2 cups salsa


1 Serrano pepper 

2 garlic cloves, unpeeled

½ cup finely chopped yellow onion

1 (15 ounce) can fire-roasted tomatoes

1/3 cup (loosely packed) roughly chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Set a small skillet over medium heat. Lay the chile and the garlic in the skillet and dry roast until soft and blotchy black in spots, about 7-9 minutes total. Keep on eye on them and flip every so often.

  2. While the chile and garlic are roasting, scoop the chopped onion into a strainer and rinse under cold water. Shake off the excess and pour into a medium bowl.

  3. Pull the stems off...

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