Carrot Cake Muffins

This post is sponsored by Kroger. If you like carrot cake, you are going to LOVE these Carrot Cake Muffins. They taste just like carrot cake but are totally acceptable for breakfast because they are muffins. YES! The muffins are super moist thanks to t…

This post is sponsored by Kroger. If you like carrot cake, you are going to LOVE these Carrot Cake Muffins. They taste just like carrot cake but are totally acceptable for breakfast because they are muffins. YES! The muffins are super moist thanks to the fresh carrots and perfectly spiced thanks to the cinnamon, ginger,…

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Avocado Pesto Pasta Salad

If you love pasta but are craving something lighter for spring and summer, this is the pasta for you! Avocado lovers unite! The key to this 10-ingredient, 30-minute dish is the avocado pesto sauce, which was inspired by the flavors and vibrant color of…

Avocado Pesto Pasta Salad

If you love pasta but are craving something lighter for spring and summer, this is the pasta for you! Avocado lovers unite! The key to this 10-ingredient, 30-minute dish is the avocado pesto sauce, which was inspired by the flavors and vibrant color of our Green Goddess Dressing!

It’s lemony, garlicky, herby, and incredibly creamy thanks to buttery avocado. Simply toss the pasta of your choice in this delicious sauce and add any seasonal veggies you have on hand and call it a meal or picnic-friendly side.

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spring asparagus galette

I know it’s too early for asparagus, at least in New York, but I’m tired of waiting, a feeling that both encapsulates my cooking right now and my mood about [waves hands] everything. I am sure I’m not alone in being ready for…

I know it’s too early for asparagus, at least in New York, but I’m tired of waiting, a feeling that both encapsulates my cooking right now and my mood about [waves hands] everything. I am sure I’m not alone in being ready for summer, for outside, for all of my friends to get vaccinated, for my kids lives to normalize so they can be off screens all day, and I know you do not get things by stamping your feet and demanding them (I may have tried) but if there’s one thing on this list we can safely take an advance on, it’s spring vegetables. Grocery store asparagus is lovely and here for us until the freshly-plucked Greenmarket stuff emerges and I say we embrace it with abandon.

impatient asparagusthin-sliced asparagussalted and drained asparaguschilled galette dough

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Asparagus Salad

Each year, I make this asparagus salad recipe to celebrate the arrival of spring…which, in Chicago, is usually later than you’d think. See, in all the years that we’ve lived here, it’s snowed on Jack’s April birthday. So w…


Each year, I make this asparagus salad recipe to celebrate the arrival of spring…which, in Chicago, is usually later than you’d think. See, in all the years that we’ve lived here, it’s snowed on Jack’s April birthday. So when we have the odd warm day in March or early April, I don’t get my hopes up. “Winter isn’t over yet,” I tell myself, “Don’t get used to this.” But this year, Jack’s birthday arrived…and it didn’t snow. It was still a little chilly, but the air smelled clean and fresh, and tulips and daffodils bloomed around the neighborhood. Dare I […]

Avocado Dressing

I could eat this creamy, dreamy, dairy-free avocado dressing on just about anything. A salad? Of course! Roasted veggies? Yes, please. A grain bowl? I’m hungry already. This avocado dressing is rich, smooth, and bright, with a subtle complexity f…


I could eat this creamy, dreamy, dairy-free avocado dressing on just about anything. A salad? Of course! Roasted veggies? Yes, please. A grain bowl? I’m hungry already. This avocado dressing is rich, smooth, and bright, with a subtle complexity from fresh dill. It’s made with a few basic ingredients, and it whizzes up in minutes. The next time you have a ripe avocado on hand, be sure to try it. You’re going to love this recipe! Avocado Dressing Recipe Ingredients Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe: Avocado, of course! I often make creamy salad dressings with nuts or […]

14 Of My Go-To Recipes To Throw Together For Spring Entertaining.

I’ve got some of my favorite spring entertaining recipes for you today! With the weather warming up, all I have on the brain are cheeseboards and chilled white wine! Okay, maybe a few other snacks too, but as soon as spring rolls around I can’t help thinking about all the outdoor entertaining possibilities. Obviously this […]

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I’ve got some of my favorite spring entertaining recipes for you today!

14 spring entertaining recipes

With the weather warming up, all I have on the brain are cheeseboards and chilled white wine! Okay, maybe a few other snacks too, but as soon as spring rolls around I can’t help thinking about all the outdoor entertaining possibilities. Obviously this year, I’m craving those times even more! Even if it’s just US sitting outside and enjoy the newfound sunshine and warmth, I want to make it feel special.

Below are a few of my favorite spring entertaining recipes that I love to throw together if we’re doing something simple outdoors or just want a spring snack during happy hour. Ones that I just can’t wait to make this year – and ones that I already have in minds for some family get togethers!

14 Spring Entertaining Recipes

14 spring entertaining recipes

Melon Mosaic Salad with Honey Honey Vinaigrette

It may be a little early for melon, but if you can find some good cantaloupe or watermelon and combine it with tomatoes, cucumber and avocado? Oh and feta? You’re all set! Make the pretty mosaic or toss it all together in a bowl.

14 spring entertaining recipes

The Perfect Hummus Trio

I am so obsessed with all of the hummus recipes, I can’t pick one! You can make one (or all) ahead of time though – and they are so flavorful.

14 spring entertaining recipes

a Cheeseboard, of course

While I have some crazy elaborate cheeseboards, my go-to for quick entertaining is a block of good cheese, a bowl of nuts, some crackers, olives and a bunch of grapes. That’s really all you need! In a few weeks I’m going to show you exactly the cheeses I use for my cheese boards right now. Like, my all-time favorites. (more…)

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OK, I’ll Bite: What Are Ramps?

If you see a crowd gathering around a stall at your local farmers market any time between mid-April and early June, odds are you’ve stumbled across someone selling ramps. Let me tell you, nothing gets people who know and love ramps more excited than se…

If you see a crowd gathering around a stall at your local farmers market any time between mid-April and early June, odds are you’ve stumbled across someone selling ramps. Let me tell you, nothing gets people who know and love ramps more excited than seeing those first green leaves on a warm spring morning. Of course, by appearance alone, they’re simply yet another plant in a sea of green at the market. So, what’s all the fuss about? What are ramps?

What Are Ramps, Anyway?

Ramps (allium tricoccum), sometimes referred to as wild leeks or wild garlic, are technically a wild onion that grow most abundantly in the eastern and central U.S. and Canada (though you can find them showing their verdant heads in a couple other southern and western American states). Ramp patches typically begin to sprout in wooded areas around early April, and last until May or early June.

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Cream of Broccoli Soup

This cream of broccoli soup is perfect for a rainy day. It’s creamy and satisfying, yet light and nutritious at the same time. This soup is a…

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cream of broccoli soup recipe

This cream of broccoli soup is perfect for a rainy day. It’s creamy and satisfying, yet light and nutritious at the same time. This soup is a lovely side dish for your favorite sandwiches and hearty salads.

You might be intrigued by some of the elements in this cream of broccoli soup recipe. For starters, it’s lusciously creamy with minimal cream—we’ll primarily use butter and just finish the soup with a drizzle of optional cream.

cream of broccoli soup ingredients

Secondly, this recipe makes use of the broccoli stems and crowns, which is a fun way to maximize broccoli flavor and minimize waste. You’ve seen me use this trick in my Broccoli Cheese Soup. If you’ve enjoyed that soup, you’ll definitely appreciate this one.

This cream of broccoli soup is not a superstar meal on its own, but is a really, really nice component in a springtime meal. I hope you’ll try it!

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Quick Pickled Radishes

If you opened my fridge right now, you’d see jars upon jars of these quick pickled radishes lined up inside. They’re so pretty and pink that it’s almost a shame to eat them. I love the vibrant patterns the radishes create against the …


If you opened my fridge right now, you’d see jars upon jars of these quick pickled radishes lined up inside. They’re so pretty and pink that it’s almost a shame to eat them. I love the vibrant patterns the radishes create against the glass, all those circles and stripes. The natural beauty of these humble root veggies never ceases to amaze me. Still, eat them I will. Tangy, salty, and delightfully crisp, they’re an addictive snack or topping for toast, tacos, bowls, burgers, salads…just about anything you like! This pickled radish recipe is easy to make (the fridge does most […]

Chicken Penne Pasta

We love a good pasta night at our house. A few of our favorites include baked ziti, lasagna, cacio e pepe, and pasta pomodoro. This easy Chicken Penne Pasta is another favorite, my boys request it often. They love the creamy, cheesy sauce that covers t…

We love a good pasta night at our house. A few of our favorites include baked ziti, lasagna, cacio e pepe, and pasta pomodoro. This easy Chicken Penne Pasta is another favorite, my boys request it often. They love the creamy, cheesy sauce that covers the penne pasta and chicken. I also add a fresh…

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