How to Properly Set a Table for a Gathering of Any Size

Rejoice! Dinner gatherings are gently making their way back into our lives, albeit in smaller format, thanks to the lovely folks behind the vaccine rollout—you know the ones. Those of us accustomed to regularly welcoming friends and family into …

Rejoice! Dinner gatherings are gently making their way back into our lives, albeit in smaller format, thanks to the lovely folks behind the vaccine rollout—you know the ones. Those of us accustomed to regularly welcoming friends and family into our homes have surely been suffering this past year, missing the act of refilling wine glasses and setting dishes out on the table with a flourish—not to mention raucous dinner table conversation. With the increase of vaccinations and easing of the weather, there’s a good chance of gathering with loved ones on the forecast this summer.

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Everyday Salad

My favorite “everyday” salad recipe is quick and easy to make, tossed with a simple and delicious lemony dressing, and so versatile that it goes with just about everything! Friends! Do you have a go-to side salad recipe in your repertoire that you absolutely love? This simple green salad — which we fondly call our […]

My favorite “everyday” salad recipe is quick and easy to make, tossed with a simple and delicious lemony dressing, and so versatile that it goes with just about everything!

Everyday Salad Recipe

Friends! Do you have a go-to side salad recipe in your repertoire that you absolutely love? This simple green salad — which we fondly call our “everyday” salad here in our house — is mine.

It’s the no-frills, easy-breezy, fresh-and-flavorful, always-a-winner green salad recipe that we make most often here in our house behind the scenes. And even after eating it literally hundreds of times, it’s one of those staple recipes that we somehow never grow tired of. It’s incredibly quick and easy to make with a bag of greens (we most often use spring greens), a veggie or two (we usually add red onion, plus cucumber, bell pepper, carrot, or whatever’s in the crisper drawer), a sprinkling of nuts/seeds for protein and crunch (we’re partial to pepitas or sunflower seeds), and my favorite “everyday” salad dressing (that’s super-simple to whip up). Best of all, this tossed salad comes together in less than 10 minutes and always tastes wonderfully light and fresh and flavorful. And it also happens to be naturally gluten-free and vegan — and somehow magically goes with just about any meal!

The sky’s the limit, of course, when it comes to customizing this recipe with whatever greens, veggies, nuts, or even dressing ingredients that you happen to have on hand. And if you feel like making a meal out of this salad, it also tastes delicious with an extra protein (such as chicken or shrimp) and/or some croutons added in too.

Anyway, if you’re interested in working more salads into your weekly lunch and dinner rotations, I hope you’ll give this salad recipe a try. It is definitely a favorite here in our house! (more…)

Roasted Carrots

I make roasted vegetables every single week, without fail. Roasting veggies is SO easy and it brings out the BEST flavor. Roasting turns plain old veggies into deliciously addicting vegetables. Vegetables you can’t stop eating, they taste like ca…

I make roasted vegetables every single week, without fail. Roasting veggies is SO easy and it brings out the BEST flavor. Roasting turns plain old veggies into deliciously addicting vegetables. Vegetables you can’t stop eating, they taste like candy. Even kids will gobble them up. See all of my tips HERE. Roasted Carrots are one…

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Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs are a classic, iconic appetizer for springtime and Easter. It’s the perfect recipe for using up hard-boiled Easter eggs. But deviled eggs go way beyond Easter, they are a great appetizer or side dish for any and every day of the year…

Deviled Eggs are a classic, iconic appetizer for springtime and Easter. It’s the perfect recipe for using up hard-boiled Easter eggs. But deviled eggs go way beyond Easter, they are a great appetizer or side dish for any and every day of the year. I think every party, potluck, and special occasion should start with…

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Roasted Asparagus

It’s no secret that I LOVE roasted vegetables. Roasting brings out the best in any veggie, it’s basically magic. Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables to roast because it is SO simple. You can have a delicious and nutritious vegetable …

It’s no secret that I LOVE roasted vegetables. Roasting brings out the best in any veggie, it’s basically magic. Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables to roast because it is SO simple. You can have a delicious and nutritious vegetable that is full of flavor on the dinner table in about 15 minutes tops.…

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Cinnamon-Sugar Candied Pecans

Cinnamon-Sugar Candied Pecans
These easy-to-make candied pecans make the perfect snack, topping for salads, decoration for cakes, or gift at the holidays.
READ: Cinnamon-Sugar Candied Pecans

A square photo with candied pecans in a brown bowl on a white counter.

Cinnamon-Sugar Candied Pecans

These easy-to-make candied pecans make the perfect snack, topping for salads, decoration for cakes, or gift at the holidays.

READ: Cinnamon-Sugar Candied Pecans

Broccoli Casserole (From Scratch!)

Broccoli Casserole (From Scratch!)
Made from scratch, this broccoli casserole is the ultimate comfort food dish. Fresh broccoli is smothered in a creamy mushroom cheese sauce and topped with a crunchy, buttery Ritz cracker topping in this filling and w…

A brown plate with a scoop of broccoli casserole with a fork with a wooden handle on a grey counter.

Broccoli Casserole (From Scratch!)

Made from scratch, this broccoli casserole is the ultimate comfort food dish. Fresh broccoli is smothered in a creamy mushroom cheese sauce and topped with a crunchy, buttery Ritz cracker topping in this filling and wholesome recipe.

READ: Broccoli Casserole (From Scratch!)

Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese & Pistachios

This roasted beet salad with greens is exactly what I’m craving right now. It’s hearty, fresh and spring-y, which is perfect as the weather turns from downright…

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roasted beet arugula salad recipe

This roasted beet salad with greens is exactly what I’m craving right now. It’s hearty, fresh and spring-y, which is perfect as the weather turns from downright arctic to patio-worthy. Cookie and I couldn’t be more excited about the warmer temperatures and sunnier days! I bet you can relate.

This salad was inspired by the beet salads at my favorite local French restaurants, Westport Café and French Market. Over the past year, I’ve really missed sipping wine in their establishments and soaking up their vibes. You should know that I’m constantly daydreaming of a French vacation.

Both restaurants offer beet salads with pistachios and goat cheese, yet they each have their own unique spin on the combination. I always order the beet salad and French fries, naturally!

roasted beet salad ingredients

This recipe incorporates my go-to method for roasting beets, which yields amazing flavor. I used arugula as the base, which contrasts nicely with the earthy flavor of the beets.

Then I added goat cheese and pistachios, plus some radish and green onion for extra freshness and some crunch. The zippy, Dijon-forward vinaigrette brings it all together. Serve this salad as a side dish or enjoy a large portion for a satisfying but light dinner.

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Citrus Salad

One of the best things about winter? It’s citrus season. I love having fresh oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes to bring a bright spot to the short, dark winter days. I tend to go a little citrus crazy at the grocery store–it all smells…

One of the best things about winter? It’s citrus season. I love having fresh oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes to bring a bright spot to the short, dark winter days. I tend to go a little citrus crazy at the grocery store–it all smells so good!–and then come home and think, “Wait, what was I…

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Roasted Vegetables

This post is sponsored by Kroger. If you follow me on Instagram and watch my stories, you know I roast vegetables just about every single week. They are my FAVORITE and I love having them in the fridge at all times to eat for easy lunches, dinners, and…

This post is sponsored by Kroger. If you follow me on Instagram and watch my stories, you know I roast vegetables just about every single week. They are my FAVORITE and I love having them in the fridge at all times to eat for easy lunches, dinners, and to jazz up meals. Every time I…

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