Black and White Halloween Tablescape

Black and White Halloween Tablescape 3

I’ll admit I’ve always secretly hated Halloween – the late night parties, the getting-dressed-up-in-30-degree cold – no thanks. But now that I’m a mom and own my own home, I’m loving the prospect of buying horrible sugar-laden Halloween candy for trick or treaters in the neighborhood, dressing Oliver in a costume, and creating my Halloween tablescape…. 

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A Perfect Valentine's Day

Ingredients for a Perfect Valentine’s Day at Home

Mr. Peaches and I love to stay at home on Valentine's Day. It's romantic, we avoid the crowds, and we save money too. I look forward to it every year because HE cooks dinner (remember this?), and I get to make dessert. I recently received a few goodies from Thermoworks including the Thermopop and … [Read More...]

Kale, Pomegranate, and Avocado Salad

Kale, Pomegranate, and Avocado Salad

I'm baack!! My apologies for taking an extended holiday vacation from the blog. Mr. Peaches and I recently found out that we're expecting (yay!!!), so I have NOT been able to even set FOOT in the kitchen to cook. I cannot handle the lingering smell of things that I used to love, … [Read More...]


Holiday Gift Guide for the Home Cook and Entertainer

          Here are my picks for the perfect gift for the home cook and entertainer: From left to right, top to bottom: 1. Thermapen / 2. Wusthof 8-inch Chef's Knife / 3. Lodge Cast Iron Pan / 4. Klip It BPA-Free plastic containers / 5. Hamilton … [Read More...]

Spicy Pineapple Salsa from #food4humans by Michelle Tam

Spicy Pineapple Salsa from Michelle Tam {Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans Review}

Ever since Michelle and her husband Henry's new cookbook arrived at my doorstep, I literally have not put it down. I got a few laughs from other customers at Whole Foods the other day because I had it propped up in my cart while I browsed the aisles for ingredients. Hey, at least I was … [Read More...]


Easy Desserts

Hubby and I went to a holiday dinner party at a friend's house the other night. They prepared the most lovely and impressive meal, a shrimp and lobster (!!) stew, fresh asparagus, and a bright green salad, plus tons of appetizers and red wine. She was so sweet, she even went out of her way to make … [Read More...]

Homemade Breakfast Sausage

Homemade Breakfast Sausage

It's like McDonald's sausage patties, redefined. :) If you find yourself with a lot of leftover herbs after Thanksgiving, then you should definitely give these a try. I made these for myself to eat for breakfast for a week, and think they'd be great to serve my family in a breakfast … [Read More...]

Casablanca Carrots from #wellfed2

Casablanca Carrots from Melissa Joulwan {Well Fed 2 Review}

Melissa Joulwan's cookbook Well Fed was the first cookbook I purchased when I transitioned to a whole foods lifestyle in Fall 2012. Since then, I've delighted in her delicious, ethnic-inspired recipes that are full of flavor and unlikely combinations. Her new cookbook, Well Fed 2, is full … [Read More...]

Homemade Turkey Stock

Homemade Turkey Stock

Don't throw out those turkey bones on Thursday! After carving, save the bones for this delicious homemade turkey stock, or broth if you will. Use it in any soup or stew recipe that calls for poultry stock, or freeze it for later to make gravy for a Christmas turkey dinner, or any roast … [Read More...]

Barbacoa Pulled Beef

Braised Beef Barbacoa

I promised I'd tell you how it went if I used my barbacoa pulled pork recipe with beef, so here it is!The end result was succulent, tender, and smoky, and makes the whole house smell like heaven!At dinnertime, I like to eat this beef as part of a taco salad with fresh iceberg lettuce, homemade … [Read More...]

Beautiful Buffets - wedding

Beautiful Buffets

I am a huge believer in serving food in a buffet over a plated dinner. It allows people to pick and choose what they want and not feel pressured to eat anything they may not like. Plus, guests can go back for seconds if they so please. These photos from my Pinterest Parties … [Read More...]

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Grocery Shopping Tips from Allison Fishman Task + A Cookbook Giveaway

I recently had the opportunity to interview the lovely Allison Fishman Task, contributing editor of Cooking Light and author of the new cookbook Lighten Up, America! Allison and I have a common passion for bringing people back into the kitchen, entertaining, home economics, and supporting organic … [Read More...]

Balsamic Braised Pastured Pork Chops with Caramelized Onion and Apple Jam from Meg Opel

Fall Comfort Food with US Wellness Meats

Since transitioning to a whole foods lifestyle I have made a greater effort to eat grass-fed meat at home. It's not always easy to find grass-fed products at the grocery store, so I started purchasing it online through US Wellness Meats, which procures grass-fed meat, poultry, dairy and other … [Read More...]