Posted in August 2012

summer bean salad in september

summer bean salad in september

Though it's now September, that doesn't mean we have to completely let go of summer yet. Sure, the pools have closed, the kids are back at school, and the fashion bloggers are already in a frenzy over the fall's trends (OMG burgundy lips! Forest green nails! Coated denim!) But the truth of the matter is, … Continue reading

gluten-free crab cakes

gluten-free crab cakes

Though I now live in Los Angeles, I'm originally from Maryland, so naturally I've had my fair share of crab cakes. I never made them of course, as I was terrified of the kitchen and any foal I would most likely commit there. I enjoyed these delights as often as I could, either in the … Continue reading

zucchini spread

zucchini spread

Zucchini is one of the most versatile items you'll find in your market. Cut into rounds and grilled, shaved thin to sub for pasta, baked into moist breads – zucchini never fails to disappoint, even when cooked down to a luscious spread! It made for a delicious bruschetta to round out our dinner of sirloin … Continue reading

grilled nectarine and tomato salad

grilled nectarine and tomato salad

Isn't summer great? Don't get me wrong – summer can be such a meanie what with its unbearable humidity and its requirement for skimpy clothing (and the figure to match 😉 ), but summer can also be such a sweetie pie, what with all the delicious produce that becomes so abundant this time of year. … Continue reading

peach and pistachio semifreddo (sugar-free!)

peach and pistachio semifreddo (sugar-free!)

It's hot. And you're craving something sweet and cold and creamy. Like gelato, only, that doesn't quite fit in with your sister's wedding slim-down plan. Luckily, healthy semifreddo is here to save the day! A semi-frozen treat with the texture of soft-serve ice cream, semifreddo comes together in a bowl and in your freezer. That's … Continue reading

simple bruschetta

simple bruschetta

This is the perfect way to round out any meal, whether it's a large salad or a poached chicken breast with green beans. It's one of my favorite ways to showcase summer's delicious bounty of heirloom tomatoes that are abundant at the farmer's markets, but it's great made with canned Roma tomatoes as well during … Continue reading

mini oatmeal-almond cookies

mini oatmeal-almond cookies

Cookies. My most favorite sweet treat growing up. Ice cream, brownies, cupcakes, they're fine and dandy, but if I had to, I could live without them. But not cookies! They were my thing! (explains why Cookie Monster was my favorite character!) As puberty hit accompanied by her friend, ms. metabolic slow-down, and as my intolerance … Continue reading

tilapia with pistachio pesto

tilapia with pistachio pesto

You're having a dinner party. Or maybe you want to make a fancier dinner for two. But you really can't spend a whole lotta money at the grocery store (because you went a little overboard at that j.crew sale – not speaking from personal experience). This is where my go-to fish steps in. I buy … Continue reading