Apple Cider-Maple Pork Chops with Caramelized Onions

Things have been crazy at work, and here’s how my days have been lately: work frantically throughout the day to complete a long to-do list of urgent projects, only to go back to my voicemail to find I have 10 new projects waiting.  Spend an hour commuting home (it takes…

Double Chocolate Cherry Black Forest Waffles

I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned Germany in a post before, which is odd because, of the places I’ve traveled, Germany is one of my favorites. Here are a few things I adored about this country: 1.) Touring the Alps region will leave permanent imprints on your memory and heart.…

Summer Veggie Pasta with Kale Pesto and Parmesan

I thought kale was a winter vegetable. Then I read about all the summer harvests of fresh kale in the gardening blogs I follow. Turns out kale is actually a really hearty plant that grows all year long. I might have actually learned this on my own if I had…

Guacamole Chicken Lettuce Wraps

My husband Chris and I have become addicted to a Mexican restaurant about 10 minutes from our house. We go mainly for one reason: the fresh, homemade guacamole. Along with it comes, of course, a huge basket of fried tortilla chips.  We never intend to finish off the full basket…

Corn, Feta, and Chive Pasta Salad with Avocado Dressing

I met my husband Chris for lunch last week in Boston. We went to a bistro/cafe, full of gorgeous glass display cases overflowing with delicious pasta and fruit salads, and serving made-to-order sandwiches on freshly baked bread. The place was packed. Every table was occupied with summer tourists on family vacations and…

Red, White, and Blue Dessert Nachos (With Fresh Berries and Coconut Cream)

Independence Day was one of my favorite holidays as a kid. If my family didn’t spend the day at the beach (on the coast of Maine), we went to my aunt’s house for a huge family cookout with lots of fresh seafood. For me, the holiday meant lots of swimming,…

Puppy’s First Taste of Summer (And a Frozen Dog Treat Recipe!)

Summer descended upon New England in a not-so-sweet subtle way this year. Our weather so far has alternated between 100 degree heat and humidity and drenching thunder storms. But sweet little puppy Calvin has already fully embraced his first summer, and he intends to make the most of it. He’s…

Watermelon Basil Soda Pop

My goal toward healthy, whole eating has been, at best, a daily struggle (hello irresistibly cheesy takeout pizza and Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl from the ice cream shop down the street). But here’s one thing I can say we’ve done well in our household: Our refrigerator hasn’t been stocked with…

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