Copycat Wendy’s Frosty

I like a good knockoff recipe every now and then like Red Lobster’s cheddar biscuits or this version of the iconic Wendy’s Frosty.  I was inspired by a few different pins on Pinterest and had to try it.  The verdict: this is a great frozen treat that tastes almost exactly like the real thing! For easier pouring into the ice cream maker,  I mixed the ingredients in a … Continue reading Copycat Wendy’s Frosty

Summery Gazpacho with Bacon and Feta

My Mom always made gazpacho in the summertime when we had a garden full of tomatoes.  I never appreciated her fresh healthy soup until later in life when I went to southern Spain for a couple of weeks and ate gazpacho with almost every meal. I sampled the gazpacho and sangria offerings from restaurant to restaurant, amazed by how two were never the same down to their color, consistency and taste.  There are endless variations … Continue reading Summery Gazpacho with Bacon and Feta

Spicy Sesame Glazed Grilled Corn

I love grilled corn on the cob and this is my favorite recipe yet! I’m not exaggerating when I say I ate three ears last night and could have had more.  The salty, spicy glaze compliments  the sweetness of the corn and the toasted sesame seeds take it over the top.  I made the corn to go alongside a bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin as you’ll see in … Continue reading Spicy Sesame Glazed Grilled Corn

Caprese Cheese Tortellini Pasta Salad

I’m always looking for portable and delicious recipes I can take to work for lunch.  This recipe is so simple I debated even posting it  and my measurements are just a place to start; you can use whatever combination of basil/olive oil/garlic/lemon juice/balsamic vinegar that you like! This pasta salad will get tastier as it sits in the fridge for a few hours or overnight and is perfect for … Continue reading Caprese Cheese Tortellini Pasta Salad

Baked Corn with Scallions and Blue Cheese

I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend!  We spent ours at the lake with my parents and our now-water-obsessed Labradors. It was hard to get Red out of the lake and I can’t wait for the water temperature to rise enough for me to swim with her. We didn’t really have a traditional Easter meal on Sunday, deciding to grill steaks instead.  To go along … Continue reading Baked Corn with Scallions and Blue Cheese

No-Bake Biscoff Oatmeal Easter Nests

My Mom was at Trader Joe’s the other day when they were handing out samples of Biscoff Spread  and she said it was too good to pass up so she bought me a huge jar. Have you tried it? It has a similar consistency to creamy peanut butter and is made from Biscoff cookies.  Delicious! It’s so indulgent I wasn’t sure how I’d use up the  one pound … Continue reading No-Bake Biscoff Oatmeal Easter Nests

The {We Finally Have a Grill!} Perfect Steak Marinade

This is my favorite steak marinade that is easy to throw together and will give you delicious steaks whether you marinate them from two or twenty-four hours.  I always change things up slightly each time I make it based on what I have on hand but this is the basic outline. As I wrote in my last post, we had family over for dinner last … Continue reading The {We Finally Have a Grill!} Perfect Steak Marinade

Charred BLT Salad with a Pesto Vinaigrette

Happy Friday friends! We had my family over for dinner last night and marked the occasion by firing up our grill, a hand-me-down from my parents, for the first time! It was great to have my Dad on hand to teach Joe the ins and outs of the grill that he has mastered over the last 10 years.  We’re excited about using this puppy all the … Continue reading Charred BLT Salad with a Pesto Vinaigrette

Spicy Cucumber Cashew Salad

The Roasted Tomato Feta Salad I posted last week was so well recieved I decided to share another one of my favorite healthy, simple and flavorful salads.  This salad will taste best if you have some time to let it set in the fridge for a few hours before serving chilled or at room temperature.  The fish sauce gives it a delicious Thai flavor and you could substitute mint, parsley … Continue reading Spicy Cucumber Cashew Salad