Guacamole Taquero {Tomatillo Guacamole}

I’ve been on a big salsa kick (Chiltomate anyone?) and I think of this one as if guacamole and salsa verde had a baby! The smooth, creamy avocados balance the tomatillos’ acidity to make a delicious salsa and topping for grilled meat.   I found that it tastes best the day it’s made, but the acidity from the tomatillos will keep it from discoloring as quickly as most … Continue reading Guacamole Taquero {Tomatillo Guacamole}

Cauliflower, Artichoke and Spinach Dip and a GIVEAWAY from La Terra Fina! {Giveaway Closed}

Today is officially the last day of summer which means football is back!  Admittedly I’m new to the world of football since I met my husband, a diehard Bengals fan, three years ago.  However, I’ve always been a fan of tailgating and tailgating/game watching food. Everyone, whether they’re watching football or not, loves a good dip and today’s hot, baked cauliflower artichoke dip won’t last long at your … Continue reading Cauliflower, Artichoke and Spinach Dip and a GIVEAWAY from La Terra Fina! {Giveaway Closed}

Chiltomate {Roasted Tomato Habanero Salsa}

We escaped to Wrightsville Beach this weekend for a couple of nights so I made a bunch of stuff we could throw in a cooler for snacking on the beach.  I had a number of tomatoes from my CSA delivery earlier in the week so I roasted them with an onion and some hot peppers to make some Chiltomate.  Chiltomate is a recipe native to the … Continue reading Chiltomate {Roasted Tomato Habanero Salsa}

Herb Salt

I’ve been trying to take advantage of summer’s bounty before it’s gone, making and freezing roasted tomato sauce and loads of herb salt.  On Sunday I made four kinds of herb salt straight from the pots on my deck including cilantro, rosemary, parsley and basil.  I was inspired by the recipe here at Bon Appetit but used fresh herbs as in this recipe from The Splendid Table.Infusing herbs into salt … Continue reading Herb Salt

Fresh Tomato and Corn Salad

This recipe is adapted from Papa Spuds, a cool local company that has been my go-to this Spring and Summer for fresh produce, meats and baked good (the oatmeal raisin cookies are insane.) Fresh Tomato and Corn Salad is everything I like about summer dining.  There’s no need to turn on the oven and you can’t beat fresh sweet corn just out of the fields and herbs from … Continue reading Fresh Tomato and Corn Salad

Butternut Squash, Carrot, Red Pepper and Apple Soup

I can’t believe how long it has been since I shared a recipe! Life has been crazy with an almost 6 month old, wintry weather and my first trip since baby to visit friends in Texas.  I haven’t forgotten you and I haven’t stopped cooking so without further ado, finally, a recipe! I made this savory, rich soup for dinner on Monday and I just finished the … Continue reading Butternut Squash, Carrot, Red Pepper and Apple Soup

Crazy Feta

One of our favorite restaurant chains in DC and Arlington, VA is Cava.  They have the best grilled cheese, souvlaki, meatballs and crazy feta, an appetizer served with warm pita bread that inspired my recipe today.  It’s super simple and so delicious you’ll make it again and again.  If you’re short on time you can skip the roasting steps for the pepper and garlic and puree them raw.  Roasting … Continue reading Crazy Feta

Easy Baked Brie and Cranberry Dip

Who doesn’t love baked brie in all its bubbling glory? This simple way to make it without bothering with a pastry wrapping is my go-to for easy entertaining or a fancy afternoon snack. The tartness of the cranberries pair perfectly with the rich, gooey brie. It’s festive and simple, good for the holidays or anytime. If you don’t like cranberries you could sub in any … Continue reading Easy Baked Brie and Cranberry Dip

Rosemary Roasted Almonds

This is a simple, five ingredient recipe that’s perfect for a hostess gift or to set out for your guests when entertaining.  Fresh rosemary gives the almonds a delicious flavor and fragrance. I make a large batch and keep them in the freezer.  What to buy: 3 cups raw almonds one bunch of fresh rosemary 5 tablespoons olive oil 2-3 pinched of sea salt or more to taste What … Continue reading Rosemary Roasted Almonds

Jalapeño Artichoke Toasts & a Giveaway with La Terra Fina! {Giveaway Closed}

Today I’m excited to bring you a giveaway that’s perfect for your holiday entertaining! One lucky reader will win a prize pack of two classic dips and one signature egg white quiche from La Terra Fina, a San Francisco based company that offers a full line of all natural (free of artificial flavors and preservatives,) handcrafted dips, quiches and special holiday baked treats.   You may have seen their dips at Costco … Continue reading Jalapeño Artichoke Toasts & a Giveaway with La Terra Fina! {Giveaway Closed}