Roasted Asparagus with Egg, Pancetta, and Lemon Aioli

Spring is in the air and Roasted Asparagus is on the menu, right?  Topped with a mouth watering array of chopped hard boiled egg, crispy pancetta, and lemon aioli and you really have a star dish for any spring gathering.  Easter Sunday...you got this.  But this roasted asparagus dish is so quick and easy I think you'll make it again and again for anything from a family dinner to a bridal brunch or baby shower to just plain old...Thursday. WARNING: HIGHLY ADDICTIVE I did eat this whole ... Continue Reading

Tea Sandwiches

These tea sandwiches are perfect for any crowd and any occasion when it comes to easy entertaining.  There is a vegetarian version and a meat version so you can have all the bases covered and they both have a scrumptious herbed butter on the bread that resembles the classic watercress tea sandwiches served in England.  Perhaps best of all is that this is one of those easy, no-cook recipes but still looks fancy for entertaining.  These tea sandwiches can be part of a brunch, bridal shower, ... Continue Reading

Peach and Blue Cheese Puff Pastry Bites

Wondering what to do with all those fresh, juicy summer peaches you are seeing on sale in the grocery store?  This peach and blue cheese savory appetizer will have your mouth watering and may just become your new summer 'go-to' app for any gathering.  The sweet, ripe peaches tossed with a little bit of fig jam (to help sweeten the deal) and a little bit of balsamic vinegar (to balance it all out and give it some depth of flavor), and just a tiny hint of rosemary (why not) is everything you ... Continue Reading

Perfect Picnic Pasta Salad

I know I'm going out on a limb here calling this the 'perfect picnic pasta salad' but I am standing by it!  And I'm one who doesn't typically love pasta salad because it's often too goopy for my taste.  And bland.  Dreadfully bland.  But not to worry this pasta salad is neither goopy or bland.  In fact the pasta has a ton of flavor to it and it's all thanks to few tricks.  Here's the play by play. Make sure you have the mayonnaise, mustard and cheese mixture whisked together and ready ... Continue Reading

Salted Peanut Brittle Peanut Butter Cookies

As a kid Peanut Butter cookies were always a favorite for me.  Maybe because I grew up eating so many peanut butter and honey sandwiches...I don't know.   And still peanut butter is one of those things I've continued to crave even as I've grown well into adulthood.  It brings me back to childhood and is just soooo satisfying.  So when I was thinking of what kind of sweet I'd like to bring along on my Mother's Day Picnic peanut butter cookies immediately came to mind.  But to satisfy the ... Continue Reading

Olive & Artichoke Tapenade

Tapenade is traditionally made with Kalamata olives and capers and is a delicious, briny/salty spread that pairs really well with cheese.  My version is the same idea but with a few extra flavors that make this tapenade especially addictive.  I may be biased so please, you be the judge.  A great thing about tapenades are they are super easy to make.  Just a few seconds in a food processor and you are done.  And they keep for days or even up to a week or more (thanks to the acidic nature ... Continue Reading