soup szn. [chicken & white bean southwestern soup]

October 10th, 2021 by | comments

Soup season is officially here and I’ve decided I’m ok with it, as long as it’s soup like this chicken and white bean southwestern soup that I can garnish with ALL the toppings – cheese, sour cream, avocado, you name it. I’m sure you’ll be seeing more soup (and chili!) on here now that it’s finally starting to cool down in LA. But now that I say that, I’m sure it’ll be 90 degrees one day next week…

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saying goodbye to summer. [tomato tarts w. herb-flavored goat cheese & basil]

September 13th, 2021 by | comments

I can’t get enough of the summer tomatoes! And as good as they are, they just make me miss the tomatoes we ate in Italy during our honeymoon a few years ago because those tomatoes were next level. I lost count of how many caprese salads we ate. Anyways, these tomato tarts with flaky puff pastry were SO easy to whip up and full of flavor. I made a few changes, but used Cuisine at Home’s recipe for the most part. These would be great for a gathering with friends and family!

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a real winner. [chewy chocolate & peanut butter cookies]

August 31st, 2021 by | comments

If you know me well, you know I’m oddly not a chocolate fan (which is why I don’t have many chocolate recipes on my blog – sorry!). But for the sake of everyone else who is a chocolate fan, I figure I need to show some love once in a while. That’s where these chewy chocolate and peanut butter cookies come in. This recipe honestly just came from the Reese’s peanut butter chips bag, but it was a real winner. My husband, mom and dad can attest to that!

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gettin’ figgy with it. [fig, prosciutto & whipped ricotta crostini]

August 26th, 2021 by | comments

In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with crostini – mainly because bread and cheese are typically involved. This crostini is not only easy on the eyes, but it’s delicious, as well. The creamy ricotta paired with the buttery prosciutto and crispy garlic bread is a winning combo. This would make for a great appetizer or in my case, a delicious lunch. I couldn’t let these go to waste after photographing them!

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berry kick. [lemon mousse with fresh berries]

August 11th, 2021 by | comments

I’ve been on a big berry kick this summer…I just can’t get enough! I had some homemade lemon curd in the freezer from my mom that I’d been meaning to use, which is why this extremely easy dessert came to life. It’s layered with lemon curd, lemon mousse and homemade whipped ream (which I over-whipped and the perfectionist in me is cringing), then topped with fresh berries. So, so easy and delicious!

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sweet & savory. [smashed blackberry & whipped goat cheese crostini]

August 6th, 2021 by | comments

If you like fruit and cheese or if you like a sweet and savory combo, this one’s for you! The first bite was delicious and all, but when I got to the bite with the mint…mind blown! I honestly wouldn’t even consider myself a huge mint fan, but it worked perfectly with all the flavors on this crostini. These would make for a delicious and beautiful appetizer at any dinner party!

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