Simple, yet special, recipes for the home chef.

Blackberry Tequila Mojito

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of IZZE. All opinions are 100% mine.

Blackberry Tequila Mojito - A fun twist on a refreshing classic! |

I’m really excited to be bringing you today’s recipe, because IZZE Sparkling Juice has always had a special place in my heart. All of the flavors are delicious (especially my forever love, the Clementine flavor), and of course, the bottles and cans are just adorable. So adorable in fact, that when my husband and I decided to name our quirky-cute rescue dog Izzy, I actually wanted to spell it Izze instead. I couldn’t quite talk Jeff into it, but I still think that spelling would have suited #oneflops perfectly.

Grilled Avocado Crostini Board

Grilled Avocado Crostini Board - A fun party idea! Pile a bunch of fresh toppings onto a big platter, and let your guests assemble their own grilled avocado crostini! |

Here in Michigan, we take eating and entertaining outdoors pretty seriously in the summer months. It’s because we can’t take it for granted. It’s not like we have mild temperatures all year – a backyard barbecue in February would just lead to frost bite all around. So in the summer, nearly all of our meals

Honey Frozen Yogurt Pie

Honey Frozen Yogurt Pie - A simple honey-sweetened dessert that the whole family will love! |

Call me crazy, but I actually really like the transitional season between summer and fall. It’s still warm enough to be outside (plus maybe wear a cute jacket in the evening), and there’s still good produce at the market. But with the change of seasons also comes a busier schedule, with my husband returning to classes

Cherry & Ginger Prosecco Spritz

Cherry & Ginger Prosecco Spritz - Stir together this light and refreshing summer cocktail in just 5 minutes! Perfect for a party, or just one! |

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Riondo Prosecco through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Riondo Prosecco, all opinions are my own.  The Venice stop of our European vacation a few years back had some of my favorite AND least favorite memories of the trip. On one

Heirloom Tomato & Beet Salad

Heirloom Tomato & Beet Salad- Celebrate the best farmer's market produce with this fresh and oh-so-easy summer salad. |

I really hit my stride with epic farmer’s market salads in late July and August. It seems like ALLLLL the good things are in season, and everything is juicy and colorful to the max. A “salad” becomes very little else beyond slicing, piling things onto a platter and drizzling with some olive oil and maybe

Salted Peanut Butter and Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches - Make these for the chocolate and peanut butter lover in your life! Peanut butter cookies are finished with flaky sea salt and then sandwiched with triple-chocolate ice cream. |

When I talk about building layers of flavor, I’m generally referring to savory foods. You might start by sweating garlic, adding some mirepoix, searing your protein, then finishing with acid (being sure to salt each step of the way). These techniques ensure that your finished dish isn’t just “one note” in flavor, but is more

Grilled Chicken & Apples with Couscous

Grilled Chicken & Apples with Couscous - A beautiful, healthful grilled meal for summer or fall! |

Home cooks across Michigan love the great apples available in our state, perfect for cooking or eating on their own. Today, I’m guest posting for the Michigan Apples blog, sharing a recipe featuring Fuji apples. Summer might be half over, but there’s no end in sight for the dinners I want to make on the grill.