Recipes

Savory Caramel Chicken Wings - When we go to Costco our staples include dog food, coffee, toilet paper, and chicken wings. We always have chicken wings in the freezer because they are so easy for an effortless dinner, or for impromptu get-togethers with friends. David got a gas grill for his 30th birthday (I will miss you charcoal flavor, but…
Mango Mint Smoothie - Over Memorial day weekend I picked up a friend to carpool to our annual girls weekend on Lake Huron and she got in the car with the prettiest yellow frozen drink. She shared with me her recipe, frozen mangos, citrus, and fresh mint – that was it! Ever since I have been making it on…
Charred Bean and Pea Salad - Ahhh the start of summer produce. While June is still a little early for majority of Michigan produce, I was able to make it to Eastern Market on Saturday and found some early harvest. This bean salad makes a perfect side dish for any summer get together and can be served hot or can be…
Butter Chicken - Growing up, we did not eat Indian food, perhaps because there were no authentic Indian food restaurants in our small town, or more likely, because my mom is not a fan of curry. I, however, am a big fan of all flavorful foods, including Indian food. This recipe is a take on butter chicken, made…
Classic Carrot Cake - Out of all the sweets, cakes generally fall very near the bottom of my list. This carrot cake, on the other hand, is a unicorn among cakes. The cake stays moist from the carrots and pineapple, has the perfect amount of spice, and is topped with a classic cream cheese frosting. This is a recipe…
Vietnamese Tofu and Veggie Bowl {with lots of herbs and a tangy dressing} - I have always stayed away from cooking with tofu, partially because of the questionable texture and drab color of tofu, and partially because there is so much negativity and mixed messaging around consuming soy. But lately, I have been experimenting with tofu as a way of eating more vegetarian meals. This recipe is full of fresh…
Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Dates - David was out of town this week for work so dinners for me looked a bit different. Lots of scrounging, lots of cheese, and not a lot of actually cooking. But I did pull out a few things we had on hand one evening to make this recipe. It took a total of 15 minutes…
Spiced Bread {the Icelandic way} - I was recently talking to someone who is planning a trip to Iceland in June and all the memories came flooding back from our own trip as we discussed what he should make sure he sees when he is there. On our trip last March, we stayed at a guesthouse in a tiny village in…
Thai Panang Red Curry - David and I were lucky to be able to visit Thailand for our honeymoon. We ate curries for 2 weeks straight and fell in love with the “so hot your upper lip sweats, eyes water, and stomach burns for hours” spicy flavors so much that I have recreated one of our favorite dishes – a…
Lime Cookies - A while ago, a friend brought these cookies to a party and I could not get over how delicious they were. I quickly requested her recipe and have found myself making these cookies for everything from birthday parties to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. They are refreshing, and limey – perfect for those times when chocolate…