fall apple cake recipe

fall apple spiced cake

This is a recipe I will always associate with my grandparents. It’s a well-know fact that apple cake is my grandfather’s (who I call Pepe) favorite dessert—my Sitto makes it for him every time a special occasion is thrown in his honor, and sometimes just “because” (I guess that’s another secret to a 60 year marriage!)….

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picnic salad recipes

3 signature salads perfect for a party

Just because summer is technically over, doesn’t mean the gatherings stop! I don’t know about you guys, but I tend to find myself at more get-togethers, potlucks and parties in the fall. My family is filled with food-lovers, and we’ve definitely acquired a few “blue ribbon” salads that have become our most-requested dishes. Here’s our…

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pineapple sangria cocktail

First off, thank you all so much for your sweet comments about the facelift yesterday—I hope you’re loving it! Second off, get your favorite drinking glass ready, because I have a delicious summer-style sangria recipe for you! The other day I found myself in my kitchen with a bottle of Moscato, a pineapple and an…

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rhubarb and strawberry pavlova recipe

strawberry and rhubarb pavlova

I’ve said it before, but I will say it again: I love (love love) the combination of strawberries and rhubarb. Sweet and tart, plus totally pretty, it’s just a combo that I can’t seem to quit during the summer. Since making a strawberry and rhubarb Angel Food cake, I knew I wanted to find another…

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summer tacos three ways

summer tacos, three ways

Is there another food that screams summer, so loudly and so enthusiastically, as tacos do? If there is, I can’t think of it. To me, the two go hand-in-hand and I find myself craving crunchy, fresh tacos multiple times a week (usually loaded up with sour cream—I’ve shown a lot of restraint here as none of these…

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homemade crab cake recipe

homemade crab cakes with old bay spice fries

Happy July! I hope your long weekend was spent surrounded by friends, family and BBQ. I spent my fourth on a 9-hour drive, but the days before that were filled with sun, sand and seafood while on vacation with my family. I can’t wait to share photos of our trip later on this week! In…

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watermelon feta and mint salad

watermelon, mint and feta salad

It’s been extra challenging lately to strong-arm our garbage out to the garbage bins downstairs—and I blame watermelon. Three girls, plus three (large) weekly watermelons (and the heavy rinds that go along with them) equals a heavy Hefty bag—and usually, more watermelon than we know what to do with. Seriously, if you’re hungry and in…

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fresh summer pasta recipe

farmer’s market pasta

I am a pasta die-hard, through and through. Give me a big bowl (completely smothered in parmigiano-reggiano cheese, please) and I am a happy girl. Even I have to admit, however, that sometimes, in the heat of summer, a steamy bowl of saucy pasta just doesn’t feel right. But give up my beloved pasta? Never—that would practically…

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spinach and artichoke dip pizza

I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is the recipe you never knew you needed…until now. At least that was the case for me—it wasn’t until I was out to dinner Friday night and has a slice of spinach and artichoke dip PIZZA that I was like, “Wait a minute. Wait. A….

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eggs in a frame

If you’re looking for your new favorite weekend breakfast dish, look no further than eggs in a frame. I can’t even take credit for this dish—I’ve had this for as long as I can remember every time I’ve slept over my roommate’s parent’s house—it’s her Dad’s signature breakfast dish. I knew I wanted to try…

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