Chicken Salad

There are a million ways to make chicken salad. For me, the key ingredient in chicken salad is red grapes, which is why I add twice as many as other people. All you really need for fantastic chicken salad after that is toasted almonds, fresh herbs, and a lemon-yogurt dressing. I should add a disclaimer:…

Dark Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes

If you’re looking for a swoon-worthy cupcake, you’ve come to the right place. Deep, dark chocolate cupcakes are the perfect vehicle for my whipped nutella frosting. I dare you to stop at just one. You’ll want to eat the frosting with a spoon. These are super simple to make. I threw the batter together while…

Disney Dinners: Princess and the Frog

A New Orleans menu served in a swanky swamp We’re going down to the bayou for the second dinner party in my Disney Dinners series! When was the last time you watched Princess and the Frog? I watched it for the first time in years while researching for this dinner party and decided It’s an underrated…

Chargrilled Oysters

I have been making these for years and have somehow never written about it. Probably because I’ve never measured! These are my favorite oysters in the world. They’re perfectly good with just the cheese mixture but if you’re feeling chef-y, make the quick butter sauce and pour it a bit over on the grill. The…

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

A silky smooth gumbo that can be made days in advance! A traditional gumbo starts with a labor of love: a roux that’s the key to traditional New Orleans style gumbo. That’s the hardest part if this recipe. if the roux burns, you’ll have to start over but don’t let that deter you. It’s not…

French 75

One of the best champagne cocktails I’ve ever had was the French 75 at Arnaud’s in New Orleans. (Read about my trip here.) I have long since wanted to recreate Arnaud’s French 75 and I think I’ve finally done it. This, my friends, is one hell of a cocktail. Simple syrup is easy to make…

Winter Weekend in Wine Country

Think winter in the wine country isn’t worth it? Think again! I had the best time with my friend Sarah in Sonoma last month. Many of my friends were startled that I was going to the wine country in December, since that’s not a popular time to visit. I’m here to tell you all the…

Disney Dinners: FROZEN

A Norwegian menu served amongst a winter wonderland, because the bold never bothered me anyway Welcome to my Disney Dinner Party series! I’m hosting a different Disney-themed dinner party every month of 2018 and am kicking things off with the 2013 phenomenon Frozen. It’s such an atmospheric film that I thought I could have some…

Smoked Salmon Crostini

A quick and easy Norwegian appetizer This was the very first Disney dinner dish I thought of. I researched Norwegian food for countless hours and found that smoked salmon is a really big deal in Norway. Apparently Norwegians happily eat smoked salmon morning, noon, and night and to that I say, sign me up! I…

Pork Tenderloin

Garlic, ginger, and rosemary make this easy pork tenderloin sing! I really ought to make pork tenderloin more often. It’s easy, inexpensive, requires little work, and feeds a crowd. What’s not to love? Whisk together this quick marinade, pour it over the pork, and let it hang out in the fridge for a couple of…

Mustard Sauce

The French know what’t they’re doing when it comes to sauces! This very French mustard cream sauce is a go-to of mine for any and every pork dish. I often deglaze a pan with it when making pork chops – it’s even more delicious with the brown bits from searing pork! I whipped this up…

Garlic and Gruyere Smashed Potatoes

Fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside In general, I don’t love potato recipes that start with boiling water and end with a second process. It just seems like a ton of work compared to rosemary roasted potatoes or grilled potatoes. One bite of these changed my mind. They’re out of this world. They’re…