Cucumber Tomato Dill Salad

This salad is so damn good. I’m not a huge dill fan but it’s perfect here, and gives it such a different flavor. This salad tastes fresh and healthy and is a great side dish. This would also be delicious tossed with some lemony orzo for a heartier lunch! Photos by Darling Photography  This is hardly…

Fruit Skewers

This one of those non-recipe recipes that so many of my readers request. Let’s call it more of a serving suggestions than a recipe! Photos by Darling Photography  These look so pretty and are actually really practical for picnic and outdoor dining. Plus they look like a rainbow, which will put a smile on anyone’s face!…

Prosciutto Cantaloupe Skewers

I have posted several variations of this over the years. I’ll never tire of the prosciutto / cantaloupe / mozzarella combination. I really could eat these every day all summer long. And maybe I will! Photos by Darling Photography  I made these for my recent summer picnic and could not stop eating them. This is what…

Deconstructed Chicken Salad

A whimsical dinner that’s easier than it looks! I just love simple food that looks fancy. Have you ever grilled grapes before? It’s so satisfying. It takes just minutes and they become jammy from the heat and add a juicy smokiness to grilled chicken. It isn’t difficult at all so don’t be scared! The Rose…

Asian Cucumber Salad

I am obsessed with easy salad! It’s so delicious and simple. I served this at Disney Dinners: Mulan and several guests commented that they don’t even like cucumbers and loved this salad. Not a single slice was left on anyone’s plate! You could certainly use a mandolin for quick, thin slices but I don’t own a…

Shrimp Spring Rolls

I went through a major spring roll phase in college. They’re super healthy and fun to make and you can really fill them with whatever you like: vegetables, chicken, shrimp, et cetera. I made these for Disney Dinners: Mulan and got rave reviews. I hate to even put quantities here because you can fill spring…

Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry

Stir fry was one of the very first things I learned how to cook in my college apartment. I was hesitant to cook meat at first so I used pre-cooked chicken, making this a great gateway recipe for beginners! I’ve since upgraded my stir fry with homemade teriyaki sauce and crunchy sesame seeds. The Rose…

Mini Gruyere and Parmesan Cheese Soufflé

I can’t believe I was always too scared to make soufflé. Take it from me: if you’re comfortable making sponge cake, you’ll have no problem making soufflé. I decided to go tres French for Disney Dinners: Beauty and the Beast with some of my favorite French ingredients: gruyere, parmesan, and herbes de provence. You want…

Beef Ragout

Is there anything more comforting than a hearty beef stew? I’ve been tweaking this recipe for months to bring you the most delicious beef ragout for Disney Dinners: Beauty and the Beast. This is a great dinner party recipe because it cooks for hours so you can do all of the work in the afternoon…

Mustard Cream Pork Chops and Gnocchi

This is one of my favorite quick dinners. I make this dish all the time and finally took a minute to photograph it so I can post the recipe for you. This is really so simple. You cook the chops for five minutes on each side, deglaze the pan with wine, lower the heat, add…