Serendipity Style Turkey & Brie Sandwich

I’ve said before that there are meals worth getting on a plane for. Lunch at Serendipity 3 NYC is one of them! It’s been years since I’ve had the pleasure of visiting New York City and eating an epic open-faced sandwich at Serendipity but it remains one of the best lunches of my life. We…

Lamb Meatballs

My regular readers know that Greek food is my absolute favorite. I’ve been making these lamb meatballs since I was a teenager. I can’t believe I’ve never posted this recipe before! I serve lamb meatballs all sorts of ways: with tapas, in gyros, on pasta, and in salads. The key here is fresh mint, fresh…

Caprese Salad

I make so many dishes like this that I don’t even consider a recipe but it’s occurred to me lately that it’s shockingly difficult to find basics like this on the internet. The key here and with so many great dishes is the ingredients. I only make this when I can get great tomatoes, high…

Greek Orzo Salad

I hope y’all aren’t sick of reading about chilled pasta salads because I’m certainly not sick of eating them! They’re just so convenient for outdoor dining, which as you know is my favorite way to eat. I whipped this dish up to take on a lovely vineyard picnic with my friend Sarah when she was…

Mini Muffulettas

I’m not sure it’s fair to call these muffulettas but whatever you call them, they’re delicious. Note:  this recipe is easily doubled. Mini Muffulettas 1 pkg Hawaiian Rolls 1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened 8 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled 24 pimiento-stuffed olives, chopped 4 Tbsp chopped fresh chives 1/4 tsp pepper Combine cream cheese,…

Italian Pasta Salad

Why have I not been making pasta salad every week? This was so fast and easy. I already had plain cooked pasta in the fridge. It took me five minutes to toss this together for my picnic at San Martino Winery & Vineyards with my friend Jen, who is always up for a picnic. Located…

Simple Summer Veggie Salad

This is the kind of thing I eat all the time and think, “I can’t possibly publish this! It’s hardly a recipe!” But it’s a really good non-recipe to have in your back pocket, especially when zucchini is abundant and flavorful. This salad is as light and summery as it is creamy and satisfying thanks to the…

Sun-dried Tomato Tabbouleh

I made tabbouleh in my dorm room nearly every week of my college career.(To read about my lifelong love of Greek food, click here.) Why? Because all you need is boiling water! I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that I was always thinking up dishes I could whip up in my dorm room with no…

Easy Swiss Chard Pasta

I’m going to be honest with you. I’ve never cooked Swiss chard before making this pasta. And it turned out perfectly! That’s how simple this method is. I don’t even particularly LIKE Swiss chard but I decided to grow some after being inspired by The Beekman Boys last spring. It just looked so pretty in…

Grilled Cheese Panzanella with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

It’s snowing again in Dallas-Fort Worth and I worked up an appetite carrying my spoiled Cavalier King Charles Spaniel on our wintry walk. I was planning on making panzanella for lunch but I was also craving grilled cheese and tomato soup. That’s when inspiration struck! Grilled Cheese Panzanella with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Serves 1. Two…

Rustic Potato Carrot Soup

It’s been a freezing week in Dallas-Fort Worth and sometimes a girl’s just gotta warm up with some soup! I couldn’t find what I was looking for in any of the many cookbooks on my shelves so I decided to come up with my own. This soup is delightfully creamy without ANY cream or milk…

Forager’s Spinach salad

Sometimes dinner is merely a formality to make dessert socially acceptable, don’t you agree? This afternoon I baked the most perfect batch of chocolate chip cookies and am dying to tuck into them during True Blood tonight but I decided it would be a good idea to get some nutrients in first. I just got…