Grilled Ratatouille Pasta Salad

An easy pasta salad inspired by one of my favorite French dishes! Ratatouille is one of my favorite French dishes. The simple stew has just a few ingredients: eggplant, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, parsley, and basil. I’ve taken some of those ingredients and turned them into a delicious pasta salad that can be made ahead for easy entertaining….

Marinated Shrimp

An impressive party appetizer My mom has been making this forever and I finally made my own version of it for my Cinderella Ball. It’s such a great party recipe because it ups the flavor profile of shrimp but it’s still as easy as whisking. If you can whisk, you can make this recipe! You…

Veggie Platter

Don’t knock a veggie platter even at the fanciest of gatherings. Why? So many party dishes are rich and cheesy that many guests welcome some raw veggies to lighten things up. Paired with doctored up hummus and ranch (my homemade tzatziki would be wonderful too!), this is an easy thing to put together. I served…

Lemon Garlic Hummus

Homemade hummus bursting with bright lemon flavor If you’re looking for a healthy, easy, fast snack recipe, you’ve come to the right place! This is elegant enough to serve to company but healthy enough to nosh on by yourself. I love it with cucumber slices, tomatoes, and pita chips but you could also serve it…

Scallop Salad

An elegant start to a meal Why did I ever stop cooking scallops? Scallops were actually one of the first dishes I learned how to cook in my college apartment. My mom always tossed hers in seasoned flour and it’s still how I make them today. Once you’ve had a scallop dredged in a well-seasoned…

Homemade Guacamole

It’s the simple things in life you treasure. That’s one of my favorite quotes from the Tim Allen gem Galaxy Quest and so applicable in the kitchen. There are so many ways you could customize this guacamole recipe, but I love to let the flavors shine through. Photography by Darling Photography  You can use a pastry…

Pumpkin Hummus

I am so proud of this recipe! It’s pretty rare that I publish a recipe the same day that I eat it but what can I say? I was just too excited for you guys to try this fantastic savory pumpkin appetizer. Hummus is a pretty easy dish. If you have tahini (sesame paste) in…

The Best Spinach Salad

Bacon and dates and pumpkin seeds, oh my! This is one of the best salads I’ve ever made. Spinach, sweet dates, crispy bacon, pumpkin seeds, and mushrooms, and gruyere are tossed with a homemade red wine vinaigrette for a beautiful combination. I was so pleased that I honestly could have had a slightly larger size with…

Prosciutto Cantaloupe Burrata Salad

To quote one of my all time favorite movies: it’s the simple things in life you treasure. This salad is just a few ingredients but they marry so well together, you’ll wonder how you’ll ever eat cantaloupe without prosciutto and burrata again. If you’ve never eaten burrata, you’re in for a treat. It’s technically comparable…

Tzatziki

A healthy Greek yogurt sauce with cucumber and garlic Tzatziki is another wonderful Greek speciality: it’s healthy, garlicky, and super easy to make. If you can stir, you can make tzatziki. The only challenge is grating the cucumber, which is imperative for a thick tzatziki. You can use this as a dip with veggies, as a…

Mezze Platter

A family style platter full of Greek goodies I really could eat a mezze platter every single night. Full of healthy Greek favorites, this platter is a crowd pleaser! I strongly recommend making your own tzatziki. It only takes a few minutes. Get my tzatziki recipe here. You find dolmades at many grocery stores in…

Lamb Lollipops

These delightful lamb lollipops take just 15 minutes! I adore lamb. I wish more Americans did. Greece knows what it’s doing with lamb and I paid close attention at the Greek Food Festival in Dallas last year where I ate the most incredible lamb lollipops. I asked the guys what they did and they said,…