Chicken Pesto Panini

Chicken Pesto Panini

For someone who has never made a homemade panini in her life, I’m pretty impressed with my results. Not only was the recipe incredibly easy (almost too easy, if you ask me), this chicken pesto panini was freakin’ amazing!  Using a loaf of roasted garlic artisan bread (highly recommended; find this in the bakery section of your supermarket), you’ll be able [Read More…]

Bites of Life: Part 7

Bites of Life 7 - Ice Cream

Since our exciting news of Baby Girl on Christmas, life has been quite the whirlwind! Looking back it’s hard believe we squeezed so much into four months. Just where does the time go?! Shortly after Hubs and I’s winter escape to Miami, I was off… Flying to Toronto to attend the trendy International Design Show for work. I [Read More…]

Quick Steak Marinade

Quick Marinaded Flank Steak

Sometimes I forget to marinate a steak overnight. Heck, I’m lucky enough if I remember to defrost the darn thing the night before! I’m sure you’ve all been with me, and that’s why I’m bringing you a quick and easy one hour steak marinade. Surely you have one hour to spare!  Made with some of my [Read More…]

DIY Gold Animals

DIY Gold Animals

I’m loving the trend of metallic tablescape accents. Classy, with a little bit of bling. The perfect DIY project. After seeing metallic animals all over Pinterest, I knew I had to make them for my friend’s jungle themed baby shower. All you need are plastic animals that have some texture to them and 1-2 cans [Read More…]

Blueberry Crumb Pie

Blueberry Crumb Pie

Whenever I think of warm weather desserts, they always involve fresh berries. I can eat them all day. By the pints. In one sitting. It’s a problem, just ask Hubs. He calls me a blueberry monster.   This blueberry crumble pie is one of the easiest desserts to make. With the shortcut of using store-bought pie [Read More…]

Onion Soup Roasted Potatoes

Onion Soup Roasted Potatoes

Over the years I’ve heard so many people rave about using soup packets to create amazing recipes. It wasn’t until recently that I gave it a try and made the classic onion soup roasted potatoes. Sounds kind of strange, I know. But trust me – it’s amazing! Kind of like a “shake and bake,” add all [Read More…]

DIY Spring Décor

DIY Spring Decor

The best ideas come when you least expect them. While visiting my local craft store, I stumbled upon an adorable white ceramic jug (50% off, mind you!) and knew I had to make something springy out of it. One beautiful hydrangea stem, complementary flowers and package of green moss later… and this beautiful vignette was born. [Read More…]

Asian Mushroom & Leek Soup with Noodles

Asian Mushroom & Leek Soup with Noodles

I get so excited when I make homemade soup. The love, aroma and constant taste testing… there’s just something about it that stirs up the warm and fuzzies inside of me. Maybe it’s childhood memories of when my Grandma would make a pot of soup when I wasn’t feeling well. Or now, as an adult, visiting her [Read More…]

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Lemon & Blueberry Muffins

In the Kinder household, you’ll know that spring is around the corner once I start whipping out blueberries and lemons. Two ingredients that are peas in a pod. I’ve been devouring these lemon blueberry muffins for days. Perfectly sweet and light, with a zing of lemon. Biting into one makes you feel like it’s a [Read More…]

Take Out, Fake Out: Shrimp Lo Mein

Take Out, Fake Out: Shrimp Lo Mein

Amazing homemade shrimp lo mein, without the wait of take out and mystery of ingredients, like msgs. You’ll absolutely love the subtle spiciness of this Chinese take out, fake out recipe. Slightly charred shrimp, crunchy carrots and red onion, with fresh spinach is brought together with Chinese noodles and a homemade sauce. Hungry yet? I made [Read More…]

Three Bean Vegetarian Chili

Three Bean Vegetarian Chili

One of my favorite things about cold weather is all of the chili. Topped with heaps of sour cream, tortilla strips and cilantro– or, just plain– is glorious! It warms my bones to the core.  This vegetarian chili is made with three types of beans (red, white and black), crushed tomatoes and lots of carrots, [Read More…]

Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Basil Soup

When was the last time you had a bowl of tomato soup and crispy, oohy-gooey grilled cheese? Can’t remember? Consider this the the sign you’ve been waiting for… make it! Grilled cheese is super easy to make, but homemade tomato soup? Maybe a little more complicated and requiring more ingredients than butter, bread and cheese.  This was my first [Read More…]

BBQ Shredded Beef

BBQ Shredded Beef

I’m kind of obsessed with pulled anything. Chicken, pork or beef… shred it up, toss it with some BBQ sauce, slap it on a roll, topped with some homemade slaw and I’ll have the biggest cheshire smile you’ve ever seen. Slightly sweet, a bit tangy, this BBQ shredded beef is so easy to make. Plus, you get to [Read More…]

Turkey Bolognese

Turkey Bolognese

These cold nights in New Jersey have been screaming for a big bowl of pasta. And like the thoughtful cook I am, I obliged. Like any bolognese, this recipe will take a few hours to make. But the results will be amazing and completely worth the effort.  Perfectly savory with that je ne sais quoi, [Read More…]

Balsamic Green Beans with Almonds & Cranberries

Balsamic Green Beans

I don’t know about you, but when I’m asked to bring a side dish to a dinner party my mind instantly goes blank. Can I bring an appetizer, beverage or dessert? Sure. No problem.  Now this side dish business is a whole different story. Of course it’s easy to carb it up and make some [Read More…]

Bites of Life: Part 6

BitesofLifePart6 - Baby

Autumn came and went, and what a whirlwind the past couple of months have been! More on that later.  As always, I tried to squeeze in as many fall favorites as possible, beginning with… Partaking in our family’s annual apple picking outing in Chester, NJ. Apples, cider donuts, oh my! Calories don’t count on this [Read More…]

Greek Yogurt Vegetable Dip

Greek Yogurt Vegetable Dip

Making healthy decisions doesn’t have to be boring. The next time a party (oh, hey Super Bowl!) calls for a dip, consider this skinny Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip. It has the perfect balance of savoriness and crunch. Crowds will rave, stomachs will be happy and your waistline will thank you. Until you turn to Loaded [Read More…]

Take Out, Fake Out: General Tso’s Chicken

Take Out Fake Out General Tsos

I just love ordering take out, it’s like a mini vacation from cooking. One of my all-time favorites is General Tso’s Chicken. Spicy, with an amazing brown sauce. With some inspiration from Creme de la Crumb blog, I decided to hit the kitchen to make this with ordinary items in my cabinet. The results? Delicious. [Read More…]