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…]

Easy Chocolate Fudge

Easy Chocolate Fudge

Chocolate fudge, made with only four ingredients. What’s more to love? Fudge is the easiest and most versatile dessert, if you ask me. You can decorate it with sprinkles for any holiday, drizzle it with any type of chocolate and mix in whatever filling you like. Fudge is pretty much the quiche of the dessert world. Ready [Read More…]

Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed Pudding

A new year, a new… diet? Promises to go to the gym more often? How about simply weaving healthy choices into every day life? Now that’s more realistic, at least for Hubs and I.  This chia seed pudding is a breakfast and snack, all rolled up as one. Topped with fresh berries or a handful of [Read More…]

Chipotle Pulled Chicken Soup

Chipotle Pulled Chicken Soup

Sometimes the only remedy for a cold, blustery night is a bowl of hot, savory soup. One that warms your bones and encourages a post-dinner nap under heaps of blankets. One that is just as good (if not better) served up as leftovers the next day. One that is incredibly easy to whip up. Oh, how [Read More…]

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Looking for an easy appetizer/side dish that serves the masses? Then this sausage stuffed mushroom dish is just for you! Plus, you’re almost guaranteed to have leftover stuffing to make amazinggggg mushroom pinwheels! Bonus recipe included.   Put on some music and get going in the kitchen – a little sauteing, chopping, mixing and stuffing. These mushrooms will [Read More…]

Christmas French Toast

Christmas French Toast

‘Tis the season for everything merry! I was feeling particularly festive this weekend morning when I whipped out my cookie cutters to make this Christmas French Toast.   I followed my Chai Spiced French Toast recipe, which is so easy to throw together. Crispy outside, soft inside. Just perrrrrfect. Use whatever Christmas cookie cutters you [Read More…]