Sausage and Cherry Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are one of my favorite appetizers to make because they’re super flavorful and it’s pretty simple to whip up a big batch of them. This version combines hot Italian sausage with a touch of cream cheese for creaminess and dried cherries for a pop of sweetness in every bite. Pair these with a […]

Lemon-Thyme Grilled Chicken with Apple, Bacon and Celery Slaw

I love being outside and grilling when the weather gets warmer. I find grilling to be the quickest (and one of the healthiest) ways to get dinner on the table fast. For this recipe, I recommend marinating the chicken the night before to really get the citrus flavor to soak in. Serve this with a […]

Pulled Pork Sweet Potato Nachos

Nachos are one of my favorite comfort foods. Traditionally I use blue corn or regular corn chips as the base, but to reduce the sodium and up the nutritional value, I decided to use sweet potatoes. The result is the perfect blend of sweet and salty. If you want to add a good kick, add […]

Garlic Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Pistachio Pea Pesto

Nothing beats a dish that looks and tastes gourmet, but is ready in under 25 minutes. Pork tenderloin is one of my favorite meats because it’s super lean and juicy and it cooks quickly, making it a great option for a weeknight meal. The sweet pea pesto celebrates the flavors of spring and pairs perfectly […]

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

 You give me any food that’s sweet and salty and I’m in. This pork tenderloin has tangy mustard, a sweet and spicy rub and salty bacon wrapped around it to seal in all the juices, leaving the flavor perfectly balanced. Serve this with a leafy green salad, mashed sweet potatoes or oven-roasted green beans. For […]

Baked Beans with Caramelized Onion and Bacon

Happy 4th of July! This holiday is one of my favorites because it means the sun is shining and it’s picnic weather. I always like coming up with fun side dishes to go along with any grilled items. I love baked beans, but I’m not a fan of the large amount of sugar in the […]

Flatbread Pizza with Blue Cheese, Fig Jam, Peaches and Crispy Prosciutto

Peach season is here and I’m taking full advantage. Josh and I just got back from a trip to Savannah (aka peach town) so that got me motivated to come up with some fun recipes to celebrate the delicious summer fruit. This flatbread is a perfect balance of sweet and salty. Serve this in bite-sized […]

Mustard-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

Mustard adds great flavor to marinades and dressings. This rub adds such great flavor to pork and would work beautifully on pork chops or beef tenderloin. Served with a side of grilled veggies or potato salad, this recipe is one you will want to keep on-hand to use all summer long. 1. Combine rub ingredients […]

Bacon, Pear and Blue Cheese Chicken Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

Simple salads are the best meal for the warmer months, in my opinion. And even though this salad is simple, it packs so much flavor. The bacon (thick-cut is key) and blue cheese are a perfect marriage and the pear adds a special sweet touch. Serve this alfresco style with a cold glass of white […]

Asian Pork Dumplings with Chili Garlic Dipping Sauce

When it comes to comfort food, Asian dumplings are one of my absolute favorites. This is definitely a recipe to make when you have a free afternoon, as they do require a little work (or make them with your friends or family and get everyone involved to speed up the process!).  If you want to […]