Deconstructed Summer Salad with Peaches

Deconstructed Summer Salad with Peaches

Over the past couple months, I’ve ‘borrowed’ some friends’ kitchens when the urge to cook has simply gotten too strong to ignore and cannot be solved with the single frying pan and burner that is our current kitchen set-up. One such instance happened about a week ago when I met up with my writing partner, Mary, to catch up on work for the book (it’s still coming!). We were emailing to coordinate our work date and when she suggested we cook something together, it took me all of about 2 seconds to respond with a big, “YES.” And I probably did a little happy dance in front of my laptop. 

So, we did catch up on work to be done, toured a couple new farms in Loudoun, and then we cooked!… CONTINUE READING

Easy Lemon Berry Trifle

Lemon Berry Trifle

How lucky are we that the 4th of July falls on a Saturday this year? I know there are some annoying things about this, such as perhaps one less day off of work given that it’s already a weekend, but still, Saturday is such a nice day to relax. It’s a nice day for barbecues. It’s a nice day for grilling out and eating cookies. And it may just be a great, great day for serving up some lemon berry trifle.

I will warn you…this is a “I’m going back for seconds thirds,” type of dessert.

Easy Lemon Berry Trifle

I know this because I said and did exactly that when I first tried it.

I asked for the recipe from my friend’s mom and then waited nine months (nine torturous months) for Ben’s birthday.… CONTINUE READING

Vanilla-Almond Chia Pudding Recipe | A Guest Post on Confessions of a Mother Runner

Vanilla-Almond Chia Pudding with Berries and Cherries

Hi, all!

How was your weekend?! It was a hot and super stormy one here in the DC area. So much so that Ben and I had an unexpected “dining in the dark” experience on Saturday night. We tried out The Sushi Bar in the new neighborhood (it was very good!) after seeing Jurassic World (also pretty good, as long as you don’t expect any character development. Or if you like looking at Chris Pratt. 🙂 ). A few minutes after getting to the restaurant, a torrential downpour and massive thunderstorm started. Everything went well with dinner but then about three-quarters of the way through our meal, the power went out! Down the entire street, not just at our restaurant. This was a first for me and made me think of the movie About Time where the main characters meet at a “Dinner in the Dark” event.… CONTINUE READING

Thai Carrot, Jalapeno and Peanut Soup

Thai Carrot, Jalapeno and Peanut Soup

If you live anywhere near the D.C. metro area, you’re probably looking at the title of this post thinking, “Bless her heart; she decided to give us a soup recipe today after we spent the past four or five days in 90+ degree heat with 70 to 80% humidity. That move must be playing games on her.” And I may or may not agree with you on that…the boxes seem to never empty fast enough right now. (But there is progress, progress, steadily, which must be good, right?)

Before you completely convince yourself that I’m off my rocker today, let me tell you something about this soup. You ready?

Thai Carrot, Jalapeno and Peanut Soup

This soup is magic. Want to know why? 

Because it tastes equally delicious served hot or cold.CONTINUE READING

Quick Hello from the Sky

La Barbecue in Austin, TX

Hi, everybody! Happy Monday. We are flying back to D.C. from Austin today. And yes, in case you were wondering, Ben and I made sure to leave in plenty of time to catch our flight from the only airport in the city, unlike last Thursday. We are so not repeating that anytime soon!

This weekend was ahhhh-mazing. I have a big soft spot in my heart for this funky, delicious, relaxed city now. It has one of the most laid back vibes out of any city I’ve ever visited. Maybe it’s the heat (Lord knows it was steamy out there this weekend), maybe it’s the endless music that streams from various bars, or maybe it’s the abundant tacos and BBQ. Or maybe it’s all combined into one.… CONTINUE READING

Greens and Grains Bowl, Inspired by Cava Grill

Greens and Grains Bowl, Copycat Recipe from Cava Grill

My life is packed into boxes right now – we officially move tomorrow and that means that we may be living on take-out for the near future until I get the kitchen situated after we get back from Texas. I know that I’ll have some awesome posts for you after that trip, and until those are ready, I have a couple other recipes to share like today’s!

So, I have two wonderful things to talk about today – Cava Grill restaurants and George’s Mill Farm Artisan Cheese. These may sound foreign to anyone not from the DC area, so give me a little time to explain. Cava Grill is an offshoot of a popular local restaurant concept called Cava Mezze which has multiple locations throughout DC, Maryland and Virginia.… CONTINUE READING