Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

I bet you can't eat just one! Never eat deep-fried jalapeño popper again!

I bet you can’t eat just one! Never eat deep-fried jalapeño popper again!

Using breadcrumbs is totally optional. I've made them without and they were still delicious! The panko breadcrumbs just add a nice little crunch!

Using breadcrumbs is totally optional. I’ve made them without and they were still delicious! The panko breadcrumbs just add a nice little crunch!

You’re welcome and I’m sorry all at the same time. These spicy bacon wrapped bites of perfection will put a serious wrench in your dieting plans! If you’re walking down the aisle this summer and are trying to fit into a wedding dress (like THIS girl) then close your laptop darling and read this post after the big day! I’m slightly kidding but for real, this… 

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Roasted Beet Risotto with Asiago & Thyme

A delightfully different risotto! Enjoy Roasted Beet Risotto with Asiago & Thyme for a special night in.

A delightfully different risotto! Enjoy Roasted Beet Risotto with Asiago & Thyme for a special night in.

Well this Roasted Beet Risotto with Asiago & Thyme makes me blush. I’ve always loved a classic well made risotto but the addition of peppery roasted beets elevates this dish to the next level. This has taken its rightful place as the queen of all fall risottos. Consider upping your risotto game and trying this recipe!… 

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French Onion Soup

Silky caramelized onions, nutty gruyere, red wine and a rich flavorful broth. Mmmm I like that. What more could you want? Get yourself together, you’re drooling. I see you!… 

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Pistachio Crusted Baked Brie with Honey

Pistachio Crusted Baked Brie with Honey is the epitome of comfort food.

Pistachio Crusted Baked Brie with Honey is the epitome of comfort food.

Pistachio Crusted Baked Brie with Honey is better than you could ever imagine it would be. Have you ever taken a bite of something incredible and you involuntarily do something ridiculous to express how delicious it is? Dramatic hand gestures? A favorite catch phrase? Random inaudible sounds of pure joy? Well get ready, because this is one of those times. You’re welcome.

Drizzle warm honey over the brie, flipping it over so the brie is coated on all sides.

Drizzle warm honey over the brie, flipping it over so the brie is coated on all sides.

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Summer Squash Gratin

SERVE THIS FAMILY STYLE AT A SUNDAY DINNER

SERVE THIS FAMILY STYLE AT A SUNDAY DINNER

Did you know the United States is the biggest importer of summer squash? I didn’t! Until last week when another shopper at the farmers market told me. I thought they must of been misinformed but as I researched, I realized most of our squash does come from Mexico. Like the VAST majority comes from Mexico. We do grow a small percentage locally; Florida, New York and California producing the most.

SUMMER SQUASH ARE GOOD SOURCES OF VITAMIN A & C

SUMMER SQUASH ARE GOOD SOURCES OF VITAMIN A & C

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Mostly Veggie Tuna Melt

This Mostly Veggie Tuna Melt will never go out of style. Ode to a classic!

This Mostly Veggie Tuna Melt will never go out of style. Ode to a classic!

Tuna melts and tuna salad on fresh greens is definitely a regular in house. It’s something you can whip up quickly and modify the ingredients based on what you have.

My fiancés idea of comfort food is a nice creamy tuna melt and he’s as happy as a little clam when I make this for him. He’s going to kill me when he reads this.

Mostly Veggie Tuna Melt turned Tuna Salad

Mostly Veggie Tuna Melt turned Tuna Salad

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Mushroom & Arugula Fusili with Pistachio Mint Pesto

Mushroom & Arugula Fusili with Pistachio Mint Pesto

Mushroom & Arugula Fusili with Pistachio Mint Pesto

This addicting recipe transpired when I had a craving for pesto pasta but didn’t have any basil at home. My basil obsession prevailed and we ate our entire supply. I’m still impatiently waiting on a new batch to flourish. In the mean time, what could I make that would satisfy my craving?… 

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Turkey Meatballs with Fennel & Carrot

Turkey Meatballs with Fennel & Carrot are a healthier meatball alternative without sacrificing the flavor.

Turkey Meatballs with Fennel & Carrot are a healthier meatball alternative without sacrificing the flavor.

My other half & I recently returned from a European vacation and meatballs were on the menu everywhere in Greece. Let me tell you, these people do not play when it comes to their meatballs! I’m slightly embarrassed to admit how many times I ordered them over the course of our stay but they were simply addicting!

Homemade Meatball Mix: Oregano+onion+basil+mint+parsley+thyme+cumin

Homemade Meatball Mix: Oregano+onion+basil+mint+parsley+thyme+cumin

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Rustic Pasta with fresh Bread Crumbs

THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE WOULD CALL A 'PANTRY PASTA'

THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE WOULD CALL A ‘PANTRY PASTA

Wondering what to do with that day old baguette? This pasta totally transpired on a whim because I was absolutely sick of throwing things away!!! I feel like every week I’m throwing out veggies or leftovers we thought we would eat. It really irritates me. This year I’m really trying to use what I have, with efforts to reduce the amount of waste I produce on a daily basis. I’m making a conscious effort to think of ways to use… 

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Speedy Greek Style Chicken & Lemon Soup

ENJOY THIS SIMPLE SOUP ALL WEEK LONG. IT'S EVEN BETTER THE NEXT DAY!

ENJOY THIS SIMPLE SOUP ALL WEEK LONG. IT’S EVEN BETTER THE NEXT DAY!

I was recently asked what my favorite comfort food was and it didn’t take me long to decide on soup. I have no real favorite, although I’m fond of Cream of Wild Mushroom  and Lazy Pea Soup with Mint & Crème Fraîche; any bowl of delicious soup will do the trick. This lemony chicken soup is my take on the soups I enjoyed so much in Greece & Albania…. 

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