Arugula Salad with Apples, Delicata Squash & Gruyère Frico

February 9, 2017 § Leave a comment

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‘Tis the season of trying to eat healthier, right? Clean eating can feel like a chore but it doesn’t have to be! The key to making a salad that you will actually look forward to eating is filling it with much more than just leafy greens.

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This salad is full of delicious foods that will help keep you full so you can resist reaching for those chips or that candy bar. I love the contrast of sweet-savory and creamy-crunchy in this salad. I used an apple cookie cutter to form the shape of the frico, which is basically shredded cheese that is baked in the oven until it gets nice and crispy. The addition of the salty, buttery Gruyère frico on top definitely makes this salad for me. Hey, a little cheese here and there never hurt!

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Mini Pumpkin Pizzas

November 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Thanksgiving is less than a week away!! These past few weeks have been so hectic that Thanksgiving completely snuck up on me. I absolutely love baking pies, cheesecakes, and other sweet treats with pumpkin, however I decided to change it up a bit and use pumpkin in a savory way. I couldn’t resist using these fun pumpkin cookie cutters from CookieCutterKingdom and decided what better way to use them than by making pumpkin pizzas! These mini pumpkin pizzas are great snacks, especially to appease your guests as the rest of the Thanksgiving feast is being prepared!

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These pizzas are versatile and super easy to make, especially by using store-bought pizza dough. The smooth pumpkin puree provides a saucy base for the melty Gruyere, roasted squash, and earthy sage. I absolutely love these flavors together – it’s like you’re holding fall in your hands!  « Read the rest of this entry »

Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches

September 30, 2016 § Leave a comment

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I’ve been eating bagels with lox and cream cheese for as long as I can remember. It was always a staple at my house so now whenever I have it, I’m reminded of home. These cute smoked salmon tea sandwiches are my take on a slightly more elegant lox and cream cheese experience perfect for brunch and entertaining guests.

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I’ve added fresh dill to the cream cheese and refreshing slices of cucumber to help cut through the richness of the buttery puff pastry and lox. I also love how the seashell shape makes them extra special!  « Read the rest of this entry »

Nectarine – Tomato Panzanella

September 17, 2016 § 2 Comments

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Yes, I realize I am posting a recipe for a summer panzanella after Labor Day in the middle of September. Nevertheless, it’s been quite warm in Baltimore recently and I had delicious ripe nectarines and heirloom tomatoes that I wanted to enjoy before I’m inundated with apples, pumpkins, and all of the lovely autumn produce. Plus when I saw this heart-shaped heirloom tomato at my local farmers’ market, I just had to get it – so adorable!

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This panzanella is simple yet delicious because it really allows the seasonal, fresh flavors to shine through. With my green salads, I love having more toppings than the actual lettuce/greens and I feel the same way about panzanella so my bread to topping ratio is a little lower than other recipes. Feel free to play around with this on your own and switch up the flavors depending on your preference and what is in season!

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Crab & Corn Pot Pies

July 22, 2016 § Leave a comment

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I love eating crab fresh from the shell, especially in Maryland, but I definitely have to be in the right mood and setting to commit to making a mess of myself and working hard for that sweet crabmeat. For those times that I just want to sit down with a glass of cold white wine and still enjoy the flavor of crab and Old Bay, I make these Crab & Corn Pot Pies.

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The pastry part is one of my favorite things about a pot pie so my version has a great pastry to filling ratio. By baking the puff pastry separately from the filling, the pastry stays crisp and is perfect for dipping into the creamy, smoky filling.

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Everything Bagel Doughnuts

May 12, 2016 § 2 Comments

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Yeah, you read that correctly. Everything bagel DOUGHNUTS.

Ever since I had my first one a few months ago at B Doughnut, a local shop in Baltimore, my life was changed. It was delicious and so unique yet familiar since it combined the savory flavors of a bagel and the fluffiness of a doughnut.

I’ve been obsessed with this concept and knew I had to try making them. If this is the first time you’re hearing of this creation, let me tell you that it’s not as weird as it sounds and you really need to give it a try!

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I filled these savory doughnuts with a blend of avocado and cream cheese so you get a trio of delicious breakfast foods – bagel, doughnut, and avocado toast – all in one because who can ever decide what to have in the morning? And just to make these even better, I topped them with candied bacon.

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White Cheddar Bunny Crackers

March 25, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Today is Good Friday, which means Easter is only in a couple of days! I’m not sure how bunnies became associated with this holiday but they’re fluffy and adorable.so I’m ok with it.DSC_0118

I was getting excited for Easter so I made Easter bunny cheddar crackers and wow – they are so much better than what you can get from a box and they’re so easy to make! I barely had enough time to photograph them before they were devoured by my family. They’re packed with intense cheesy flavor and I even spiced things up by adding chili seasoning to half of them, thanks to the brilliant mind of Joy the Baker.DSC_0136

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