My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!
Warm weather and three day weekends are for hanging with friends and enjoying great food! Here are some of my favorite classic dishes for a Labor Day celebration.
This meal highlights several classic summer dishes – corn, tomatoes, berries, burgers and s’mores – but each has a twist that take it to the next level in the best way. Everything can be prepped in advance with the salad assembled just before serving while the burgers cook.
This meal is full of light, fresh flavors and dishes that can be mostly made in advance. Enjoy a margarita with friends while grilling the chicken. Consider serving with chips and guacamole and/or salsa to serve a larger group.
Take full advantage of summer produce with this fresh and unique meal that showcases several seasonal favorites. Most components can be made in advance, with only the corn cakes to finish up at the last minute. Consider serving along with a caprese salad or other platter of fresh summer produce.
This meal includes several of my absolute favorite recipes. I serve all of these recipes to company frequently and they always go over incredibly well. Almost everything can be made in advance, with flat breads grilled last for freshness. And if you already have the grill fired up, go ahead and cook the chicken for the gyros on the grill as well. It’s delish!
I love taking one ingredient and featuring it throughout multiple courses of a meal. This menu features the sweet-tartness of beautiful ripe blackberries, but you could probably substitute fresh raspberries in this menu as well. Go berry picking and then make good use of your spoils!
If I were forced to choose a favorite type of cuisine, it would probably be Mexican. Cinco de Mayo is a great reason to celebrate our love of Mexican food! Here are some of my favorite options for a Mexican-themed meal. Enchiladas are ideal for feeding a crowd since they can be mostly made in advance and make a lot of servings. For a large party, I would make two types so guests have a choice.
This is a simple menu of unfussy but delicious food perfect for kicking off a weekend with good friends. And make your burger buns – always worth it (and sure to impress, even if you aren’t trying to.) Many of the components can be made in advance (burger patties, barbecue sauce, salad dressing, limeade base and the ice cream) to make for easy entertaining later.
Whether your team is still in the running or not, a Super Bowl party is still a perfect opportunity to spend time with friends and enjoy some good eats. Here are some of my most tried and true recipes that are sure to satisfy your guests.
Give thanks together with family and friends, while enjoying classic holiday favorites.
This is a nice, low-key fall meal, perfect for entertaining a small group of friends or family. It highlights some of the season’s best fresh produce, including kale, apples, pumpkin and more pumpkin. (Really, how can you resist more pumpkin?)
Even better, many of the components can be prepped in advance so last minute tasks can be minimized and time with your guests can be enjoyed to the fullest. In need of libations? Serve with hard cider or pumpkin ale.
Items to make in advance: kale pesto white bean dip, salad dressing, roasted pumpkin (best made fresh, but is fine roasted in advance), and the whoopie pies.