A Summer Fruit Cake to Remember

July into August is prime time for stone fruits in the mid-Atlantic region. I can always tell when we’re at peak season when my Hungry Harvest boxes start to come brimming with plums, nectarines and pluots (a cross between a plum and an apricot). I’m talking dozens each week. And while my oldest–and sometimes my…

Pancake Muffins!

The males in my house LOVE pancakes. My husband, Jason, is something of a pancake connoisseur and he is training our boys in his likeness. They would have them every day – or at least every weekend day – if I let them. We occasionally order breakfast out, but I prefer to make pancakes myself…

Let’s Make Scones!

We are a scones family. Some families make biscuits, others make cinnamon rolls, but in the Brooks, Catacalos and Whatley households, these warm butteries are preferred. And I’m not talking about those dry, overly sweet behemoths you get from Starbucks. This is my sister Renee‘s recipe. She LOVES tea. So when she’d find a new…

Cupcakes!! (Plus a Perfect “Stolen Moment” Meal)

As I’ve mentioned before, January is one of my favorites of the year (second only to December). After the decadence and celebration at year’s end, this month is the perfect foil to the holidays, all filled with resolutions, resets and commitments to health. But I haven’t hit my healthy stride as usual … for all…

That Pescatarian Life

I eat a pescatarian diet, meaning I eat primarily plant-based plus I include fish and seafood. Going pescatarian has been a defining decision in my life in a lot of ways. I mean, the food you eat and cook and share says something about who you are and where you come from. The choices you…

My Explosion Cake!!

Last weekend, my friends, Aimee and Mia, and I squeezed in a 24-hour-round-trip flurry of a visit to New York and New Jersey. We went to see my bestie, Liz, who’s recently relocated up North for work. Liz invited us to the NYC Wine and Food Festival. We decided that Sunday would be the best…

What to Drink When Booze Is Not on the Menu

I’m an adult who enjoys an adult beverage every now and again. But there have been times in my life – such as during my two pregnancies, healthy eating “resets,” a couple of times during Lent, etc. – where drinking alcohol has been off limits. With movements like #DryJanuary – where people eschew booze as…