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…

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…

Roasting Veggies 101

We got our first significant snowfall last weekend. I used the unexpected snow day to prep some of the veggies I had around (including acorn squash from a recent Hungry Harvest delivery). It was a perfect time to make some kale chips! They were a great snack to have around whenever the munchies hit. Even…

Farro Tabbouleh with Feta and Dill

I’m a big fan of parsley and not only as a pretty green garnish on a plate. I love recipes where you can really taste it. So the traditional Mediterranean salad, tabbouleh, is a favorite of mine. Here, I sub in farro – a yummy, chewy ancient grain – for bulgur wheat. I love me some bulgur, especially because it’s so…

Citrus-Studded Chop Salad with Salmon and Arugula

It’s the first week of my healthy eating challenge and although I’ve done well sticking with the austere parameters, I had a few “processed food moments.” On Wednesday, I toed the line by ordering the “Healthy Wrap” and a Coke Zero from the cafe in my building. The sandwich is pretty much a vegetable salad…