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…

January: The Most Well-derful Time of the Year

January is one of my very favorite months of the year. It seems like everything is focused on wellness. Healthy living-related content is everywhere you look: morning news, magazines, social media, you name it. One of my best friends has organized a 30-Day Clean Eating and Fitness challenge as a reset. I agreed to participate…