Ghosts, Goblins and Spookalicious Wings

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We love having friends and neighbors back to our place to warm up after a chilly night of Trick or Treating in the neighborhood.  These Spookalicious Wings make for the perfect casual snack that will certainly please the kid in all of us.  Sweet, sour and packed with a little heat, these are made with […]

Pumpkin Bread…From My Kitchen to Yours

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There is something so warm about gifting a loaf of bread.  For the holidays, we constantly have Pumpkin Bread batter in the mixer and loaves in the oven.  This recipe comes from a long time family friend, Ilsa from Bainbridge Island.  A gracious entertainer and wonderful cook, Ilsa’s recipe will yield enough for you and […]

Cider Glazed Pork Chops with Mascarpone Polenta, Onions and Apples

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We celebrated Max’s 1st birthday in the heart of October with this quintessential fall dish!  Creamy mascarpone polenta warms you from the inside out and pork chops are such a fantastic tribute to Harvest Season.  Sauteed onions and apples are luxuriously humble and the cider glaze brings us home.  Wishful thinking as a mother that I have […]

Mulled Cider Duffins for the People

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DUFFIN: noun, a breakfast treat (or any time you need a pick-me-up snack) made with the ingredients and flavor of a donut, prepared with the technique of a muffin; fabulous and better for you! Baked, not fried and basted with Olivio and cinnamon sugar, these Mulled Cider Duffins satisfy any Leaf Peepers craving :)  Mini […]

Fall Heaven Cupcakes have arrived!

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Pure Olivio olive oil and organic pumpkin puree are the secret to a dream like moist density in this fall spice cake. Topped with a to-die-for Maple Cream Cheese frosting and a little Heath Bar Crunch? Well yes, these are called Fall Heaven Cupcakes for a reason! Tip: I always substitute Pure Olive Oil when […]

Mediterranean Harvest Salad & Homemade Focaccia

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This hearty salad is a nod to fall, from here in New England to travels along the Mediterranean.  The creamy butternut squash is roasted with aromatic cumin, sweet paprika and the goodness of Olivio’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil then tossed with hearty lentils, refreshing mint and an earthy goat cheese which balances out the exotic.  Toasted almonds […]

Bubbling Black Plum Crisp

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Crisp Autumn air is a call to the kitchen for me.  The delightful yet chaotic summer schedule is replaced by a welcomed structure and my little family finds a fresh routine.  My orange clove candles are lit, cider is mulling, the millet is planted at the front door and I’m diggin’ harvest season!   Living on the […]

Olivio Brownie Bites

A better Brownie substituting butter for Olivio Spreadable Butter with Olive Oil

I’ve been making these Brownie Bites all summer using my Mom’s company-pleasing Virginia Belle’s Brownie Recipe and substituting Olivio Spreadable Butter for the Sweet Cream Butter.  Typically, this recipe is made in an 8×8 ceramic baker but I found a silcone baking form at TJMaxx a couple months ago that yields these adorable “bites”.  In fact, […]

Simple Summer Steak and Potatoes ~ Fire up the Grill!

Grilled Strip Steak with Thyme Orange Shallot Compound Butter and Grilled Potatoes with Crumbled Bacon Vinaigrette.

I love simple food with big flavor!  Grilling wins my heart every time with its ability to elevate great ingredients and limit the time I spend in the kitchen.  AJ and I really stepped up our grill-game in collaboration with Fire Magic Grill.  If you are in the market for a state-of-the-art grill, this beauty is a work […]

Watermelon Mojitos …for the ‘Rents

Watermelon Mojito

AJ shook up this rockin’ Mojito at the peak of summer last year.  At the time, I was 28 weeks pregnant. (By omitting the rum, this drink makes a fantastic MOCK-tail that certainly delighted this Baby Mama!)  Back by popular demand, and with rum in-tow this summer, we are ready to toast the sun, the […]

Master Your Holiday Meal!

On Set with Brian Dunn, Corporate Development Chef of Roche Brothers at Gordon's Fine Wine and Liquor

‘Tis the season for big family dinners and holiday entertaining!  Are  you hosting this year?  If you are looking for some last minute inspiration for your holiday meals, check out the Master Your Holiday Meals web cooking series that Brian Dunn, Corporate Development Chef at Roche Bros and I put together with 5 home cooks across Massachusetts! […]

Car Seat Safety 101 TONIGHT! 9/25 9pm EST #UPPAchat

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Tonight is a big night!  Join me and UPPAbaby on Twitter tonight 9/25 at 9pm EST (6pm PST) for the Car Seat Safety 101 Chat #UPPAchat!  Child Passenger Safety is a topic that AJ and I are passionate about and are thrilled that UPPAbaby is facilitating this important conversation.  A lot of you have asked […]

Buckling Up for Parenthood: Reflecting on Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week

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PSA: New and Expecting Parents ~ mark your calendar! For more information on Car Seat and Child Passenger Safety, join UPPAbaby’s Child Passenger Safety Advocate, Daniella Brown @UPPAcpsa and me @MC3Anna next Wednesday September 25th 9pm EST/ 6pm PST on Twitter #UPPAchat!  Bring your questions and join the Twitter Q&A.  The chat will be a great opportunity for […]

BDC Style Watch: Living Room Design with Dennis Duffy

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Dennis Duffy of Duffy Design Group shares with us a beautiful living room in Weston, MA.  I LOVE that the Client’s original inspiration came from a hotel suite in San Francisco.  Can’t we all think of a hotel room we wanted to go “Eloise” over?!  I love the reminder that inspiration for our homes can come anywhere, […]

September Roasted Peach Cake

Prep Cut Peach Cake

I’m 34 weeks pregnant and love the extra 300+/day calories the pregnancy books all agree I should be consuming!  It’s September in New England and peaches are ready for  pickin’.  This Peach Cake is a dense and moist homage to the dog days.   The majority of the peaches are roasted off in the oven […]

BDC StyleWatch: Designing a Small Space

BDC Sally Wilson Kitchen

This week on BDC StyleWatch, we talk fine dining in a small city apartment.  Sally Wilson of Wilson Kelsey Design shared with me some great choices she made in a Client’s beautiful Back Bay apartment.  The Client loves to entertain (she is also a MasterChef fan!) so nothing was to be overlooked in the kitchen […]

Pineapple Coconut “MockMosa”

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AJ and I are expecting a baby boy this October!  I am finally lacing up my MasterChef boot straps and reclaiming my Brave Apron after months of “non bloggable” dishes.  Thanks Annie’s Mac and Cheese and Trader Joe’s Corn Bread for getting me through the first few months- I’ll see you again in a couple years.  Alas, […]

Oh MAMA! AJ and I are “fluent” in Italian

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This past Spring, AJ and I took our dream trip to Italy!  We  literally ate our way across Rome, Positano and Abruzzo.   Among our culinary adventures was a 7 day 7 night all inclusive culinary program with Leonardo de Flaviis at Abruzzo 1.  Leonardo has since become a wonderful friend and AJ and I daily […]

Boston Strong – Marathon Recovery

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Like for so many, the bombings during Monday’s marathon have impacted me and AJ on a profoundly personal level.  Marathon Monday is a fantastic day in our neighborhood as we have the thrill of watching the runners race by, just two quick turns from the finish line.  It’s a day of innocence, of drive, of […]

Blueberry Avocado Detox Smoothie

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AJ and I are lovin’ our morning smoothies.  This Blueberry Avocado Smoothie has become another one of our regular favorites.  I can’t wait to pick and freeze my own berries this summer!  The avocado adds a beautiful creamy texture and the mint makes this a refreshing *spa~like*  way to start the day:)  Surely summer will […]

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