Iva’s Apricot Nut Bread

Apricot Nut Bread Sliced

AJ’s Mom is pulling out all the stops this year for Thanksgiving.  As she is a master of the bird and the sides, I thought this year I would mix things up and bring some breakfast treats to keep us going as we baste and braise.  This Apricot Nut Bread was one of my Great Grandmother […]

Candy Apple “Nachos” for your Little Turkeys

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Candy Apples are a favorite treat for us this time time of year.  While these Candy Apple “Nachos” are still finger lickin’ good, we have taken some of the commitment out of biting into a whole apple by serving these as wedges with all of you favorite fixings.  We made Olivio’s Salted Caramel for a […]

Buttermilk Chive Spoon Bread aka Pilgrim Soufflé

Pilgrim Souffle Glam Shot

Part savory custard,  part polenta, think of this as “Soufflé Americana”.  Delicious and hearty, the corn meal is wonderful staple of the season.  The chives and buttermilk brighten this nostalgic side and the goodness of Mediterranean Olive Oil in the Olivio Buttery Spread keep your heart health in mind.  Now that is something to be thankful […]

3 Compound Buttery Spread Ideas for the Holiday

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Note: “Compound” does not mean “complicated”.  Infact, these delicious additions to your Holiday spread are anything but… Easy and packed with flavor and the goodness of Mediterranean Olive Oil, we made our Holiday assortment of compound butters this year using Olivio Buttery Spread.  Whip with a variety of herbs, fruits and spices, reshape  into logs […]

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

Pumpkin Spread

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!

Fall Heaven Close Up

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

Final Crisp

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 […]

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! […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Fennel Risotto with Saffron Wine Reduction and Seared Phillips Grouper ~ The International Restaurant and Food Service Show of New York

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AJ and I had were honored to be invited up on the Main Stage as presenters at the International Restaurant and Food Service Show of New York at Javits Convention Center last weekend.  We had a blast doing what we love to do best together… cooking and dishing about MasterChef:)  With over 18,000 attendees and […]

Blasted Broccoli with Bagna Caudo

Blasted Broccoli with Bagna Caudo and Marcona Almonds

Blasted. Broccoli.  Just the name alone makes me feel like an empowered, bad-ass, healthy-greens-eatin’ Goddess.  Resolutions, I see you and raise you an extra side of ruffage.  Hear me chew!  This dish was inspired by a side AJ and I had with my folks at the Agate Pass Cafe in Suquamish, Washington over the holidays.  There’s […]

MasterChef Mango Chutney

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I loved Curry Nights growing up.  Imagine Trader Vics- 1969- San Francisco- style.  My dad would enthusiastically prepare a huge crock of aromatic yellow curry with chicken and coconut and pot of rice.  What would begin as a simple dish would take on an explosion of texture, color and flavor as we chopped, sliced and […]

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