Chipotle cheddar macaroni & cheese

Mac & cheese has always been my favorite food. I remember feeling so empowered when I was little, whenever my mom would let me take the reins and stir the powdered cheese sauce into the perfectly cooked Kraft noodles. Yes, it’s pretty easy to make boxed mac & cheese, but when you’re young, cooking anything alone is an accomplishment. I’ve upped my cooking game a … Continue reading Chipotle cheddar macaroni & cheese

Spicy Soppressata Pizza

When I was in college, I worked in a pizza place—there is one every 500 feet in New Jersey. However, this wasn’t any kind of pizza place. It was actually an artisan, wood-fired pizza place. A high, high step above Pizza Hut (no offense, Pizza Hut). My boss went to Culinary Institute of America, and it was from watching these pizzas made every day that … Continue reading Spicy Soppressata Pizza

jalapeño crab poppers

Labor Day Weekend truly is the Sunday of the summer season. It’s always hard to say goodbye to endless beach days, barbecues and that one pair of Old Navy flip flops that has seen more adventure this summer than a pair of shoes could imagine, but there is so much excitement that awaits in the fall. For this year’s Labor Day barbecue, I wanted to … Continue reading jalapeño crab poppers

Tex-Mex chicken salad with Greek yogurt & cilantro dressing

Taco Tuesday can’t really be a thing when you’re trying your hardest to eat healthy. Of course, that’s not to say there aren’t any healthy taco options out there, but they often “claim” to be healthy, yet come with some sort of tangy mayonnaise-based dressing and fried meat that, while delicious, knocks the fat and calorie counts right back up to where you don’t want … Continue reading Tex-Mex chicken salad with Greek yogurt & cilantro dressing

oven-baked ribs with cherry cola barbecue sauce

Now that it’s officially grilling season, it seemed only necessary to kick it off with some juicy, succulent ribs. I am an amateur when it comes to ribs; I definitely had to do some digging to figure out the perfect way to cook them. But since ribs are one of my favorite foods (do I say that about everything?), it was well worth the research. … Continue reading oven-baked ribs with cherry cola barbecue sauce

stuffed mushrooms

I have always had something against mushrooms. Something about their flavor, or maybe their texture, never sat right with me. When I was young, I would avoid mushrooms at all costs. To this day, it’s one of the last toppings I would ever consider putting on my pizza (they are still ahead of anchovies). But stuffed mushrooms are an exception. The mushroom becomes a complementary … Continue reading stuffed mushrooms