Category Recipe Files

Herbs de Provence Grilled Chicken

Nothing beats a juicy, flavorful grilled chicken. Especially during the warmer months when we are in full-swing for outdoor entertaining and summer barbecues. What makes this Herbs de Provence Grilled Chicken recipe so great, and ideal for entertaining is that most of the prepping can be done well ahead in advance. Grilling chickens in a spatchcock style also make for an interesting show on the grill. Something most people rarely

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Israeli Couscous Salad with Feta and Cucumbers

This Israeli Couscous Salad with Feta and Cucumbers has been on repeat in our household lately. It’s incredibly easy to make, light and refreshing. You can serve it with just about any main entree – chicken, fish, pork and even steak – but I seriously love just eating it alone. It fills you up, mainly because I eat the entire bowl! We usually double the recipe so we can snack on

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Summer Tomato Salad with Grilled Corn, Mozzarella, and Basil

This summer tomato salad has everything you want in a warm weather, ready for entertaining, easy to prepare summer dish. Vine ripe tomatoes, grilled sweet corn, basil picked right out of the garden only moments before, fresh Ciliegine Mozzarella and paper thin slices of red onion tossed together in a bright and refreshing dressing of extra virgin olive oil, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. It’s simple and uncomplicated, but the flavors

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Coconut and Dark Chocolate Tart with Ginger Caramel (GF)

This Coconut and Dark Chocolate Tart has proven to be a moment of character building for me, haha. Well, not one those moments that make you question everything about yourself, but this recipe has shown me the importance of persistence! There’s a quote by Winston Churchill that says, “I’ve never failed at anything in life. I was simply given another chance or opportunity to get it right.” It’s a quote

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Blood Orange, Thyme, and Fennel Grilled Trout

I think it’s safe to say that spring has officially arrived in all of its glory! I can see the buds starting to come out on the trees and the daffodils springing up from the now-thawed ground. All of that unused energy I stored away, during those winter months stuck inside, has me running around outdoors cleaning up the yard and garden beds.  Mortifyingly it also led me to tear

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Rosemary Pesto Stuffed Pork Loin with Blood Orange Carrots

The other day I was hanging out in the kitchen, chopping up some rosemary and it hit me, I haven’t had rosemary pesto in like, forever. Something about it sounded so good at that moment and before I knew it my mind/stomach started dreaming about all of the yummy things I could do with it. Still coming down after a blueberry + lemon-thyme roulade cake sugar high, I couldn’t let go of

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Blueberry + Lemon-Thyme Roulade Cake

This Blueberry + Lemon-Thyme Roulade Cake recipe goes way back to my days cooking at the Red Mountain Spa in St. George, UT. I used to make this cake as part of one of the cooking classes I taught at the spa. Yeah, can you believe it? They actually trusted me to go out in front of people and talk. I do pretty well when it comes to writing, but the

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Champagne-Chocolate Pots de Crème

I absolutely, one hundred and ten percent love chocolate desserts – which sounds rather cliché, since I’m a girl. Throw champagne into the mix and I’m happier than bird eating a french fry! On the other hand, my husband is not chocolate’s biggest fan, by any means. I fear this may have been my fault and I will tell you why. Way back when we first were married, we went out to

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Kale, Sun-dried Tomato and Chorizo Quiche with a Cornmeal Crust

Call me a tad crazy, but it’s taken me almost 8 years to come to terms with ever making quiche again. You are probably asking yourself, “what the heck is wrong with this girl, quiche is fantastic!” Oh, don’t worry! I’m very familiar with the amazing, rich flavors of a good quiche surrounded by a light, flaky crust. How heavenly it is to eat it straight from the warmth of an oven, especially

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Chocolate Lavender Truffle Cake

It’s safe to say that I’ve been on a chocolate cake kick lately! Which seems rather counterproductive when most of us are attempting to follow through on our New Year’s resolution to get in shape and eat healthy. But with Valentine’s Day only a week away how can you not indulge in a little chocolate to celebrate this lovestruck holiday? Especially when that chocolate comes in a pint-sized cake meant for

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