No Bake Oatmeal Cookies with Peanut Butter and Chocolate

‘Memba these from back in the day?  There isn’t one particular memory associated with these oatmeal, chocolate, and peanut butter cookies but they give me a general sense of nostalgia for the seemingly endless summer nights that were some of the most carefree days imaginable.  My best friend’s mom used to make these and they…

Classic Key Lime Pie

I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July!  While we didn’t do incredibly much yesterday, we did go to the beach this past weekend with John’s parents…our first beach trip of the season!  The things we do seasonally — like ride the train at our local park, participate in various holiday traditions, and go…

Simple Mango Cheesecake Parfait

What happened to the parfait?  They’re the forgotten dessert…and I think this is a travesty.  I’m going to blame McDonald’s for the parfait’s lack of popularity.  When they made that yogurt and fruit parfait…BOOM!  They weren’t cool anymore.  I’m here to tell you that the parfait LIVES ON though in our hearts, minds, and kitchens. …

5 Ingredient, No Bake Oreo Bars

Love summertime?  Don’t like using the oven all the time?  Want something you can make easily using only 5 ingredients?  Yep — these no bake Oreo bars are right up your alley. There was a Costco-sized box of Oreos sitting in our teacher workroom for days.  Nobody was taking them, but I’m not scurred.  I…

Cinnamon Buns from Scratch

I like big cinnamon buns and I cannot lie…and I REALLY like the cheap, Pillsbury cinnamon buns.  You know — the ones that give you total anxiety until you break the seal?  Every time I pull the paper back I always feel like Will Ferrell in Elf when he’s testing out the Jack-in-the-Boxes.  I can’t…

Simple, Fast, & Perfect Pound Cake

This 8-ingredient pound cake can be whipped up in a matter of minutes and baking while you eat.  Quite literally, I made the pound cake after my dinner guests had already arrived (which I don’t recommend, but…).  Once again, Once Upon a Chef Strikes again with this recipe.  If you don’t follow her website you…

Strawberry Basil Ice Cream

If cleanliness is next to godliness, I’m in hell. I need to get my life in order.   Basically, I’ve been neglecting having any standards for the last 10 months while I teach the youth of America.  You’re welcome, youth, but really though…this is an ACTUAL CABINET in our house. After a quick Google search, John…

Lamb Chops with Lemon & Arugula Farro

For our Mediterranean-inspired dinner party, we made these lamb chops with lemon and arugula farro.  I can’t tell you how delicious this sauce is — and you’ll mix it with farro and arugula and drizzle the rest over the lamb.  Mmmm hmmm.  Truly.  This sauce is everything with lamb.  I need to make this again…

Beef & Lamb Kofta Lettuce Wraps with Tzatziki & Mediterranean Salad

Friends are such a gift.  When you combine friends with good food…particularly a home-cooked meal…it’s a winning combination for a memorable night.  Since we have dinner parties so infrequently, we usually go big.  That means spending about a day doing nothing but meal prepping — chopping, slicing, dicing, baking, cleaning, shoving things in closets, you…

Homemade Hummus

When we first started dating, John would always try to woo my roommate at the time, who just didn’t care for a third, frequent visitor in our small apartment in DC.  It didn’t quite work, but it was a valiant attempt.  One the many nice things John would do was bring over dinner from Moby…