Roasted Tomato and Pesto Grilled Cheese and more

Roasted Tomato and Pesto Grilled Cheese

Roasted Tomato Pesto and Brie Grilled Cheese

Here’s what we’re going to do:

We’re going to go to our refrigerators and gather all of the delicious things.  If those things are roasted, pesto-ed, and melty… that’s ideal.

Truth be told, sometimes all I have in the fridge is orange juice and bendy celery… that’s why God invented bourbon and those Chinese take-out menus at the bottom of my junk drawer.  Orange juicy and bendy celery aren’t allowed in this sandwiches.  Not on this day… when there is precious Brie and pesto in the refrigerator.

Roasted Tomato, Pesto, and Brie Grilled Cheese

This is what it looks like to pack every delicious item in my refrigerator between toasted and buttered bread.

I’ve also been known to shove everything delicious in my refrigerator into a giant bowl of pasta.  When something is good, don’t you just want to add carbs?  YES.

Roasted Tomato, Pesto, and Brie Grilled Cheese

My friend Tracy taught me to be the kind of person that has pesto on hand.  It’s called Fridge Pesto and... Read the rest of this post..... »


Free Print with Cookbook Pre-Order!

Homemade Decadence Pre-order!

Hello friends!  I have fun news for you today!

As you know, my second cookbook Homemade Decadence comes out October 14th!  So soon!  The book is filled with 125 irresistibly sweet, salty, gooey, sticky, fluffy, creamy, crunchy treats.  I know because that’s what it says on the cover and that’s the sort of love and passion I put into every single recipe!  I’m really proud of this book.  I can’t wait for you to have it and fill your bellies with cookies and cake.

I want to thank those of you who have already pre-ordered the book and entice those of you who have yet to pre-order.  Here’s a little something special!

When you pre-order Homemade Decadence we’ll send you a free print of one of these four photos from the book!  The first 250 people who pre-order will also receive a signed book plate from me to add to their book!  

The prints are:

Vanilla Bean Confetti Cookies / Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Praline

Lemon Blueberry Pie / Sour Cream... Read the rest of this post..... »


Let It Be Sunday

Let It Be Sunday

Happy Sunday my friends! I hope your week has been full, productive, filled with coffee and salad and the occasional treat.  I’m working hard on a cookbook about BRUNCH while preparing to jump up and down for my second cookbook release Homemade Decadence.  I feel very blessed to live these days.

There is lots of riffraff on the Internet these days.  Here are some a few of my favorites from this week:

•  Let’s talk about technology.  The Brave New Phone Call.

•  Are you ready for a new social network!?  Don’t worry, I hear you screaming NOOOOOOO just below my own similar screams.  Despite our cries… Ello.  Is it the invite only anti-Facebook social network or is it just another pain in the rear?  According to The AtlantiEllo Says You’re Not A Product But You Are. SIGH.

•  “Defying expectations is one thing; winning a war in which victory has not yet been adequately defined is another.”  The Reluctant Loner President... Read the rest of this post..... »


My Favorite Travel Essentials

My Favorite Travel Essentials

I have a tremendous amount of travel coming up this Fall. I’m hitting the road to promote my new cookbook Homemade Decadence, and I can’t wait to meet you, sign your book, and find the very best doughnut in every city I visit.  I’ll post more about the tour soon.  We’re still ironing out the details.  In the meantime I’m gathering my travel essentials because hitting the road without my favorite scarf and granola bar is just not cool at all.

I love to get-gone.  Travel feeds my brain and soul.  Travel also means leaving the comforts and variety of my closet and medicine cabinet.  I think packing should be extremely intentional with just a hint of indulgence.  We’re going to need the basics along with a few luxuries that we can enjoy along with our super special hotel room service.  We’re going for healthy, stress-free, happy travel.  Here are a few things that help!

1  •  I always pack away a Filtering Water Bottle... Read the rest of this post..... »


Vanilla Bean Sweet Potato Waffles

vanilla bean sweet potato waffles

It’s pretty amazing how the body’s cravings start to change as the we move through the seasons.  I sauntered (as I do…) past the sweet potatoes in the grocery store last week and they called out to me!  I collected an arm load and nestled them in my basket, but wait… whaaat!?  I haven’t thought of a sweet potato in months.  I’ve only had eyes for watermelon, pink wine, strawberries, and other such brightly colored summer delicacies.

The days they change and our bodies want to change along with them.  That’s pretty cool.  Until next year watermelon!

Vanilla Bean Sweet Potato Waffles

First there were Mashed Potato, Cheddar, and Chive Waffles.  Proof positive that smashed potatoes can and should be waffles.  These waffles are tender, sweet, and the prettiest breakfast!

Vanilla Bean Sweet Potato Waffles

These sweet potatoes seem to be the first roast of the season!  Sweet potatoes are so malleable so if I’m roasting a few sweet potatoes I roast a lot.... Read the rest of this post..... »


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