The busier life has gotten, the more I’ve come to value meals that are 1) quick to prepare, 2) can be made in advance, or 3) can be taken on the go. These tasty Strawberry-Banana Breakfast Bars fit the bill! Think of them as handheld oatmeal – soft and chewy with juicy baked fruit. They taste the best warm from the oven, but they’re also delicious at room temperature and can be reheated in the oven or microwave if you prefer. 

Maybe peppercorns in ice cream sounds a little off-putting to you, but trust me: you need to give this a try. I first had this stunning combination of flavors at a gelato shop in Seattle, and at first bite, I knew I’d have to recreate it at home. The flecks of pink peppercorn speckled throughout added just the right amount of spicy zing to contrast with the ever-sweet strawberries. I’ve made this recipe a few times now, and it’s already earned a spot in the regular rotation of frozen desserts around here. You may have the best luck buying pink peppercorns online as they’re sometimes tough to find in stores. I found some at a… View Post

Happy Monday, everybody! If you live in the Midwest like me, it’s time to brace yourselves for a hot week ahead. You thought last week’s humid 90+F was hot? The 10-day forecast is predicting 3 days above 100F this week, so crank that AC and break out your popsicle molds.  These Frozen Yogurt Breakfast Bars are a real treat for when the weather is steamy. It’s essentially a frozen parfait on a stick, allowing you a quick and easy way to break the fast and cool down while doing it. For other cold and refreshing recipes, check out my Frosty Caramel Coffee, Rhubarb-Mint Granita, and Creamy Green Smoothie, to name a few. If you make… View Post

Happy [almost] birthday, America! I hope everyone is enjoying this holiday weekend, spending time with loved ones, and practicing a little R&R. After some much-needed time in the woods and in the kitchen, I’m back in work mode today and bringing some Mexican Street Corn your way! There has been a lingering chance of rain and thunderstorms in the STL area this 4th, so the backup plan to burgers and grilling in this house is carnitas and street corn. Not a very American menu, but a super delicious one nonetheless.  On this holiday celebrating freedom, let’s talk a little about food freedom. Do you have unspoken rules dictating how much, how often, or what you… View Post

My favorite recipes to share aren’t the ones that look extravagant or take hours of prep to make. They’re the practical ones: the ones that I myself make on a regular basis, the ones that can be whipped up on a weeknight, the ones that take under an hour to prepare. Sometimes it’s fun to spend hours cooking something new and elaborate, but most of the time, I want to cook something that’s tasty, fast, and gets the job done. Like this pasta. I started making this pasta when I had my first real garden and my Super Sweet 100 tomato was going crazy, vining all over the neighborhood. Picking cherry tomatoes by the bowlful,… View Post