Chicken Koftas with Couscous

Couscous is a summertime secret weapon of mine because all you have to do is add it to hot liquid, cover tightly, and boom… instant side dish!  And what goes better with couscous than koftas and cucumbers? Hehe. I love the alliteration.  In it’s simplest form, a kofta is basically a spice filled flavor-bomb meatball or meat patty.  Sometimes they’re on a skewer and referred to as kofta kebab.  Many different countries have their own versions of them, but they all start with some sort of ground meat and seasonings.  They’re not something I grew up eating, but I formed a true appreciation for them when I lived in New York.  Read more

Pita Chips with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

I used to cater small parties, and almost every single time, I would make homemade pita chips with roasted red pepper hummus.  It’s a great snack item to have on the table because the ingredients are fresh and wholesome, so you don’t have to feel guilty about stuffing your face.  In fact, I got used to watching guests chatting away while hovering around this bowl of chips and dip. Read more

Skillet Apple Crisp

I can appreciate a really good apple pie from time to time, but in general I prefer tarts and crisps.  This Skillet Apple Crisp was inspired by us having too many Honeycrisp apples lying around after apple picking.  I never thought to bake with them because I thought that was more reserved for tart apples like Granny Smith.  But after some research, I realized that Honeycrisp apples are actually IDEAL for crisps.  SOLD!   Read more

Apple and Avocado Chicken Salad

Avocado lovers rejoice!  This one’s for you… or should I say, this one’s for me?  I LOVE AVOCADOS and if you do too, you’ll be fist bumping me after you try this Apple and Avocado Chicken Salad.  First off, if you’re scared of the apple in this recipe because you’re one of those, “I don’t like fruit in my savory dishes” kinds of people, don’t walk away just yet.   Read more

Spring Pasta Carbonara

Pasta Carbonara is a dish I make often, but for whatever reason, haven’t shared a recipe for it on here until now.  I’m actually pretty surprised at myself.  Part of the reason I think is because while you’re making it, you kind of have to work quickly.  I guess I just didn’t think to pause to take pictures.  But this Spring Pasta Carbonara is too good not to share.   Read more