blueberry muffins with cinnamon crumb topping

Luca and I are becoming adventures in our old age! This week we tried our hand at baking (once again!) and it was a success (see messy, blueberry baby pic at bottom :) ). These Blueberry Muffins with Cinnamon Crumb Topping are fast, simple, and tailored for the chef with two left pastry thumbs. Perfect for a special Sunday morning treat or snack, these muffins bring my favorite berry to the table.

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

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chicken tostadas with smashed black beans

Tonight’s dinner is brought to you by an awesome Tuesday taco alternative, the tostada! This open faced version of the family favorite layers smashed black beans, seasoned poached chicken, tangy onions, spicy salsa, and rich, creamy avocado and sour cream, with just a hint of citrusy cilantro. These are just a few of my favorite toppings but you can adjust according to your own families taste buds. And poaching the chicken leaves it so juicy and tender, your diners will think you let it simmer all day! Here’s my quick recipe for Chicken Tostadas with Smashed Black Beans.

All the makings for a perfect layered taco alternative!

All the makings for a perfect layered taco alternative!

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perfectly seared, grilled salmon with mustardy dill sauce

Ah, dill. One of my favorite tastes of summer. Okay, so it may be available all year long, but something about this distinct and citrusy herb just begs for warm weather. What a better way to start the season than with a meal thats light, fast, and figure friendly? With a rich and creamy topping, this recipe for Grilled Salmon with Mustardy Dill Sauce is sure to tempt your taste buds!

Rich and creamy dill sauce is the perfect pairing for this charred salmon filet

Rich and creamy dill sauce is the perfect pairing for this charred salmon filet

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breakout the best bbq chicken

Oh my, oh my, how I love BBQ just about anything when I’m expecting. The craving was there with my son and it’s back around for the second time! With the sun shining and the air warming, I caved to the urge and went with a little BBQ Chicken for dinner. It’s such a simple recipe, yet can go wrong so quickly, so here’s my recipe and tips for perfect BBQ anytime :)

Best BBQ Ever!

Best BBQ Ever!

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an ode to warm weather with mixed grilled vegetables

Hey foodies! Just a quick post tonight on the eve of Easter. It was a beautiful sunny day here in Fairfield County and we finally broke out the grill! Just wanted to share some tips for my favorite anytime dish for those warm, grilling nights…Mixed Grilled Vegetables with Olive Oil, Salt, and Pepper.

A little char adds flavor and texture to your average veggies

A little char adds flavor and texture to your average veggies

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quintessential quiche: spring fever brunch for dinner

When I woke up to snow (yet again!) covering my lawn this morning I thought to myself (yet again!), is it spring yet?! Us New Englanders are itching for the warm weather to finally get here. The grill is officially wheeled out of the garage and the herb planters are ready to be filled, but until that sun starts the temperatures rising, here’s a spring inspired dinner that will, at the very least, distract you from the lingering frigid outdoor numbers. Here’s my basic recipe for Vegetable Quiche.

If you can find fresh farm eggs, they are amazing in this recipe!

If you can find fresh farm eggs, they are amazing in this recipe!

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the simplest stuffed shells you’ll ever make!

When I think of my childhood Sunday’s, I remember church in the morning, taking my great grandmother grocery shopping (a box of cookies always included for me!), reading the funnies, and dinner back at her house which smelled like we had walked into a local trattoria! While Sunday’s might not alllllways be filled with this much nostalgia in our house, this dish will certainly give your home the feeling of family.

I make it in the same baking dish my great grandmother did and I am convinced that it gives it just a bit more of the perfect flavoring. But don’t worry if you don’t have my grandma’s pan, a quick, simple recipe, this will still most certainly be one of the easiest you’ll ever make with a delicious return! Here’s my recipe for Simple Stuffed Shells.

Simple Stuffed Shells

Simple Stuffed Shells

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