In my usual style, I tweaked a buckwheat pancake recipe, confident that I was only making the final product better and tastier – and definitely not royally screwing things up. What could possibly go wrong… right?

Zucchini & Oatmeal

Old school ice cream sandwiches are damn good, no doubt. But as always, there’s something even more decadent out there – and it’s coming from my kitchen.

Smoothie Criminal

My smoothie trend recently morphed into making my own at home, with frozen fruit, yogurt and honey. That way, I know exactly what’s going into my glass, and I can experiment with ingredients and flavor combinations.

Holy Guacamole

Guacamole is a classic summertime staple, and you don’t need to go all out in order to make it special. Trust me, simple is best. And by best, I mean the freaking BOMB. …Cool people still say that, right?

Who’s Gimlet?

Once the syrup is cooled, these drinks come together in the blink of an eye. They are frothy and cold, and taste like a refreshing nip of summer: sweet and herby.

Peachberry Hamptons

A super-easy summer dessert of whipped cream folded with a fresh berry sauce, topped with even more sauce, even more berries and crumbly shortbread to boot.

Sufferin’ Succotash

While succotash is traditionally a mix of corn and lima beans, I couldn’t just let it be. I scrounged through my crisper and my cupboard, and came up with zucchini, asparagus, edamame and black eyed peas.

Things to Do

When served alongside some pillowy pita or crunchy veggies, this hummus reigns supreme in the kingdom of snacks. It even beats guacamole. Yeah, you heard me.

Colorado Posole

I have to stress here that while the base of posole is nothing to shake a stick at, the real magic of the dish lies within the garnishes. Get creative, make it your own, and imagine the snowy San Juan Mountains while you’re enjoying your bowl.

My Big Secret

I am sharing something that I have protected with a selfish ferocity for the past 10 years. It’s time to let go. It’s time to share. It’s time to get over myself.

Best. Lunch. Ever.

Whether you’re having an intimate lunch with a few friends or holed away in your house on a rainy afternoon, this simple meal will bring a spark to your eyes and a smile to your face.

The Great Crêpe

My crêpe experience labels me as more of a crêpe eater than a crêpe maker. So I set out try my hand at these floppy French pancakes.

Breakfast for Dinner

Eating breakfast for dinner is not only fun, but it’s a nice way to have the full-on breakfast experience without having to wake up at the crack of dawn, put forth entirely too much effort for such an ungodly hour and end up with a stuffed belly and a dirty kitchen all before 10:00 a.m.

Oh My Darling

The large chunks of butter within the dough create steam as the dough bakes, turning the dough into a fluffy, crumbly and oh-so-buttery treat. They are truly wonderful as a mid-afternoon snack or a decadent breakfast.

Southern Chick

Shredding an entire rotisserie chicken is best enjoyed while getting into the Southern spirit: jamming some Skynyrd, Kings of Leon or good ol’ Dolly, and drinking a SoCo and lime.