The Summery Recipes I Recently Saved to My Instagram Folder

With summer in full swing, I’ve been searching for easy dishes to make at the shore. As I scrolled through my Instagram feed, I saved any colorful summery recipes to my recipes folder. The other day, I narrowed it down to what I want to make. Then, I broke it down based on the type of dish (breakfast, lunch, and entrées, plus soups and salads, appetizers and sides, and cocktails and desserts). Here are 21 recipes I can’t wait to create this season. Breakfast View this post on Instagram This famous recipe for Jordan Marsh’s Blueberry Muffins has over 5,000 five-star reviews. And for goodRead More →

20 Picnic Recipes To Kick Off The Start of Summer

One of my favorite summertime activities is planning a picnic in the park or at the beach. I love discovering an array of delectable recipes to make, like fruit bars, agua fresca, scones, strawberry shortcake, and sandwiches, and then creating a delicious spread. This year, there’s no doubt that things are different, but that doesn’t mean that this outdoor rite of passage needs to end. In fact, I’m looking forward to enjoying a picnic at a drive-in theater this summer. In my quest to discover new picnic recipes, I came up with a list of 20 vegetarian dishes that are easy to create! Kristie WoszczynaRead More →

My Favorite Plant-Based Recipes From My Go-To Vegan Cookbooks—Part 1

Every Monday and Wednesday, Billy and I receive fresh, pre-made vegan dishes from the meal delivery service Thistle. Three dinners (plus breakfast, lunch, and snacks) arrive at our doorstep and they’re ready within 5 minutes. This makes planning what we’re having for dinner three nights out of the week, pretty easy. The other four nights  we try to come up with something just as nutritious. In December Billy became a vegan so when I’m cooking for the two of us, I have a few go-to cookbooks that provide me with flavorful dairy-free recipes. Recently I went through each one and placed a post-it on theRead More →

The other day I had a craving for something sweet, so I reached out to one of my favorite foodie gurus, Lili from Enjoying Life Everyday. I asked her to curate a breakfast recipe for me because I knew she would send something incredible. And she did—pumpkin spice waffles with caramelized almonds and homemade whipped cream. As soon as I got the recipe, I went to the market, purchased the ingredients and began making them. FYI—they’re d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s! Using pumpkin puree gives it a distinct autumn flavor. The addition of almonds adds a nice crunchy texture with a hint of sweetness, while the easy to makeRead More →

How To Throw an Elegant Halloween Party

Hosting a party should be an enjoyable affair and you shouldn’t spend a ton of time stressing over the small stuff. Years ago, when I threw my first party I prepared for weeks and spent way too much money. To say I went overboard, that would be an understatement. Since then, I’ve adopted a party planning strategy with specific tasks that help me plan efficiently. It doesn’t matter if I’m hosting a fall soiree or a get together in the middle of the summer, there’s a certain way I go about doing things, and I’ll make a few adjustments depending on the occasion. These areRead More →

Gourmet Halloween Treats That Take Snacking To Another Level

I have nothing against snacking on “fun size” candy bars but when it comes to Halloween, I search for something more decadent. My go-to candy brands are Sugarfina and Dylan’s Candy Bar, but for the month of October I try to sample gourmet sweets from a variety of brands. One of my favorites is indulging in chocolates and sugary snacks that are imported from other countries. There’s just something about knowing that they were handcrafted in Holland like these lollipops, or created in Spain like these gummies. Here are my 15 must try gourmet Halloween treats that will satisfy any sweet tooth.  1. A samplerRead More →

My List of Must Try Vegetarian and Vegan Dishes in Los Angeles

Living in Los Angeles, I’m granted the luxury of having some of the best restaurants with talented chef’s right near me or a short ride away. Whether I’m seeking a quick bite, a place to dine at with friends, or where to spend a Friday evening date night; I have some tried-and-true spots that never disappoint. More importantly, these restaurants carry the entrées I find myself craving time and time again. Here are my recommendations on must-try vegetarian and vegan dishes in Los Angeles, plus my favorite desserts, and spots that serve high tea.  PS: For all things Los Angeles check out my travel guides—PartRead More →

Summer Salads and Pasta Dishes To Make Before The Warm Weather Ends

A Sunday favorite of mine is shopping for fresh produce at a local farmers’ market. Then I’ll head home and cook up a savory dish for me and Billy to enjoy while we watch our favorite Sunday night TV shows (for me, it’s the series finale of The Affair). With summer coming to an end I’ve been taking advantage of the fruits and veggies that won’t be available for much longer. As fall approaches, I’m trying to make as many summer salads and cold pasta dishes that I can. Before I know it, I’ll be researching autumn inspired recipes that call for pumpkin spice, cinnamon,Read More →

Summertime Bento Box Ideas For The Pool or The Beach

A few weeks ago I came across an Instagram account (@SchoolLunchBox) that’s dedicated to the art of bento boxes. It features colorful mouth-watering displays of fruits and veggies, and lunchtime snacks. Scrolling through instantly made me hungry. So much so, I went out and purchased a bento box of my own and began looking for unique recipes on Pinterest. Because I’m going on vacation, I thought about how this could be the perfect beach time snack. I found 20 easy to curate bento boxes that are mainly vegetarian or vegan, with the exception of a few for those who eat meat.  Most of these boxesRead More →

Sugarfina Valentine's Day Charcuterie Board

I have an enormous sweet tooth so I look for any excuse to indulge in sugar. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner I thought about various ways to celebrate, other than the typical cookies and cupcakes. Also, February 14th my boyfriend Billy and I will be celebrating our 3 year anniversary so we’ll combine the two for a day of sweet treats. This year I chose to create a candy charcuterie board complete with our favorite candy from Sugarfina, and our favorite French imported chocolates from Le chocolat des Francais. I love this colorful concept since it’s so simple to make and it canRead More →