Warm Roasted Sweet Potato Salad, and Remembering all the Things to be Thankful For

Warm Roasted Sweet Potato Salad, and Remembering all the Things to be Thankful For post image

With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, my soul begins to sense a wonderful opportunity to reflect and become filled with gratitude over all of those precious and amazing gifts that I have in my life. When we're in the midst of challenges, or when we're simply running on what seems like fumes as we navigate through all of the must-do's in our daily lives, it can be all too easy to place focus on what is uncomfortable, or what makes us stressed or overwhelmed. There never ... {more please!}

Chicken Salad with Honeycrisp Apples and Candied Walnuts, a Perfect Little Sandwich for Autumn

Chicken Salad with Honeycrisp Apples and Candied Walnuts, a Perfect Little Sandwich for Autumn post image

Finding comforting ways to use fresh, seasonal ingredients is one of my favorite things about cooking; it's a wonderful challenge! And the more simple a recipe is, the more one can really taste the flavor of those seasonal ingredients, and find the joy and simple pleasure in them. Honeycrisp apples, just as their name implies, are incredibly crisp, sweet and juicy—they embody that wonderfully fruity and earthy flavor of fall, and brighten up so very many recipes that call for the autumn-centered fruit. And they're perfect ... {more please!}

Cauliflower “Couscous” Salad, and All Of Those Tasty Little Flecks Of Flavor In Life

Cauliflower “Couscous” Salad, and All Of Those Tasty Little Flecks Of Flavor In Life post image

A light, crisp and fresh salad can do a world of good for a hungry soul. It nourishes with the crunch of raw, vibrant vegetables, and offers little pops of flavor and texture through the various delicious little extra bits of nuts, legumes, fragrant herbs, and tangy dressings. The wonderful surprises found through spooning up bite after bite of a bowl of nature's goodness is a lot like the surprises one finds when taking bites out of life itself. Each day, like a precious bite, offers ... {more please!}

Kung Pao Chicken Chopped Salad; Because, Why The Heck Not?

Kung Pao Chicken Chopped Salad; Because, Why The Heck Not? post image

I'm not quite sure why this is, but I really get a kick out making a salad out of pretty much anything that I can. I mean, why not? Right? I totally adore a “main-meal” type of salad; so if a main-meal dish can be turned into a salad, even better—leave it to me to find a way to do just that. Take Kung Pao chicken, for example: I love that flavorfully spicy and peanut-y dish, and order it whenever we go to a favorite Chinese ... {more please!}

Summer Berry & Crispy Chicken Chopped Salad, Berry-liciously Delicious

Summer Berry & Crispy Chicken Chopped Salad, Berry-liciously Delicious post image

The bright-red and slate-blue little jewels of the the summer season absolutely jump out at me each and every time I pass them in the produce isle of my local market. They're so very eye-catching and beautiful, these juicy vibrant strawberries, ruby-red raspberries and plump-round blueberries that sit perched oh-so proudly there in their little baskets and clear containers wonderfully enticing me to pluck them up and bring them home—I always give in to their beckoning. Summer wouldn't be summer without these gorgeous and sweet fruits; ... {more please!}

Lemon-Basil Pasta Salad, Summer’s Cool Poetry Twirled Around My Fork

Lemon-Basil Pasta Salad, Summer’s Cool Poetry Twirled Around My Fork post image

There's a divine beauty in the summer season that can be experienced through our sense of taste when we place certain vibrant flavors onto our tongues so that they may awaken our palettes. And awaken them they do! The juice of a yellow lemon is at its sharpest and cleanest when tasted in the direct glowing hue of a golden sun ray; and the flavor of fresh, delicate basil is made more fully green and freshly grassy when partnered with that particularly good and tangy friend. ... {more please!}

“Mojito” Grilled Chicken Salad, Inspired By a Refreshing & Summery Spirit

“Mojito” Grilled Chicken Salad, Inspired By a Refreshing & Summery Spirit post image

You know, I'm not much of a drinker, to tell you the truth. Every now and then, perhaps on a special occasion, or when my husband and I are looking for purposeful relaxation and are craving slowly sipping on something slightly sweet, fresh and cold while we get lost in a deep conversation, we'll have a little something-something to wet our whistles and to leisurely enjoy. And though it is fairly rare that we drink, there are times when my hubs gets into the mood to ... {more please!}

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Sweet & Savory Harvest Salad, A Tangy Taste Of Green In A Sea Of Richness

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Sweet & Savory Harvest Salad, A Tangy Taste Of Green In A Sea Of Richness post image

With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away now, I'm already beginning to feel my mouth starting to water at the thought of all of the delicious and rich food that will be shared among family members. And since there are a lot of members to my husband's side of the family, which we share this special holiday of gratitude with, an email list gets sent out way in advance of the actual day so that each of us can “sign up” for what food item ... {more please!}

Cozy BBQ Buddy: “Loaded Baked Potato” Salad, Easy, Breezy & Just A Little Bit Cheesy

Cozy BBQ Buddy: “Loaded Baked Potato” Salad, Easy, Breezy & Just A Little Bit Cheesy post image

If ever there was a season that could perfectly pair with the simple decadence of a cool, creamy, rich and savory potato salad, then I can't think of a better one than summer with all of the grillin' and chillin' that goes on. And if there isn't a big, beautiful bowl of potato salad placed snuggly amongst the spare ribs, the baked beans, the BBQ'd chicken legs, the slaw and the cornbread on that glorious summertime buffet-table, then something's definitely missing. Because when it's time to ... {more please!}

A Cozy Lunchbox: “The Fiery Italian” Pasta Salad, One Heck Of A Spitfire

A Cozy Lunchbox: “The Fiery Italian” Pasta Salad, One Heck Of A Spitfire post image

I just adore a person with some fire, passion and loving honesty. I find it tremendously refreshing and attention grabbing when I meet someone that's a little on the “fiery” side, because they awaken my spirit, and I think to myself, “This is someone who says what they mean, and means what they say; they've got some spunk, and I can trust that what I see is exactly what I get.” And I find that admirable, and utterly lovable. In my life, I've known many people ... {more please!}