Blueberry Almond Baked Oatmeal Cups

Blueberry Almond Baked Oatmeal Cups with Dream Ultimate Almond

Hey there. Happy summer! 

Yesterday was the longest day of the year, and I hope you got to spend at least some of it basking in the sunshine and eating ice cream. Here in New Jersey, the beaches are bustling, kids are officially out of school and the local farmer’s markets are overflowing with more and more good stuff each week. 

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June Garden Tour (Video!)

June Garden Tour (Video!)

It’s been an interesting and fun gardening season so far. We had warm weather early in March, which allowed me to plant a decent spring garden, and a super rainy and unusually cold May, which did not do us any favors. It took me forever to get my tomatoes, peppers and eggplant in the ground, but thanks to the fabulous June we’ve had so far, they’re all doing a fine job of making up for lost time. 

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Steamed Maryland Blue Crabs

Steamed Maryland Blue Crabs

This past weekend Chaser and I took a little trip down to Annapolis, Maryland to visit my dad and Mary Marie at their recently purchased home on the water. We only had 24 hours to visit, and in that time frame I was hell bent on doing two things: going sailing, and eating crabs. Thanks to a windy day and the best crabbing season in decades, we got to do both, and I’m not sure which one I enjoyed more. Okay, it was the crabs. Sailing is awesome, but nothing tops a picnic table full of perfectly steamed blue claws, sweet white corn, potatoes, melted butter and plenty of ice cold beer.

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Fava Bean Crostini with Pecorino + Mint (Video!)

Fava Bean Crostini with Pecorino + Mint (Video!)

Fava beans are a springtime fling; a love affair that just won’t last. Favas come into season around May and last until the end of June – at least here in New Jersey, anyway. I love them for their uniquely fresh and creamy flavor, but it’s a relationship that’s tough to sustain. Not only because their season is fleeting, but because they’re so dang difficult to deal with.

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Eggplant Puree, Tomatoes, Cucumbers + Crispy Chick Peas

Grilled Lamb Chops with Eggplant Puree, Tomatoes, Cucumbers + Crispy Chick Peas



With Memorial Day weekend now under our belts, the summer season, and hence grilling season, is unofficially-officially upon us. This is my favorite time of year. And I know, I tell you that fifteen thousand times every June. It’s just that I get really fired up – no pun intended… okay, it was totally intended – about summertime stuff, because it turns me into a happier, healthier person. As soon as the sun starts shining and the weather warms up, I crave healthy food and being outside, while the rest of the year I just want to sit on the couch and eat cookies. 

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My Everyday Smoothie

My Everyday Smoothie

I’m aware that a lot of the food I post on this blog is not congruent with the overall image I project to the world. Every time I post an indulgent recipe, I get at least one comment from a reader asking how I stay so thin. Good genes are certainly at play here, but it’s also due to a lot of hard work and an overall consciousness about what I put into my body. For every cookie I consume, theres 2 servings of leafy greens right behind it. In addition, I make sure to get plenty of exercise, and when I don’t, I notice a big difference in how I look and feel. 

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Crispy + Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Crispy + Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I will never, ever, ever get sick of chocolate chip cookies, and I’m pretty sure the rest of the world agrees. They’re the be all end all of cookies. We don’t need anything else as long as we have really good CCC’s in our lives. Crispy, chewy, chocolatey, sweet and just a little bit salty. Italians have their pasta, the French have their pastries, Mexicans have salsas and we Americans get to claim chocolate cookies as our own. That’s totally something to be proud of.

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