Pinot Grigio Pappardelle Pasta with Tomatoes & Corn


Cheesy Tomato & Corn Pinot Pappardelle

This has been my favorite pasta dish since 2011. I love pasta and have tried hundreds of renditions, but this is by far the best pasta dish ever. Seriously, if I was asked for my top 10 dishes, this would make it on the list. It’s so simple looking and it may be hard to understand but it’s all about the bite of the Pinot Grigio, the stringy and pungent Parmesan and the fresh crunchy corn, carved off the cob. Continue Reading…

4-Ingredient Papperdelle Pasta with Burrata and Lemon


Tomato Pappardelle Pasta with Burrata and Lemon

It’s about time for a quick and easy recipe that feels fancy and is good enough for company, but only requires 15 minutes and 4 ingredients! The most important element of the dish is the quality of the ingredients. This dish won’t have the same affect if you are using Prego and Barrilla noodles. This isn’t intended to be a budget dinner, just a simple one. The flavors have to shine! I recently discovered Rao’s Homemade Pasta Sauce after they started following me on Instagram. Continue Reading…

My First Halloween Contest


Coke Girls Halloween Costume

Happy Halloween! When you live in a condo and don’t have kids, there isn’t much of a Halloween spirit in the air. Oh, and also when you are a loser with no friends and don’t get invited to any parties – even more so 🙂 

Well, this year I actually did participate in a group costume contest at work and I am so happy to report that WE WON!!! Continue Reading…

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites {CPK Inspired}


Buffalo Cauliflower CPK Inspired Copycat Recipe

Hands down, this is the best result of a vegetable-substituting-meat scenario in the history of ever and ever.

I am not very open-minded when it comes to vegetarian recipes (or really with anything that’s different from my usual). “I will order something new this time”, she says.

It never happens.

As much as I make self promises to think outside the box, I just stick to what I know… until today. Continue Reading…

Marbled Chewy Chocolatey Cheesecake Brownies


Marbled Chewy Chocolatey Cheesecake Brownies

Cheesecake + Brownies = ♥ L.O.V.E. ♥ 

There are not many things better than combining two of the best desserts ever. My only regret about this recipe is that there isn’t twice as much three times as much cheesecake. When I remake this, I will double or maybe even triple the amount of cheesecake! It’s just so amazingly delicious and made me realize, I may be more of a cheesecake fan than I am a brownie fan. But it’s like 51/49.  Continue Reading…

Fluffy Pumpkin Cupcakes with Buttery Salted Dark Caramel


Fluffy Pumpkin Cupcakes with Drizzly Salted Caramel

It took me weeks to decide what I was going to make for the Fall Baking Sale at my job. I was asked if I would donate a dozen cupcakes and I wanted to make them really special and something I’ve never made before. Dark salty caramel and the best festive fall flavors just put me in the happiest place. You know how a cozy sweater wrap and cute boots just go together to get you in the fall spirit – yeah, the dessert version of that! Continue Reading…

Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar Cookies Copycat Recipe


Sweet Martha's Cookie Jar Copycat Recipe

Let’s have a moment of silence for the fact that I made these cookies just because of a viral video I watched about Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar at the Minnesota State Fair….. Shouldn’t I be ashamed? Has anyone else seen this video and felt that, short of taking a trip to Minnesota, making these became a #1 priority? Is it because anything in a bite sized form is just better? Or is it because cookies served up in a bucket just seems to overwhelm me with happiness? Continue Reading…

Pumpkin Pie Low Carb High Protein Pancakes


Pumpkin Pie Low Carb High Protein Pancakes

I took a risk making these yesterday. My fiance is not huge fan of fancy flavors and is a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to pancakes. Blueberry, lemon, plain.. that’s about the extent of it. Since I plan and cook our meals for the week each Sunday, I didn’t want to allow him the opportunity to burst my bubble and say “pumpkin pie pancakes sound too sweet, can you just make blueberry”. So like most things, I didn’t tell him and did it anyways, naturally. Continue Reading…