A cobbler, unlike all others, this Chocolate Cobbler is the ultimate dessert for chocolate lovers everywhere. A brownie-like top with a decadent, gooey layer of melted chocolate below ready to be served up hot alongside a scoop of your favorite ice cream! I think we can all agree that a typical cobbler is made with a fruit base that is topped with a buttery dough/crumble topping then baked to golden perfection and served alongside a scoop of ice cream, right? Well, my friends, this chocolate cobbler is nothing like that and in all the best ways possible. If you are a chocolate lover like myself then there is no doubt that this chocolate cobbler will make you do the dessert dance!  Well, my friends, this chocolate cobbler is nothing like that and in all the best ways possible. If you are a chocolate lover like myself then there is noRead More →

Soft, chewy chocolate chips cookies made perfectly with a buttery, unique cookie dough chock full of melty, gooey chocolate chip morsels ready to be gobbled up and washed down with a glass of milk. Can you smell that? Fresh baked chewy chocolate chip cookies in the oven, minutes away from being taken out and only seconds after that being devoured!  I once heard about a study that stated that losing your sense of smell may aid in weight loss. While this did prove to be true (in rats), there is not necessarily enough research to fully support this statement, but I personally believe it to be true.  Would you really have had that extra slice, or even the first slice at that, had you not been able to smell the freshly baked dough, melty cheesy and delicious pepperonis? Let’s go ahead and blame our senses for the over indulgence.  As humans, we associate smellsRead More →

This Sweet Vidalia Onion Dressing is bursting with flavor from sauteed sweet Vidalia onions and a hint of maple syrup that is complimented perfectly with tangy Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar! Perfect for any salad or as a creamy dip!  I LOVE sauces, dressings, and dips! I am that annoying dinner guest who always asks the waiter what kind of in-house dressings & sauces they make then proceeds to ask for one of each. However, one thing I do not love is finding that so many of my beloved store bought sauces/dressings are made with ingredients that I can not pronounce! Luckily, I have a simple solution for a catastrophe of this sort and that is to stop buying store bought sauces/dressings and instead, make my own! For some, that may seem like a daunting time-consuming task, but recreating store bought items can sometimes be easier than it sounds, take asRead More →

This kale salad is far from average! This Not Your Average Kale Salad is full of fresh kale leaves dressed up with a Creamy Vidalia Onion Dressing tossed with nutty quinoa, salty parmesan, sweet grapes and crunchy sunflower seeds!  I absolutely love this salad because it offers an amazing combination of textures and flavors PLUS is chock full of nutrient dense ingredients! I first had this at a summertime BBQ when the weather was hot and anything cold, crunchy and fresh had me salivating. I piled my plate high with the greens and dressed it generously; I wasn’t holding back on something that looked so delicious. It wasn’t but 5 minutes later that I had devoured my salad and was back in line grabbing more; it is seriously that satisfying & addicting!  There are many types of kale to choose from, all of which are packed with vitamins and minerals, but for today’sRead More →

Tuna noodle casserole, an American classic made with egg noodles, canned tuna, mushrooms, and peas all tossed in a creamy sauce that gets topped with cheese and breadcrumbs then baked to golden perfection!   Though delicious, this casserole tends to be loaded with unhealthy fats and carbs when in all reality this dish actually has the potential to be healthy! How might you ask? If you take a look at the key ingredients that make up this dish then you will see how balanced this dish can be! It is packed with high-protein tuna, mixed with filling carbs (keeping in mind your serving size) and complimented by fats. Having a solid foundation to start with, I decided I would put myself to the challenge and create my version of a lighter, healthier tuna noodle casserole. Creating healthier versions of classic dishes is always a challenge. There is something comforting andRead More →

A fresh farmers market tart made with layers of phyllo covered in a creamy vegan cashew cheese topped with fresh, juicy heirloom tomatoes, herbs and onions then baked to flaky, golden perfection! Serve warm with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt! After your first bite, you won’t believe this tomato tart is vegan! I replace the traditional ricotta cheese spread with a 100% homemade vegan cashew cheese that gives this tart just as much creaminess and flavor and will have you hankering for another bit! A flaky, crispy phyllo crust is the perfect base for spreading my creamy cashew cheese topped with slices of ripe, juicy heirloom tomatoes picked fresh from the garden! Fresh basil and parsley are chopped and added to compliment the flavor of the tomatoes and to make this dish a true taste of summer! One thing I love about summer besides the longer days andRead More →