Author: Danielle

Autumn Roasted Pear, Apple & Pomegranate Salad

Autumn Roasted Pear, Apple & Pomegranate Salad

Whether cooking for my family and friends or creating a menu for my catering business, I try my best to put forth hyper-seasonal dishes that use the freshest, prettiest and tastiest fruits and veggies that are available. Although you can get most things year round,…

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup (Gluten free & dairy free)

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup (Gluten free & dairy free)

Hi, friends! I am loving my Instant Pot, especially now that school is back in session (well, the “new” version of school, anyway), and schedules are getting hectic. My daughter and I love, love, love the butternut squash soup at one of our local restaurants…

Red Cabbage & Apple Slaw

Red Cabbage & Apple Slaw

Food waste is something that really upsets me on so many levels. Growing up with a very “old school” Italian great-grandmother, we learned to save every bit of food. Whether it was a handful of peas or a few tablespoons worth of tomato sauce, it…

Instant Pot Lentil & Basmati Rice Soup

Instant Pot Lentil & Basmati Rice Soup

I finally caved and bought an Instant Pot. I know, I’m very late to the party. While the rest of the world was turning to their trusty Instant Pot during quarantine, I was apparently on another planet. I spent the better part of March, followed…

Watermelon-Lime Agua Fresca

Watermelon-Lime Agua Fresca

Cool, refreshing and naturally sweet! Before the summer is over and the fruit that we are obsessing over now (berries, peaches, melons)  are out-of-season, try making this delicious, naturally-infused water made with real fruit! I make a pitcher of it and leave it in the…

It’s Been a Busy Summer in the Bake Shoppe!

It’s Been a Busy Summer in the Bake Shoppe!

My kitchen bake shoppe has been bustling…. from custom cookies to tiered wedding cakes, my oven has been on overdrive! I invite you to check out a few of my latest creations below! I customize every order to the best of my ability based on…

Summer Cherry Crisp [Gluten Free]

Summer Cherry Crisp [Gluten Free]

I had a bag of cherries in the fridge that I had forgotten all about. They were just starting to get soft and wrinkly. My kids will only eat cherries when they are hard and crisp, so these were heading straight to the compost if…

Cast Iron Turkey Meatballs [Gluten Free] with Lemon-Dill Aioli

Cast Iron Turkey Meatballs [Gluten Free] with Lemon-Dill Aioli

These tasty, baked meatballs make the perfect weeknight dinner or can be served cocktail-size as an appetizer. My family goes crazy for them; I make them once a week! For a fun appetizer idea, make mini meatballs and once baked, thread them onto bamboo skewers…

Grilled Pulpo (Octopus)

Grilled Pulpo (Octopus)

Our family absolutely loves grilled octopus. Octopus is not a cheap dish to make as its considered a delicacy; and if it turns out chewy or rubbery, it’s a big letdown, especially if you’re serving it to guests. It can be intimidating to work with,…

Roasted Vegetables with Goat Cheese & Dill

Roasted Vegetables with Goat Cheese & Dill

Roasted veggies can be enjoyed in so many ways, from a simple but delicious side dish to a main course served over pasta or rice. When zucchini and tomatoes are at their peak during the summer months, there is nothing better than roasting a big…