Bourbon in February: The Hot Toddy

I have a confession to make about my time in Louisville. I had Manhattans, I had bourbon straight, I had chocolate balls of bourbon, pecan pies doused in it, Mint Juleps, you name it. But never once did I have a hot toddy. I made it for the first time this year because I live…

One Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

I mentioned I like to keep things simple, right? Well, here’s another quick dish… and it’s perfect for a cold winter night. I made this roasted chicken for a cozy date night at home because it was the perfect amount of food for two people and, most importantly, it was incredibly quick to clean up….

Gluten-Free Icebox Cake

Let me start by saying this may be the only time you’ll hear me talk glowingly about something with the word “icebox” in it while the temperature outside is below zero. My mom introduced me to an icebox cake recipe at my family’s Chanukah party last month – and yes, as you may remember, I…

Top Chews and News of 2017

It’s hard to believe 2017 is almost over! The year flew by for me, largely thanks to the launch of Chews and News. Since my first post in May, I’ve had some fantastic opportunities to meet amazing people in the food industry, try tons of delicious dishes and to make some fun meals of my…

Pear Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

For as much as I enjoy finding challenging recipes to try on the weekends when I have more free time, on the weekdays, it’s all about convenience. From slow cookers to yogurts to sandwiches, I try to do as little work as possible, but I still want healthy results. That’s not always an easy combination…

Pumpkin Bisque with Smoked Gouda

It only took three gnocchi recipes, one spinach and artichoke dip and one pumpkin bisque with smoked gouda for me to finally curl up on my couch to watch college football this Saturday. It’s the type of day you dream of having in the kitchen… you know, the kind that produces results that will last…

Steak Tacos with Mojo Marinade

“Aren’t you going to take a picture first?” I pause, a chip with guacamole hovering between my plate and my mouth. I look down at the plate, with two homemade steak tacos and a mojo marinade glaze waiting in the most tantalizing fashion, next to a heaping spoonful of guacamole and chips. I don’t want…

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tacos

Sundays. They can satiate your appetite for a good brunch and they can be so incredibly relaxing. On the flip side, they can lull you right into a false sense of a long, lazy day. Sundays and I have developed a love-hate relationship over the years. Every week, like clockwork, I try to convince myself…

Eggs, Glorious Eggs

I can tell you right now, this post probably will be renamed “Eggs, Glorious Eggs: Part One” at some point, because there are a┬ámillion different ways to have eggs at breakfast, lunch and dinner (and sure, dessert, too). Last week, for example, I made two delicious dishes: scrambled eggs with steak, spinach and cherry tomatoes,…

Pictured Rocks

Picture this: a weekend getaway to one of the most beautiful shorelines among all the Great Lakes, complete with hiking, kayaking and a cruise along the shore. I spent this past weekend soaking up every possible second at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising, Michigan. It was a perfect long weekend, but honestly, it…

Grilled Peach Caprese Salad

Throughout the winter and spring, I’ve been whipping up a quick and simple caprese salad for dinners and midnight snacks at work, tossing together spinach, tomatoes and mozzarella, with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. I really don’t have any complaints about the salad – it was delicious, it had some healthy ingredients and I didn’t really…