Garden Fresh Pasta

garden fresh pasta

4 days from now, friends, barring no major problems, I will be holding our sweet new baby boy  in the hospital (or at home if for some very unlikely reason he decides to come sooner).  But today I am at the house on our last weekend at home before we become a family of four […]


Zucchini & Tomato Saute with Parmesan and Basil

tomato and zucchini saute

CSAs this week are filled with gorgeous green zucchini and now that the early tomatoes are ripening, it is the perfect time to make a super simple, but tasty saute.  Just like the Sauteed Shrimp & Feta dish, this is another dish that is great for any night of the week, because it is very […]


Sauteed Shrimp & Fennel with Lemon Thyme Sauce and Feta

shrimp and fennel

When it’s 98 degrees outside, who really wants to spend hours in the kitchen making dinner when after work chores involve watering the flowers and garden, running around the yard, washing camp clothes, bath time to  make the mornings run smoother, and early bed times for our little guys to recharge their energy for another […]


Grilled Oysters

grilled oysters

So, right now we are building up to a fantastic party menu one dish at a time.  We have already prepared our Poached Pear dessert, so now let’s work on appetizers.  On Thanksgiving Day while I was busy prepping, roasting and basting the turkey, my dad and Drew were busy making pre-meal snacks.  They are […]


Poached Pears

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Continuing on with the holiday recipes, sometimes it’s nice to have a dish when entertaining that’s kind of a fix-it-and-forget-it dish that is still tasty and beautiful and not all “pre-made”.  Poached pears look beautiful on the plate, make your house smell delicious and taste amazing in yo’ mouth! What I love most about this […]


Baked Seasoned Red Snapper with Greek Orzo

greek orzo

While we are busy planning our Thanksgiving feasts for later this week, I wanted to share a meal that will definitely get us back on track after our massive indulgences.  We have spent the last few Sunday nights trying out new fresh fish dishes.  After a tasty family breakfast at our favorite spot (to eat […]


Boursin Sweet Pepper Poppers


Happy Friday, everyone! Aly from Backyard to Ballroom is back again this month with a delicious hors d’ouevre to get you geared up for all that holiday entertaining.   Hey guys! It’s Aly from Backyard to Ballroom!! The season of entertaining is upon us! It’s all parties, cocktails, high heels, glitter, and hors d’ouevres between […]


Creamy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

mashed cauliflower

In the words of Jerry Seinfeld, the only thing on anyone’s brain yesterday was “Get candy, get candy, get candy, get candy”.  However, today the day after Halloween, the only thing on my brain is “how could I have possibly consumed that much candy?!” Furthermore, how the heck am I going to undo the caloric […]


Pesto Quinoa with Shrimp and Tomatoes

pesto with shrimp and tomatoes

You say it’s your half-birthday It’s my half- birthday too–yeah They say it’s your half-birthday We’re gonna have a good time I’m glad it’s your half-birthday Happy birthday to you. Today is Boogeyman’s half birthday…..”four and a half”…the first year where half birthdays become monumental to our little guys.  The day which sets them apart […]


Greek Lettuce Wraps with Tzatziki Sauce

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I recently shared these Greek Lettuce Wraps with Tzatziki Sauce on the awesome blog What’s Cooking with Ruthie.  I realize I am a total contradiction to myself from post to post claiming one day to have sworn off breads, pasta and sweets only to post the next time on a tomato tart, but I’m back […]