Soups, Salads & Appetizers


Marinated Olives

Warm, salty with a earthy punch of fresh herbs and a brightness of citrus, these marinated olives are a simple and quick appetizer to serve when you want to impress your friends. Click here for the recipe.





Best Ever Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is one of the most versatile dishes I can think of.  You can virtually take the blank canvas of pasta and go twenty different directions just by what you add. Want a southwest taste? Add a salsa ranch, beans and cumin. A creamy salad? Add ranch and bacon. Or my favorite, Italian flavored. Bursting with juicy tomatoes, pungent basil and tangy dressing, this simple salad is great for summer picnic (can travel well outside of the fridge!), or just a weekday lunch. Click here for the recipe!




Bacon Wrapped Blue Cheese Dates

Another really simple, and intensely flavor-filled recipe! Crispy bacon wraps around a sweet dried date that is filled with a creamy mixture of cream and blue cheeses. That’s it. You can serve with a balsamic reduction as a dipping sauce or just eat as-is. It is a quick and easy appetizer that packs a huge punch and looks super fancy. Your guests will be impressed! Click here for the recipe!


Photo courtesy of Christa Rose

Buttery Soft Pretzels

There are few things in life that I enjoy more than carbs, and I say that with the worst kind of absolute sincerity. My biggest nightmare is being told at some point that I need to cut out carbs.  A life with no spaghetti? No cake? I pity gluten-free people. They always just look sad and hungry. Ok, maybe the last part is my projection. To get this recipe click here.