A California Midsummer’s Harvest, in a bowl

A late July trip to the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market and a really simple, adaptable grilled vegetable and heirloom tomato dinner that truly requires no recipe, just good, local ingredients. This meal makes me feel really grown-up, by the way.

Playing House, or, That Time We Got a Costco Card

My dad tried to buy me a giant stuffed giraffe a decade too late. Also, we finally get a Costco card and do something kinda healthy with sausage and vegetables as a result.

Home Date: Baked Chicken Parmesan

Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan is made for a quick and marvelous home date. This is one of the first dinners I ever cooked that actually counted as food regular people would eat, so preheat your oven and get to it!

Effortless Meatball Sandwich

Yes, you can clean out the fridge and impress your boyfriend at the same time. Obviously, you’re going to need meatballs and cheese.

Homemade Pizza Throwdown!

We travel to Santa Cruz for Memorial Day Weekend. Of course, a homemade pizza throwdown(!) ensues.

Grilled Pizza: KitchenAid Honeymoon Part 1

My mother is amazing and makes my dream of owning a KitchenAid stand mixer come true! In this first installment of the “KitchenAid Honeymoon”, Ryan and I grill pizza and make you feel insecure about whatever less interesting thing you had for dinner last Saturday.

Mommy’s Super Easy Meatballs

It’s Mothers’ Day! I briefly explain why my mother is my best friend, and how her super easy meatball recipe is one for the ages.

It’s Pasta Night!

I offer my highly important and respected opinion of Americanized, yuppie cooking of “Italian” food. With pictures.