My mom’s side of the family gets together every Fourth of July for a family reunion. Each year, we meet up at our cousins’ lake house for some totally classic Independence Day activities. The lake community holds an egg toss competition, turtle race and a talent show when the sun goes down, no less.
One of my favorite aspects of the day, other than hanging out with some of my favorite people, is the potluck spread inside the cabin. Everyone brings something to share. Potluck dishes cover the table and overflow onto the kitchen island. I fill my plate with homemade salads and find some room for potato chips—it’s the one day a year that I gorge myself on potato chips. America!
This year, my family is headed East to my cousin’s wedding in Florida, and I’m going South for my best friend’s wedding shower (I’m the maid of honor). I’m already feeling sentimental about the lake, so here are twenty fresh, healthy, potluck-appropriate recipes to bookmark for the summer.
Do you have fun plans for Cinco de Mayo? It’s one of those festive holidays that sneaks up on me, like St. Patrick’s Day, and makes me wish I were a more proactive party planner. Sometimes, I get lucky and my friends use it as an excuse to get together. Other times, I make do with some chips and salsa or a green shirt. Continue Reading »
Whoops! This guide is coming to you late this month. Better late than never? I submitted my cookbook manuscript to my editor last Monday, and spent the next few days recovering (as in, sleeping a reasonable number of hours per night, getting some exercise, and enjoying dinner with a friend, even). Then came a busy weekend in Oklahoma with my family. I’m definitely not finished with the cookbook yet—tons of photos to edit, and presumably lots of work once my editor is done reviewing it—but I’m so pleased with it right now. I can’t wait for you all to see it next spring! Continue Reading »
Now that the cookbook insanity has calmed down, I’m trying to get back to better habits. Taste testing all day can be tiresome, and the regular breakfast/lunch/dinner routine flies out the window pretty fast.
I know, you think it sounds so great, until your belly is full and you’re staring down yet another muffin. That’s usually when I go on a tirade about the subjectivity of flavor and want to sit on the beach with some multiplication flash cards. At least you always get the right answer with math. Continue Reading »
The last few months of intense cookbook-ing have been a complete blur, but I know that someone mentioned kale guacamole somewhere along the way. I think my friend Colleen said Whole Foods offers it? I love kale, and I love avocados, so I couldn’t resist the temptation to remix a classic. Continue Reading »