Peanut Butter S’moreos

If there’s anything I’ve learned about life so far, it’s that life is really short, and you have to make the most of every moment and experience you get. You’ll never know when they will be gone. But seriously. You know what happens. You promised to swim for the entire summer because winter was awful, but […]

No-Bake PB&J Pie

My family lived in New Mexico. My mom would pick me up at noon, then make me a diagonally-cut PB&J when we got home. I would eat the sandwich while seated on a “place mat” of a towel on the floor, with my eyes fixed on “Woody the Woodpecker,” and slurping milk in between large […]

Simple Summer Corn Soup

To my parents’ surprise, I once ate four corn in a single sitting at a cookout with family. It’s that good. In the summer, I love corn. Cornbread, waffles, salsa, and all things corn. In my cookbook, I share all of my favorite cornbread recipes and cornbread crutches. It’s good on/with everything. It was the perfect time […]

Whiskey BBQ Ketchup

A new restaurant does not easily win over John and me. But the moment I tried the whiskey bbq sauce at Beer Kitchen, in Kansas City, we were hooked. It was at home. If there is a house-made ketchup anywhere, chances are that I have tried it. Oddly, I have never made my ketchup! It was time […]

Baked Rosemary Beet Chips

One December, I was in college, and my dad brought me to a Christmas party for his office at a theatre. I don’t remember much about the show, but I remember the buffet, which was a long line of overcooked vegetables. Brussels sprouts, beets, and other vegetables were among the most saddened victims. What is […]

Coconut Gin Tonic

Perhaps at 28, I’ve done everything (sarcastic eye roll). In all honesty, though, I enjoy the person that I am becoming every day. I enjoy being intentional in my life and work. I also like the fact that John and I actually do what we say we will do. I appreciate that every New Year’s […]