My Favorite Caprese Pasta Salad

For one of our housewarming parties I decided to make Caprese Pasta Salad. This is also a great dish for a bridal shower, an outdoor engagement party, a BBQ, and any other event that calls for a yummy, filling, and easy side dish that is a big crowd pleaser. I can’t wait to make this recipe again with cheese tortellini! Continue reading


Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

I had a love-hate relationship with bruschetta, because I loved eating it but failed at making it TWICE! The first attempt was for my bachelorette party. I used this recipe and I think the parmesan cheese made everything mushy, watery and not very appetizing. The second attempt was with this other recipe for a potluck party, but the whole flavor was a bit off in my opinion. I blame it on the cooked garlic and possibly the yellow cherry tomatoes.

For our last housewarming party, I wanted to give it one last try, and let me tell ya…third time’s a charm! I decided to use the second recipe again as a starting point for ingredient quantity, but made it my own. Continue reading

Thanksgiving 2014 Recipe Reviews

I tried a couple of new Pinterest recipes for Thanksgiving and here are my reviews. You can find all the Pinterest recipes I’ve tried and loved here, and all the Pinterest recipes I’ve tried and disliked here. Continue reading

June Reviews: Pistachio Cupcakes and 3 Apps

Last month’s recipes included Pistachio Cupcakes for Father’s Day, and Corn Salsa, Cheese Sticks, and Refried Beans appetizers for the Costa Rica vs. Greece World Cup game (which CR won in case you were wondering!!!) Continue reading

May Reviews: Tortellini Casserole, Avocado Dip, and More

May has been a crazy busy work month for me, but I still got the chance to cook for family and friends. We made dinner for the family and then cooked for our friends during Memorial weekend. Here is a summary and reviews of the recipes I tried. [FYI…You know you are a rookie when you forget to take photos of the food you want to blog about! Thankfully I have pins to the recipes that do include pictures. I promise I’ll remember next time.] You can find these and more recipes on my Pinterest Recipies Board. Continue reading

March Reviews: Cheesecake and Chocolate Cake

When I was younger, my mom used to bake all the time. I loved being her little helper in the kitchen and soon it became a shared passion. I enjoyed trying new recipes, making up my own, and even selling my baked goods in our neighborhood. As the years went by, this hobby faded, but now that I have all of my baking registry gifts I’m ready to explore it again! Here is my March baking activity:  Continue reading