Chips & Salsa Grazing Board for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is definitely one of my favorite days of the year, because it’s one of the few I can force my husband to have tacos. For some unknown reason, he’s not a huge Mexican food fan even as I try my hardest to make him a convert. This year’s Cinco de Mayo menu is kicking of with a chips, salsa, and a few other things, grazing board. You guys know how much I love a good grazing board!

Thankfully chips and salsa are a fan fav in our house and I don’t have to try so hard to rally support for those on cinco de mayo or any other day of the year.

Citrus Roasted Salmon with Jalapenos Recipe

Guys! I forgot to share this recipe a few weeks ago when blood oranges were in season (read: were my obsession). With or without them, this citrus roasted salmon with jalapenos is hands down my new go-to recipe for roasted salmon. There’s so much flavor you can totally make it for dinner guests, but also really makes a weeknight dinner feel special. We can’t eat plain chicken and broccoli every night, right?

I mean, doesn’t that just look amazing?! I think I’ll have to make it again tonight since it’s Good Friday – no meat! But really. This is basically the equivalent of plain chicken and broccoli just actually good with a lot of flavor. But there’s practically nothing to this!

3 Ingredient Crackers

Oh yes, you read that right! 3. Ingredient. Crackers. When we’re entertaining, I try not to make everything from scratch and focus on just a few touches where I can invest my time and get the most proverbial bang for my buck. I love adding these quick crackers to the mix, plus, they can be made ahead!

These are so light, too, they’re great for a grazing board to balance meat and cheese and pair so perfectly with a hummus.

Strawberry Pound Cake Recipe

“Strawberry fields foreverrrr…”

Guys, I am SO into strawberries right now! Yesterday, we shared the Strawberry Chipotle Glazed Pork Tenderloin we’re serving up for Easter and today – a Strawberry Pound Cake! I’m so obsessed with this cake. It is so good. We’ve already made and devoured two of these. In one week.

This cake is: moist, sweet but not too sweet, full of strawberry flavor, buttery, and did I mention, moist? Don’t you love that word? I’ll say it again for the people in the back – this pound cake is so MOIST!

I’m also writing this as we’re baking a third (a gift to a friend, thankfully not staying in the house), and it’s wafting in here and it just even smells so incredible.

Strawberry Chipotle Glazed Pork Tenderloin Recipe

What comes to mind when you think of an Easter main dish? I was honestly st-rug-gl-ing with this year’s menu because I thought lamb (did that last year) or ham. And I don’t like ham (only in a croque monsieur, and only in a croque in Paris). So, I thought, let’s dress up some pork tenderloin! And then, this strawberry chipotle glazed pork tenderloin was born. And y’all. It’s SO easy.

I wanted to showcase strawberries in the dish to really bring the whole #springtime vibe to the table, and I wanted to keep everything feeling light and fresh. This pork went perfectly with the braised artichokes and burrata salad from earlier in the week. And, the dessert you’ll see tomorrow….went perfectly with this, too!

Burrata & Sugar Snap Pea Salad

Anytime I share a salad “recipe” I really question whether or not this can even be called a “recipe.” I mean, yes, there’s a list of ingredients and a “method,” and therefore it is, but really this is just some straight up #saladporn right now. I love burrata, and in fact I’ve tried on several occasions to make it and failed miserably. But guys. Let’s just put this shit on everything. On salads, sandwiches, on it’s own, on pasta, on pizza. It’s just so freaking good.

I think I love the creaminess of the burrata – doesn’t it just feel so decadent? Not to mention, it’s an excellent vehicle for salt, pepper and balsamic glaze. And for the people in your life that might not be huge fans of salad (looking at you, hubby), it seems that popping a nice ball of burrata on top will convert them – at least for that meal.

Braised Artichokes with Mint Pesto Recipe

It’s artichoke season and. I’m. here. for. it. I love artichokes. And if you can find them for a good price (you know, not $3 a pop), they’re 100% worth the effort it takes to clean them. Last year, I shared a great stuffed artichoke recipe and details on how to clean an artichoke, which you can find right here. To make a braised artichoke, you’ll clean them in a bit of a different way, so keep reading on!

After prepping the artichokes, you whip up a mint pesto with mint, basil, artichokes, olive oil and salt. Then you nestle the artichokes into a simple tomato sauce with white wine to braise for about an hour. Once the artichokes are fork tender they’re ready to be enjoyed – with extra pesto, obvi.

Just look at these beauties! Braised artichokes are definitely my new favorite way to enjoy the veg. You remove all of the rough leaves that don’t have much meat, and really get to enjoy the heart, stem and more meaty leaves. I love the earthiness of an artichoke, and really do love the experience of eating an artichoke. That bit of extra work just slows you down and gives you time to enjoy.

Carrot + Roses Arrangement for Easter

For the past few years I’ve been seeing this arrangement, and ones like it, pop up on Instagram when I’ve been looking for Easter centerpiece inspiration. Feeling intimidated, because really who the heck do I think I am to be able to create something like that, I just moved right along and saved it for “someday.” Well, friends, someday came this weekend and I went for it. And it was not at all as challenging as I thought it was going to be!

You just need a few of the right supplies and a little bit of patience, and I promise you, you too can have this centerpiece. And I’ll even tell you how to make it better than how mine came out!

Triple Lemon Poppyseed Buttermilk Quick Bread

It’s Friday, we made it! Now, let’s jump right in to this quick bread and make this, too. I have to tell you, I’m actually very ready for spring. I’m 100% a fall and winter girl, and not a huge fan of summertime heat and humidity. But there’s something about this past winter that has felt just too long. I’m ready for warmer days that have the windows open and take us outside in actually enjoyable temperatures.

I’ve really been trying to force spring over here, between wearing my espadrilles even when it’s still a tad bit chilly outside and pushing the boundaries of what’s actually in season to force some more springtime recipes in our kitchen. I’m ready for all the things to be lemon-ified! Look at us, making up words over here!

This quick bread is:

  1. Delicious, bright and cheery
  2. Somewhere between moist and not too moist
  3. Damn quick to make
  4. Not pound cake.

Israeli Couscous Tabbouleh Recipe

I’ve never really liked tabbouleh. To be honest, it’s a texture thing and it always made me feel like I was just gnawing on a literal bunch of parsley. Furthermore, I was never a big fan of the flavor, because, again, parsley. I like parsley, but like a little bit. And there’s nothing in a tabbouleh that says “a little bit of parsley.” Except this one. Well, kind of. Okay, I use the mint to balance the amount of parsley. Stick with me.

In a more traditional tabbouleh, you’ll find bulgar, parsley, mint, lemon, onion, olive oil, tomatoes and cucumber. I’m also not a fan of bulgar, and the owner of quite a large bag of Israeli couscous. So, this Israeli couscos tabbouleh is born!

Let’s start with the greens.