Almond Maple Granola

Homemade granola is now another long awaited creation that I can check off of my list! This is definitely one that I will be making again. I have loved having a huge tupperware full of this good stuff to add to yogurt and fruit, top my ice cream off with, or (in most cases) just eat plain.       This recipe only took about 10 minutes to throw together and another 20 or so minutes to bake. I must have looked at 50 granola recipes before diving in, but looking back, one thing I learned is that it’s pretty hard…

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict

I grew up on eggs. When I was little, I knew eggs by the formal names of “mommy eggs” and “daddy eggs”. Mommy eggs were scrambled (my mom makes the best scrambled eggs ever) and Daddy eggs are fried, over-easy. I didn’t know the terms scrambled or fried though, I just stumbled down in my one-sie pajamas and ordered Mommy eggs or Daddy eggs. As I got a little older and smarter, I learned how to order my egg and cheese sandwiches at a real restaurant. It was always over-easy. I loved gooey eggs and…

Homemade Pizza, Chicago Style

*Disclaimer: this is not “chicago-style” pizza, it is just pizza I made while in Chicago 🙂 * One of my “dreams” for a long time now has been to make homemade pizza. Luckily for me, I have some great pals who pitched in and helped me fulfill this lofty dream of mine this past weekend. Homemade pizza felt intimidating at first. What do you need? A rolling pin? Pre-bought dough? What toppings go well together? What do I cook separately and what do I just throw on the pizza? So many questions! (pictured…

Oatmeal Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love dessert. Love, love, love. If I could eat ice cream all day, I probably would. Luckily, I found a cookie that I can eat all day. These cookies are healthy, at least about as healthy as a cookie can get while still tasting good. I had been wanting to create a “healthier” cookie for years now, and finally just forced myself into the kitchen and did the darn thing.   These are more like chewy granola bar – ish cookies, but what I love about them is that they are perfect for an afternoon snack, pre/post…