Sausage and Pepper Pasta Bake

A classic from my childhood gets a bold new life in this veggie-filled Sausage and Pepper Pasta Bake recipe. As I pulled my car to the curb on a recent Friday evening, I felt a familiar sinking in my stomach. I was on a street I’d never parked on, going to a building I’d never.. ....more

Planning a Retro Birthday Party

Planning a birthday party? Go classic with these ideas from childhood for a retro birthday party. I received compensation from Hood in exchange for writing this post ....more

On Strawberry Crumb Bars, and Writing to Connect

One of the scariest parts of being a writer is sharing myself with strangers. It’s intimate and personal, but also important. It’s what makes writing worth reading ....more

Easy Banana Cake

When bananas begin to brown on the counter, it’s time to bake. This easy banana cake is ready in under an hour and has great flavors of banana bread in dessert form. ...more

Spicy Fajita Grilled Cheese

This fresh take on classic comfort food — the Spicy Fajita Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe — is perfect for making together. This recipe was created for my friends at Land O’Lakes, but all opinions are my own. And when you pin this, you can help give meals to families in need ....more

Homemade Rosemary Romano Focaccia

Airy focaccia bread is seasoned with a favorite Italian cheese and dried rosemary in this Homemade Rosemary Romano Focaccia recipe. It was a chilly June day when I stepped through the doorway of what would become our first home in Bangor. Ahead of me was my real estate agent who ushered me down to the.. ....more

Tomato Chile Bacon Pizza

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone ....more

Roasted Vegetable Bowl with Pickled Carrots and Freekeh

Love veggie bowls? Forget the rice and instead dig into this Warm Vegetable Bowl with Pickled Carrots and Freekeh. When I accepted my job last spring, I knew that our office would be moving soon ....more

Broiled Sockeye Salmon

Alaskan Sockeye salmon is broiled with a sweet-salty rub in this quick and easy recipe for Broiled Sockeye Salmon. Perfect for dinner! “Mmm ....more

Creamy Chicken Quesadillas

Smoky cheese, a spicy cream sauce and rotisserie chicken are the stars in this quick and easy recipe for Creamy Chicken Quesadillas. When an email arrived in January announcing a cooking class at the after school program that my children attend, it was a no-brainer. I signed them up immediately ....more