Jersey Tomato Salad

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When you grow up in Philadelphia, PA, you spend a good portion of the year looking forward to Jersey tomato season. Then, for a magical couple of weeks smack in the middle of a properly hot and humid East Coast summer, you do nothing but eat Jersey tomatoes. And, maybe hit the … [Read more...]

Old Bay Shrimp Celery Boats

Old Bay Shrimp Celery Boats from

If you have spent any time on the East Coast - specifically the Mid-Atlantic, then you know that is a true fact that everything is better with Old Bay Seasoning. Especially shellfish of any kind. One of my favorite super quick appetizers to make are these Old Bay Shrimp Celery … [Read more...]

Homemade Onion Soup Mix

Homemade Onion Soup Mix from

In addition to all of the excitement surrounding the arrival of the new baby, Big Brother's birthday was last week. Of course, this is the year that he was gung-ho on having a huge party so we have been in birthday party planning mode behind the scenes. We, meaning I, and … [Read more...]

Deviled Eggs with Truffle Salt

Deviled Eggs with Truffle Salt from

I've always loved Deviled Eggs but my obsession with them was solidified when I first met my husband's family. His Nana, who is unfortunately now deceased, made deviled eggs for most special occasions. I looked forward to indulging in some of Nana's deviled eggs at every family … [Read more...]

Honey Turmeric Wings + Baby #2!!

Honey Turmeric Wings from

Well, let's start off by talking about the fact that I am pregnant! We are expecting our second baby and we are all excited - especially the soon-t0-be-big-brother! Just past 14 weeks and starting to feel pretty good. The last couple of months have been rough stuff. This … [Read more...]

Homemade Creamy Caesar Dressing

Homemade Creamy Caesar Dressing from

We have not been cooking that much lately. Mostly because it has been hot. Not just regular summer in Seattle my house is warm because I don't have central air hot but HOT like 90F for days and days. I have talked to death on here about how our house faces West and our kitchen … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Salad Dressing

Vietnamese Salad Dressing from

Last year, my husband and I snuck away for a long weekend in Vancouver, B.C. On our way to the train station, we stopped and had a quick Vietnamese lunch at a little spot in Seattle's International District. I can't remember the name but the food was really good and I made some … [Read more...]

Mom’s Potato Salad (Paleo Friendly)

Mom's Potato Salad from

You guys have no idea how big of a deal it is that I am sharing this recipe with you. This is my mom's recipe and she is not a fan of sharing her tried and true recipes with ANYONE. When it comes to potato salad, this is seriously the best potato salad I have ever eaten in my … [Read more...]

Spicy Nacho Kale Chips {Vegan, Paleo}

Spicy Nacho Kale Chips from

Kale chips are a regular occurrence in my house. I started out making them plain but have evolved to making these Spicy Nacho Kale Chips as well as a handful of other variations. Since I love spicy food and have a serious love / hate with all foods cheese related, I started … [Read more...]

Paleo Asian Meatballs

Paleo Asian Meatballs from

Meatballs of some sort are a common occurrence in our house. As a family, we tend to lean toward Italian Style Meatballs but I personally prefer these Paleo Asian Meatballs. They are so easy to make and freeze really well after cooking. Perfect for dropping into a quick soup … [Read more...]

Paleo Taco Dip {Dairy Free}

Paleo Taco Dip from

We are having quite the taco moment in our house. My son is into tacos right now, I mean, like REALLY into them. He would happily eat tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner if we would let him. Not such a bad thing though because who doesn't love tacos in some form right? Enter … [Read more...]

Pepperoni Stuffed Mushrooms

Pepperoni Stuffed Mushrooms from

Stuffed Mushrooms are classic party food and with all of the holiday parties happening right now, there is no better time to share my Pepperoni Stuffed Mushrooms with you! Growing up, my mom always made some type of stuffed mushrooms for parties (she loves to host and … [Read more...]

Thai Beef Basil Lettuce Wraps

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps from

It has been way too long since I posted a good Thai dish. I don't know about you, but I crave good Thai food at least once a week, if not more. Living in Seattle, it's not hard to find good Thai food (or Vietnamese Pho for that matter). I would almost go as far as to say, there … [Read more...]

{Medjool Date} Bacon Jam

Medjool Date Bacon Jam. Paleo Bacon Jam with Medjool Dates from

About a month ago, I had the great fortune of flying to Yuma, Arizona for a Natural Delights Medjool Date Blogger Summit. Now, if you have been following me for even a short time, you know that I love Medjool Dates and frequently use them as an alternative to refined … [Read more...]

Zucchini Noodles with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Zucchini Noodles with Fresh Tomato Sauce from

A quick, easy, Vegan and Paleo "pasta" dish screaming summer! I like to serve these Zucchini Noodles with Fresh Tomato Sauce as an appetizer, or as the “Primo” for a traditional Italian multi-course meal. If you’re planning a traditional Italian meal my Herb Marinated Grilled … [Read more...]

How To Make {Good Tasting} SunButter

How To Make Sunbutter from

Have you ever made really good homemade Sunbutter (aka - sunflower seed butter)? If not, you are in for a treat! As a long-time peanut butter lover (understatement), I have really picky ideas of what sunbutter should taste like. I have made a bunch of variations on this recipe … [Read more...]

Paleo Pesto Recipe

Paleo Pesto Recipe from

Summer is here (it feels so good to say that!) and in my house that means one thing -- Basil Pesto. You might remember we talked about it last year at the end of the summer when I posted my Lightened Up Basil Pesto. I grew basil plants all summer just to make homemade pesto … [Read more...]

Thai Spiced Cashews

Thai Spiced Cashews from

We are huge nut lovers in this house, especially seasoned nuts. I have found that seasoning some high-quality nuts is always a great bite to have out at parties and when having people over for dinner. Last year I posted these Curried Pistachios and as we discussed on Monday, … [Read more...]

Red, White and Green Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad with Vegetables

So you know how we had a little discussion the other day about how to soak, season and cook your own dried beans? Well, this is an example of what I like to do with the cooked beans. A simple grain salad with beans for protein and as many vegetables as I can shove in there. I … [Read more...]

Lightened Up Basil Pesto

Lightened Up Basil Pesto from

Everyone and their mother has a recipe for homemade Pesto. It really isn't that hard to make, but like most simple dishes with a few components, it's all about the quality of the ingredients. This version keeps it traditional while  lightening it up. Most Pesto's are 4 Points … [Read more...]

Dark Chocolate and Almond Haystacks

Dark Chocolate Haystacks from

Do you keep a stash of chocolate in your house? I would like to but it just doesn't seem to want to stay put. I mean, it could be a certain toddler I know or his Daddy constantly going into the chocolate drawer and nibbling away but I am not naming any names. I have taken to … [Read more...]

Fourth of July Mostly Make-Ahead Menu

Fourth of July Mostly Make Ahead Menu

Long holiday weekends are what summer is all about, hanging out with family and friends, catching up and having fun. Don't waste that precious time slaving over the stove! I pulled together some easy and delicious Everyday Maven recipes to create a "Mostly Make-Ahead Menu" for … [Read more...]

Collard Slaw

Collard Slaw from

Almost every summer party or barbecue has some kind of cole slaw or cabbage salad. I love old fashioned Cole Slaw but never really feel good about eating it because it is usually loaded with lots of fat and sugar and pretty much devoid of real nutritional value. This collard … [Read more...]

Curried Pistachios

Curried Pistachios from

We eat a lot of nuts and seeds in this house; our standards are: almonds, pistachios, peanuts, cashews and pepitas. However, we don't restrict ourselves to just those. At any given time, we also have walnuts, pecans and sunflower seeds lingering in mason jars in either the … [Read more...]

Herb Marinated Grilled Chicken

Herb Grilled Chicken

You know how I started that mini organic garden in the Spring? Well, you wouldn't know it because I have completely sucked at posting any updates. Overall the garden is doing great, especially the parsley and oregano! It’s going so well I have been trying to find new and … [Read more...]