My Favorite Slow Cooker Beef Chili

This is my favorite slow cooker beef chili recipe. I think I made it over a dozen times last year—and already once this year. It is my no-fail, fool-proof, easy recipe for game-day and feeding a hungry crowd.

So, speaking of no-fail, let’s get real and talk kitchen fails because everyone makes mistakes.

I actually did screw up this chili once. But it won’t happen to you—I swear! This was entirely an electrical fail. I followed the recipe exactly and set my slow cooker. When I came home, I was expecting to open the door to the warm smell of chili that had been simmering all day. Nope. I ran to the slow cooker and it was off and everything was raw. Total fail.

I had another fail recently too.


Panzanella Bread Salad

It’s the weekend—almost. It’s Friday and that is enough for me to raise a glass. Is it going to be one of those jam-packed weekends with tons to do or a lazy one? I think my weekend is going to be a mix, which is good because I’ve had too many super busy weekends since we moved. Whatever kind of weekend it is, I highly recommend finding a bit of time to make Panzanella Bread Salad.

It is a carbo-lover’s dream. ♥ Lately, I have been all too into my carbs. Like this pizza that I made (as seen on Instagram) on Wednesday. Ohhh and this huge Italian dinner I went to at John’s of 12th Street—an NYC institution (so I’ve heard). They serve some seriously good meatballs.

I can’t seem to get enough Italian food I guess—and this panzanella salad is no exception. The basics: It’s a traditional Tuscan salad made with stale bread soaked in tomatoes, olive oil, and includes other summer ingredients.


By |August 21st, 2015|Healthy, Quick and Easy, Salads, Side Dishes, Summer Recipes|0 Comments

5-Minute Watermelon Cooler

I posted this on Instagram last week and have been surprised by its popularity. The color is entrancing and the taste is like pure summer. Can summer have a flavor? If so—this Watermelon Cooler is it.

Picking out a good watermelon is like hoping you get the gooey caramel-filled truffle in a box of chocolates. They all look the same. And sometimes you end up with the marzipan filling.

And that was the case with this watermelon. It wasn’t sweet and juicy, but a bit mealy. Turns out, that is the best kind of watermelon for juicing.


Roasted Summer Vegetable Pasta

A simple summer dinner is best with seasonal vegetables. And this Roasted Summer Vegetable Pasta is fresh and light with beautiful summer color.


By |July 30th, 2015|Healthy, Main Courses, Summer Recipes|0 Comments

5 Healthy Summer Dinner Recipes in 30 Minutes

Ready, set, go have more fun in the sun. Because these –> easy and healthy summer dinner recipes win the weeknight gold with a time of just 30 minutes.


By |July 25th, 2015|Healthy, Main Courses, Quick and Easy, Summer Recipes|0 Comments

Orzo Pasta Salad

I am summer lovin’ this Orzo Pasta Salad right now filled with fresh summer vegetables and herbs.


By |July 15th, 2015|Healthy, Quick and Easy, Salads, Side Dishes, Summer Recipes|0 Comments

Frozen Dark Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Cups

What do you get when you combine two classic treats? Frozen Dark Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Cups.


By |June 17th, 2015|Dessert, Healthy, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes|0 Comments