If there’s one thing that I do love about cooler weather, it’s the smell of homemade chicken stock bubbling away on a lazy Sunday morning…

Okay that and vino next to a fire pit on a cool fall evening 🙂  But I digress…

It may not be my beloved summer, but there are some cool things (see what I did there?) about Fall that I can get into as well!

Like this:


Homemade chicken soup, however you twist it, is not only delicious but also therapeutic.

And can also be so fun. Morphing into whatever soup dish your mood might be fit for.

Like this Asian inspired chicken noodle bowl. When a traditional carrot & noodle combo just won’t cut it.

With a homemade stock that just warms you to the bone. And of which the smell should be bottled into a candle for my mantle. Don’t tell me you wouldn’t buy that too? 🙂

Such a flavor punch. And oh so good.

And you know what. As much as we all love a homemade stock. Sometimes you just don’t have the time, I definitely get that!

So feel free to skip the homemade and buy some of your favorite store bought if you’d like. More time for vino and fireside chats that way, right?


One of my favorite things to do is to try to recreate dishes I’ve loved during dining out adventures – in my own kitchen!

Like this lemon & dill tuna salad from my favorite go-to lunch cart in downtown Richmond.  Superb.

It’s kind of an art I think. Just like someone who can hear a song and just play it on an instrument without reading the music.

Now that someone isn’t me when it comes to the musical side, but I think I’ve got the food recreation thing covered for now 🙂


There’s a restaurant called Fat Dragon close to our new house that serves trendy fun twists on Chinese cuisine.

Including a green bean stir fry like the one above. Which is one of our favorite sides to get when dining there.

Since we love this dish so much and since I’m always looking for an easy delicious go-to to add to the weeknight repertoire, I thought it would be awesome if I could recreate this one andddd if it could taste as good as our beloved Fat Dragon green beans!

Well… since I’ve made these (manyyy times by request) more times than I can count… I’d have to say this lil’ food project was quite the success.

So if you need a little spice to your boring veggie side dishes, and don’t have all day to do it, this one’s for you 🙂


Spicy sriracha, tangy soy sauce and a sweet drizzle of honey really make the sauce on these beans a keeper!




Seasons change. Life changes. And sometimes blogging changes too!

I’m back from the countryside and have been cooking up a storm in our new house (!!) back in the city (!!)

So okay, okay. I must admit. The country life wasn’t exactly for me. But I gave it my best, that counts, right? 🙂

Along with the big move, I’ve also been making some changes to our menu to incorporate more and more fresh, healthy ingredients and less and less of the processed stuff.

Like this, who wouldn’t want to dig into this…?


So it only made sense that I make a return to share all of this deliciousness with each of you.

With work and life being so hectic, and I know I’m not the only one, the blog is going to focus on helping all you meal preparers create clean, healthy foods (mosttttt of the time, right 😉 ) that don’t take hours in the kitchen.  And that taste superb.

Just like this dish. Which is an example of fresh, wholesome ingredients that is just TOO GOOD not to share.  And it’s oh-so pretty.

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I mean, come one, who doesn’t think that a sweet potato crust is just the coolest thing ever??? (Okay, maybe just me…?)

Anyhow. Give this one a try. I made it up on a leisurely Sunday so we had it on hand for easy meals. And it was so simple, you could throw it together with the few hours of free time you may get on a weekend while doing laundry and all those chores (am I right or am I right 🙂 )