Time to Get Back into Cooking!

The crazy summer season is over and it’s starting to feel like Fall here in the Northeast.  I know it is officially still summer (and I know my California sisters are probably still in their shorts and sun dresses) but I’m excited about sweaters, boots and getting back into cooking! Here are the recipes on my “Must Try List”:

Grilled Summer Squash & Peach Salad:  I’ve got to try this one soon because summer produce isn’t going to last forever!  I love the idea of adding fruit to the dinner plate.  It’s so fancy but not complicated.
backtocooking1Roasted Beet, Goat Cheese & Honey Drizzle Tart: How colorful, pretty and different!  And beets are just so delicious!  Sides are sometimes so uninspiring and this is a good way to change it up!! backtocooking2Flank Steak: Mrs. Lilien writes one of my most favorite blogs – her graphics are fab.  Doesn’t she make this recipe look so easy!  Asian inspired dishes are not really a go to for me – mostly because I feel like you have to buy so many ingredients.  But this looks worth a try! backtocooking3 Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls:  Looks like a good combination of sweet, spicy, fresh & healthy to me!!   backtocooking4 Spicy Thai Curry Noodle Soup: Like I said, I’m trying to incorporate more Asian inspired dishes into my rotation.  This one will be delicious to try on a chilly Fall night! backtocooking5Skillet Lasagna: There is always a pasta on my “Must Try List”.  This is a “one skillet” recipe which means less clean up for Steve!!  And it says it takes less than an hour to make!  I’ve gotta try this to believe it!
backtocooking6 Raspberry Friands:  When we lived in Australia, the after school ritual was to go have afternoon tea!  All dressed in our school uniforms, Patty would pick us up and we would go to one of the many cute cafes in town.  Our little snack of choice was usually a friand!  They are like a little muffins but they are made with almond meal which makes it a little denser.  I don’t ever see them here in the US  so these will be fun to try! backtocooking7Nutella Stuffed Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookie:  Just the name speaks for itself! backtocooking8

Is anyone else hungry??  I’ll keep you posted on how they all turn out!!

Happy Thanksgiving


This Thanksgiving, all of us are going to be apart. Our parents are going to be in Georgia, Emily is going to be in Nantucket, Allie is going to be in California, and Caroline will be in Switzerland. It’s sad and we miss each other so so much and wish we could be together on this holiday. But, we still have so much to be thankful for…starting with the time we will be spending together next month during Christmas because all three of us are most thankful for our family! Here are a couple more things that we are extra thankful for:



What are you thankful for?

We hope everyone has a great holiday weekend. And we hope it’s filled with lots of love, laughter, food, and some serious relaxing.

Same Page Monday

1.  Caroline just sent me the following picture.  She said that this picture sums up their whole weekend.  I am now posting that picture on Same Page Monday because I would like the record to show that Caroline and Hannah had a boring weekend, holed up in their cold rooms, studying and writing papers… and not out having an amazing time galavanting around Europe and making us all jealous.  Yes, that is Hannah under that blanket.


2.  It is one of my Thanksgiving traditions to re watch my favorite Friends Thanksgiving episodes.  (No, I do not have too much time on my hands.)  The One with The Football Game/Geller Cup  is my all time favorite.  But I actually just watched this one for the first time… The One where Brad Pitt comes to Thanksgiving… and he was one of the members of the I hate Rachel Green club.  hehe

Watch… if you do or do not have time on your hands…

3.  Caroline and I love the Friends Thanksgiving episodes so much that we always try to figure out a way reenact this scene…  It’s always a sneak attack.  No one really wants to be on the receiving end of a tiny marshmallow in their nose.  (Cezzie, we will have to save this for Christmas.. “Hot Chocolate with baby marsh-mellows… she has more marsh-mellows than me.”  Name that movie.)

Here is the scene….

Monica: Um, Rachel, you want to put the marshmallows in concentric circles.

Rachel: No, Mon, you want to put them in concentric circles. I want to do this.

Monica: Every year.


4.  One year, I made yarn ball turkeys for part of my centerpiece for my LA Thanksgiving.  (Again, I do not have too much time on my hands.)


5.  I have seen this car quite a few times driving around like a crazy person in Brentwood.  He changes lanes quickly and speeds around…. and I keep thinking to myself…. “What is he doing driving like that with that sleeping Grandpa in the back.  Poor, Grandpa.”  I finally got a chance to pull up next to him the other day.  While I was pulling, I didn’t know if I was going to scold him or say I was going to turn him in… but that all changed when I found out that the Grandpa was FAKE!!  That red hat was sitting on top of something, but it was definitely not a person.  I don’t know how I feel about this situation.  I can’t wait to see him again though.

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 6.  And finally, Go Patriots.  That was the most amazing comeback ever on Sunday Night.  I mean, who can comeback from being down 24-0 at half time and win?? #BostonStrong #InTomWeTrust

7. Yes, I just hashtagged silly Patriot fan hashtags.