Have You Ever Seen The Lights?

It took a couple of days to get used to being back on the East Coast with the time zone difference and the colder, rainier weather- but I’m feeling a little less groggy and a lot more productive now that I’m getting back into the swing of my usual every day routine- but oh how […]

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Insta-Dinners: Instant Pot Spaghetti with Goat Cheese, Mint and Peas

Spring is in the air- which means I’m ready for it to be on my plate, as well- and there are certain flavors and ingredients I love to incorporate into my dinners and desserts this time of year that I don’t usually use all that often during the colder Winter months. Lemon and mint are […]

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New Cars, Quesadillas and Virtual Reality…

Pre-pandemic, it was not at all uncommon for me to spend nearly every other weekend with my longtime friends Sean and Paulo. Be it going hiking, dining out, catching a scary movie at a crowded theater or just sitting around playing video games in our apartments- it was kind of a routine and definitely a […]

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Spring Sweets: Lemon-Hibiscus Layer Cake

Hello, March! While the first official day of Spring is still a few weeks away- I’m ready to get started a little early with some long-overdue Spring cleaning, a bit of seasonal decorating to freshen up my apartment- and lots of baking. As much as I love a good Winter-and-snowstorm-appropriate hot meal to get me […]

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A Month to Remember: February 2021

Despite how short it actually is- February is one of those months that just feels like it takes an eternity to get through- especially here in Massachusetts. As expected, this was the month that Winter was determined to have one last “hurrah!” at our expense and made it a point to drop as much heavy, […]

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Dinner-For-Two: Mashed Potato Fritters with Smoked Salmon and Chives

Although Valentine’s Day was yesterday and it was probably- for many- quite unusual since it was the first we’ve had to navigate through since this pandemic started (things were still open and functioning normally around this time last year!) I thought it’d be fun to share a really great recipe for anyone who may have […]

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Local Loves: Champney’s Restaurant and Tavern

One of my favorite things about living in the Pioneer Valley is that 90% of the time, my community and the communities that surround me look like something right out of a cheesy Hallmark movie. Rustic and historic homes? Check. Bustling farm stands? Check. Small, mom & pop hardware shops and bakeries? Check. Snowy trails […]

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Sweets For Sweethearts: No-Bake, Gluten-Free Rose Petal Brownies

I had known that I wanted to whip up a Valentine’s Day-inspired dessert this week, even though the holiday isn’t for another few days and even though I will be spending it on my own in the midst of an ongoing global health crisis- but that will never stop me from indulging in a little […]

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