Homemade Pesto with Basil and Pine Nuts

This week, I’m using my new mortar and pestle to make homemade pesto with basil and pine nuts. This recipe calls for fresh ingredients that make for a delicious sauce, spread, or dip. I love the garlicky flavor and deliciousness. Plus, you get a good work-out pulverizing the ingredients. Watch the video and download the recipe card to see how it’s made.

Homemade Hummus

An easy, homemade hummus that will impress your friends and family! Start with fresh ingredients and improvise with your final toppings to create a delicious homemade hummus recipe. Great to take as a healthy snack for work, or to pack with you for a party. Watch the video and download the recipe card to see how to make it.

Homemade Purple Cabbage Coleslaw

This week I’m tackling a recipe from my “to-made” list with homemade purple cabbage coleslaw. Fresh grated veggies, two types of cabbage, vinegar and mayo — read my thoughts about the final recipe, tips for making it, and watch the video! Share your favorite coleslaw recipe, I’d love to hear how you approach this classic dish.

Vegan Fig Newton Energy Balls

Sticking to my New Year’s resolution to eat more whole foods — I’ve decided to follow the recipe from @onelastbite_ to create these raw, vegan fig newton energy balls. Made with dried fruits and nuts these energy balls are healthy and perfect morning commutes. Check out how I made them and my thoughts about the final product.

Vegetarian Pitas with Roasted Cauliflower

Keeping up with my New Year’s resolutions: to eat real, whole foods — thoughtfully. Vegetarian pitas with roasted cauliflower are healthy and bold. This recipe offers shawarma-style seasonings, fresh herbs, and my favorite toppings. It is a great meal for a group or weekend dinner. Watch the video to see how it’s made!

Snowball Cookies

Also known as Mexican wedding cookies, Russian tea cakes, and snowball cookies — I tried these for the first time several years ago, and fell in love. These powdered sugar cookies are decadent! They call for one bowl and lots of butter, and are a great holiday dessert.

Leftover Ham Bone Soup

Inspired by my grandmother’s use of the leftover Christmas ham, I decided to create my version of her soup. Using the ham bone from our breakfast, I created an easy, one-pot, leftover ham bone soup, perfect for lunch or dinner. Check it out!

Panini & Vini

On my second full day in Florence I spent the afternoon hiking up to the Piazzale Michelangelo in San Niccolò. I explored a historic church and captured some amazing photos of the city. But the best part? An amazing off-the-path panini shop I found by chance. Check out my lunch review of Panini & Vini.

The Foodie's Journey to Florence, Italy

Day 3 of my adventures in Europe brings me to Florence, Italy — the part of my trip that I was dying to experience. Day 1 in Florence, Italy was so long that I’ve broken it into two parts. This is Part 1 | The Foodie’s Journey to Florence, Italy, which shares my adventures navigating from Amsterdam to Florence, my first impressions of Florence, and details about how I found my first meal.

Dutch Donuts and Van Gogh

The largest museum in Amsterdam, a rainy afternoon canal ride, and my first Dutch cappuccino are some of the highlights in Part 1 of my second day in Amsterdam. See how I ended up in Amsterdam’s restaurant district and my thoughts on Dutch donuts! Stay tuned for Part 2 of this post, where I dive into more of my restaurant reviews.