Hi, I'm Rachel.

A few years ago I could barely boil water.

True story.

Determined to be a kick ass wife, I developed a love for football and learned to cook in my tiny Jersey City kitchen. I spend my days working in Manhattan, my nights and weekends chasing after a rambunctious toddler, and the hours in between cooking with my husband and feeding my TV habit...oh, and I blog about it all! 

Welcome to my world!

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The Pantry

Starters + Dips

Antipasto Platter

Bacon Jalapeno Cheeseball

Baked Goat Cheese + Crackers

Baked Potato Bar

Baked Potato Chips

Cheddar Cheeseball

Cheeseball Bites

Cranberry Topped Brie

Creamy Fruit Salsa

Dill Pickle Dip

Fresh Fruit Salsa + Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips

Gorgonzola Fig Crostini

Greek Layer Dip

Grilled Caprese salad

Grilled Cheese Bites

Hummus & Feta Platter

Mango Hot Pepper Jam Spread

Pear, Gorgonzola & Bacon Toasts

Pepperjack + Pimento Dip

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Pizza Dip

Queso Dip

Roasted Garlic & Goat Cheese Crostini

Roasted Grape + Goat Cheese Bites

Rustic Cheeseboard

Smoked Salmon Platter with Cream Cheese + Capers

Spinach Bean Dip

Spinach Pinwheels

Spinach & Ricotta Dip + Parmesean Chips

Sun-dried Tomato & Olive Tapenade

Toasted Sweet Corn & Avocado Salsa

Warm Spinach + Artichoke Dip

White Bean Dip


Jams + Spreads

Black Mission Fig Jam

Pumpkin Butter



Banana Bread Smoothie

Chai Tea

Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie

Gingerbread Coffee

Iced coffee

Mint Chocolate Smoothie

Peppermint Hot Cocoa with Whipped Cream

Pina Colada Smoothie

Pumpkin Spice Coffee


Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie

Triple Chocolate Banana Milkshake


Sides, Soups + Veggies

Big Salad

Black Eyed Pea + Kale Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Grilled Zucchini Coins

Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Mediterranean Quinoa

Orzo Salad with White Wine Vinaigrette

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges

Sweet Corn & Zucchini Hash

Turkey Stock



5 Minute Oat Bran Breakfast Custard

Baked Oatmeal

Baked French Toast Casserole with Praline Topping

Berry-on-the-Bottom Baked Oatmeal (WW friendly)

Breakfast Burritos (Make Ahead)

Buttermilk Waffles & Maple Syrup

Cherry Almond Oatmeal

Chocolate Covered Banana Oats

Egg Cups

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

Five Minute Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Oatmeal Pancake for One

Peanut Butter & Jelly Oats in a Jar

Poached Egg & Bacon Muffin

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Raspberry & Cream Stuffed French Toast

Scrambled Egg Sandwich

Tortilla Strata

Vanilla Cinnamon Quinoa



Chicken, Fish + Pork

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Noodle Corn Casserole

Chicken Saute with Escarole

Coconut Shrimp Curry

Crunchy Buffalo Tenders + Blue Cheese Dressing

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Fish Tacos with Mexican Crema

Pan-seared Tilapia & Rice

Pineapple Chicken with Couscous

Pork Tenderloin with Apple Chutney

Portabella Mushroom Chicken & Roasted Cauliflower

Provolone Stuffed Chicken with Pesto & Quinoa

Roasted Shrimp with Fennel + Feta

Shrimp Po'Boys (baked)

Shrimp Sautee with Orzo

Skillet Chicken Parmesean

Skillet Roasted Chicken & Potato Wedges

Stir Fry



Bacon-wrapped Meatloaf with Tomato Relish

Beer Braised Corned Beef & Cabbage

Braised Short Ribs

Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Easy Cheesy Enchilada Redux + Cumin Crema

Garlic Teriyaki Pork Chops

Greek-style "Sloppy Joes"

Grilled Filet Mignon

Italian Goulash

Not Your Mom's Meatloaf

Penne with Turkey Sausage & White Wine Reduction

Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

Spaghetti, Turkey & Spinach Casserole

Thanksgiving-style Turkey Burgers

Turkey Pasta Mash Up

Turkey Sausage Farfalle

Yurgers, the Perfect Tailgating Burger



Asiago Fig Macaroni + Cheese

Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese

Carmelized Potato Parsnip Tart

Cinque White "Pizza"

Clean out the Fridge Stir Fry

Grown Up English Muffin Pizzas

Gruyere + Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese

Honey Roasted Vegetables

Lemon Feta Quinoa

Mexican Layer Bake

Mushroom + Onion Frittata

Mushroom, Spinach + Cheddar Tarts

Pasta Florentine

Pasta Primavera

Penne alla No-Vodka

Pesto Pasta (oil free!)

Portobello Mushroom Pizzas

Roasted Eggplant Parmigiana

Roasted Pepper, Goat Cheese & Basil Frittata

Best Ever Salad

Scallion Pancakes

Skillet Tortilla Pizza for One

Three Bean Chili

Three Cheese Fondue

Tomato, Zucchini & Goat Cheese Tarts

Vegetable Quinoa

Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini White Pizza



Banana Bread

Banana Bread Redux

Kathy's Irish Soda Bread

Pumpkin Yogurt Bread

Zucchini Bread



Chocolate Caramel Apple Bars

Cookie Butter M&M Bars

Lemon Bars

Margarita Cake Bars

Oat Bars: Chocolate PB, Almond Cherry Coconut

Ooey Gooey Chocolate Marshmallow Oat Bars

Oreo Layer Cake Bars

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

Pineapple Carrot Bars

Pineapple Coconut Dream Bars

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Red + Blue Giants Cake Bars



Basic Brownies

Butterscotch Blondies + Salted Chocolate Glaze

Fudgy Cookie Dough Brownies

Fudgy Salted Caramel Brownies

Mint Julep Brownies

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

Pretzel Crusted Brownies + Buttercream Frosting

S'mores Brownies



Apple Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping & Brown Sugar Glaze

Apple Sharlotka

Cherry Cake (SRC)

Glazed Blood Orange Loaf Cake

Irish Oatmeal Cake + Irish Cream Frosting

Pineapple 'Tiramisu'

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Honey Frosting

Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting




Virtual Cookie Swap 2010

Virtual Cookie Swap 2011

7 Layer Italian Rainbow Cookies

Almond Sweets

Black + White Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate Ginger Cookies

Cocoa Thumbprints

Jelly Bean Brown Sugar Cookies

Oatmeal Cherry Cookies

Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches + White Chocolate Buttercream

Soft Frosted Eggnog Sugar Cookies



Apple Cupcakes + Cinnamon Frosting

Banana Cupcakes + Nutella Frosting

Blue Velvet Giants Superbowl Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream, Part II

Coconut Cupcakes with Pink Frosting

Dexter Cherry-filled Vanilla Cupcakes

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

Key Lime in the Coconut Cupcakes

Malted Chocolate Cupcakes

Maple Syrup Cupcakes

Pineapple Cupcakes + Coconut Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes



Apple Surprise Muffins

Banana Bread Muffins

Blueberry Muffins (oil-free!)

Cherry Chocolate Muffins

Honey Bran Breakfast Muffins

Lemon Blueberry Breakfast Muffins

Snickerdoodle Muffins

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins + Sweet Spice Glaze

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Applesauce Muffins



Apple Pie (3 Recipes included!)

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Ginger Snap Crusted Pumpkin Pie

Peepza Pie with Sugar Cookie & Chocolate


Other Desserts

Apple + Cranberry Strudel

Biscoff Sundae

Blood Orange + Berry Shortcakes

Caramel Apple Cider Shakes

Chick Cake Pops

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Cake for One

Chocolate Dipped Fruit Pops + Marshmallow Sauce

Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

Chocolate Quesadillas

Chocolate Stout Mini Cakes + Irish Cream Frosting

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

Cookie Dough Cheese Ball

Crispy Pie Chips + Strawberry Mint Chutney

Easy Valentine's Sugar Cookies

Individual Lemon Berry Trifles (SRC)

Oven Baked Beignets

Peppermint Chocolate Fudge Oreo Trifle

Popcorn Party Mix: NY Giants & Jets

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Pie Trifles

Rainbow Fruit Skewers

Red Velvet Oreo Cheesecakes

Roasted Pears with Sweet Ricotta Cream

Snickerdoodle Dip

Spiced Cake Batter Caramel Popcorn

White Chocolate Pretzel Easter Bark


Valentine's Day

Easy Valentine's Sugar Cookies


Chick Cake Pops

Chocolate Cookie Peepza Pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

Jelly Bean Brown Sugar Cookies

White Chocolate Pretzel Easter Bark


Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Honey Frosting

Queso Dip

Independence Day

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars


Apple Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping & Brown Sugar Glaze

Caramel Apple Cider Shake

Country Stuffing with Turkey Sausage 

Turkey Sausage, Apple & Herb Stuffing

Cranberry Sauce

Ginger Snap Crusted Pumpkin Pie

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast with Pan Gravy

Brined Roast Turkey with Pan Gravy

Brined Turkey Tutorial

Whipped Sweet Potatoes & Bananas with Honey

Sweet & Savory Sweet Potato Casserole

Sandy's Classic Mashed Potatoes


Cherry Cordial Kisses Cookies

Chocolate Bark, Three Ways

Cocoa Thumbprints

Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Holiday Cookie Swap

Peppermint Chocolate Fudge Oreo Trifle

Salted Caramel Shortbread

Soft Frosted Eggnog Sugar Cookies

White Chocolate Christmas Frosting 


Weight Watchers Points+


Berry-on-the-Bottom Baked Oatmeal (5pts+)

Biscoff Sundae

Red Velvet Oreo Cheesecakes (4pts+)

Roasted Grape + Goat Cheese Bites (1pts+)

Skillet Tortilla Pizza Redux (4-6pts+)