Cooking for 2: Blood Orange Salmon w/ Brown Butter Gnocchi & Sautéed Kale



Since my husband refuses to eat fish (or any other seafood, except shrimp) this is technically a recipe for one (plus leftovers!). In any case, if you’re a fan of salmon and fresh citrusy flavors, then you’re going to LOVE this recipe. It’s perfectly filling, without being too heavy. Enjoy!


  • 2 fillets wild Alaskan salmon
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces kale, rinsed & thinly sliced with stems discarded
  • 1 sprig sage, roughly chopped
  • 1 blood orange, halved
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 8 ounces gnocchi
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • kosher salt & black pepper, to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together juice of 1 blood orange, Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce to make glaze. Set aside.
  3. Add gnocchi and a generous pinch salt to pot of boiling water. Cook until tender and floating to the surface, 3-5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  4. While gnocchi cooks, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add garlic, kale, and 2 tablespoons water and cook until bright green, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  5. Rinse salmon and pat dry with paper towel. Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a separate large pan over medium-high heat. Season salmon with salt and pepper. When oil is shimmering, add salmon skin-side up and sear until browned, about 3 minutes.
  6. Flip salmon and immediately pour over blood orange glaze. Cook, basting occasionally, until salmon is opaque and cooked through and glaze is sticky, about 2 minutes more.
  7. While salmon cooks, heat butter and sage in pan from kale over medium-high heat. Continuously swirl until butter is nutty and fragrant, 3-4 minutes. Add gnocchi and kale and sauté to warm through and coat, about 2 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
  8. Divide gnocchi and kale evenly between 2 plates. Top with salmon and pour over any remaining glaze from pan.

Bon Appétit!

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Fall Harvest Dinner Party, Featuring Smirnoff Moscow Mules



Since Labor Day often signals the unofficial end of summer in most people’s minds, I decided to fête the occasion by inviting a few close friends over for an intimate fall harvest dinner party! Most of us were still in shorts and tees since it’s been so hot out. But I just cranked up the A/C, and we all had a blast.

One of my favorite aspects of party planning is coming up with the perfect menu to set the theme.  This time around I consulted my Fall Recipes Pinterest Board for inspiration and decided on Creamy Garlic Spaghetti Squash, Apple Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Homemade Cheddar Biscuits, and of course, the perfect comfort drink to wash everything down…

Moscow Mules, served 2 ways!


Apple Cider…


And Ginger Peach!


Next came setting the perfect table to really capture the spirit of the event. I already had the plaid napkins from my picnic set and a rich burgundy colored table-cloth that I use around the holidays. So I just picked up a fresh autumn bouquet that I arranged in mason jars and these adorable baby pumpkins and squash that I used as placecards.


One of the keys to being a good hostess is NOT spilling drinks on anyone’s shoes! I may or may not have passed that test…

In any case, my fall twists on Moscow Mules were a BIG hit, so I’m happy to share the recipes with you guys as well…


Cabana Boy Punch (Featuring Smirnoff Strawberry}


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This past weekend, Eric and I headed to the pool for some much-needed R&R. Because we don’t have any tropical vacations planned anytime soon, I decided to bring the islands to us with my festive Cabana Boy Punch made with Smirnoff Strawberry. This punch was super-easy to make, and soooooo delicious! Seriously, I think this was my best batch yet. And if you’re headed to the pool or beach this summer, I highly recommend whipping up a batch of this stuff beforehand (just remember to only drink it after you’re done swimming… mmm-kay?!).

Anyhow, here’s the recipe for your sipping pleasure. Enjoy!

Cabana Boy Punch

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