Brandi is natural born food lover of anything from gourmet cheeses and wine down to plain baked breads. When not in the kitchen cooking, she loves to be outdoors, especially near the ocean. She puts her focus mainly on healthy organic eating and tries to eat as natural and as unprocessed as possible. Frequenting farmers markets for the freshest produce possible, Brandi prefers to cook all of her family’s meals at home. She has a background in nutrition and photography and is the creator of the food blog Simplylovefood.com.
Say no thanks to all those sweet apple-filled treats, and try one of these easy savory recipes using fresh apples. As much as I love apple desserts, it's fun getting creative and thinking outside the box. These recipes that use apples aren't sweet, but they're super-scrumptious.Read Full Story
I am by no means a fan of baking, but when the holidays roll around, so does my opinion on using the oven. Like everyone, I think cookies are always fun to bake in the winter and around holidays, but so are freshly baked, homemade loaves of bread.Read Full Story
I absolutely love gingerbread. I love the super-spicy, slightly sweet flavor, and I know that when it's time to bake it, the holidays are here. While I do enjoy traditional gingerbread, I wanted to change things up and make something more elegant but also kid-friendly this year.Read Full Story
If you know me, you know how much I love Mexican food and how much I love modern, elegant recipes. Trying to figure out how to use up some tostada shells I had on hand along with a few simple ingredients such as apples and Brie, this recipe was born.Read Full Story
Are you a fan of the fragrant and sometimes spicy Indian cuisine? I love all types of ethnic cuisines, Indian being one of my favorites. Indian food is not only super flavorful, but the dishes use many different spices and seasonings, which is one of the reasons I love it so much (because what's worse than a bland meal?). Butter chicken is something I usually order in and wanted to create an easy way to make at home without stress.Read Full Story
This holiday appetizer is almost too pretty to eat (almost). This easy cheese ball starter uses softened cream cheese, crumbled bacon, herbs and even a little hint of white wine. Once you form the ball and chill it, you can decorate it with slivered almonds that really bring this "pinecone" to life.Read Full Story
Nothing is more comforting than a big, huge bowl of piping-hot mac and cheese. The ooey, gooey, creamy, cheesy flavor is something that nothing else can compare to (in my book). While I love mac and cheese with a passion, sometimes dairy does not work for everyone I make it for.Read Full Story
What is more ideal in the cold winter months than curling up with a hot bowl of homemade chili? Even though chili is such a perfect meal, not everyone has the same taste when it comes to making it. In my house, some of us like spicy, while others only eat vegetarian. Here are three takes on basic chili, all made easily in the slow cooker with delicious ingredients.Read Full Story
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