Attention Pittsburghers! If you are interested in baking up some treats (granola, baked goods, chocolate-covered goodies, etc) for the Great American Bake Sale, please contact me! The bake sale is on April 17th, and will be outside a local Giant Eagle. If you can help out or bake some treats, please contact me at You can also sign up here. I promise we will have a blast!


Mr. How Sweet was away this week, so that means I had free reign of the kitchen.

Well, I always have free reign of the kitchen, but if dinner doesn’t include chicken or steak, I’ve practically got a toddler on my hands.

For Mr. How Sweet, salad does not a dinner make.


And usually for me, salad doesn’t make a dinner either.

But when I include a lot of non-veggie items, salads are for me


Fruit and cheese are a must in my salads.

So is bacon.

Not much – maybe just 1/2 of a slice of bacon, crumbled.

Shockingly, there is no bacon in my house right now.

I know. It’s pretty much a sin.


Figs are another salad must-have for me.

I can rarely find fresh figs here, unless they are in season. Even then, I can only find them for a few weeks.

Dried figs taste like dessert to me. Which is surprising, since dessert for me usually include mounds of chocolate and cheesecake. And sometimes I eat bacon for dessert, too. Duh.


I am in love with these marinated strawberries.

Sure, I can be dramatic, but these are really, really, really delicious. I am thinking they would be fabulous in crepes. Or ice cream.

And if I can find a way to eat them with bacon, I will.


Marinated Strawberries

1 cup sliced strawberries

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar

Toss strawberries with vinegar and sugar. Let sit for 1-2 hours.


Fresh Mozzarella Salad

Serves 2

4 cups romaine & spring green mix lettuce

2 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced

2 oz walnuts, chopped

4 dried figs, chopped

Combine all ingredients together. Top with you favorite salad dressing. My current favorite is this.



Now that Mr. How Sweet is back in town, my nights of eating fruit, s’mores, and chips for dinner are over.

It was fun while it lasted.