• Appetizers,  Breakfast,  Recipe

    Brooklyn Lox and Cream Cheese Bagel Balls

    These Bagel Balls are so fun! They’re a NYC deli stop in a bite. Smokey lox, cream cheese and briny capers surrounded by chewy everything bagels create a classic taste in a fun new way. These are also great for on the go eating in the car. My bagel sandwich comes up for pickup. I take the white paper bag, thank the woman and make my way back down toward the water. Brooklyn Bridge Park is less a park and more a stretch of grass. The benches are full, and I pop down on a rock, right by the water’s edge. I open up my sandwich and take a bite.…

  • Dinner,  Lunch,  Recipe

    Authentic Pesto Pasta with Parmesan

    You can make this pesto pasta as easy as you want. Buy the pasta and the pesto. Boil the pasta, drain and smother with pesto. Easy 10 minute dinner. No judgement. I do it the easy way often. But….. in the Gourmet version there’s a little more time involved but your tastebuds will dance a tarantella. (For the curious, that’s an Italian folk dance with lots of spinning and tambourines.) Basically, it’s worth the extra work those times you can afford it.  Do you want red sauce or pesto?” he asks from the kitchen. “Aaron?” I try. He smiles. “Yes?” “Pesto,” I say. I walk toward the kitchen. It’s 2025,…

  • Appetizers,  Gluten Free,  Recipe

    Verity Taco Bites

    These taco bites are perfect for any party- even a party of one! The wonton shells add the perfect crunch and each person can add whatever toppings they desire (if you choose to share!). I love this easy, fun dinner! Sometimes I mix quinoa into the beef to lighten things up a bit. The possibilities are endless! “I made tacos.” I smile at him. “Is it time to eat already?” He laughs. “It’s after ten. It was time to eat three hours ago.” I look at the clock on the computer. How did I lose track of time? I guess that happens when you’re reading about a psychotic woman abusing…

  • Dinner,  Recipe

    Nerdy Pizza Pies

    If you have a Green Egg Grill, I’m sure that you’ve made pizzas! If not, these come out just as delicious in a hot oven. I’m giving you my pizza dough and sauce recipes but the toppings are all you! Some suggestions: mushrooms, pepperoni, sausage, blue cheese olives, caramelized onions, everything bagel spices, mozzarella balls torn up, ricotta cheese, broccoli, ham, bell peppers, jalapeños…… The list is infinite. Don’t box yourself in! Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google The options are limitless!! Making your own pizzas are easy and taylored exactly to your tastes. Have you made these…

  • Book Review,  Recipe

    In Five Years Book Review ~ I Cried. A Lot.

    I opened this book with a shrug and happy induced time traveling Outlander thoughts of Jaime. Be fair warned!!! I went in expecting You’ve Got Mail and got The Notebook. This is not a romantic fluff book. In Five Years covers a lot of emotional bases- love, friendship and fate. Written by Rebecca Serle Romance Novel, Time Travel Fiction, Domestic Fiction New York City, present time Megan Hilty Book Review In Five Years  4/5 Accountant Dannie Kohan has the perfectly planned controlled outlook on life that only the young can afford. She has everything planned out, especially the next five years. On the night of her by the book marriage…

  • Book Review,  Recipe,  Travel

    Where the Crawdads Sing ~ A Book Journey

    Have you ever read a book so intense that you wanted more? Something about Crawdads sparked this need inside of me to explore for myself. It was just so beautifully written that I wanted more of Kya and the salt marsh. Sometimes books just aren’t enough for this nerdy girl. I had to see what Delia Owens so vividly wrote about. I packed my bags and went on my first Nerdy Gourmet adventure. Hence, book inspired travel and food became my passion. Where the Crawdads Sing ~ Review and Book Journey Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Written…

  • Breakfast

    Kya’s Blackberry Jam

    She twisted the cloth bag with the jam so that it was wrung tight and knotted against the jars. As the boys drew even with the thicket, she swung the heavy bag and whacked the closest one hard across the back of his head. Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing Tweet Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Recipe inspired by Where the Crawdads Sing Do yourself a favor and make Ma’s Fluffy Biscuits to go with this jam. The feelings behind this simple blackberry jam go deep in the story. The jam is a symbol of small Kya’s…

  • Breakfast,  Recipe

    Ma’s Fluffy Southern Biscuits

    Kya insisted on keeping the old wood-stove, firewood piled next to it, because it heated the shack, but mostly because it had baked a thousand biscuits from her mother’s heart. Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing Tweet Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google These southern biscuits are rich and fluffy, just like Kya’s ma used to make. Owens mentions biscuits so often throughout Crawdads that I had to indulge. Now, they are a staple around here on the weekends with our eggs and bacon. I hope you enjoy- they come from my heart! I made these for Where…

  • Book Review,  Recipe

    WomanCode Book Review and Recipes

    Recipe Overload Alert!!! All of the healthy gluten free/dairy free/refined sugar free recipes below have been created for the cycle syncing way of life. The list is ever growing as I love sharing new meal ideas so check back often! This book is a life changer for me. I am working towards being my optimal self and this is a great guide. Alisa Vitti is sharing a world of information with women all over who are seeking to heal themselves in all facets of life. Recipe Guide below the book review! Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google WomanCode…

  • Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Healthy,  Recipe

    Gluten Free Chicken Piccata with Zoodles

    I must admit, I was very skeptical of any noodle shaped vegetables replacing my pasta. I held off on the zoodle faze for a very long time but they have withstood the test of time. As I started cycle syncing and being more aware of how gluten affected my gut, I decided to buy some zucchini. This dish is delicious and healthy! The zoodles keep it light and the chicken is gluten free but the piccata keeps it tasty. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google The piccata flavors keep this dish tasty despite being so healthy and light!…

  • Breakfast,  Dessert,  Recipe

    Grown Up Pop Tarts

    Must be 21 to eat these. So if you follow the blog, you may have noticed the Apple Cider Donut Holes stuffed with three different filling flavors. Well, they were delicious.  Yet three mostly filled pastry bags of delightful and flavor packed fillings still sat in my fridge this morning. Genius hit at 5:30 am while my two year old refused to sleep- pop tarts!! This pie dough tart is stuffed with Apple Pie Filling and Salted Caramel then frosted with Maple Whiskey Buttercream before being drizzled with the Salted Caramel Sauce again. Yep, you’re welcome.  peace and xo,   jenni Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share…

  • Breakfast,  Dessert,  Recipe

    Apple Cider Donut Holes Recipe with Caramel, Apple or Maple Whiskey Filling

    Apple Cider Donut Holes with Apple Pie, Caramel, Whiskey Maple filling….. This Orlando girl misses fall. To me, the best part of fall is the apples (besides going back to school. Yes, I have always been nerdy!) Apple picking and fair foods like apple strudel and hot apple cider bred nostalgia. Here in Florida it is hot and summery. So I celebrate the next best way I know how- baking with apples.  These apple cider donut holes are AH-mazing! Alone they are delicious but filled…..it just hits different. The whole batch was gone in less than 24 hours and that’s even without the hubby home to help. (He was out…

  • Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Healthy,  Lunch,  Recipe,  Vegetarian

    Dairy free Cauliflower Leek Soup

    This soup is fall in a bowl. With cinnamon and chili powder spices, it’s automatic comfort food. It’s wholesome, healthy, gluten free and dairy free. It’s almost entirely vegetables and seasoning but at the same time it’s so creamy. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on google Share on tumblr Share on reddit Soup-er healthy and yet so delicious!! Hi! I’m jenni, The Nerdy Gourmet. Learn more about me in my bio! About Me Connect with me! Facebook Twitter Youtube Instagram Pinterest

  • Dinner,  Recipe,  Vegetarian

    Gourmet Mushroom Quesadillas

    I added “Gourmet” to the title because these are not your everyday quesadillas. These are “make them when company comes over” mushroom quesadillas. Gruyere cheese and an assortment of in season mushrooms kick this dish up a few notches. Have you tried this recipe?? I’d love to hear your feedback. Please comment and rate! Peace & love, jenni Want to be alerted when I post new recipes? Subscribe below to be in the know!

  • Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Healthy,  No Refined Sugar,  Recipe,  Vegetarian

    Warm Black Bean & Chickpea Dip

    This dip is so comforting and delicious. You will catch yourself sneaking back for seconds of this scrumptious snack but I’m here to tell you that this recipe is full of healthy things like fiber and protein. No sneaking necessary! Have you tried making this recipe? I’d love to hear your feedback. Please comment and rate! Peace & love, jenni Want to be alerted when I post new recipes? Subscribe below to be in the know!

  • Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Healthy,  No Refined Sugar,  Recipe,  Vegetarian

    Green Mexican Salad

    The flavors in this salad are so incredible that you won’t believe how healthy it is!! A ton of green veggies and black beans are the base but don’t let those boring ingredients phase you. Spicy and bright citrus notes will have you going back to this recipe again and again. Gluten and dairy free. Have you tried making this recipe? Are you cycle syncing? I’d love to hear your feedback. Please comment and rate! Peace & love, jenni Want to be alerted when I post new recipes? Subscribe below to be in the know!