appetizers & nibbles

fried chicken livers appetizer

 Fried chicken livers appetizer is the next trend in entertaining! Healthy and delicious! Skewered with pickles, olives makes them sparkle! Great Appetizers One of THE best great appetizers I’ve ever made? Well, unequivocally, these fried chicken livers appetizer! Chicken Livers Recipe Unless you really love chicken livers, you may rarely […]

quick appetizers

10 quick and easy last minute appetizers

Quick appetizers are a must! You never know when folks might drop in, so have a few appetizer ideas that are sure to please. Make it quick! Super Easy Appetizers Guests can show up at a moment’s notice. That’s when you need super easy quick appetizers!  Easy Healthy Appetizers Sometimes […]

blackened fish

blackened fresh fish

Cooking fresh fish is EZ PZ! And, this blackened fish fresh from the waters is perfect for a gourmet meal right at home! Super simple recipe! Baking Whole Fish in Oven Baking whole fish in the oven doesn’t get any easier than this blackened fresh fish recipe.  Baked Whole Fish […]

lamb meatballs

turkish lamb asiago meatballs

Asiago lamb meatballs will be perfect as an appetizer or for dinner! So simple to make, you’ll bite into glorious global flavors and creamy asiago cheese! Greek Meatballs Lamb meatballs or Greek meatballs are a welcome variation of the traditional Italian meatball. Spiced lamb meatballs that will give you options […]

smoked paprika salmon chunks

smoked paprika salmon chunks

Salmon Smoked paprika salmon chunks are a fun way to create an appeatizer or meal with healthy salmon! These smoked salmon chunks are keto friendly and nutritious! Salmon is one of those really healthy foods that we all should be eating at least weekly. Just in case you don’t know […]

tropical meatballs

tropical meatballs

Oh, these tropical meatballs will go super fast at your next cocktail party! And, if you want to morph this into dinner, serve over rice! YUM! Pineapple Meatballs Recipe Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me on this pineapple meatballs recipe! I am the creator of this recipe and for […]

aloha chicken wings

aloha chicken wings

These aloha chicken wings will make you want to start dancing! Not only simple and easy but, oh, the flavors with the spice and pineapple! Pineapple Chicken Wings Friends, beer and football, are cool! How about a cool snack for this case? Let’s make these pineapple chicken wings and you’ll […]

spicy chicken wings

mandarin spicy chicken wings

Asian Chicken Wings Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me on this mandarin spicy chicken wings recipe! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! Easy spicy chicken wings with a splash of sweet mandarin oranges never […]

smoked salmon

Naan Bread Smoked Salmon Veggie Squares

Get ready to make the most artistically simple, yet, stunning smoked salmon veggie squares that you’ve ever laid your eyes on! They’ll be gone in a flash! Recipes with Naan Bread Learn how to make the naan bread smoked salmon veggie squares! Totally easy and simple. And, quite stunningly beautiful! […]

avocado crostini

avocado garlic crostini

I never know which of my recipes will ignite excitement in those who follow me on social media. But, I can tell you that this recipe did! And, quite frankly, I was shocked because it’s just such an easy simple recipe. Nothing fancy dancy. Nothing extraordinary about it. At least, […]

avocado dip

chunky lime avocado dip

Kinda like guacamole, but it’s not guacamole. It’s my version of avocado dip. Chunky with bold spices and lots of lime! It’s a LOVE affair! Recipe for Avocado Dip Snacking doesn’t have to be full of sin and regret! Not when you’re snacking on something like this recipe for avocado […]

bloody mary wings

bloody mary chicken wings

These bloody mary chicken wings are ahhhhmazing. And, sooooo easy to make! Start munching your bloody mary wings right now! Simple Bloody Mary A simple bloody Mary is easy to make. Almost as easy as these bloody Mary chicken wings!  Ohhhh, here’s THE BEST grilled cheese you’ll ever bite in […]

shrimp sliders

sriracha shrimp sliders

When you’re back’s against the wall in creating some food because you have no kitchen (yes, total remodel and gutting), then you get ultimately creative with cooking at home. Having only two countertop appliances to use for almost three months, a microwave and toaster oven, it became a challenge, and […]

quick appetizers

pearls olive appetizers for parties

This is a sponsored post. I partnered with Pearls Olives and was compensated for creating these appetizer ideas. All of the work that you’ll see, as well as the opinions in this post are solely my own. Disclaimer I love olives. Always have. Always will. Ever since I was a […]

lamb tacos

aussie holiday lamb mango street tacos

This is a sponsored post in paid partnership with True Aussie Beef and Lamb. This recipe and what you’re reading is entirely my own creative intellectual property. Enjoy! OK, there’s some serious cuteness going on here with these lamb mango street tacos. Now, it doesn’t have to be the holidays to […]

Party Entertainment Ideas

Own Your Party Entertainment Ideas

Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for True Aussie Beef & Lamb. (Yes, I’m very lucky to be working with a great company!) And, I’m compensated for creating recipes and posts, including this one, ‘Own Your Party Entertainment Ideas’, for them. Believe me, I don’t partner with any brand unless I truly […]

chicken wings

Kung Pao Chicken Wings

These kung pao chicken wings will probably be THE easiest recipe you’ve ever tried! Basically two, yes, two, ingredients. Come see why! Yummy, Spicy, and Delicious Kung Pao Chicken Wings Really want to taste something spicy this evening? The spicy Kung pao chicken wings can be a great recipe, which […]

orange marmalade spicy drum sticks

Orange Marmalade Spicy Chicken Drum Sticks

I love my orange marmalade spicy chicken drum sticks! There’s nothing difficult about this recipe. If you can dump and stir, then you’ve got it. Chicken Drum Sticks Many housewives bake chicken so often that they began to class it as an everyday meal. After all, it is enough to […]

avocado tomato crunch

avocado tomato crunch

Super Bowl week brings out the most outrageous snack ideas and recipes that one can even imagine! I mean there’s so much out there and most of it, let’s be honest, is basically unhealthy! It’s full of fat, carbs, cholesterol, sugar and everything that’s really not good for you. Now […]

quick dinner bites

Quick Dinner Bites Appetizer

These quick dinner bites are so simple and easy. Plus, very quick to prepare. Even in a pinch! Get the recipe now!!! Quick Dinner Bites Appetizer These quick dinner bites are so simple and easy. Plus, very quick to prepare. Even in a pinch! Friends stop by during the holidays, […]

double date spicy chicken wings

double date spicy chicken wings

Coming up with new names for things is one of the challenges of being a food blogger. I mean you want to correctly express an idea of what the dish is, but, on the other hand, you want it to stick, maybe be slightly clever and catchy. That’s why I […]

creamy avocado vegetable spread

creamy avocado vegetable spread

Finding easy and healthy ways to trim a few calories and ramp up the nutrition value of what we eat is always on my mind. Of course, avocados are perfect for making spreads and dips that can be used in so many ways. This creamy avocado vegetable spread is perfect […]

pan seared fresh tuna steak

pan seared tuna steak

Tuna Steak Dinner in well under 30 minutes is doable with this pan seared tuna steak recipe! A simple salad or baked potato and you’re ready to eat healthy! Yes, I’ll say it again. A healthy dinner in well under 30 minutes sounds almost impossible. But, when you’re pan searing […]

the art of charcuterie tapas mezze

creating charcuterie tapas mezze: five tips

First of all, let’s decide what charcuterie tapas and mezze mean. To do that, we’ll rely upon our trusty Wikipedia definitions verbatim. And, as you read my thoughts on creating your own masterpieces, yes, I’ll be giving you my five tips on charcuterie tapas and mezze, you’ll also be seeing […]

peach caprese

peach caprese

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this peach caprese post! All the opinions and creativity are solely mine. Full disclosure, click here! I know you’ve had ‘puzzle gut’. Yes, that’s the situation you’re in when you want something to eat, but you don’t know what you want to eat. Recently […]

Tri-Blend Bean Tomato Dip or Spread

bean + tomato spread

What do you do when you open one too many cans of beans when you’re making chili? Well, in this case, I decided to make a bean dip, which also can be a pretty wicked sandwich spread!  If you can’t find the tri-blend canned beans, then use whatever bean(s) make […]

your reality escape

your reality escape

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” — Pablo Picasso Your imagination is a powerful thing. It’s the brain’s way of seeing what the possibilities are. Everything that we use in today’s world is because of someone’s imagination that sparked dreams and ‘seeing’ what could be. No […]

za’atar spice mixture

za’atar spice mixture

Za’atar a passionately aromatic spice Middle Eastern spice mixture that has so many wonderful applications in your cooking. Generally, the mixture is made with dried herbs like marjoram and/or thyme, but to get a vibrant color with intense fragrance you can use fresh herbs. And, there’s no ‘rule’ that you […]

pimento cheese deviled eggs

pimento cheese deviled eggs

Can deviled eggs melt in your mouth? Well, take one bite of these pimento cheese deviled eggs and you’ll see what I mean! I’m always telling you that food is history, and it’s exactly that with deviled eggs, which date back to the Roman Empire. There’s lots of versions of […]

bacon bleu littl' devils

bacon bleu littl’ devils

Picnics. Family dinners. Tailgating. Covered dish church suppers. Whatever the occasion, this is one platter of goodliness that you’ll sure to get rave reviews on! For those who want a healthier alternative to the traditional deviled egg or if you just want a more hip 21st century version of the […]

asian curried marmalade wings

asian curried marmalade wings

Asian Curried Marmalade Wings ignites two things for me. Challenging myself to just a few ingredients and making quick and easy recipes is one of my goals for the next year. Also, I’m working on making shorty videos of the recipe. You know, those videos with happy catchy perky music […]

peach bellini

peach bellini

Peach Bellini is a classic wine cocktail. It requires sparkling wine or champagne with fresh peaches and sweetener for sweet cocktail lovers. Yes, this is a sponsored post. I assure you, everything here is my opinion (hey, I’m way too old and seasoned to do otherwise!). For a full disclosure~click […]

sesame chicken drumettes

sesame chicken drumettes

Yes, tailgating is great. It’s camaraderie. It’s great food. It’s excitement and loyalty. But, who says it can’t be done right in your own living room where you have a prime seat watching the big screen, a comfy sofa, wine, a fireplace crackling and the cat purring and sleeping on […]

hatch chili wings

hatch chile wings

Oh, lawsy, what do you do when you have the munchies at 10 pm at night and you want something spicy and hot. And, did I say pretty dang quick! Order a pizza? No way. These hatch chile wings were spot on. I mean in about 25 minutes, start to […]

adriatic asiago cheese sauce

adriatic asiago cheese sauce

The Adriatic Sea is just amazingly beautiful. And, when you’re on the Dalmation coast of Croatia, it seems even more spectacular and glorious! The waters shimmer and their color is a vibrant turquoise blue. Coastal cities like Debrovnik and Split are now hot hip travel destinations. And, it’s easy to […]

iieana's beef empanadas

lleana’s beef empanadas

This is a sponsored post from Knorr’s and Zooppa~~I was given an opportunity to create five recipes they sent me, photograph them, then enter into the Knorrs contest on Zooppa. So, nothing was ‘boho’d’ but I shall give you some of the things I learned from making the recipes~~here goes […]

English Cucumber Galette

English Cucumber Galette

I love a challenge!  And, when I saw the Lenox/Rozanne Gold 1-2-3 recipe contest, I decided I’d see what I could conjure up.  I had a fresh English cucumber in the refrigerator and some yummy plain Greek yogurt. I decided a English Cuke Galette would be born.  So, with a […]

asiago cheese dates & mint toasties

One thing that stands out in my mind about traveling in Italy and especially Tuscany is the cheese, yes, the cheese~~it’s glorious, and one of my favorites is asiago. Cheese like wine is complex, and it takes some investigation into really understanding the differences in various cheeses and between ‘fresh’ […]

creole chicken wings

best ever creole chicken wings

Creole vs Cajun These creole chicken wings are perfect for a quick snack or even a meal. Dip them in the creamy smokey chipotle sauce. Taste the spiciness! BEST EVER! Doesn’t matter to me if I’m talking creole or cajun because they’re both perfect for chicken wings. Folks say that […]

~emerald green dipping olive oil~

emerald green dipping olive oil

Things to Dip Bread In There’s nothing more glorious than a dipping olive oil! Take your warm crusty baguette or artisan bread slices and make a meal with dipping oil! Basil Oil Nothing goes better with olive oil than basil, fresh basil. I think I could just eat basil leaves […]

fried green tomatoes

fried green tomatoes

If you’re Southern you know Fried Green Tomatoes.  You grew up on FGTs.  You proably like or even love FGTs! If you’re not Southern, I am so very very sorry.  Good news! You can become an honorary Southerner by going through a series of eating assignments, so think about it…could be fun.  […]

~roasted baby peppers with cumin & cilantro~

roasted baby peppers with cumin & cilantro

If you have a gas stove roasting peppers is just so easy and a great way to preserve peppers when they’re in season.  And, if you don’t have a gas stove, then you can use your outdoor gas grill! Sometimes I use baby peppers, other times I use the big […]

lemon pepper rustic farm veggies

There’s nothing more wonderful than sitting down at a big table crowded with platters and bowls full of vibrant colors of the rainbow!  There’s also nothing more beautiful than the most natural state of veggies including the wispy roots on onions and carrots, their colorful tops, and the numbs and bumps on […]

skillet steamed fresh mountain trout

skillet steamed fresh mountain trout

Camping is always an adventure! Growing up I never camped—actually, this is one of the new escapades of my life after 50! My philosophy is that I want to experience as much as I can out of life while I’m able and healthy—so, getting hooked on camping has been one […]

~eggo southern hushpuffies~

eggo southern hushpuffies

Cooking contests bring out the best in me!  I love the thrill of the challenge~~after reading the rules carefully and knowing what the parameters are, my head starts to assimilate and go to work.  Now, most of the time, this ‘thinking’ is at the subconscious level~~and, after a few days, […]

~beet mint ricotta salad~

beet mint ricotta salad

When I create recipes, it’s usually because I want to complete a feel, a look, taste, and because I want to fill out a ‘theme’~~so, when I pulled out a leg of lamb to prepare for a dinner party, I knew that the side dishes had to be spectacular and […]

pan seared scallops

pan seared scallops

Escape to the Caribbean with this easy pan seared scallops recipe! The flavors of the tropics ooze through the scallops and the pasta! Pan Seared Scallops Recipe This is the easiest and most delicious pan seared scallops recipe you’ll find! Yes, there’s an art to cooking scallops, but you can […]

Antipasta Starter

antipasti starter

What is Antipasti An antipasti starter is about gathering friends around the table and enjoying the art of nibbling, snacking and sharing! Mezze and tapas are similar. An antipasti starter is basically a ‘starter’ prior to the big meal! Some may call it antipastO. The basic different between the ending […]

Sweet & Spicy Saigon Spread

Sweet & Spicy Saigon Spread

It’s just so easy to make your own  ‘designer’ inspired spreads, and you can control everything about it~~the flavors, the textures, the colors, the ingredients!  So starting with my main ingredient, ‘Sweet & Spicy Saigon’ spice from Simply Asia…thanks to them for sending me a box of products…I decided that […]

Rhubarb Raspberry Lemon Mint Sauce

Rhubarb Raspberry Lemon Mint Sauce

My cool husband is SO SO SO supportive of all of my cooking, competing and culinary shenanigans~~in this world of food, it’s important to have the spouse on board!  He loves to try things, always gives his brutally honest opinion, has joined me in a cooking class (in Italy, and […]

Grilled Mango & Raspberry Mint Crostini

grilled mango & raspberry mint crostini

Gotta love Wikipedia! Crostini (meaning “little toasts” in Italian) are an Italian appetizer consisting of small slices of grilled or toasted bread and toppings. The toppings may include a variety of different cheeses, meats, and vegetables, or may be presented more simply with a brush of olive oil and herbs or a sauce. Crostini are typically made using French or Italian baguettes and are often served […]

Sea Salt & Raw Sugar Cinnamon Roasted Walnuts

sea salt cinnamon roasted walnuts

Nuts for Health Roasted walnuts with seas salt and cinnamon! Perfect topping for salads, yogurt, cereal, a charcuterie and more. Take walnuts to a higher level of yum! Nuts for your health is well-documented. Basically any type of nut is going to be good for your health, well, unless you’re […]

Fresh Crab & Campari Tomatoes

Fresh Crab & Campari Tomatoes

We have more crabs than Carter’s got pills in our inlet!  Ben will just bait the crab traps, toss ’em out from the floating dock, leave them for about 48 hours or more, and when we pull them in, they’re usually loaded with big fat crabs!  Throw ’em in a […]

Spicy Jalapeno Bacon Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are always a great snack or side dish for holiday meals.  Seems that’s the main time that I think of these petite treats, and they’re usually on my Easter dinner table~~the egg mood time!  While the standard recipes for deviled eggs works, finding ways to change them up, […]

Wicked Smokey Bacon Deviled Eggs

wicked smokey bacon deviled eggs

There are just so many ways you can put new twists on your deviled eggs!  Since I’ve boiled up a big batch (14 to be exact), I decided to about 3-6 each differently.  One batch was done with jalapenos and bacon, so this one got the smokey slant with paprika […]

pork chop & mustard greens

Grilled Pork Chop & Mustard Green Bites

This would be a ‘Southern’ appetizer created for a girlfriend party!  Now why grilled pork chop and mustard green bites? Well, most of my ideas come from ingredients I find the day I’m shopping for them.  I like to shop and buy local, seasonal and on sale, so both of […]

Crispy & Savory Shrimp Brie & Prosciutto Wrap

Crispy & Savory Shrimp Brie & Prosciutto Wrap

Creating this recipe for the Ile de France Cheese ‘Holiday Recipe Contest’ was a lot of fun!  Living on the coast of South Carolina means I have access to some of the most succulent shrimp you could ever put in your mouth, so finding new ways to prepare, plate and […]

Crispy & Savory Shrimp Brie & Prosciutto Wrap

This creation was for the Ile de France Holiday Contest…since I love brie cheese, I decided to combine my inlet living shrimping with some brie cheese…now, granted some culinary ‘experts’ may say seafood and cheese don’t go together, but in my world of food, whatever makes your tastebuds happy, works! […]