memorable dinner dishes

chicken parmesan

quick healthy chicken parmesan

Chicken paremsan the healthy version. Yep, let me share with you why. And, not to mention, quick and easy to prepare! Now you’re probably very familiar with traditional chicken parmesan, if not, here’s a little history. We’re going to be be using fresh tomatoes, and, if you can find and swing […]

hot dogs

crazy good olive onion hot dogs

Crazy good olive onion hot dogs. Yep, that’s what these are. It was really hard coming up with a name, and I kept going back to the idea of, ‘Dang, these are crazy good!’ Now, I’m an olive addict. I admit it. I just love them. All types of olives. […]

pork chops

pork chops greek style one skillet

Pork chops. Thin pork chops. Yeah, I’m sometimes all about making food that’s healthy, fresh, quick and easy. Listen, I know how busy you are. Now before you order up one of those meal delivery services, check out this recipe because with just a few ingredients, you’ll be set. Make […]

gound chicken meatballs

ground chicken chorizo italian meatballs

Ground chicken meatballs seasoned with some tasty beef chorizo makes meatballs just a tad bit healthier! And, since I’ve done a fusion of Asian and Italian in this meatball seasoning mixture, I’m thinking you’re not going to believe you’re eating ground chicken meatballs! Asian Italian Ground Chicken Meatballs There’s nothing […]

lamb chops

aussie open fire lamb chops

Disclosure (Aussie Open Fire Lamb Chops) 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, including this one, Aussie Open Fire Lamb Chops, for them using their product(s). Believe me, I […]

creole chicken recipe

super quick creole chicken dinner

I am totally inspired by Epicurious! Am on their newsletter and always love seeing it in my ‘IN’ box. They have on their website a collection of great chicken recipes. Not just one chicken recipe, mind you, but lots of chicken recipes. I mean who doesn’t love chicken. But, we’re all […]

shrimp veggie noodle bowl

shrimp udon noodle bowl

You want to be sure to eat this shrimp noodle bowl hot! That means have your bowls, spoons, chopsticks and hungry tummies ready because this recipe takes about fifteen minutes and you’re ready to chow down! Shrimp Noodle Bowl Marriage This recipe is really a fusion of Asian and Italian! […]

Andouille Sausage Beans & Kale Stew

andouille sausage beans & kale stew

Sausage, yes, something I love. The ubiqutous Costco another thing I love. My life changed the first day I got my membership. Lawsy, there are so many things I love about it, especially the food selection. And, this sausage that I used in this recipe for andouille sausage beans and kale […]

mexican street pork fajita bowl

mexican street pork fajita bowl

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post for the mexican street pork fajita bowl ! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! Honestly, I ask you, would you ever think of using a frozen smoothie […]

One Bird Three Meals

one bird three meals

I’m West Virginia born, bred and reared. And, dang proud of it! One thing about growing up in the coal fields of Appalachia where there was no “silver spoon” in my mouth nor that of my three siblings was that we learned early on how to eat healthy, how to […]

Smothered Creole Pork Chops Tomatoes & Mushrooms

smothered creole pork chops tomatoes & mushrooms

Smothered creole pork chops tomatoes & mushrooms! I mean that just sounds so amazing! And, pork chop recipes can be super easy! If you think cooking is laborious, time-consuming and keeps you chained to the stove and kitchen, well, think again. I’m on a roll to show you and let […]

tavern style taco pot roast

tavern style taco pot roast

This post on tavern style taco pot roast is a paid partnership with Cuckoo Electronics America. All of the opinions and information you see here are entirely my own. CONFESSION: I have never in my life owned a pressure cooker. Why? You’ll just have to watch the video in this post […]

buttermilk spicy fried chicken tenders waffles & cukes

buttermilk spicy fried chicken tenders waffles & cukes

While this ‘fried chicken tenders’ recipe may ‘look’ complicated with the list of ingredients, please keep in mind that the majority of the ingredients (seven of the thirteen) are simply spices that you’re going to put into your flour dredge to season your chicken tenders. And, several of the ingredients […]

dinner style french onion beef sandwich

dinner style french onion beef sandwich

OK, I think I know someone’s going to ask as you look at these pictures of this recipe, ‘What are those little pink flicks on the onions?” Well, it’s fresh ground pink peppercorns! Yes, I could have used regular pepper or a tri-colored peppercorn, but I just thought the pink […]

one skillet greek chicken fennel onions and olives

greek chicken fennel onions and olives

I am shopping my own refrigerator and freezer for this greek chicken recipe! Especially for a foodie like me who create recipes and have food blogs. Yes, I’m cooking virtually every single day, so I have a full stocked pantry, overflowing freezer, doubles and triples of spices and spice mixtures, […]

jeffersonian inspired chunky vegetable beef stew

jeffersonian inspired chunky vegetable beef stew

I’ve always been intrigued by history. In fact, reading historical biographies, watching documentaries on television, and exploring the Internet reading about history is one of my favorite pasttime activities. Well, that is when I have time to have a ‘pasttime’. I think this love affair for history started my second […]

happy cowboy salsa ranchero chili poblano meatloaf

happy cowboy salsa ranchero chili poblano meatloaf

  There’s nothing better for dinner, nothing more the epitome of comfort food, and nothing better for making sandwiches than this poblano meatloaf! And, this happy cowboy salsa ranchero chili poblano meatloaf is a fabulously flavorful take on an updated blue plate special for your local diner’s meatloaf lunch or […]

aussie moroccoan lamb kefta

aussie moroccoan lamb kefta

This recipe is brought to you by True Aussie Beef and Lamb. I was compensated for creating this recipe using their product. All of the thoughts and opinions written are mine completely. There’s nothing more exhilarating for me as an avid home cook than to experiment with new flavors, textures […]

meaty pizza bolognese sauce

meaty pizza bolognese sauce

Meaty meat sauce is important to me. Why? Because I raised three boys and this is what they preferred in their pasta sauce. Lots of meat and make that thick. And, this meaty pizza bolognese sauce had to also have certain flavors, some ingredients had to be masked (like onions) […]

creamy vodka marinara sauce

creamy vodka marinara sauce

Sometimes my eyes get bigger than my stomach! In other words, sometimes when I’m grocery shopping, especially at Costco, I sometimes am motivated to load up on perishables because they’re such a great buy and the quantity is at least double that of the same price at a regular grocer. […]

french onion lamb meatballs

french onion lamb meatballs

Meatballs are more than just rolling seasoned ground meat into balls and cooking. Really good meatballs, I mean moist tender and deeply flavored, but not overwhelmingly so, meatballs call for ingredients and techniques that give you that end result. And, that’s precisely what these french onion lamb meatballs are, the […]

orange marmalade spicy drum sticks

orange marmalade spicy chicken drum sticks

I totally love recipes like this orange marmalade spicy chicken drum sticks! Why? Not just because it’s super luscious and delicious, but also because it’s so versatile. I mean you can use this orange marmalade mixture on any cut of chicken: thighs, breasts, even the whole chicken, but I love […]

pan seared salmon & fresh greens

Who doesn’t love a meal, and I mean a great meal, that you can prepare in about thirty minutes. That’s exactly what you can do with this recipe! You’ll be dining on pan seared salmon and fresh greens in no time at all. And, if you’re not as adept in […]

skinny girl stuffed pork chops

skinny girl stuffed pork chops

If you’ve looking for low fat pork chop recipes, I’ve got this ‘skinny girl’ series of recipes going. And, by skinny girl, I really mean healthy girl. Or boys, guys, men. Not singling y’all out by any means! These skinny girl stuffed pork chops are just so simple to make. […]

asiago fresh herb meatballs

asiago fresh herb meatballs

Meatballs are such a comfort food for me. I mean who doesn’t love a good meatball. It’s like a ball filled with so much flavor, and my asiago fresh herb meatballs have even more flavor than you’d typically expect in a meatball! That’s probably because of the abundance of fresh […]

skinny girl sheet pan creole chicken

skinny girl sheet pan creole chicken

Know why I call this recipe skinny girl sheet pan creole chicken? Are you just dying to know why? Well, it’s because I’m thinking, ‘Girrrrrl! If you wanna get skinny and still be able to eat more and more of something, then you’d better be making this recipe!’ Creole chicken […]

bourbon fajita pork bbq

bourbon fajita pork bbq

Bourbon fajita pork BBQ is a recipe that requires zero cooking skills, and it’s all made in one pot or even easier, a slow cooker! Well, that’s what this bourbon fajita pork bbq is, and it’s a fabulous pork recipe. A one pot wonder! When I prepare meats, I like to […]

aussie grassfed beef skewered meatballs with fruit & goat cheese yogurt mint sauce

aussie grassfed beef harissa meatball fruit kabobs

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, including this one, aussie grassfed beef harissa meatball fruit kabobs, and for them using their product(s). Believe me, I don’t partner […]

harissa chicken and vegetables

harissa chicken and vegetables

In this crazy world that most all of us live in, we want to eat well, eat nutritiously and have recipes that are simple and easy but recipes that deliver the pizazzz and wowzzzeeee that excite our palate. Well, that’s what this harissa chicken and vegetables is. It’s a recipe […]

aussie grassfed beef & mushroom cowhand stew

aussie grassfed beef & mushroom cowhand stew

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, including this one, aussie grassfed beef & mushroom cowhand stew, and for them using their product(s). Believe me, I don’t partner with […]

best ever sunday roasted chicken

best ever sunday roasted chicken

Winner winner chicken dinner! You bet there’s nothing more comforting than a big ol’ chicken dinner waiting for you on Sunday afternoon. As you well know, I look out for not only your good eating by creating healthy recipes, well, most of them healthy…I mean ya gotta have some fun […]

cast iron skillet chicken caprese

cast iron skillet chicken caprese

Ever wonder what the most popular meat is in the world? Yeah, I know, that’s a random thought. And, there’s debate on that and different opinions, so research on and dig deeper if you want to know. Here in the United States my white meat of choice is chicken. And, […]

Thai Red Curry Lemongrass Pork

thai red curry lemongrass pork

Pork is a favorite meat of mine, and I’m always trying to put new twists on it.  Rather than just roast the pork then put it with potatoes and veggies, I decided to take an Asian slant, well, Thai, and use red curry, ginger, mushrooms, green onions and things that […]

aussie grassfed beef asian bowl

aussie grassfed beef asian bowl

Sometimes a little bit of meat that’s ‘oh so amazing’ is just what you need when you team it with a lot of fresh raw veggies! And, that’s what we have here with this aussie grassfed beef asian bowl! What’s most incredible about this recipe is that it literally takes […]

world’s best slow cooker sesame garlic chicken

world’s best slow cooker sesame garlic chicken

Oh, the convenience and deliciousness of the slow cooker! Yes, slow cookers or crock pots can revolutionize your meal preparation especially if you’re not one to want to stay in the kitchen and putz around with cooking! The flavors in this recipe are just divine! You’re going to love the […]

slow cooker chicken marsala and sugar snap peas

slow cooker chicken marsala and sugar snap peas

One of my favorite Italian dishes is chicken marsala. And, I’m always looking for ways to use the basic elements of this dish in new recipes. I’ve created a chicken marsala soup, which is outstanding and one of my most pinned recipes. Imagine that. Chicken marsala in a bowl as […]

aussie grassfed bonless leg of lamb morrocoan style

aussie grassfed boneless leg of lamb morocoan style

Disclosure Aussie Grassfed Boneless Leg of Lamb Moroccan Style This recipe for Moroccoan  lamb is a sponsored post. That means I’m being paid for this post, aussie grassfed boneless leg of lamb morrocoan style . But, I don’t partner with any brand unless I believe in and trust their product. […]

greek isles grilled chicken

greek isles grilled chicken

Chicken can sometimes be ‘dry’ as we know. Especially chicken that’s boneless and skinless. Or chicken that’s been grilled. Unless you know how to do the chicken right when grilling, you might run into dryness. This recipe is a chicken rescue for that time that it might be a tad […]

italian chicken & gravy

italian chicken & gravy

Sometimes I want good ol’ comfort food. Something that will fill my belly and make me feel like i’m wrapped in love and security. And, that’s what this Italian chicken and gravy does for me. It’s just a taste of being enveloped in a comfy blanket like when you’re sitting on […]

salt & vinegar sauce chicken strips

salt & vinegar sauce chicken strips

It’s a fact that your taste buds change throughout life. When you were a kid, there were probably things you’d never eat because of one reason or another. However, as we get older and our palates become more ‘mature’ we sometimes have hankerings for certain tastes, textures, flavors. Or we […]

aussie beef lollipop sticks

aussie grassfed beef lollipop sticks

There are so many things that mark the blooming of Spring and the bursting of Summer. From traditional holidays, like Easter and Spring Break, to newly celebrated occasions like Cinco de Mayo. And, of course, we can’t forget weddings and graduations. Yes, grads are exploding at every level from Kindergarten […]

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 […]

lamb burger night

aussie lamb burger night

There’s nothing more epic’ly’ American than a burger! And, I’ll confess I am a burger lover! And, now I’m talking’ aussie lamb burger night! When I lived in Boston for about three years, I even created a ‘Burger Tribe’. We roamed the streets and neighborhoods for THE best burgers, and, […]

chicken marsala mushroom stew

chicken marsala mushroom stew

One of my most popular recipes is chicken marsala soup. OMG! If you haven’t tried it, then you want to! Here’s the link.  I mean this recipe gets huge traffic per my Google analytics! So, I thought, why not build on something that’s popular. Something that people like obviously. Something […]

chicken mango fajita bake

chicken mango fajita bake

This is good. Real good. Chicken mango fajita bake. Think a warm tender bun with some crispy on the bottom from the baking and grilling in melted butter. Then you’ve got layers of good flavors between the buns. Deli Chicken. Get the kind you like. Maybe mesquite grilled. Maybe honey […]

curried chicken & dumpling casserole

curried chicken & dumpling casserole

I love trying new recipes on dinner party guests. And, that’s what I did with this curried chicken and dumpling casserole. But, the casserole I served at the dinner party wasn’t exactly like this. Yes, the curried chicken part was, but for the dinner party, I used a puff pastry […]

orange sriracha glazed chicken with peppercorns

orange sriracha glazed chicken with peppercorns

Orange sirirach glazed chicken with peppercorns. Sounds kinda fancy, doesn’t it? Maybe fancy to you means difficult to make? Well, if so, you’re in for a big surprise. This dish is so outrageously easy to make that you’ll be using it as one of your ‘go to’ recipes for dinner […]

spinach feta greek meatballs

spinach feta greek meatballs

The most time-consuming part of this spinach feta greek meatballs recipe is patting out the water from the thawed spinach! That’s it! I probably used multiple paper towels. It’s quite amazing how much water there is in the frozen chopped spinach. While I didn’t make them ‘bone dry’, I did […]

rustic Italian chicken shitake mushroom pot

rustic italian chicken shitake mushroom pot

Meals in bowls always seem a little bit more comforting to me than on a plate. There’s just something about maybe the broth, the gravy, the au jus or whatever there is that you can sop up with crusty hot bread, cornbread, rolls. You get the idea! This rustic Italian […]

great american diner grilled burger patties & onions

great american diner grilled burger patties & onions

There is nothing better than a hamburger cooked in a screamin’ hot cast iron skillet. And, this great american diner grilled burger patties and onions proves that prior statement hands down. You don’t need much seasoning when you start with a grass fed ground beef. There are so so many […]

pesto meatballs and marinara sauce

pesto meatballs and marinara sauce

Meatballs can be a meal for me and my family. And, these pesto meatballs and marinara sauce are just that. All you need to do is add maybe a salad, something crunchy! Here’s what I’d recommend! Bleu cheese coleslaw. OMG! You’re going to love the contrast of flavors. Especially, the […]

pork sloppy joes

pork sloppy joes

Kids give sometimes give funny names to stuffed animals, objects and even people. Sometimes these people are their parents. When my oldest son was younger, like around ten, he started calling me ‘Sloppy Joes’. It wasn’t because I was a slob or slouch in the way I dressed or kept […]

orange pineapple fajita chicken & veggies

orange pineapple fajita chicken & veggies

Simplicity. Easy. One pan. Stunningly beautiful. Exceptionally flavorful. That’s what defines this orange pineapple fajita chicken & veggies recipe. The toughest part of this recipe is slicing the vegetables.That’s about the extent of it. When I create a dish, my mind is always in its artistic mode. I think about […]

three layer meaty lasagna

three layer meaty lasagna

2016 is a momentous year in American history. I’m talking about the presidential election. For months and months and months leading up to November 8th, there was a growing awareness of the importance, and in some ways the divisiveness, of this election. Now, I’m not trying to get political here. […]

pan seared fresh tuna steak

pan seared fresh tuna steak

Have you ever had the chance to see fresh tuna being caught. Or fresh tuna being hauled in from a deep sea fishing boat? Well, if you haven’t, then make that one of your ‘bucket list’ things to see. Can you guess what the top tuna fishing towns are? I mean […]

pineapple enchilada slow cooker chicken

pineapple enchilada slow cooker chicken

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post, pineapple enchilada slow cooker chicken ! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! When I have company coming, I like to prepare ahead of time […]

hurricane sesame glazed chicken

hurricane sesame glazed chicken

Hurricanes are a tragic natural disaster. Living on the coast of South Carolina, I don’t look forward to ‘hurricane season’. Unlike the ‘holiday season’ it’s fraught with some underlying anxiousness each time a ‘disturbance’ starts circulating in the far away Atlantic ocean. This hurricane sesame glazed chicken recipe is inspired […]

all american grilled steak

all american grilled steak

The all american grilled steak falls into the category of finding excellent quality ingredients. Actually, I know that all recipes start with good high-quality ingredients. Doesn’t matter what I’m making, I always look at those ingredients and ask myself, if that the best I can afford, find, buy, use? All of […]

shrimp & pancetta gravy

shrimp & pancetta gravy

Hurricanes are a tragic natural disaster. Living on the coast of South Carolina, I don’t look forward to ‘hurricane season’. Unlike the ‘holiday season’ it’s fraught with some underlying anxiousness each time a ‘disturbance’ starts circulating in the far away Atlantic ocean. This shrimp & pancetta gravy recipe is inspired […]

coal miner's dinner

coal miner’s dinner

Coal miners. Hard working. Sacrificing. A job that is thankless. A job that is exceptionally dangerous. Yes, I grew up in West Virginia. The heart of bituminous coal mining. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, I remember well the river in our little town being jet black. Yes, that was […]

love bird citrus garlic chicken

love bird citrus garlic chicken

When I decided to spatchcock then split this bird into two lovely individual pieces, it looked like a sweet heart side-by-side perched in the cast iron skillet. You see, I’m a food artist. For me, whenever I work with an ingredient, especially those that are totally natural and the best […]

lemon infused salmon with a fruit spinach medley

lemon infused salmon with a fruit spinach medley

Finding new ways to use food products takes creativity. Sometimes we get stuck in the same old way of doing things. That’s how I came up with the idea for this lemon infused salmon with a fruit spinach medley. Another reason for this type recipe is to create something that’s […]

lowcountry seafood boil

lowcountry seafood boil

From New England. The Chesapeake Bay, and Louisiana, to Georgia and South Carolina, one hugely traditional common thread joins us. We love our seafood boils. And, having lived in South Carolina’s Lowcountry for decades, we’ve done our share of boils and been to more than I can count. Depending on […]

mango basil chicken linguine

mango basil chicken linguine

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! All the opinions and creativity are solely my own. For a full disclosure, click here! What I love about this recipe is that it’s all in one skillet. Can you believe that you don’t have to pre-cook the linguine! Yes, […]

havana paprika grilled chicken

havana paprika grilled chicken

March 2016 was somewhat historic. Yes, it’s when the world shifted. The stars collided. The universe got bigger. According to the New York Times “…The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it would allow individuals to travel to Cuba for “people to people” educational trips and lift limits on the use […]

pepper encrusted bison tenderloin & grilled onions

pepper encrusted bison tenderloin & grilled onions

I am a fan of bison. All cuts of bison. Tender and tasty, it’s much like beef but different. When you look at bison that’s not been cooked, you’ll immediately see that it’s much redder than beef. That’s because bison doesn’t have a lot of marbeling, or internal fat, like […]

italian fried flounder

italian fried flounder

Living on the water means that we have in our back yard a treasure trove of opportunities and pleasures. From boating in our rickety but full of personality john boat to just watching the tidal changes, it’s an entertaining adventure. Add to that the fish and seafood that can be […]

bosnian pot

bosnian pot

Earthy. Hearty. Filling. Rustic. Those are just a few adjectives that describe this Bosnian Pot. Add to that flexible and easy, and you know you want this on your dinner table now! Actually called Bosanski Lonac, this Eastern European culinary specialty has deep rich flavors, and you can vary the […]

easy lamb bolognese

easy lamb bolognese

Who doesn’t love a rich thick flavorful bolognese? And, one that is relatively quick and easy to make? While I have a couple of other bolognese recipes on my website that are dynamite killer good, I wanted to create one that took less time and had fewer ingredients. But had […]

brown sugar fig pork

brown sugar fig pork

I usually don’t like messy. Buuuuut, when messy is a delicious messy, then I’m all for it! You’ll see that this brown sugar fig pork makes for one messy Dutch oven. But the elbow grease in scrubbin’ that pot will be well worth the goodliness of this pork! Steeped in […]

taco spicy sunshine pork

taco spicy sunshine pork

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! All the opinions and creativity are solely my own. For a full disclosure, click here! I’m focusing more on recipes that have a fewer ingredients. Recipes that pack some serious palate power with the few ingredients.  This takes some […]

flounder creole

flounder creole

Inspiration for this creation comes from several incentives. Let me share because I think you’ll get a kick out of how my recipes are ‘birthed’! First of all, as some of you might know, we live on the water along the coast of the Carolinas. And, this location affords us […]

30 minute lemon shrimp pasta

30 minute lemon shrimp pasta

I love challenges. Even if it’s a small challenge that’s self-imposed. Challenges don’t have to be completing a triathlon to receive great gratification. Challenges can be those that you choose to do with yourself to keep YOU on your toes. That’s a big way of how I live my life […]

Crispy Spicy Chicken Sliders with Apricot Mustard Sauce

chicken sliders & apricot mustard sauce

Sometimes you just gotta cut corners when cooking, especially when you’re in a hurry or just don’t want to make everything from scratch.  That’s perfectly o.k! Not a cardinal sin of cooking. If you read labels and examine the ingredients list of some of today’s pre-packaged items, you can sometimes find […]

big daddy pork chops

Pork has always been a big part of my life. My Mom used to talk about how her father would celebrate Christmas with roasting a whole pig. Of course, this was a huge luxury back in the 1930s for her immigrant family. Money was tight. There was a lot of […]

jamaican jerk oven fried chicken

jamaican jerk oven fried chicken

Some recipes like this jamaican jerk oven fried chicken take some prep and getting your fingers sticky and gooey. Yes, there’s gonna be some clean up, dishes, a messy counter space and some other odds and ends. But, the outcome is well worth all the effort and time you put […]

chicken in onion wine sauce with farm vegetables

chicken in onion wine sauce with farm vegetables

I was a walking zombie when I was in my late 20s, 30s and early 40s. With finishing my doctorate degree, having kids, a home, family, tons of laundry, shuttling kids here and there, and starting my own business, I was time-starved and brain dead when it came to cooking. […]

berbere spiced ribs

berbere spiced ribs

Berbere (Amharic: በርበሬ berberē, Tigrinya: በርበረ berbere) is a spice mixture, whose ingredients usually include chili peppers, garlic, ginger, dried basil, korarima, rue, white and black pepper and fenugreek.[1][2] It is a key ingredient in the cuisines of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Berberé (or Berbere) is an Ethiopian spice mixture that is the flavoring foundation of Ethiopian cuisine, a basic ingredient in Dabo Kolo, Doro Wat, and many other dishes. Berberé is made from a […]

pot roast lasagna

pot roast lasagna

Usually when you make a pot roast, you make a big one. You probably have leftovers. The meat is tender tasty and perfect for so many other dishes. Once you taste this pot roast lasagna, the next time you make a pot roast, you’ll probably buy a much bigger one […]

israeli beef roast

israeli beef roast

Yes, this beef roast takes some time, but trust me, it’s worth every minute you put into it!  It’s the antithesis of ‘fast’ food~~ ‘slow’ food to perfection! One of the most ethereal things about Middle Eastern cooking is the combination of spices used in dishes or simply sprinkled on […]

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moroccan veal kefta

This moroccan veal kefta is a sponsored post~Cedar Springs Veal. #ReVEALingExcellence All of the content and opinions is strictly my own. Growing up, I never really had the chance to eat veal. Just wasn’t available in the hollers of West Virginia where I was raised. Sometimes I think being ‘deprived’ of […]

Apricot Ginger Mustard Glazed Ham

apricot ginger mustard glazed ham

I usually buy spiral hams for Easter. This year I decided to break away from this tradition and do a real ham meaning that I’d create my own glaze as well as I’d be able to control the slicing of it, the thickness, size, shape, more ‘organic’ and natural. Not […]

salmon with watercress scallion caper vinaigrette topping

salmon with watercress scallion caper vinaigrette topping

Meals that are quick and easy are the best. Now I love anything with lots of greens and salty. And, this recipe for salmon with watercress scallion caper vinaigrette topping answers all my adventurous palate desires! I’ve learned in the past few years how to cook salmon to perfection. I […]

skillet stuffed chicken with spinach & ricotta

skillet stuffed chicken with spinach & ricotta

When I learned that Emilie from The Clever Carrot had inked a cookbook contract, I was super excited. I just knew everything in it would be mouth-watering, healthy, easy and super delicious. When I got my copy of the book, I was not disappointed. There are so many things I […]

spinach lemon stuffed salmon

spinach lemon stuffed salmon

Just a few ingredients. About 15 minutes. And, you have a healthy meal! I need not tell you how good salmon is for you. And, preparing it like this with the lemon, garlic and just salt and pepper, you have a citruseeeee tender salmon with a taste of garlic and […]

~tomato garlic basil beef stew~

tomato garlic basil bone marrow beef stew

The method of stewing meat is a very old cooking technique. Stewing meat requires patience and time because you want the meat exceptional tender. Traditionally, stews have been made with less expensive, tougher cuts of beef. Hence, time breaks down those fibers becoming tenderized and easier to chew and enjoy. […]

beef chunk chili

beef chunk chili

Winter is just made for chili. Now, there are hundreds of kinds of chilis. I mean chili cookoffs are big time popular in the cooking contest circuit. I’m sure many of you’ve been to at least one chili bash where everyone touts their chili as the best. This beef chunk […]

chicken puttanesca stew

chicken puttanesca stew

Think Adele. Yes, this chicken puttanesca stew is the kind of recipe that you fix for your family and friends and they think you’re a rock star. Get ready to walk the red carpet. Have people ask you what you’re wearing. Hey, even hang out with Blake and the gang […]

winter lager chuck roast

winter lager chuck roast

If you spend time searching my website using the word or words, beef roast, pot roast, beef stew, beef soup, roast, and words that relate to this ultimate comfort food, you’ll find a few. That’s because I don’t think there’s anything better than a pot roast with lots of thick […]

Napa Beef Wraps

napa beef wraps

This is one of those recipes that has few ingredients, and the pack a powerful palate punch!  Add to that the fact that it can be prepared within about 30 minutes, no dilly dallying, and you’ve got something that will be a crowd pleaser! The crunchiness of the Napa cabbage […]

sweet and spicy beef roast

sweet and spicy beef roast

This is really a super easy pot roast! Just a few ingredients, let it slow cook and you have this sweet and spicy beef roast. Now I love a good pot roast and with this one, you can choose to do in the oven or in a slow cooker. I’ve […]

coq au vin

coq au vin

My husband’s from western North Carolina. The place where Holly Farms, the chicken company started, and that baby bird company grew into what is now Tyson. He’s eaten a lot of chicken in his decades of life. And, that chicken’s been prepared in a variety of ways. When he had […]

wine sauce lemon chicken capers & olives

wine sauce lemon chicken capers & olives

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for new ways to create your chicken dishes. In fact, chicken recipes seem to be one of the most searched recipes on the Internet! In 2014 Country Living ranked it as #2~the #1 searched recipe was banana bread! Howwwwever, Google searches showed that […]

happy belly goulash

happy belly goulash

I figure the name of this dish says it all~happy belly goulash! Yes, with just a few ingredients. A little time. And, a loving hands, you can make happy bellies around your dinner table! Now the ale I used in this recipe, I think, makes a big difference in the […]

boho paella

boho paella

Creating a paella can seem daunting. The way I’ve created my ‘boho paella’ is in steps. Actually creating each component of the paella and then combining it all, each separately, in a beautiful paella pan lends itself to letting folks choose what they want on their plates. Now usually paella […]

cumin chicken & fresh marinara sauce

cumin chicken & fresh marinara sauce

Bohemian Bold cooking is all about being unique and multipurpose.  Making your own fresh marinara is simple and quick.  There’s really nothing to it…at least the way I do it.  This sauce is exceptionally versatile, too, which I always want when I prepare a sauce.  I mean if it can’t […]

~kale meatball wraps~

kale meatball wraps

Before you bake these kale meatball wraps, you’ll think you’re looking at a dish of lovely flowers!  Rather than roll the meat mixture entirely in the leaves, I wanted created a more artistic looking dish to serve and present~~after the leaves cook, the wilting and color changes made me think […]

dill pickle chicken

dill pickle chicken

I’m always looking for new ways to do chicken. And, this dill pickle chicken is yet another winner. Simple. Tasty. And, with that dill pickle twist! Another unique part of this recipe is the scoring of the chicken breast. It lets those pickle juices seep deep into the meat. You […]

the big easy®

the big easy®

(Note: This is a sponsored post. I received compensation for reviewing this product and using it. All of these opinions are mine, and, believe me, I speak the truth.) Finding ways to cook that make our lives easier is high on my priority list, especially during the holidays, like Thanksgiving. […]

pico de gallo oven chicken

pico de gallo oven chicken

Simple. Elegant. Impressive. Yes, all these adjectives describe the pico de gallo oven chicken. If you want to use chicken thighs then have at it~they’ll work perfectly. This dish is elevated by the addition of the pico de gallo~make sure it’s fresh. I get mine at Trader Joe’s, but you […]

roasted salmon pouches

roasted salmon pouches

There are so many things I love about this recipe for roasted salmon pouches. Let me count the ways! Easy. Healthy. Simple. Elegant. Boholicious! The salmon is super moist. The vegetables are infused with the flavors of all the characters. You can serve in the pouch. Just put it on […]

quick & easy miso-glazed salmon

quick & easy miso-glazed salmon

When The Foodie Physician talks, I listen! And, her new cookbook ‘Natural Pregnancy Cookbook’ is packed with fabulous doable boholicious recipes that I couldn’t wait to dig into when I got my cookbook. Now, there’s a misnomer about the title…believe me, you don’t have to be pregnant to benefit from […]

eggplant with buttermilk sauce

eggplant with buttermilk sauce

Found this cookbook, “Plenty’ by Yotam Ottolenghi, in Anthropologie…what drew me to it was the cover picture…a picture of this eggplant dish!  I loved it for so many reasons~~it’s rustic and organic look, the vibrant colors, the caramelized browning on the eggplant, the creaminess of the sauce on it, and […]

meatloaf meatballs

meatloaf meatballs

Meatballs. Meatloaf. Really what’s the difference? I mean they are so close in the ingredients that you use to make them that you could say they’re pretty much the same, right? Main different is the size. These meatloaf meatballs make your belly happy! Sooooooooooooo, I’m combining the two and making […]

~grilled spicy smokey skirt steak~

grilled spicy skirt steak

Skirt steak. Long, flat and it’s usually folded over at least once when it’s packaged. Unfold it and it’s long and varies in thickness from one end to another. Now, skirt steak is more prized for its flavor rather than its tenderness, so don’t expect a melt-in-your-mouth beef. Expect to […]

skillet pasta & vegetables

skillet pasta & vegetables

I love this recipe because it’s all in ONE skillet! Yes, it’s one skillet for cooking the pasta. No filling a big pot of water, waiting for it to boil and lugging the heavy hot pot to the sink to pour into the colander and drain. Basically, you’re going to […]

salsa verde latin red beans & pork

salsa verde latin red beans & pork

Just call me the bean queen, bean whisperer, the bean goddess. I LOVE beans. And, I have to say, I make one fine killer pot of beans regardless of what type of bean it is. I haven’t met a bean I can’t tame into something luxurious and chic with spices, […]

latin picadillo

latin picadillo

Picadillo is wonderful! It’s a dish that’s popular in Latin cultures~from Cuba to the Phillipines, Mexico and Central and South America, it’s essentially the same, but very different (I know that’s an oxymoron!) depending on the location and culture! Basically, it means ‘minced’ as in ground meat. Traditionally, beef is […]

jamaican jerk london broil

jamaican jerk london broil

This grilled jamaican jerk london broil has an array of flavors that pop on your palate as you chew each bite. You’ll not notice the slight ‘chewiness’ of this cut of beef as you taste the wafting hints of warm spices like cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Then there are the […]

There is nothing better than a cool evening, a roaring campfire, camp chairs around it, people laughing, sipping, talking, the skies waning into darkness and something totally decadent in the cast iron Dutch oven on the grill. I'm talking middle easter chicken stew! Now, you don't have to have a campfire to make this stew. Yep, you can do it in your slowcooker or oven, but you'll need to adjust the cooking times and temperatures, as well as the pan searing of the bird before it starts cooking in those luscious liquids. But, that's not a problem. Just a few adjustments and you're good to go.

north african chicken stew

There is nothing better than a cool evening, a roaring campfire, camp chairs around it, people laughing, sipping, talking, the skies waning into darkness and something totally decadent in the cast iron Dutch oven on the grill. I’m talking north african chicken stew! Now, you don’t have to have a […]

mezze rigatoni basil pesto & peppers

mezze rigatoni basil pesto & peppers

Nothing more luscious than a velvety creamy basil pesto sauce on al dente pasta. And, this mezze rigatoni basil pesto & peppers is just a dream bowl of happiness. Plus, you can use store brands for the basil pesto and roasted red peppers like Mezzetta. I keep an array of […]

sriracha steak bites and pasta

sriracha steak bites and pasta

Yes, this sriracha steak bites and pasta is a one-pot wonder recipe that will do a disappearing act real fast. Now if it doesn’t, it’s also one of those dishes that gets better the next day. If you have leftovers, then you’re gonna be dancing and twirling! Just check my […]

Harissa Buttermilk Baby Back Ribs

harissa buttermilk baby back ribs

Buttermilk is oftentimes used as a marinade for chicken.  But pork?  And, a rack of baby back ribs at that!  So, this is what Boho cooking’s all about~~venturing out and trying new things, experimenting and exploring new flavors, spices, combinations and foods! This recipe is even more reason to swing […]

elk meatloaf & green chiles

elk meatloaf & green chiles

Elk meat. It’s healthy. It’s good for you. It’s also very tender and doesn’t need marinating. Plus, if you get the farm-raised, you don’t have the ‘gamey’ taste that may turn off your tastebuds!Now this elk meatloaf & green chiles is just fabulous with some creamy mashed potatoes, maybe some […]

slow cooked garlic onion pork with dates & pineapple

Slow cooked garlic onion pork is worth all the effort~~well, if you consider about 15 minutes of prep ‘work’ and then after that the oven does the ‘work’.  I love meats that can be pulled apart with a fork.  Meats that bathe in juices of spices and flavors that infuse […]

~dutch oven garlic chicken jasmine rice & peas~

dutch oven garlic chicken jasmine rice & peas

Update: Be sure to follow my camping adventures SEPT 2015 ~ come see what’s gonna be happening! #followthefeasts Camping is always all about the food! Oh, yes, we love the hikes, sitting around the campfire in the early mornings drinking coffee and then late at night sipping on our favorite […]

smoked paprika salmon chunks

smoked paprika salmon chunks

Salmon is a beautiful seafood to prepare. And, there’s so many ways to twist salmon into something new each time you eat it. From the way you cook it, poach, grill, pan sear, bake, to the way you ‘shape’ it, salmon can take on a new profile with a tad […]

spicy smoky chicken with roasted veggies

spicy smoky chicken with roasted veggies

This is a magic carpet spicy smoky chicken with roasted veggies that whisks me to Morocco! At least in my imagination! That’s what food does for me…as I’m creating recipes, tasting the spices, flavors, juices, sauces and more, I have these eruptions of where I might be, what I might […]

Mandarin Orange Oriental Sauce Lamb Chops with Red Pepper Pasta

mandarin orange lamb chops

I love the combination of a smokey grilled flavor with sweet, salty, and spicy, and this recipe has all that in one! The mandarin orange lamb chops with the pasta is exquisite! Created for the 2013 World Food Championships, I wanted to take a twist on pasta, the ‘themed’ ingredient […]

sarma croatian cabbage rolls

sarma kata croatian cabbage rolls

Cabbage rolls! Growing up my Croatian Mom used to make these in huge batches because we’d eat on them for days. Yes, they get better as they hang out overnight much like pasta sauce and soups! I’d watch as Mom worked on the kitchen table deftly rolling the meat mixture […]

tagine of beef and vegetables

tagine of beef and vegetables

Tagines are vessels of beauty and history, And, you know, there’s no better way to explore ancient history than through food. The tagine (this one is from Le Souk) has a rich and long story. And, I’ve written a post on this for the International Housewares Association’s new website ‘Inspired Homes’. […]

farmers blue pot chicken

farmers blue pot chicken

You may wonder why I call this farmers blue pot chicken–well, a few reasons…first, I love using my LeCreuset blue cast iron pot for cooking–it just make everything more beautiful, and #prettyeating counts. And, it’s a ‘farmers’ style because you just put it all in the pot, pop on the […]

picante chicken tinga

picante chicken tinga

When deciding what to call this dish, which was inspired from a recipe that a dear foodie friend, Mary, from Cooking with Mary and Friends, had made with salsa and pork, I decided to research some Mexican food terms. Up popped tinga, which is a shredded, often spicy, meat. I […]

slow cooked spiced leg of lamb

slow cooked spiced leg of lamb

Names. Yep, they’re important in life.  Your name follows you wherever you go. I mean if you become President, you’d want a regal strong name, right?  Parents usually give their kids a first and middle name like, Alva Grace, Bo James, Shelby Lynn, Mary Taylor. Most of the time, one […]

moroccan beef ragu sauce

moroccan beef ragu sauce

Here’s the salad I served this Moroccan beef ragu sauce and pasta with~~Mediterranean Celery and Olives. It was the perfect match, at least in my palate option, with the warm spicy ragu. This salad offered a crunchy crisp juicy salty and sweet contrast~~my small dinner party guests agreed, so that’s […]

coal miner's pinto & navy beans

coal miner pinto & navy beans

If you work, you’ll probably want to make these beans on the weekend. Believe me, they keep in the refrig a few days, and you can freeze them. I’d say put the coal miner’s pinto & navy beans in smaller containers, freeze and then use for so many things~~from refried […]

Chorizo Beef Meatloaf with Spicy Oriental Sweet Chili Sauce

chorizo beef meatloaf with spicy sweet chili sauce

Food does so much more than fill your stomach.  Food is a trigger for memories.  Food is a spark for emotions. Food is explosive in starting and continuing conversation about food and other topics.  And, food takes us back to our childhoods.  Meatloaf is on of those foods that many […]

lemon butter herb roasted whole chicken

lemon butter herb roasted whole chicken

Just the sound of this recipe, lemon butter herb roasted whole chicken, makes me hungry! Names of recipes set the stage for our brains to start firing neurons and associating flavors~~plus, we get a ‘mindset’ sort of a thought in our brain that begins the process of subconsciously deciding whether […]

country style beef meatballs with gravy

country style beef meatballs with gravy

Nothing speaks of comfort food than country style beef meatballs with gravy. Rich and hearty, turning simple ground beef into these tasty meatballs makes you think you’re eating something like prime rib! There’s just enough fat in this 85/15 ground beef to add some deep flavor and after you season […]

~ottoman empire burger with roasted red pepper sauce & grilled onions~

ottoman empire burger

The ‘ottoman empire burger’. Hummmm, sounds pretty amazing and fancy schmanzee, huh?  Now just how did I get that name. Well, if you explore the ingredients, you’ll understand more!  Some of these ingredients, including the spices, date back to long ago, and, yes, maybe even to the Ottoman Empire! When […]

crispy spicy chicken with orange ginger honey maple sauce

crispy spicy chicken with orange ginger honey maple sauce

What inspired this crispy spicy chicken and the recipe is that my girlfriend, Sally, wanted a lesson in making ‘fried chicken’…see she’s a Rocky Mountain girl, and she wanted good ol’ Southern fried chicken. I explained to her that my ‘Southern’ chicken was more baked than fried, and she’d be […]

sauteed cod in greek seasoned butter wine sauce

sauteed cod in greek seasoned butter wine sauce

Simple quick and easy dishes seem to always make me smile. I used frozen cod in this recipe because I couldn’t find any really good fresh cod~~got this at Costco, had tasted it, so I knew it’d be a great substitute for fresh. Make sure after you thaw the filet […]

steak au poivre with lemon pepper butter herb sauce

steak au poivre with lemon pepper butter herb sauce

Steak au poivre is French for pepper steak. Typically, it’s made with filet mignon. However, there’s no hard and fast rule that says you have to use filet mignon. I mean it’s quite pricey! This is my ‘variation’ my boho’ing of traditional steak au poivre. Yes, there’s the peppery taste, […]

fresh herb chicken salad

fresh herb chicken salad

My body is really sensitive to what I put in it~I mean especially with food. It’s like it can tell if I’m putting in ‘junk’ and empty calories~you know the foods that are highly processed, full of ingredients that you can’t pronounce and usually bear little or no recognition of […]

fusilli bucati luighi and tuscan kale

fusilli bucati luighi and tuscan kale

I like to eat pretty things. I like to prepare unique looking dishes that have eye appeal. I like to introduce to my family and friends new versions of their favorites.  That’s the story of this pasta dish. There is a history in everything we eat! According to the DeCecco, […]

italian chicken with creamy garlic shells

italian chicken with creamy garlic shells

This recipe comes from Knorrs, and it is a sponsored post.I made it as part of my participation in a contest for Knorr® sponsored by Zooppa. My mission was to create the recipe (and others), photograph it then enter this photograph into the contest.Really easy and quick, this dish is […]

herbs de provence lamb chops

herbs de provence lamb chops

Whenever I find bone-in lamb chops on sale, you bet I’m gonna splurge and get them! These Herbs de Provence Lamb Chops are off the charts delicious. It doesn’t take much to season these tender chops, but with some creative combinations, you can accentuate and intensive the depth of flavor […]

spicy coconut shrimp soup

spicy coconut shrimp soup

Inspiration for new recipes~~where does it come from? For me, it’s various venues~~but, first and foremost, I’m thinking healthy. Putting ‘junk’~things like empty calories, highly processed ingredients~into my body or that of anyone who pulls up a seat in my kitchen or at my table, isn’t my idea of love. […]

italian breaded chicken with alfredo pasta

italian breaded chicken with alfredo pasta

This recipe comes from Knorrs, and it is a sponsored post.I made it as part of my participation in a contest for Knorr® sponsored by Zooppa. My mission was to create the recipe (and others), photograph it then enter this photograph into the contest.Really easy and quick, this dish is […]

citrus drenched salmon skewers

citrus drenched salmon skewers

This is the kind of meal you could put together the day before, cover tightly then cook when you come home from work, are dog tired, don’t want to eat take out, yearn for something healthy~~you just pop these skewers on the cookie sheet then cook in not time at […]

beer drenched cowhand beef

beer drenched cowhand roast beef

If you’re a cowhand on a roundup I’m sure by the end of the day you could eat one of those heifers in one sitting. Yeah, we’re talking roast beef! You’re flat out starvin’! I’ve watched enough of Ree Drummond’s shows to know that. Cowboys are hard workin’ and deserve […]

creamy spicy cauliflower soup

creamy spicy cauliflower soup

Oh, if you love cauliflower, you’ll adore this soup. And, if you don’t like cauliflower, watch out, you may not even know that’s what’s in this soup–yes, it’s that good! And, that’s exactly what happened when I served it to my main squeeze, my big cheese taste tester, my #1 […]

hot dogs & cheesy macaroni

I’d say this comes pretty darn near close being the ultimate kids’ meal–I mean mac n’ cheese and hot dogs! This recipe is one that is brought to you by Knorrs.   I’ve prepared using their recipe and photographed. Then I entered into a contest sponsored by ZOOPPA, so let’s […]

mexican-inspired southwestern chuck roast

mexican-inspired southwestern chuck roast

I know when you read how long I cooked this roast you’re gonna say, a 2 pound roast and that much time! But, believe me, I did. Maybe it was because it was an organic grass-fed piece of beef, but letting this roast cook until it was shredding apart was […]

Red Curry & Cumin Chicken Veggie Soup

When I haven’t seen good friends for a while, and we make special plans to meet for lunch, I like to make them a basket of love goodies from my kitchen.  So, I’m meeting Brent and Barbara for lunch at The Bookworm~~they’re such great people, devoted  yogis, and we’ve done […]

bohemian bolognese

This recipe has been developed over nearly 30 years.  It won the ‘Gallo Family Vineyards’ family recipe contest.  Once you try it, you’ll know why.  I’ve had many many many make this recipe, and they have never been disappointed. I know, it sounds pretty ‘impressive’ to add the word ‘famous’ […]

north african lamb loin chops

north african lamb loin chops

I consider lamb loin chops a delicacy. And, when I season them with ras el hanout and fresh herbs I call them a north african lamb loin chop delicacy! The flavors of North Africa have sensual spice blends that can be warm and toasty, firey and spicy, and those full […]

slow cooked cuban skirt steak

Skirt steak~~prized more for it’s flavor than it’s tenderness. To get that tenderness, it takes some low slow cooking, and what’s better than a slow cooker. Now don’t confuse skirt steak with flank steak~~while they have similarities, an adjacent cut, they are different. This slow cooked Cuban (koooo~bun) skirt steak […]

butter garlic herb pizza

butter garlic herb pizza

Making pizza dough used to scare me. I look back now and wonder why! I mean it’s just so easy to make a wonderful crust without much trouble at all. It’s worth all the extra work because the flavors you have once you build your pizza are simply divine! This […]

New York Strip Pomegranate Beef Stew

When you cook this put on the Frank Sinatra music ‘New York New York’!  I say even beef stew sometimes should be made with the finest cuts of beef, and, in this case, I went with a grass fed New York strip!  Now some may say I’ve compromised its flavor, […]

Rigatoni with Smoked Italian Sausage & Chicken

rigatoni & smoked italian sausage chicken sauce

Growing up pasta, well, rigatoni in particular, was my three boys’ favorite! I’d do different sauces, the bolognese being their favorite, and this meaty almost goulash-like sauce was a close second. Interestingly, this was one way to get some veggies into their diets~~my youngest son didn’t like onions at all~~I […]

turkish lamb asiago meatballs

turkish lamb asiago meatballs

Meatballs that you’ll eat like gum balls! These luscious luvs have bursts of asiago cheese in them that’s an unexpected surprise. Then there’s a full canvas of fresh herbs that work together symphonically to create interesting new triggers of happiness on your palate. Then there’s the slight charring and cripies […]

~italian inspired bison meatloaf~

italian inspired bison meatloaf

I love meatloaf, especially the leftovers & making sammiches.   I love bison and wanted to infuse this meatloaf with Italian flavors. I love comfort food & this is in my top 10.  I love mashed taters, I mean real mashed taters.  I love watching the Oscars.  I served this […]

Mediterranean Slow Roasted Pot Roast

There’s just so much about this ‘pot roast’ that’s not a ‘pot roast’…what I mean by that is that while this is a cheap, relatively speaking, cut of meat~~I mean it is a lowly chuck roast~~the way it’s cooked, the herbs, the wine and the infusion of all the flavors […]

spatchcock pineapple rosemary chicken

spatchcock pineapple rosemary chicken

No doubt, chicken is one popular bird, and folks love different ways to serve up the clucker! When you ‘spatchcock’ a chicken you not only speed up the cooking of the bird, but you also have a might pretty presentation whether you serve from the skillet or put on a […]

‘Pan Seared Stacked Arugula & Campari Tomato Cod' drizzled with Fig Balsamic Glaze

pan seared cod

When I’m shopping at the grocery store, I don’t use lists~~I have a mental tally of what I may need to get in terms of staples~~yes, sometimes I end up with 3 cans of baking powder!  And, since I don’t sometimes look at the store sale flyers that come on […]

~grilled salmon & couscous~

grilled salmon & couscous

There’s nothing not to love about this dish!  It’s healthy. It’s easy. It’s eatable for a couple of days. It’s beautiful to look at.  It’s full of flavor. It’s easy~~did I already say that? Oh, heck, we all know the virtues of salmon, and couscous, well, those teeeennnnyyyy pearls of […]

Oven Roasted Fresh Herb Mountain Trout

Oven Roasted Fresh Herb Mountain Trout

Living part of the time in the mountains of Colorado has so many advantages, especially during the summer.  And, when you have a neighbor who loves to fish.  A neighbor who has a sweet honey hole for finding brown trout.  And, a neighbor who shares his catch with you, then […]

Cajun Pork Chops with Brown Sugar Buttered Apple Grapes & Fresh Mint

Cajun Pork Chops with Brown Sugar Buttered Apple Grapes & Fresh Mint

Pork never tasted so good! Like a spectacular explosion of enchanting flavors~~spicy Cajun seasoning, sweet juice grapes, caramelized apple slices and hints of mint~~you’ll licking your chops with this dish! Pork, the other white meat, juicy tender and perfect for breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner~~truly, this plate will make you […]

~sweet pepper ginger panko crusted chicken with greek tzatziki sauce~

sweet pepper ginger panko chicken

You’re gonna be so glad you gathered all these mouth-watering ingredients to marinade your chicken because, it’s worth all the effort! After the chicken breast filets float in this goodness, then it’s a simple matter of setting up your assembly line to dunk and dredge them in more tastiness. A […]

~spicy chicken bokchoy arugula soup~

Most of what I cook is sparked by what I see in my refrigerator, pantry or what’s sitting on my kitchen counter. Yes, I’m very ‘organic’ and ‘random’…I suppose that’s part of my Boho spirit…I go with what moves my soul depending upon the day, the weather, the mood, the vibes that I’m getting from how my day’s going. It’s great to be like that because, you’re always on an adventure! Now you may ask, how do I have the ingredients?

salmon confit & corn medley

And you thought pre-packaged refrigerated canned biscuits were just canned biscuits? Au contraire, these nifty convenience items can be fashioned into a lot of other cool things, and whomever’s eating the dish will probably never know you started with canned biscuits! That’s the fun part of cooking~~it’s like artistry~~the ingredients can create a new canvas. So become a biscuit sculptor in your own kitchen…come up with fun new ways to design and use them…that’s what makes being a chef an artist!

~beef potatoes & tomatoes~

beef potatoes & tomatoes

Whether you cook this on the stovetop, in a slow cooker/crockpot or in the oven~~you’re in for a comfort food experience that will make you want to curl up in your snuggle jammies on the sofa, turn on your fave TV show or movie, pour a glass of wine or […]

~jamaican jerk mac n’ cheese~

jamaican Jerk mac n’ cheese

At the 2013 World Food Championships, I competed in the ‘Recipe Category’ and our ‘themed’ ingredient was pasta! We had to do two builds to make it to the Top 10~~the first a ‘signature’ recipe of our choice.  The second build, which put all contestants on the same playing field, […]

spiced & seasoned adzuki beans

~spiced & seasoned adzuki beans~

Most of ya’ll know that one of my favorite foods is beans~~most any kind of bean out there~~well, there is one bean that I just don’t care for and that’s black eyed peas…go figure, it’s so Southern, and being a Southern belle, I should think these things are the cat’s […]

~italian sausage & sauerkraut~

~italian sausage & sauerkraut~

I suppose it’s the inspiration of the Fall season that sparked this lunch~~or maybe it’s the two Octoberfest celebrations we’ve been to in September where the smells of the sausage, brawts and more were just intoxicatingly mesmerizing~~and, yes, we forked over $5-7 bucks for just one big grilled slammin’ good […]

smokey chipotle pork chops

smokey chipotle pork chops

Pork chops~~easy seasoning, easy prep, easier cooking.  What more do you want!  Then after they’re all done…yep, with those cool grill stripes from the cast iron skillet…I like to slice these smokey chipotle pork chops at an angle and serve atop something yummmeeee~~think mashed taters, corn/kale combo (like you see […]

br’er rabbit burger

Contests are like hurricanes—with hurricanes, you can predict and prepare, but you don’t know until it strikes what really’s going to happen.  Contests take preparation galore, and you can predict what you ‘think’ your chances are, your food tasters can throw some light on what they think about what you’re […]

~jamaicanJerk steak & grilled red poblano pepper~

jamaican jerk steak & grilled red poblano pepper

Cooking for two is always much easier than cooking for a family. I’ve done both, had lots of experience with the latter, so I’m speaking from experience.  And, grilling always makes cooking easier, I think.  So, when we want a quick go to meal, we fire up the grill and […]

~lemon thyme salmon & sides~

~lemon thyme salmon & sides~

This dinner can be done actually in about 30 minutes or less~~just have all of your ingredients handy, and you’re in business. It’s not only healthy and delicious, but it’s really a pretty dish with the building of the ‘mound’ of goodness. Of course, you don’t have to use broccoli […]

~new zealand chicken & roasted root vegetables~

new zealand chicken & roasted root vegetables

I’m convinced that food is the great connector in life. Seems that any place I go and it doesn’t matter what the occasion or reason, the topic of food comes up! For instance, hubby and I were riding the Harley on the remote back roads of Colorado. We stopped at […]

dark red cherry boneless beef country-style ribs

dark red cherry boneless beef country-style ribs

This recipe is brought to you by DOLE Packaged Foods, however, all of the recipe development and creative food artistry, including the photography, is solely the work of Ally in her Kitchen.  For more information CLICK~ Cherries are packed with nuitrition~~so, how do you get all that goodness into your diet […]

~tomato pesto spinach stuffed grilled chicken with chunky sauce & crumbled lemon herb feta~

tomato pesto spinach stuffed grilled chicken

Quick. Easy. Healthy. There’s always enough time to come home from work and prepare this boholiciously bohoriffic dish~~you’ve got layers of flavors with just a few products.  All you need to add is some pita or flat bread~~well, that’s what I’d serve with it!  Then for dessert try this~~  ~caramelized […]

New York Strip Hot Smoked Paprika Red Wine Stew

You know what happens when you go to Costco, you buy, and not just a little bit, a lot!  So, this is what happened with these New York strip steaks, I’d bought them, froze four of them, and several months later found them stuffed in the back of the freezer. […]

~jamaican jerk whole grilled chicken~

jamaican jerk whole grilled chicken

Yeah, this chicken might not be the purrrrdeeeest on the block~~kinda like ‘Ugly Betty’~~but, she sure is one of the tastiest!  What makes this bird rock is the charring, some blackening and crispiness of the skin~~yep, folks will be fighting over it!  And, another thing I like about it is, […]

~mussels shrimp & pasta~

mussels shrimp & pasta

Yeah, I’ve done these mussels and shrimp before (just put those words in the Google search box on my website and start counting), but each time I gussy ’em up a little differently.  So hang in there with me and try this new version of this seafood and pasta~~cuz, that’s […]

~greek veal kleftiko ‘stolen meat’~

greek veal kleftiko ‘stolen meat’

I’m a sucker for intrigue with food! It just adds to the mystic, the allure, the mystery of the why! According to legend in Greece, robber’s would raid steal lamb from grazing flocks, then they’d return to their hideouts and cook the meat—it would take hours and hours because they’d […]

~creole seasoned pan seared salmon~

~creole seasoned pan seared salmon~

This is one of those carving dishes that I just had to make for me~~I was home alone (well, I did have a ‘friend’ whose photo I also took) didn’t want to spend much time cooking, wanted to enjoy it during the twilight evening hours with a chilled glass of chardonnay on […]

~fresh herb arugula penne pasta & Parmesan~

fresh herb arugula penne pasta & parmesan

This is one of those easy quick recipes that you can serve for breakfast, lunch or dinner~~it can be a side or add the sunnyside up egg and you have an full meal. Grill a piece of chicken or salmon and it’s yet another meal. The pasta is laden with […]

crunchy honey garlic chicken

crunchy honey garlic chicken

It’s hard to write all that makes me happy about this recipe!  I saw it posted at my foodie friends’ Facebook pages, Tiffany of ‘My Crowded Kitchen’ and Tara, from ‘Della Rose Living‘. I was immediately and inexplicably taken. Come to find out, me and 776,000 other folks who’ve clicked […]

~spaghetti carbonara with chives~

pasta alla carbonara with chives

Yes, this can be for breakfast, and that’s exactly why I fixed it one morning~~I thought, hey, why wait til dinner, this is about as close to a great eggs and bacon as you can get!  You can pass on the toast because the pasta is your carb, and it’s […]

~pan seared sea bass & mahi mahi~

pan seared sea bass & mahi mahi

What’s not to love about a tender white fish that’s just so easy to prepare, needs little primping, and each succulent bit melts in your mouth~~when I scored and saw these two pieces of fish half price at the market, I knew they were mine~~without even thinking I scooped them […]

~smoked ale campfire beef stew~

smoked ale campfire beef stew

This recipe is one of several in a series of eats we recently had while wilderness camping in Colorado~~there’s just something about being at nearly 11,000 feet elevation that makes the air crisp, the sleeping hypnotic and the eating intoxicating!  This roast was pre-cooked at home just for convenience sake […]

~bourbon ham shank cranberry beans~

bourbon ham shank cranberry beans

I haven’t met a bean I don’t like! But, there are some that I like, no love, more than others, and one happens to be this cranberry bean, which in Italian is known as the borlotti~~but, rather than using that fancy word, I love the cranberry. Now that name comes […]

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 […]

Tagine of Pork and Greens

tagine of pork and greens

There are 3 steps to doing this ‘Tagine of Pork and Greens’~~greens, pork, tagine.  I’m laying out the recipe instructions a tad bit different giving you the ‘what to do’ right after each of the three~~so, here’s what you’ll see ‘greens’ with ingredients then instructions, then pork then tagine.  Make […]

Grana Padano Bone-In Pork Chop & Snow Peas

grana padano bone-in pork chop & snow peas

I love entering contests, and when I came upon the “Legends from Europe Contest” I knew I wanted to give it whirl!   What is Legends from Europe?  They’re makers of hams and cheeses, and here’s what they say~~’These world-class hams and cheeses look and taste different, yet have a […]

~old bay cod veggie skewers~

old bay cod veggie skewers

For me one way to pack some great flavor in meats and veggies without loading up on butter and oil is to use spices! And, if you’ve jumped on my magic carpet travels over the past couple of years, you know that I love spice blends from around the world! […]

Chana Masala Pork & Corn Confit with Pea Sp

Chana Masala Pork & Corn Medley with Pea Sprouts

My Boho nature invades all parts of my life, not just my food~~it’s in my thinking, my living and my cooking!  What exactly is a ‘boho’ nature…well, this is my take on it~~I love adventure.  I love changing things up.  I love trying new things.  I love putting together unlikely […]

~garam masala veal & pasta~

garam masala veal & pasta

This is one of those meals that you can make in about 30 minutes and feel like you’re eating somewhere really fancy dancy! Because these veal cutlets are thin, they cook quickly, and once you’ve made the pasta, you’re just about ready to serve up something boholicious! Garam Masala is […]

~asian burgers with spicy savoy cabbage slaw~

‘Hi, I’m Ally & I’m a burger addict.’   Just something about the layers of flavor from the charred and grilled meat to all the toppings you can layer on from cheeses to veggies to even fruit, for me a burger is a meal in my hands!  Now, sometimes, I […]

~cast iron skillet ny strip~

cast iron skillet ny strip

Not much to say about this NY Strip other than it’s dang good!  It tasted like something from a fancy steak house like Mortons or the Palm~~hummm, maybe better! It’s super easy, and the really important thing here is getting the best cut of meat your budget can afford. Not […]

~butter herb garlic grilled chicken~

butter herb garlic grilled chicken

This butter her garlic grilled chicken makes for a couple of fine meals~~remember, the carcass is full of nutrition once you’ve pretty much picked the bird clean, so simmer it a while in some water, onions, carrots, celery & spices, and you’ll have an outrageously delicious broth for soups and […]

Peach Bourbon Turkey Tenderloin Breasts

Peach Bourbon Turkey Tenderloin Breasts

This recipe is brought to you by DOLE Packaged Foods, however, all of the recipe development and creative food artistry, including the photography, is solely the work of Ally in her Kitchen.  For more information CLICK~ There’s fruit in season and then there’s fruit out of season~~and, what do you do […]

turkey & zucchini burgers with green onion & cumin

turkey & zucchini burgers with green onion & cumin

I had no idea these ‘burgers’ would be better the next day and cold!  Yep, while they were boholicious right after cooking, hot and loads of flavors then bites dipped in the yogurt minty sauce, as day after finger eats, they were even better.  This recipe is not mine~~it comes […]

Jerusalem Eggs with Black Forbidden Rice & Quinoa

nomad eggs with black forbidden rice & quinoa

Inspiration for new dishes comes from random events and places for me like when I’m brushing my teeth or gargling and then from some pretty predictable places like cookbooks, but I must say not many cookbooks and/or recipes truly inspire me, like make my heart skip a beat or two~~like […]

~standing rib roast~

~standing rib roast~

Disclaimer~~This is just not for special occasions!  Holiday dinners call for something pretty fanceee schmanceee, and there’s nothing more stunning and delicious than a standing rib roast!  Christmas for us as the kids have grown up, started their own families and have their own lives has morphed from lots of […]

Cast Iron Skillet Mexican Pie

cast iron skillet mexican pie

Best thing about this cast iron skillet mexican pie recipe is that it’s EZ and you can use a bunch of leftovers and less than ‘pretty’ picture-perfect ingredients~~like chicken and shriveling bruised tomatoes, maybe some drying out or dried out tortillas. Plus, some canned beans, or leftover beans if you’d […]

boho beef bourguignon

boho beef bourguignon

Funny how you get inspired to do a dish.  Since we’re having dinner guests tonight, since I had about a 2 1/2 pound chuck roast, since I didn’t want to do ‘just’ a country roast with veggies…I needed inspiration.  Enter my friend, Chris, who’s website is The Cafe Sucre Farina.  […]

~bison puttenesca meatballs & linguine~

~bison puttenesca meatballs & linguine~

So what do you do when you want a good tasting meatball, but you don’t want to use beef, and you have dinner guests who don’t eat red beef or pork?  Well, for me, I turned to bison then added turkey pepperoni for some added flavor.  Now I’m not a […]

Moroccan Meatballs & Lemon Pepper Angel Hair Pasta

moroccan meatballs

Probably one of my most favorite types of foods would be those that are considered ‘Middle Eastern’. I just love the spices whether you’re thinking Morocco, Israel, Tunisia or other areas in the Middle East.  I’ve created so many recipes using these spices, and this particular recipe was developed during […]

Jamaican Jerk Spiced Crispy Chicken

jamaican jerk spiced crispy chicken

How much work goes into trying to create a favorite ‘fast food’ brand dish?  Well, a lot, and I’m still working.  But, this chicken is worth of being it’s own brand~~nonetheless, I’m going to continue in my lab try to replicate…yes, read on~~ I love the fast food brand Chick […]

Caribbean Tagliatelle with Pan Seared Scallops

Caribbean Tagliatelle with Pan Seared Scallops

Preparing for the World Food Championships meant months of recipe artistry~~hours of thinking consciously and unnumbered hours of thinking subconsciously!  Not to mention hours of work in the kitchen and lotsa money spent on ingredients! This dish was one of those many pasta creations, since ‘pasta’ was the theme ingredient […]

Sweet Pepper Relish BBQ Pork

sweet pepper relish bbq pork

If you follow me on my website, you know that I’m a Bohemian cook, and I love to explore new spices~~it lets me travel the world without even leaving my kitchen!  You can do it, too~~I’m telling you, it’s fun, and you realize that the world is connected by one […]

Moroccan Bison Ragu

~moroccan bison ragu~

In the 2013 World Food Championships, I made it to the Top 10 in my category, Recipes.  The ‘infused’ ingredient was bison because the National Bison Council was sponsoring this division of the competition.  So there was just the evening, actually, a few hours, to really think about what my […]

Bolognese with Ricciarelle Pasta

Bolognese with Ricciarelle Pasta

A variation of my other bolognese recipes that have won awards, I worked months on this recipe for the 2013 World Food Championships~~and, it was my first build called the ‘signature’ build of the competition in Las Vegas.  Because I had only about an hour and a half to make […]

Chardonnay Raspberry Spicy BBQ

Chardonnay Raspberry Spicy BBQ

This recipe is brought to you by DOLE Packaged Foods, however, all of the recipe development and creative food artistry, including the photography, is solely the work of Ally in her Kitchen.  For more information CLICK~ So many of my recipe and ingredient creations come from a subconscious spinning of my […]

Butternut Squash & Corn Whole Wheat Pasta

butternut squash & corn pasta

This dish makes me think of Fall, Thanksgiving, and American Indians!  It’s filled with beautiful colors reflective of fall leaves turning~~the maize, or corn, makes me know how resourceful and industrious the American Indians were in helping the first settlers who came to America.  And, the butternut squash just means […]

Sweet & Smoky Hibachi Peach Pork BBQ

Sweet & Smoky Hibachi Peach Pork BBQ

Pork…Southern.  Peaches…Southern.  BBQ…Southern.  Sweet & Smoky Hibachi seasoning…welcome to being Southern!  Take a bone-in pork loin roast, let it just bathe in some really nice seasoning and juices in a low temperature oven for several hours, and what you have is the beginnings of a fabulous chopped pork BBQ! I […]

Barney Rubble Burger

Barney Rubble Burger

When Ben and I lived in Boston until about 2011, my dear girlfriend, Reagan, and I had an affinity for finding the best burgers in Boston~~so, we started the ‘Traveling Food Tribe’~~looking for the best burgers in Boston!  Tough job, huh?  Oh, what fun we had critiquing the burgers and […]

Buttermilk Crunchy Spicy Herb Chicken Breasts

buttermilk crunchy spicy herb chicken breasts

The technique for cooking this chicken and getting the crunch involves two steps~~first you have to flash fry for a few minutes to mold the outter crust, then you let the chicken slow cook in the oven to get the juicy tender inside completely done.  Another thing to consider when […]

Salmon Salad with Mint Pepper Jelly Peas

Salmon Salad with Mint Pepper Jelly Peas

For busy families, cooking is all about having time, enough time, to prepare a great meal.  The key to making that easier is cooking more of something when you’re first preparing it, and then have leftovers (or set the extra aside) to re-invent the ‘whatever’ into something else!  You know […]

Mandarin Orange Lamb Chops

mandarin lamb chops

This recipe is brought to you by DOLE Packaged Foods, however, all of the recipe development and creative food artistry, including the photography, is solely the work of Ally in her Kitchen.  For more information CLICK~ Ever since returning from the DOLE California Cook-Off ***hummm, who won? Click and see**** I’ve been obsessed […]

Moroccan Grilled Chicken Breast

~moroccan grilled chicken breast~

The aromatics of the spices in this Moroccan Grilled Chicken are intoxicating!  I just love Harissa and Ras el Hanout~~and, if you follow my Bohemian Bold cooking, thinking and living, you know that the way I spice up food lets your palate travel the globe finding unique and titillating flavors […]

Herb Fruit & Lime Chicken Salad

Herb Fruit & Lime Chicken Salad

I just can’t say enough about the value of a rotisserie chicken from a grocery store deli, Costco, Sam’s Club or any other place you might pick one up!  For a small family of four, it can sometimes be two maybe three meals, however, for a couple of folks, like […]

sweet ginger sockeye salmon

sweet ginger sockeye salmon

There’s just no way to say ‘there’s not time to cook healthy’ with this dish!  Most all types of seafood are really easy and quick and make delicious meals with little or no effort, especially when you’re pan searing.  This ‘Sweet Ginger Sockeye Salmon’ was served with ‘Mint Peas’ and […]

Ginger Garlic Lemon Grilled Chicken

Ginger Garlic Lemon Grilled Chicken

By now many of you know that I love charring on my food…maybe it’s the crunch, maybe the burnt flavor (I like burnt potato chips, too!)…not sure, but even as a kid when I’d roast a marshmallow, and, yes, on a regular ol  stick, I’d char the outside of it, […]

Linguine with Fresh Clam Sauce

linguine & fresh clam sauce

I love holidays when family all gathers, and our family, 5 children, 5 and soon-to-be six grandchildren is one big clan when about half of us get together.  These days it’s really rare and difficult for everyone to be in the same place…you know the geographic and ‘life’ constraints of […]

harissa veal meatball fruit kabobs

harissa veal meatball fruit kabobs

This recipe was the Midas Touch! It won me 25k! My feet still haven’t touched the ground! The reality of it hasn’t sunk in! The thrill of all of this amazing contest competition is exhilarating, and you run on steam that you never thought you had!  I created this recipe […]

Roasted Creamy Spicy Root Soup

Roasted Creamy Spicy Root Soup

I’ve never really spent a lot of time cooking with parsnips~~it’s pretty cool that parsnips date back to the Roman times and that they were once used as a sweetner in Europe before cane sugar got there!  Parsnips are high in vitamins and potassium, and since I’ve been having some […]

Bourbon & Brown Sugar Chuck Roast

bourbon & brown sugar chuck roast

Chuck roasts are usually cheaper cuts of beef with more fat marbleing. They’re usually not as tender unless you work your magic when cooking it!  Now the thing I totally LOVE about a chuck roast or ‘stringy beef’ as we also call it is that it cooks slow and low, and it […]

Balsamic Basil Pan Seared Chicken

Balsamic Basil Pan Seared Chicken

Our days in Tuscany in the Chianti area have been marked with a huge meal in the middle of the day at a fabulous restaurant somewhere in one of the many medieval villages that are sprinkled only a few miles apart.  When we return back to villa, we have yet another glass […]

pollo alla griglia con pomodori secchi balsamico e rucola

pollo alla griglia con pomodori secchi balsamico e rucola

Grilled Chicken with Sun Dried Tomatoes Balsamic and Arugula…just had to do that translation for you!  I’ve created this recipe while staying in Tuscany~~Ben and I have a small villa, so we did some meager grocery shopping~~you know, just few things for snacks, breakfast and maybe a dinner in.   […]

Black Bean Spinach & Cherry Tomato Pizza

Black Bean Spinach & Cherry Tomato Pizza

You’ll need a fork with this ‘pizza’~~it’s gooey and oooey and fat and sassy and full of yummilicious, and only seven, ingredients!  Why not speed up the process of fixing a dinner by using a pre-packaged pizza dough~~I mean you get home from work, your draggin’ and tired, there are […]

Temrika Meslalla (Garlic Beef with Green Olives)

temrika meslalla (garlic beef with green olives)

My heart gravitates to certain cookbooks~~those that are ethnic, those that have a rustic peasant allure to them, those that incorporate non-typical ingredients including spices and herbs, those that take me out of my culinary comfort zone, those that expose me to a global table and those that have gorgeous […]

Bacon Dripping Dandelions with Roasted Chicken Pomegranate & Asiago

roasted chicken pomegranate & asiago sandwich

Who doesn’t like free!  I got free dandelion greens, nice succulent fresh tender green ones, while walking with my girlfriend alongside the road a couple of days ago.  Brought those critters home~~we both had a mess full we carried and passing cars must have thought we were strange looking with […]

bohemian lasagna

Bohemian Lasagna

Making this lasagna is easy…all you need to make it ‘boho’ is to have made the ‘Bohoemian Bolognese’!  And, since when you make this fabulous sauce you have enough for a battalion, you’ll see that not only can you do lasagna but other things~~pizza, sandwiches, topppings for roasted veggies, even […]

Roasted Eggplant with Buttermilk Lime Cilantro Sauce & Corn Confit

eggplant & lime cilantro sauce

Inspiration for cooking can come from likely and unlikely sources.  This creation comes from a likely source~~a great cookbook that just intrigues my eyes, my palate, my soul and my spirit~~I don’t say that about many cookbooks, so listen up!  It’s called ‘Plenty’ and it’s dubbed ‘vibrant vegetable recipes from […]

Bohemian Lasagna with Veggies

According to the Urban Dictionary, someone who’s Bohemian is ‘somebody who leads an alternative lifestyle, they are not hippies because they can have an extremely wide range of different tastes in music, fashion, art, literature, etc.  They are usually very creative people.  They are above all optimists  even if they can […]

Grilled Bone-In Pork Chop with Beurre Blanc Sauce

bone-in pork chop & beurre blanc sauce

I owe a big thank you to my foodie friend, and MasterChef roommate, Beth, for teaching me how to make beurre blanc and beurre rouge sauce.  Beth runs cooking classes in her hometown right outside of Chicago.  She’s a consummate home chef and even more extraordinary entertainer ~~her website ‘Beth’s […]

Sassy Southern Belle Burger

sassy southern belle burger

Summers in the South are known for fresh fish, shrimp, frogmore stew, outdoor and porch living, and always grilled burgers.  Nothing is more intoxicating living on the inlet coastal area of South Carolina than the smell of the briny waters and a smokin’ grill with burgers.  The evenings, while sometimes […]

Mozzarella Italian Meatballs

These meatballs get better and better on days 2 and 3~~that is, IF there are any left to ‘age’ that long!  I usually make these meatballs when I’m making my ‘Bohemian Bolognese’, a ‘Signature Recipe’, because most all the stuff is there and ready to go.   It’s just a […]

Meyer Lemon Pan Grilled Scallops

Finding nice juicy large boholicious scallops is always a treat!  Even if they’re ‘previously frozen’, which is the case most all the time when you’re living in the mountains of Colorado, I have to have my fix for scallops.  It’s precisely these times that I miss living on the inlet […]

Pan Grilled Bacon Crumbled Catfish Filets

bacon crumbled catfish filets

This is a meal you can have ready literally in about 20 minutes!  It’s healthy and delicious, and you can serve with it your favorite salsa, fruit or topping.  Catfish is a ‘sturdy’ fish filet to fry in a skillet; it doesn’t shred apart like some white fish does.  Mild […]

Pennsylvania Dutch Corn Chowder

Pennsylvania Dutch Corn Chowder

One of the best things about being a foodie and blogger is the number of talented and generous other foodies you meet via social media.  Many of my friends, whom I’ve never met in person but feel like I know as well as real ‘brick and mortar’ friends, have written […]

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 […]

Asian Pork BBQ

asian pork bbq

I’m on a mission to learn more about Asian cooking~~ I mean I love to go to Asian restaurants and just like all the different types of foods~~Viet Namese, Thai, Chinese, Japanese~~since I didn’t get any of this whatsoever growing up in ‘them thar hills of West Virginia’, I’m a […]

Buffalo Chorizo Flatbread Pizza with Charred Red Bells and Scallion Sauce

buffalo chorizo flatbread pizza

Buffarizo! Buffalo or/bison and chorizo—think Gringo and Amigo—food elements that are a treasured part of my life.  For the past almost 20 years, my nomadic life has included living not only in South Carolina but in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.  Life there is vastly different from my life along […]

Smoked Chipotle Red Wine Beef Short Ribs

When I find something really interesting on sale, as in marked down 50% or more, like these beef short ribs, I snatch ’em up…good thing there wasn’t anyone around eyeing them, too, because I might have gotten really snitty, horned in, and grabbed ’em!  There were just four, perfect for […]

Spicy Chunky Anasazi Bean Chili

Spicy Chunky Anasazi Bean Chili

I made some really wickedly good Anasazi beans, and had about 4 cups left over~~this became the reason for this chili!   There was the ham hock, too, that the beans had been cooked in, so I shredded the meat off the bone and threw it in this chili.  Not […]

Greens & Beans

Greens & Beans

Sometimes I just have a hankerin’ for something different for breakfast, and since I had these beautiful bunches of fresh kale and chard staring me in the face, plus a bag of fresh cut broccoli, I decided why wait to use this for a lunch or dinner…why not breakfast!  Nothing seasons […]

Red Wine Rump Roast

Red Wine Rump Roast

This is the kind of cooking that will drive people cra cra if they come to your house while it’s cooking!  The smells…the scents…the aromas~~oh, yeah, you’ll be winning friends who want to be invited to dinner.   Scents like this remind me of growing up, going to my Grandma’s […]

Cast Iron Skillet Salmon with Blue Cheese & Fresh Dill

skillet salmon with bleu cheese & dill

Honestly, almost a night doesn’t go by and I’m cooking, and I don’t pull out at least one cast iron skillet!  Cast iron skillets are more than just cooking utensils…they’re vessels of memories…I’ve even done a blog on cast iron skillets surveying folks on Facebook…if you’re interested in reading the […]

Frenched Pork Rib Chop

When you buy really good meats you don’t need to do much to flavor and season them.  Some recipes suggests methods of brining and other things to keep them from ‘drying’ out, but these babies were so thick and luscious, I knew they’d be just fine on the grill and […]