Dole Signature Recipes

smoothie bowl

green energy smoothie bowl

Thanks to Dole Packaged Foods for partnering with me for this green energy smoothie bowl! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! Why I Love Crafted Smoothie Blends I cannot tell you how much I love love […]

smoothie bowl

strawberry watermelon smoothie bowl

Thanks to Dole Packaged Foods for partnering with me for this strawberry watermelon smoothie bowl! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! Why I Love Crafted Smoothie Blends I cannot tell you how much I love love […]

kung pao chicken

kung pao pineapple chicken

  Thanks to Dole Packaged Foods for partnering with me for this kung pao pineapple chicken! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! Whenever I go to PF Chang’s, yeah, I don’t go often, but when I […]

mashed potatoes

pineapple bacon mashed potatoes

Thanks to Dole Packaged Foods for partnering with me for this pineapple  bacon  mashed potatoes recipe! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! What’s your idea of the ultimate comfort food? Grilled cheese sandwich. Chicken and dumplings. […]

ham biscuits

grilled pineapple ham biscuits

Thanks to Dole Packaged Foods for partnering with me for this grilled pineapple ham biscuit recipe! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! Ham biscuits! Wowzeeee, now these are great any time of the day, but they […]

pound cake

easy mandarin pound cake

Thanks to Dole Packaged Foods for partnering with me for this easy mandarin pound cake recipe! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! In today’s world, I think lots of young people want to head to their […]

smoked pork

paradise pineapple smoked pork

Thanks to Dole Packaged Foods for partnering with me for this paradise pineapple smoked pork recipe! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! Honestly, sometimes I really surprise myself with the challenge of creating delicious recipes with […]

no bake pie

mandarin vintage no bake pie

Thanks to Dole Packaged Foods for partnering with me for this mandarin vintage no bake pie! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! Who doesn’t love something simple, easy and with just a few ingredients and the […]

shrimp salad

mango kale shrimp salad

Thanks to Dole Packaged Foods for partnering with me for this mango kale shrimp salad recipeI am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! How many times have you come home from a long day’s work, whether it’s working […]

blueberry roll ups

blueberry almond street roll-ups

Thanks to Dole Packaged Foods for partnering with me for this blueberry almond street roll ups! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! Probably most of the time when you open frozen blueberries, and, the blueberries from […]

cherry bourbon baked brie

cherry bourbon baked brie

Thanks to Dole Packaged Foods for partnering with me for this cherry  bourbon  baked brie!I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! Who doesn’t like warm melted stringy cheese that just oozes and bubbles and then you scoop […]

pineapple serrano hummus

Thanks to Dole Packaged Foods for partnering with me for this post! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! I never knew what real hummus tasted like until I went to Israel. Standing on a street corner in […]

asian grilled salmon

grilled salmon asian style

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post for the Asian Grilled Salmon! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! Salmon has so many health benefits for all of us. And, this recipe for Grilled Salmon […]

mexican street pork fajita bowl

mexican street pork fajita bowl

Packaged Foods for partnering with me for this post! 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 fruit and greens mixture in your pork fajita bowl? […]

veal harissa meatball & fruit kabobs

veal harissa meatball & fruit kabobs

Defining moments. Those are the times in life when your remember precisely where you were, what you were thinking, what you were doing, wearing, thinking. You recall everything about it because you were completely immersed in the moments. Usually defining moments change your life. I suppose that’s why we call […]

strawberry chocolate mousse jar

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! If you want something that’s just fabulous that requires little or no effort, then here you go! Strawberry chocolate mousse jar! […]

caribbean grilled double cheese sandwich

caribbean grilled double cheese sandwich

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! When you think of comfort food, what comes to mind? Mashed potatoes. Chicken soup. Pizza. Pasta. Certainly in that category is […]

mango kahuna tuna salad

mango kahuna tuna salad

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! No cook recipes are the best! And, if you can shave off extra time with other shortcuts, then you’re more inclined […]

one pan chicken with pineapple and veggies

one pan chicken with pineapple and veggies

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! Honestly, how can six little ingredients (not counting the salt and pepper) bring sooooooooooooooo much flavor and ‘eye candy’ appeal! I […]

pineapple jack pimento cheese

pineapple jack pimento cheese

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! Pimento cheese is one of my fave snacks. And, in the South, we love loading up our pimento cheese on celery […]

pineapple tidbit salmon salad

pineapple tidbit salmon salad

  Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. I mean you can have something packed with flavors and textures with just […]

mandarin italian fusion sweet & spicy chili

mandarin italian fusion sweet & spicy chili

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! How about making a chili fusing the sweetness of mandarin oranges with Italian sausage and pepperoni! I mean once you taste […]

korean spicy sweet beef udon noodle bowl

korean spicy sweet beef udon noodle bowl

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! Do you think of fruit when you order a korean spicy sweet beef udon noodle bowl? Or an […]

carrot pineapple cookie sheet cake bars

carrot pineapple cookie sheet cake bars

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! Who doesn’t love carrot cake! I mean it’s an iconic cake. Considered comfort food and, especially, Southern comfort! I think one […]

cucumber celery olive odyssey salad

cucumber celery olive odyssey salad

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me on this cucumber celery olive odyssey salad recipe! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! I know what you’re probably thinking now. Why does Ally call this recipe […]

lemon mango no churn ice cream

lemon mango no churn ice cream

The best taste testers for ice cream that I make? My three and five year old grandsons! Yep, they will be truthful. They will let you know from the expression on their faces whether it’s good or not. And, they will confirm two thumbs up for a new recipe like […]

apple parfait bundt cake

apple parfait bundt cake

There’s nothing more inviting and helpful than an easy cake recipe! One that cuts a few corners, saves you some time, but gives you that end product that you’re so very proud of. This apple parfait bundt cake is just that! There are actually two steps. Step one is with […]

pineapple enchilada slow cooker chicken

pineapple enchilada slow cooker chicken

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this 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 a few dishes that […]

honey lime pineapple dipping sauce

honey lime pineapple dipping sauce

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! There’s no more favorite way to eat for me and Ben than a tray of nibbles. Call it charcuterie. Mezze. Tapas. Nibbles. Whatever. If you […]

mandarin mango chili lime chicken n' biscuits

mandarin mango chili lime chicken n’ biscuits

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! There are sooooooo many things I’m loving about this new product, Fruit n’ Spice Chili Lime Mango Chunks,  from Dole Sunshine! First of all, […]

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 […]

banana coconut waffle s’mores

banana coconut waffle s’mores

Here is the ultimate chocolate banana waffle s’mores dessert that’s so stinkin’ simple and easy to do that you’ll wonder why in the world you haven’t done this before. Well, it’s because you didn’t have the idea and recipe. And, now you do! This dessert is perfect for any occasion, […]

king pineapple no bake cheesecake

king pineapple no bake cheesecake

No doubt about it. Dole Sunshine is the ‘king of pineapple’. Pineapples whether whole and fresh or in various forms and packaged in different ways means lots of options for cooking. From savory to sweet dishes and recipes, pineapples, a natural tenderizer when cooking meats, and they become a veritable […]

thai red curry coconut corn

thai red curry coconut corn

Summertime is the best for so many reasons. School’s out and it’s time for vacations. There are lots of summer camps for adults and kids. Summer is a time for picnics, cookouts and more outdoor grilling and barbecuing. Summer’s also the season of harvest. From small gardens grown in pots […]

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 […]

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, […]

picnic strawberry orange ice cream

picnic strawberry orange ice cream

Sometimes the name of something just speaks volumes. And, I think that’s the case with this ‘picnic strawberry orange ice cream’. It’s fun. It’s sassy. It’s creamy. It’s velvety. It’s sweet and citruseee. And, the picnic can be on your high-rise condo deck, your back yard, your patio, your coffee […]

italian sunshine salad

italian sunshine salad

Taste the flavors of Italy. Taste the happiness of sunshine! You have ‘italian sunshine salad’. Yes, together these two iconic things come together into one amazingly easy and scrumptious salad! I totally believe that with food you can sculpt your perception of so many things, even weather. This is the […]

Jerusalem Fruit Tabbouleh

jerusalem fruit tabbouleh

This rabbouleh recipe is brought to you by Dole Sunshine, 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~  My trip to Israel as a guest of Stand with Us and Taste of Israel was […]

strawberry chocolate beignet

strawberry chocolate beignets

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! Recipes that are quick, easy, fun and super tasty with just a few ingredients always appeal to everyone. Doesn’t matter whether you’re a Millennial or […]

the harvest table peachy salad

the harvest table peachy salad

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! This year, 2016, my oldest son is getting married. He’s finally found, at almost the age of 40, the perfect soulmate for him as […]

orange marmalade oatmeal & almonds

citrus marmalade oatmeal & almonds

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! Food evokes strong memories for me. Most all of them are really good. I reckon one that I remember happening probably when I was […]

food blogger blast party 2016 rose parade

food blogger blast party 2016 rose parade

Who doesn’t love a party! And, virtual parties with foodies, all crazed and excited about recipes, are the best kind out there. Why? Because you get to drool over the artistry of home cooks. You get to sneak into their kitchens and see what’s going on. Annnnnnd, in this case, […]

peach bellini

peach bellini

When you think of champagne, what comes to mind? Weddings. Anniversaries. New Years. Yes, special occasions, for sure. When you think of peaches, what comes to mind? Summer. Georgia (USA). Pies. Picnics. And, for sure, Dole Packaged Foods where it’s summertime all year long! This peach bellini cocktail is for […]

pineapple upside down minis

pineapple upside down minis

Do you believe in fairy tales? As a kid, you probably did. Then you grew up. Realized ‘reality’ and may have given up on dreams. I remember watching the Rose Parade on TV as a kid and thinking it was a fantasyland. A place that was only for rich, famous, […]

live on green smoothie

live on green smoothie

Live on Green Smoothie. First of all, what’s ‘Live on Green‘? Well, it’s a big Family Festival that’s in conjunction with the Rose Parade! And, it takes place three days in advance of the big parade in Pasadena on New Years Day! Live on Green features everything you can imagine […]

cranberry mandarin pineapple salad

cranberry mandarin pineapple salad

Cranberry salad. The simplest of recipes sometimes make for the best. This cranberry mandarin pineapple salad is one of them. No cooking. It keeps for several days. It’s perfect with turkey or chicken. And, hey, could make a wonderful topping on a sandwich! Full of fruity goodliness, there’s a lot […]

slow & easy pork bbq

slow & easy pork bbq

This pork bbq is cooked slow. In the oven. Or a slow cooker if you want. Just a peek every now and then to check for liquid. After several hours, you’ll discover pureT love! You’ll  taste just subtle hints of sweetness, a wisp of tang and then a linger of […]

orange ginger ice cream

orange ginger ice cream

So many things in the kitchen and with cooking, I do the ol’ fashioned way. By that I mean not having fancy gadgets and equipment that does the work for you. I just think that more of ‘me’ is infused in the food, dish or whatever I’m making when I […]

haifa celery date salad

haifa celery date salad

There’s a reason this is named Haifa celery date salad. When I traveled to Israel as a guest of Taste of Israel Eat. Meet. Explore., one of the cities we visited was Haifa, which is a northern Israeli port city. It’s built in tiers and extends from the Mediterranean up […]

squash honey cashew soufflé

squash honey cashew soufflé

Childhood memories. Sparks that come from food. And, this squash honey cashew soufflé takes me back, yes, way back. Growing up in the mountains of Southern West Virginia, Fall had lots of aromatic memories for me. I can smell in my mind’s eye the falling dried leaves from the many trees […]

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 […]

turkish strawberry chocolate cupcakes

turkish strawberry chocolate cupcakes

Hints of espresso, deep rich chocolate, subtle molasses, the sweetness of a bite of strawberry and the allure of the wonderful spice cardamom, these cupcakes are moist and don’t err on the side of being really sweet. For me, biting into them is like a journey half way around the […]

~dark red cherry ricotta cheesecake jars~

cherry ricotta cheesecake jars

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! There are some things that I make that I just want to nuzzle my entire face into. I mean forget the […]

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 […]

jewel of the nile chicken

jewel of the nile chicken

Dates, yes, a fruit, have such an exotic flair, and they date back to ancient history being a staple in Middle Eastern foods for thousands of years. There’s even evidence that this fruit goes back to the BC era. Get this, there are even fossil records that record the date […]

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 […]

southern shrimp salad

southern shrimp salad

Living in the South and on the coast, we’re really lucky to have the world’s finest seafood at our fingertips, and, literally in our front yard, which is the briny waters of the inlet. Yes, we forage these waters for crabs, clams, oysters, flounder, shrimp and more. While these shrimp […]

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 […]

carrot cake pineapple date nut waffles

carrot cake pineapple date nut waffles

A carrot cake won the 2013 World Food Championships~~the winner took home $50,000 that day for his family’s recipe. Not too shabby, huh? It’s just incredible how comfort food, like carrot cake, warms the soul. That’s why I wanted to stretch carrot cake to another venue~~that of breakfast or brunch […]

lemon coconut rose cake

Have you ever watched the Rose Parade (as in the New Year’s Day Rose Parade) while ringing in the new year?  I do and have about every single year. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be covering the parade, but that’s precisely how I’ll be starting out […]

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 […]

~fruity moist sweet cake~

fruity moist sweet cake

This fruity moist sweet cake is like a LBD or ‘little black dress’ creation~~it can be used for so many things~~dressed up or down, worn with flipflops or heels, well, so to speak! Add some frozen yogurt, a swizzle of warm chocolate ganache, and you have a fancy dessert. Cut […]

~spiced maple syrup fried apples and dates~

maple syrup fried apples & dates

What happens when your apples start to lose their luster, show signs of aging, and have soft spots and bruises~~I mean it’s really funny how food, like people, age in much the same way! Well, what I do is re-invent the food or ingredient and bring new life to it! […]

dark red cherry biscuit scones

dark red cherry biscuit scones

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! When you have a real down-to-goodness born and bred dear French girlfriend and you serve her a pastry, you know you’re […]

~blueberry & rhubarb compote & crumbles~

~blueberry & rhubarb compote & crumbles~

Sometimes you just must cross over to the ‘prissy’ side of serving your desserts after a fabulously boholicious meal~~and, it doesn’t matter with me if it’s just me or just hubby and me~~as in this dessert. Because these flavors and textures are beautifully varied~~a slight tartness in the compote, a […]

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 […]

dole wild blueberry grunt

I’ve had the great privilege of getting to know Chef Ben Ford, the talented son of Harrison and the owner of the amazing ‘Ford’s Filling Station’ restaurant in Culver City, CA. Ben, a really down-home, warm, hug-able fella (at least I lay some big Ally West Virginia hugs on him!), […]

~dark cherry yogurt poundcake~

dark cherry yogurt poundcake

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! I was inspired to create this poundcake after attending the Dole Summit 2014.  We food bloggers, about 10 of us, had […]

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 […]

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 […]

Springroll Blueberry & Rosemary Puffs

Springroll Blueberry & Rosemary Puffs

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~  Blueberries are truly one of my most favorite fruits!  If you put the world ‘blueberries’ […]

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 […]

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 […]

Broccolini Mandarin Orange Pizza

broccolini mandarin orange pizza

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~ Sweet and savory crispy thin crust, this ‘pizza’ is refreshing!  When you have the tender […]