healthy goodliness

avocado tomato crunch

avocado tomato crunch

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

skinny girl guilt-free tuna salad

skinny girl guilt-free tuna salad

This skinny girl guilt-free (who doesn’t like to eat ‘guilt-free’!) tuna salad might have a surprise ingredient in it or maybe the ingredient is something that you haven’t used often or at all. It’s lemongrass! Now what precisely is lemongrass? Lemongrass is a stalk and on its own, way too […]

cabbage chard apple pineapple salad

cabbage chard apple pineapple salad

Vegetables and salads in their most natural form tend to give us more health benefits, nutrients and value. So, loading up your table with a variety of salads can be a great way to eat especially if you stretch your idea of a salad from what you get in a […]

contemporary caprese platter salad

contemporary caprese platter salad

Whenever we get asked to someone’s home for dinner, a party, cookout, gathering, movie night, whatever the reason might be, I, of course, always ask, ‘What can I bring?’ I love it when they say ‘salad’! Not only are they easy to make, but there’s so many creative options for […]

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 […]

bokchoy cabbage ginger slaw

bokchoy cabbage ginger slaw

Salads can sometimes get boring. I mean we do the same ol’ thing the same ol’ way. Some lettuce greens, tomatoes, cukes, maybe onions. Then throw on the salad dressing, oftentimes straight from a bottle. Same thing with slaw or coleslaw. We just stick to the same way we’ve always […]

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 […]

coconut ginger broccoli carrot soup

coconut ginger broccoli carrot soup

There’s a little local market I go to when we’re living in Colorado. It’s not part of any chain. Just a mom and pop store where everyone works really hard, takes huge pride in their job and duties, and where there’s always a smiling face. Hang with me because there’s […]

crunchy veggie & olive buttermilk salad

crunchy veggie & olive buttermilk salad

You might think buttermilk in a salad! Well, let me tell you that this crunchy veggie & olive buttermilk salad is one that you’ll never know that it’s drenched in creamy buttermilk. The crisp of the vegetables. The saltiness of the olives. Both come together in perfect harmony in this […]

queso cotija buttermilk corn slaw

queso cotija buttermilk corn slaw

Honestly, I don’t know what I love more about this queso cotija buttermilk corn slaw, the dressing or the fiesta of cabbage, carrots and corn that make up the slaw. Notice that I don’t call it ‘cole slaw’. No, that’s because it’s got one of my favorite veggies in it, […]

beet watermelon salad

beet watermelon salad

If there’s anything about some of my recipe creations I know it’s the ‘unexpected.’ Yes, I believe in mixing it up, trying new things, looking at ingredients in different ways, in different combinations. And, I think this beet watermelon salad falls into that genre of ally recipes. I think what […]

serrano corn soufflé

serrano corn soufflé

Seems when we have corn on the cob, I usually have a few ears left over. And, being the thrifty prudent no waste whatsoever person I am, I could not bear to throw out those ears of corn. That’s how this serrano corn soufflé came about. After cutting the corn […]

Jerusalem Fruit Tabbouleh

jerusalem fruit tabbouleh

This 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 a […]

zucchini fries

zucchini fries

When I opened my copy of Dr. Sonali Ruder’s newest cookbook, Natural Baby Food, I was delightfully surprised. The Foodie Physician had done it yet again. Yes, she’s created an easy to use, full of great information cookbook that not only can be for babies but for big ol’ kids […]

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 […]

purple cabbage salad & roasted tomatoes

purple cabbage salad & roasted tomatoes

Cabbage cabbage…seems to be the forgotten ‘stepsister’ of the more elegant salad greens! But not so in my ally boho world…to me cabbage is gorgeous, and even more stunning and tasty in its natural state. Oh, yes, we can cook, steam, fry it, make cabbage rolls (which I love because […]

farm hub market salad

farm hub market salad

How in sam hill do you keep coming up with food and recipe ideas, Ally? This question I get asked quite often. There’s a couple of answers to it. First of all, I like to change up things all the time. Yes, I like tradition and not messing up a […]

brussels sprouts with a ruby red honey ginger soy glaze

brussels sprouts with a ruby red honey ginger soy glaze

What a way to dress up brussels sprouts than with a ruby red honey ginger soy glaze~wowzeee, talk about explosions on the palate! The earthy taste of the brussels spouts combined with the sweet and salty of the glaze is like an emerging sophistication. The cool thing about this dish […]

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 […]

spouts n’ eggs

sprouts n’ eggs

The only drawback to this dish is cleaning the skillet. Well, if you use a cast iron skillet like I did. And, trust me, mine is pretty well-seasoned and has decades of use. But, it’s worth all the scrubbing because cast iron is the way to go. Of course, if […]

bacon dripping skillet steak & eggs

bacon dripping skillet steak & eggs

Probably close to a perfect food~the egg. And, what is better with an egg than a nice cut of beef! And, it’s a given that eggs aren’t just for breakfast. In this case, the bacon dripping skillet steak & eggs makes a mighty fancy dinner dish. Just add some nice […]

naughty girl cabbage salad

naughty girl cabbage salad

I struggled with what to name this totally decadent salad. I posted on Facebook that I didn’t know what to name it. I got some great ideas and suggestions from my foodie peeps after describing the ingredients and sharing a photo. After much deliberation. After having three servings the first […]

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 […]

delta blue rice salad

delta blues rice salad

Rice~an ancient grain that’s been around for eons. So many types and colors, too. I’m really loving the dark grains, like forbidden Chinese black, red and Thai purple. But, there’s nothing like a nice fluffy tender white long-grain rice. And, one that’s milled locally in the Mississippi Delta. It just […]

~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 […]

boho summer picnics

refreshing basil watermelon

How could watermelon get any sweeter or better? Well, if you add some spritzer to it that’s infused with basil, lemon and honey! This watermelon is like a major palate surprise…with hints of basil, lemon and then a grain or two of sea salt, and all the sweetness of Mother’s […]

spicy bean salad

This bean salad is what landed me my first cut with auditioning for FOX network show, Masterchef. Yes, in that initial audition I made this dish and served it with pan seared salmon, and with only a taste, the food critic was thumbs up! I’ve been making it for years, […]

citrus honey nut oatmeal with cream & fresh fruit

citrus honey nut oatmeal with cream & fresh fruit

Oatmeal is one of those down home, good feel, warm your tummy dishes that get your revved up and going for the day! And, this citrus honey nut oatmeal with cream & fresh fruit is packed with even more healthiness because of adding ruby red grapefruit juice when cooking it. […]

The Mountain Hippie Grilled Cheese

the mountain hippie grilled cheese

How my mind works with creating recipes~~take me back to my love-child days of the 1960s and early 1970s, and you’ll find Ally, the hippie!  These memories are fuel for this creation.   My mind’s been churning, for days unconsciously and even during my RPM sleeping,  with ideas for a […]

mediterranean celery olive salad

mediterranean celery olive salad

This Mediterranean celery olive salad is so very different. And, that’s what I love about food~~using ingredients in totally different ways to create spectacular new dishes. It’s kind of like dressing and style~~you have clothes, shoes, accessories and when you combine them in different ways, you get an entirely new […]

spring salad couture collection

spring salad couture collection

Spring means so many things to folks after a long, and sometimes hard, winter. Well, at least for those of us who live in seasonal parts of the globe! We look forward to so so many things~~from losing all the heavy layers of clothing and wearing flip flops to longer […]

warm skillet steak salad

warm skillet steak salad

Simple quick and easy recipe ideas that pack a skillet full of healthiness appeal to lots of us. And, that’s exactly what you’ve got with this warm skillet steak salad. The cool thing about this kind of salad is that you can fill the ‘quadrants’ with whatever you love. Next […]

bleu cheese coleslaw

bleu cheese coleslaw

This bleu cheese coleslaw is my ‘boho’ version of Southern coleslaw~~yes, it’s quite different, but it’s a really inviting palate experience. I mean imagine topping your BBQ sandwich with this coleslaw~~OMG, I’m talking bursts of unexpected pleasures! I like to ramp up the nutritional value of this coleslaw with the […]

lentil granola cups

lentil granola cups

Lentils~~yes, a super food! Most of the time you think about lentils as a soup, maybe cooked and combined with rice, couscous, in a salad, added to a burger. some kind of stew~~mostly in savory dishes. In this recipe, lentils enter the sweet category! Yes, once they’re cooked somewhat and […]

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 […]

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 […]

golden beet salsa

golden beet salsa

Salsa~~such a divine addition to any dish! And, this salsa, or side dish, has the allure of gorgeous healthy golden nugget beets, hints of curiously addictive spices like cumin and corinander, subtle sparks of heat, and the surprise of sweetness! Now what inspired me to create this salsa~~well, I had […]

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 […]

Spicy Garbanzo Beans Cucumbers Red Onions & Grapes

spicy garbanzo beans cucumbers red onions & grapes

Salads can get boring unless you open your mind’s eye to the possibilities beyond the regulars. You know…tomatoes, lettuce. I love a salad that’s a meal, too. When you add beans, you’ve got some seriously wicked protein and more nutrition going on like with this salad. Salads also should let […]

roasted maple dijon carrots

roasted maple dijon carrots

We foodies in the cyberspace universe are really one big family~~we’re connected by our food DNA. We all work in basically the same space~a kitchen~large, small, equipped with our favorite tools! One thing that always happens with foodies is that we inspire each other~~and, that’s where this recipe comes from, […]

mediterranean eggs with olives & mozzarella

mediterranean eggs with olives & mozzarella

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day and why not make it a dining experience! Of course, that’s my mantra whenever I cook~~it’s far beyond just a recipe~~it becomes a dining experience. Now that doesn’t mean it has to be all fancy schmancy! It doesn’t mean you’ve […]

~tuscan kale watercress & roasted corn~

tuscan kale watercress & roasted corn

Summer fresh corn is the best.  I like to buy lots of it, shuck, coat with some olive oil then put on a hot outdoor grill.  Once it cools, I cut it off the cob, put it in freezer bags and it goes in the freezer for those winter months […]

chunky fresh salmon scallion olive salad

chunky fresh salmon scallion olive salad

Whenever I buy salmon, I always try to buy an extra couple of pounds because if I’m going to pan sear it for one meal, I can use the leftover salmon the next day for salads, sandwiches and more. That’s how this chunky fresh salmon scallion olive salad was born! […]

‘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 […]

Breakfast Salad Eggs

breakfast ssalad eggs

Pretty eggs. Healthy eggs. Easy eggs.  Have your salad with your eggs!  This is one of those breakfast dishes that just makes you happy because it’s so dang gorgeous!  Rather than making the dish look like ‘breakfast’ I wanted to make the breakfast look like a celebration, you know, a […]

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 […]

Thai Rocket Potato Salad & Blueberries

blueberry potato salad

Potato Salad with a new twist!  Blueberries…rocket salad or arugula and other good stuff! Who says potato salad has to be like grandma used to make!  Spread your wings, create something different, expand your palate…I admit this salad is flat out great…I know cuz I literally ate it ALL!   […]

My new cookbook 'ally's kitchen~a passport for adventurous palates' debuts MAY 2015! It has an entire section dedicated to some of my most boholicious spice mixtures and sauces that I'll teach you to make. And, there's a huge difference between homemade and store bought! Take a peek here at the cookbook website~~just click~

spice mixtures~adventurous palates

My new cookbook ‘ally’s kitchen~a passport for adventurous palates’ debuts MAY 2015! It has an entire section dedicated to some of my most boholicious spice mixtures and sauces that I’ll teach you to make. And, there’s a huge difference between homemade and store bought! Take a peek here at the cookbook website~~just click~

~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 […]

~roasted poblano tomato basil soup~

roasted poblano tomato basil soup

Making your own tomato soup is simple, plus if you make a lot of it, and freeze, then you have a great base for so many other dishes~~from pastas to soups to stews~~the possibilities are endless! If you’ve never ‘roasted’ peppers, either on an open gas stove blaze, on your […]

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 […]

~emerald green dipping olive oil~

emerald green dipping olive oil

Sometimes the simplest things are the most striking and stunning.  So, this idea came while Ben and I were in Steamboat Springs, Colorado~~we’d ridden our Harley there, amazing countryside and there’s nothing like feeling the freedom of life with the wind blowing in your face, sitting on the back of […]

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 […]

Cast Iron Skillet Grilled Fruit Salad

cast iron skillet grilled fruit salad

I sure hope you have a cast iron skillet that makes grilling stripes.  If you don’t, think about buying one because it’s one of the most used that I have!  And, I think you’ll have as much fun with it as I do. Cast Iron Skillet Grilled Fruit Salad…refreshing, naturally […]

~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 […]

~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 […]

mint pepper jelly sweet petite peas

mint pepper jelly sweet petite peas

I don’t know why we don’t eat peas more often!  After having peas done with this recipe, I KNOW we’ll be adding peas to many more meals!  The sauce I created from two ingredients is like a ‘dressing’, and with the addition of the fresh pea shoots, there’s a slight […]

~roasted baby peppers with cumin & cilantro~

roasted baby peppers with cumin & cilantro

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

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 […]

~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 […]

~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 […]

~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 Caprese Eggs

Grana Padano Caprese Eggs

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 […]

~iceberg gorgonzola salad~

iceberg gorgonzola salad

Simple. Fresh. Crisp. Creamy. Healthy. Crunchy. A bite of tang. Yes, this salad’s got all those things that make for a perfect partner alongside a great steak, some grilled chicken, lamb, seafood~~you get the idea.  Then if you’re so inclined you can add corn, roasted red peppers, maybe some garden […]

~al fresco summer chicken tomatoes & purple potatoes~

al fresco summer chicken tomatoes & purple potatoes

Aaahhhhhh, al fresco dining! The summer months call for this gloriously casual fare! Anyone can create and enjoy this type of temperate weather eating whether it’s a full meal or just finger treats! The key to ‘al fresco’ eating is that you’re outside—yes, you’re in the element of Mother Nature […]

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 […]

Tangine of Fresh Vegetables

~tagine of fresh vegetables~

It’s no secret that I love Middle Eastern foods~~Moroccan, Algerian, Turkish and more~~the spices, cooking ideas and cooking techniques.   Soon I will have the fabulous opportunity to learn more about Israeli foods because I’ll be one of 7 international bloggers to travel to Israel as part of Taste of […]

~potato fennel onion tart~

potato fennel onion tart

Today Nan and I polished off the rest of this like-a-meal potato fennel onion tart~~like a lot of things, it just got better!  Popped each slice int he microwave for about 45 seconds, put a dollop of sour cream on it then perched it on a bed of fresh spinach […]

ham & baby swiss on rye

ham & baby swiss on rye

Sometimes you just need a no brainer for a sandwich~~I really don’t even know why I’m making this a ‘recipe’ because it seems so simple and obvious.  So, rather than call it a recipe, let’s just say it’s an ‘eats idea’!  Total time in from start to finish might be […]

~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 […]

~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 […]

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 […]

~beet mint ricotta salad~

beet mint ricotta salad

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

~roasted caramelized farm veggies~

roasted caramelized farm veggies

This is the authentic farm to table eats~roasted caramelized farm veggies!  For me, there’s nothing more romantic and alluring than to serve food in its most natural form~~that means skin on for potatoes, the trimmed green stems of fresh organic carrots, whole garlic cloves or even the entire garlic itself […]

~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 […]

~red chard pomegranate & currant salad~

red chard pomegranate & currant salad

One healthy salad this is!  And, the flavors and textures are like a small marching band on your palate~~you have the creaminess of the pine nut, the sweetness of the currant and then the bubble wrap juicy pop of the pomegranate seeds.  Using the red chard gives this salad an […]

Chicken Italian Herb & Veggie Noodle Soup

~~egg noodle chicken soup~~

I like my soup chunky.  I like my soup fresh.  I like my soup creamy.  I like my soup with al dente veggies.  I love soup with chicken!  This soup is right up my alley (tsk tsk)! There’s something about adding the wine to the soup and infusing hints of […]

Hamburger Bun Baby Pizza

Hamburger Bun Baby Pizza

Hamburger buns are not just for hamburgers!  I reckon you could call this a pizza burger or a yummmeeee salad on a bun.  One of the things I love about this kind of idea is that it’s dang quick, it’s beautiful, it’s delicious, and it’s healthy!  The additional broiling of […]

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 […]

Leek Potato & Roasted Pepper Soup

Leek Potato & Roasted Pepper Soup

When the weather out side is frightful, then homemade soup is so delightful!  Let it rain! Let it snow!  Let it go!  Soups’s on!  And, that exactly what’s happening as I make this boholicious ‘Leek Potato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup’!  The red peppers give the soup just a tad […]

Pomegranate Coleslaw

Pomegranate Coleslaw

When I was a guest of Taste of Israel to the Holy Land for a culinary and cultural adventure, I was intrigued and fascinated by the Jerusalem Market~~the fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, flowers, meats, pastries, breads, cheeses, wines and more were abundant!  One thing that I realized was that […]

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’ […]

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 […]

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cream of Wheat

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cream of Wheat

When I get the opportunity to taste test others’ creations, I feel special.  Valor Chocolate has this chocolate thingee figured out~~I mean they’re been in business since 1881~~and, their website chronicles the story of Valor over the decades as well as the process in making this luscious chocolate.  They sent me […]

Shrimp Corn Dill Salad

Shrimp Corn Dill Salad

Dill is one of my favorite fresh herbs~~there are so many uses for it beyond pickles as in ‘dill’ pickles! I eveb use it to make things like seasoned butter.  It adds a nice twist to the shrimp salad~~a tad of tart and sharp that can be unexpected.   Another […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spicy Fresh Herb Egg Pizza

Spicy Fresh Herb Egg Pizza

Having company for breakfast just makes my heart sing!  Since I’m full of vim, vigor and energy first thing in the morning, my kitchen usually rocks.  And, having hungry food-seekers to chow down means that all this good stuff gets eaten!  This morning we had two couples, great friends, staying […]

Smoked Corn on the Cob with Herbs

~smoked corn on the cob with herbs~

Nothin’ better than fresh corn on the cob ~~ my two favorite types of corn are Silver Queen and Olathe Sweet ~~ so, when I’m in South Carolina I get my SQ fix, and vice versa when I’m in Colorado in the summer!  Both are exceptional, and one of the […]

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, […]

Ginger Teriyaki Onion Medley

Ginger Teriyaki Onion Medley

Onions are a cool veggie!  And, I simply adore most all varieties of onions including wild ones like ‘ramps’~~growing up in West Virginia, we had ramps sprout in our yards during their short growing season, and we’d pull them, so Mom could cook with them.  Now, of course, ramps are […]

Sweet & Spicy Saigon Spread

Sweet & Spicy Saigon Spread

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

Sweet Ginger Sugar Pea Pods

Sweet Ginger Sugar Pea Pods

When you get really fresh farmers’ market sugar pea pods, you can eat them raw, and it’s like eating sweet candy!  Cooking them ever so gently and with a few spices and a little something extra, cherry tomatoes, makes the sugars and flavors burst forth!  While we might think this […]

Rhubarb Raspberry Lemon Mint Sauce

Rhubarb Raspberry Lemon Mint Sauce

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

Pineapple Fig Drizzle Sauce

Pineapple Fig Drizzle Sauce

Nothing finishes off a dish like a glaze or sauce, and this sauce is just so dang simple and easy that you’ll want to keep it on hand to use on everything from grilled pork chops and chicken to ice cream!  If you want to give it a kick, add […]

Smoked Charred Corn on the Cob

Smoked Charred Corn on the Cob

Olathe, Colorado is probably best know for its sweet corn~~this is not just any sweet corn! Yes, I’ve had Silver Queen~~mighty good~~and, as a devoted Southern girl, it’s hard for me to say there’s anything that beats the queen of corn.  But, I must say, Olathe Sweet Corn is off […]

Cumin & Ancho Chili Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob

Cumin & Ancho Chili Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob

I once was in a corn-on-the-cob eating contest with Daddy Howard, my father-in-law~~we both chowed down~~he beat me.  I finished off 13 ears, as I best recall.  I think he did 14 or 15 ears!  What fun that was…our faces were full of kernels and corn milk, and we both […]

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 […]

Cumin-Infused Pan Seared Chicken with Fresh Tomatoes & Olives

cumin infused pan seared chicken

Cumin is one of my favorite spices~~it’s surprisingly a member of the parsley family!  Native from the eastern Mediterranean to India, this spice is used in many cuisines of different cultures.  It’s also found in many of my favorite spice blends like Ras el Hanut, and it’s one of the […]

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 […]

Bokchoy Spinach & Hoisin Sunny Eggs

One skillet.  One serving.  Quick and easy.  Delicious and nutritious~~what more can you want!  These ‘Bokchoy Spinach Sunny Eggs’ are a nice twist from traditional sunny side up eggs.  And, this is your perfect reason for going out and buying a couple of these practical and very versatile small cast […]

Spicy Hot Olive & Almond Romesco

If there’s ever something that I could bottle and sell and make so many people happy, it’s this ‘Spicy Hot Olive & Almond Romesco’!  This is the second in a series (hummmm, that sounds important, huh?) of Romesco sauce-making for me…who knows what might be next. My first was an […]

Oven Roasted Grapes

Grapes~~food of the ancient gods and goddesses.  Simple.  Easy.  Versatile.  Tasty. Unique. What else is there to say about ‘Oven Roasted Grapes’?  Get your Boho thinking cap on and discover the ways you can serve and use these delightful lovelies.  Whether they’re served warm with ice cream, cold with cheese, […]

Cilantro Cumin Lime Corn Squares

So, I cut the corn off the cob of leftover grilled in the shuck corn.  What to do with it?  At first, I thought I’d try using my nifty pancake skillet from Williams and Sonoma that makes these cute mini-pancakes.  I wanted to create flavors that were different, and I […]

Honey & Orange Peel Pickled Peaches

Honey & Orange Peel Pickled Peaches

I’m always looking for new ways to use peaches because when you live in South Carolina, and they’re in season, this juicy sweet goodness just has to be eaten almost every single day! So there’s peach everything–pies, cobblers, cakes, sauces, jams, jellies–and now pickled peaches! This is a variation of […]

Corn & Black Lentils Serrano Pepper Salad

Leftover corn on the cob that had been grilled the day before…hummmm, what to do with it?  So I head to Fresh Market to pick up some things.  In the recesses of my brain I’m still thinking of the leftover corn.  I spy the can of black lentils…why not use […]

Bokchoy Red Cabbage Citrus Ginger Salad

Salads can oftentimes get really disgustingly boring!  It’s just so easy to buy what’s in the bag or whatever’s on sale, dump it in a bowl, add a few things to it, and throw on some bottled dressing.  Not criticizing the bottled dressing……there are some really good ones, especially those […]

Watercress Cannellini & Almond Smoky Garlic Salad

watercress cannellini salad

What brings the creaminess of cannellini beans together with the slight crunch almonds, sweet cranberries, salty Nicoise black olives and peppery watercress?  Only the magic of Saucy Mama’s Smoky Garlic Mustard married with other ingredients including Vadouvan spice!  This salad gets better as the watercress ‘wilts’ and as the flavors […]

cowboy chuck roast & fresh veggies

cowboy chuck roast & fresh veggies

Sometimes an inexpensive cut of beef can be transformed into sometime chic, luxurious and exquisitely tasty with just some simple ingredients—that’s the Bohemian Bold way of Ally’s Kitchen! I grew up on these peasant cuts of meat—the key to making them tasty is to cook them slow & on low. […]