quick & easy

cherry bourbon baked brie

cherry bourbon baked brie

Thanks to Dole Sunshine 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 it up […]

chocolate mousse

chocolate mousse angel dessert

Chocolate mousse angel dessert with only three ingredients! Yes, this is the kind of dessert that can be premade, tucked in your refrigerator, then served when you’re ready! What’s so great about this recipe is that you’re using super shortcuts. In other words, you’re combining some products and reinventing them […]

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 […]

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 […]

kid lovers’ storeo fruit smoothie

Littl’ hands love love this kid lovers’ storeo fruit smoothie! In fact, the name for this smoothie came from the kids! They came up with the idea of combining the first two letters of the word, strawberries, since that was the largest amount ingredient in the recipe, with the mini […]

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 […]

crunchy pineapple blueberry slaw

crunchy pineapple blueberry slaw

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! Today’s most important thing in cooking seems to be ease of preparation, convenience of products/ingredients and simplicity in executing the recipe. […]

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 […]

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 […]

quick dinner bites

quick dinner bites

These quick dinner bites are so simple and easy. Plus, very quick to prepare. Even in a pinch! Friends stop by during the holidays, unexpected, and you whip this up and you’ll be the kitchen goddess or king! And, if you eat enough of these quick dinner bites, you will […]

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 […]

one minute omelet

one minute omelet

It’s a fact that the younger generations, like Millennials and GenX’ers, are spending less and less time in the kitchen cooking. Why? Well, because there’s just ‘no time’ to do so. With careers, demands, social media, friends, family and everything else that consumes ‘life’, there’s just not a priority on […]

appalachian cucumber buttermilk salad

If you’re not familiar with the Appalachian mountains, well, it’s a mountain range that starts in Canada runs like a spinal cord down the East Coast of the United States. Formed about 480 million years ago, the system is divided into three parts: Northern, Central and Southern. It meanders through […]

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 […]

balsamic pea grape coleslaw with bleu cheese crumbles

pea grape coleslaw & bleu cheese crumbles

All you need with this  pea grape coleslaw & bleu cheese crumbles is a piece of meat, or if you don’t want that then just add some nuts for more protein, crunch and flavor! Keep in mind that this is not your typical expected coleslaw, but I guarantee you’re gonna love […]

french almond cinnamon pastry puffs

french almond cinnamon pastry puffs

Some things in cooking that are so simple are so wonderfully epic. Such is the case with these french almond cinnamon pastry puffs. Thanks to the magic of puff pastry, which I love almost as much as I love parchment paper, I can look like I’m a French pastry chef […]

mediterranean salmon salad

mediterranean salmon salad

Growing up in southern West Virginia, Logan County and a little magical town called Man, we had salmon at some meals, but only salmon from a can. Yes, Mom would make the most divine salmon patties. Not often. On special occasions. I suppose salmon in a can was really pricey […]

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 […]

breakfast spinach pizza

breakfast spinach pizza

Pizza. Yes, a staple in the American diet. Who doesn’t love love love pizza! And, worldwide, pizza is a hit with variations of it depending upon where you travel. This breakfast spinach pizza, so easy to make and sure to be gobbled up by hungry food seekers, is quick and […]

creamy avocado vegetable spread

creamy avocado vegetable spread

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

no mayo chicken salad

no mayo chicken salad

I think one of the greatest bargains that you can find at Costco is their rotisserie chicken. Yes, they must sell a ton of these things because not only are they so stinkin’ reasonably priced, but they’re good and they are quite big and fat meaty birds. This no mayo […]

lime cilantro cantaloupe

lime cilantro cantaloupe

How can you make Mother Nature’s sweet delicious cantaloupe better? Well, maybe not ‘better’ but different. You’re still going to get all the outstanding benefits of the cantaloupe, but with a facelift of flavor! We’re going to be changing it up. Creating a new twist on it. Here’s how I’ve […]

cumin coriander chopped salad

cumin coriander chopped salad

This is a sponsored post. I’ve teamed with Brabantia to review one of their products, a chef’s knife. Believe me, I don’t team with any brand unless that brand embraces similar values regarding cooking, family and the kitchen as mine. My review of this product comes only from how I […]

Tri-Blend Bean Tomato Dip or Spread

bean + tomato spread

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

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 […]

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 […]

deli olive mix

deli olive mix

Sometimes I get lazy and just buy things at the market that I know perfectly well I can create and make even better at home. Now it’s a known fact that I love olives. And, olives adorn lots of dishes that I make. Just chalk it up to the ethnic […]

breakfast cheese tray

breakfast nibbles

Breakfast is probably my favorite meal of the day. I love eating. And, I love eating even more when I’ve got an empty stomach. For me, breakfast can happen anytime between when I awake, usually around 7 (sometimes earlier upon demand), and 11 a.m. I suppose that would technically be […]

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 […]

coleslaw peas grapes yogurt dressing

princess pea coleslaw

Sweet juicy seedless grapes. They’re just so good. Refreshing. Healthy. And, exceptionally versatile in recipes. They’re not just for a cheese tray or snacking. I love to oven roast grapes. Brings out the flavor and you can top ice cream with these warm explosions of natural sweetness. Another way I […]

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. […]

tuna salad casserole

tuna salad casserole

Inspiration for this tuna salad casserole recipe comes from my dear foodie peep, Melissa, from ChinDeep. She’s always got unique and interesting ways to put new twists on serving food. That’s one great way to keep dishes you make ‘fresh’ and fun. If we continue to do the same things […]

the perfect skillet steamed egg

the perfect skillet steamed egg

OK, this is not so much a recipe as it is a technique. It’s my way of getting the perfectly steamed sunnyside egg in a cast iron skillet. Yes, you can use a non-stick skillet, too. Of course, you can do soft boiled eggs, which I love, and which I […]

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 […]

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 […]

caramalized cauliflower & pears

caramalized cauliflower & pears

Finding new ways to adventurously change up ingredients is part of what keeps me happy. Actually, when I think about it, I’m addicted to change. Most of my changes each day are slight and subtle. Maybe using white pepper instead of black pepper. Some changes fall in the mid range, […]

mediterranean simple salad

mediterranean simple salad

Mozzarella~sounds like cinderella~a cheese that originated in Southern Italy. Usually easily found in markets and grocery stores, this semi-soft cheese is famously used on pizza, comes in slices for sandwiches, can be found shredded in packages and it’s made from cow or buffalo water milk. Now the way I look […]

bacon bleu littl' devils

bacon bleu littl’ devils

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

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 […]

blood orange marmalade ginger shrimp salad

Love when I get an email from The Fresh Market and it says ‘shrimp on sale’! That’s exactly how this recipe was born. I had a hankerin’ for a few different flavors with the shrimp, something kind of ‘Asian-inspired’. So what’s better than clean simple flavors like fresh ginger, cilantro, […]

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 […]

~grape walnut compote~

grape walnut compote

Wrinkled crinkled grapes~~what to do with them? There’s even a children’s ‘novel’ on this issue~~it’s called, what else, but ‘Wrinkled Crinkled Grapes’ (Carla Hook, PhD) Sirocco, the big purple dinosaur like character, has a problem, what to do with them? Should he freeze them, put them in batter, trample and […]

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 […]

chocolate cinnamon iced coffee

chocolate cinnamon iced coffee

Some leftover coffee from the morning’s pot can become an afternoon chocolate cinnamon iced coffee with just a tad bit of creativity! Or this can be an after dinner drink that’s really like your dessert~you decide. Inspiration for this came because Ben and I had just done a 20 mile […]

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 […]

black quinoa beans & green chiles

black quinoa beans & green chiles

One thing I love about ‘salads’ is knowing that they can be cold, room temperature, warm or hot~yes, this ‘black quinoa, beans and green chiles’ salad is one that you can serve however you like! Now I want you to use your imagination in how you dress this ‘salad’~you might […]

armenian cuke buttermilk salad

Cucumbers and buttermilk…the way to Ben’s heart!  I’d never had cukes and buttermilk until I had my first dinner with my hubby’s family way back nearly 20 years ago.  Oh, yeah, I can still remember the unbelievable country feast I age–more on that later! Now back to the Armenian Cukes and […]

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 […]

caprese open face sandwich

caprese open face sandwich

Remember Cracker Jacks? The best part was finding the prize inside the box. Well, that’s what buffalo burrata cheese is like for me! If you’ve never tasted burrata mozzarella then you must! It’s just a decadent version of mozzarella, only fresh, creamy and oozing with goodness because of the cream […]

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 […]

knorr black beans

spiced black beans & ham

This is a sponsored post from Knorr and Zooppa~~I was given an opportunity to create five recipes they sent me, photograph them, then enter into the Knorr contest on Zooppa. These spiced black beans & ham are mighty tasty! Basically, this recipe is pretty simple and makes a tasty meal in […]

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, […]

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 […]

cupcake berry pies

cupcake berry pies

Just like an easy ‘go to’ outfit or that ‘little black dress’ that you just know will fill the bill quickly and appropriately for the occasion, this recipe is one of those pretty much fail safe ‘go to’ desserts that you know will bring smiles when served warm out of […]

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 […]

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 […]

fried potatoes

harissa fried potatoes onions green olives

It’s not often that I fry potatoes, but when I do, I want to make them boholiciously amazingly good! So, for this breakfast side, I decided to put a little bit of global flair to the Irish spud with the harissa spice mixture, yes, to die for, and green olives. […]

Amaretto Fresh Blueberry Sauce

Amaretto Fresh Blueberry Sauce

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 […]

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, […]

waffle chicken ciambella

waffle chicken ciambella

So how did this cutie get born?  A contest!  Yes, it’s the EGGO contest, and the stakes are well worth getting my brain cells swirling with ideas!   From sweet to savory, breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts sweets~~there are so many things you can do with EGGOS! This EGGO Chicken Ciambella […]

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 […]

eggo granola apple frittata

eggo granola apple frittata

This recipe is perfect for a weekend morning treat! It’s easy, quick and boholicious. Since Eggo is running their annual contest, I thought I’d throw my eggo into the ring and see what happens~~last year I submitted, I think three or four recipes and none caught the eyes of the […]

~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 […]

asiago cheese dates & mint toasties

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

Raspberry Vanilla Mille Feuille

raspberry vanilla mille feuille

This dessert is actually my version of ‘Mille Feuille’~~it’s the easy quick version, and I can assure you it’s gonna be a plate licker!  If you don’t know what ‘mille feuille’ is, just go to the trusted source for knowing~~Wikopedia~~ The mille-feuille (French pronunciation: [mil fœj], “thousand leaves”),[1] vanilla slice, custard slice, also known as the Napoleon, […]

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!   […]

Preserved Lemons with Fresh Mint & Lemon Thyme

Preserved Lemons with Fresh Mint & Lemon Thyme

Rather than re-inventing the preserved lemon history wheel, I’m crediting Epicurious with this information that follows on the topic! I decided to create my own version of preserved lemons using the fresh mint and lemon thyme~~only a month or so, and I’ll find out how they taste!

Editor’s note: The recipe and introductory text below are excerpted from Paula Wolfert’s book Couscous and Other Good Food From Morocco. Wolfert also shared some helpful cooking tips exclusively with Epicurious, which we’ve added at the bottom of the page.

Preserved lemons, sold loose in the souks, are one of the indispensable ingredients of Moroccan cooking, used in fragrant lamb and vegetable tagines, recipes for chicken with lemons and olives , and salads. Their unique pickled taste and special silken texture cannot be duplicated with fresh lemon or lime juice, despite what some food writers have said. In Morocco they are made with a mixture of fragrant-skinned doqq and tart boussera lemons, but I have had excellent luck with American lemons from Florida and California.

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!

~ras el hanut potato mashers with fresh mint~

ras el hanout potato mashers

There’s no doubt with my tastebuds that spices make eats go from good to dazzling! You can simply take any vegetable, and I’m doing potatoes here, and use just a couple of other ingredients~~yes, ras el hanut, butter, and mint~~and rocket your taste buds into the atmosphere~~hints of spiciness, warmth […]

~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 […]

Amalfi Coast Raspberry Mascarpone Desserts

Amalfi Coast Raspberry Mascarpone Desserts

If you’ve never visited ‘Coffee on the Porch-Camden, Maine‘ then you don’t have to go any further than Facebook!  Here you’ll find a down-home entrepreneur, Dan, who started his business with a passion for a really good cuppah coffee.  Now, if you’re a java lover and somewhat of a coffee […]

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caramelized warm pear strawberry & mascarpone

When you have company for dinner, you want to make sure you’re not slaving in the kitchen, but enjoying the conversation and table eats. This dessert is one that can be prepped ahead of time, then assembled really easily for serving. A combo of fresh fruits and flavors, you think […]

~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 […]

~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 […]

~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 […]

~oven cooked bacon~

oven cooked perfection bacon

Don’t know how you do your bacon, but I can assure you that this is a fail safe perfect way to make bacon that’s no work but all the goodness!  I like to use thick cut hardwood smoked because it just works better, but you can use regularly sliced bacon […]

~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 […]

~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 […]

buttermilk drenched crispy fried flying saucer squash

buttermilk drenched crispy fried flying saucer squash

Fried green tomatoes~~yep, popular in the South and kinda trendy in some restaurants now! There’s just something about the crispy warm crust on the outside of a veggie that makes that veggie even more succulent. Now, I’ve fried up some wicked green tomatoes in my life and have also fried […]

~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 […]

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!), […]

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 […]

dill pepper jelly sauce

dill pepper jelly sauce

Making your own sauces for dishes~~whether it’s means, veggies, salads, fruits or whatever~~is just so so easy!  By combining a few ingredients, yes, you must get creative and adventurous, the essence of Boho cooking, you oftentimes wind up with something amazing!  Such is the case with this ‘dill pepper jelly […]

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 […]

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 […]

~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 […]

~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! […]

~ biscoff chocolate crumbly sticks & bites~

~ biscoff chocolate crumbly sticks & bites~

You live and learn. That’s so true when cooking. So, in this easy quick recipe, I learned that to make the slicing of the sticks and bites easier I should have lined my baking dish with parchment paper. Alas, I didn’t~~cutting them in the pan was a pain and getting […]

~eggo southern hushpuffies~

eggo southern hushpuffies

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

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 […]

~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 […]

~broccoli slaw tomato garlic & chives egg skillet pie~

broccoli slaw tomato garlic & chives egg skillet pie

If you’ve got eggs, you’ve got a meal!  This skillet pie made kind of like a frittata or an omelette is full of veggies, melted cheese, and savory flavors!  I love making skillet egg pies because you just throw whatever it is you have into the skillet then cover with […]

Sweet Chili Sauce Microgreens

leek & red onion soup with melted cheese

The power of seeing something enticing and delicious.  Such is the case with creating this recipe, which is super easy.  My girlfriend, Helena, whose website is Saucy Girls Kitchen shared her caramelized onions~~well, my mouth started watering! I mean I love onions and looking at those tender strands a light mahogany […]

~spice nirvana~

~spice nirvana~

One of the best places for me to find great and inexpensive spice seeds is the Mexican section of a grocery store like a super WalMart!  I find them in bags, and they’re just so affordable and fresh!  When I open the bags, the aromas are intoxicating almost making me […]

~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 […]

~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 […]

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 […]

Pizza Grilled Cheese with Pepperoni and Shredded Cheeses

Uncle!  Admittedly, this is not a complicated nor insanely creative recipe, but give me a break because it’s fabulously delicious! The saltiness of the cheeses, the creaminess of the butter and then the pizzazz taste of the pepperoni~~you will not disappoint he or she who dives into it.   I […]

Old Bay Green Beans

old bay green beans

Green beans seem to find their way on many holiday tables. Not sure why, but probably one of the most popular recipes is the one with mushroom soup and crispy onion topping. You know which one I’m talking about. It’s probably one of the most served green bean casserole dishes […]

Preacher Cookies

Preacher Cookies

I remember growing up as a little girl in Southern West Virginia and on good weather Saturday mornings after we cleaned our postage stamp size house, my two sisters and I would head to up the street to Cathy’s house to help her with her chores, so she could get […]

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 […]

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’ […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Orange Marmalade Spicy Soy Sauce

Orange Marmalade Spicy Mahogany Sauce

Making sauces is a great way to get rid of little bits of this and that!  And, that’s just what I did with this sauce~~rather than throwing out a dab of ketchup  or just a tad of rice vinegar, I decided these small amounts would be perfection in a sauce! […]

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 […]

Amalfi Coffee Chocolate Raspberry Sauce

Amalfi Coffee Chocolate Raspberry Sauce

If you’ve never visited ‘Coffee on the Porch-Camden, Maine‘ then you don’t have to go any further than Facebook!  Here you’ll find a down-home entrepreneur, Dan, who started his business with a passion for a really good cuppah coffee.  Now, if you’re a java lover and somewhat of a coffee […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]