sparkling side dishes

refreshing rice grape & basil salad

refreshing rice grape & basil salad

I happen to love rice, especially when it’s made into this refreshing rice grape and basil salad. It’s simple to prepare and with the light and flaky rice that adds just enough tender texture for the sweet juice grapes and hint of fresh basil, you’ll not get a heavy feeling […]

herb seasoned crispy dressing balls

herb seasoned crispy dressing balls

I don’t know why I’ve taken so long to post this vintage-inspired recipe of my Mom’s, herb seasoned crispy dressing balls. It’s an adaptation of her delicious recipe for dressing balls! Growing up in West Virginia, this was truly a Thanksgiving and Christmas treat that all of us looked forward […]

honey spiced squash bowls

honey spiced squash bowls

Sometimes it’s really hard to have a ‘back story’ on a recipe. I mean sometimes a recipe is just a recipe that simply was inspired by a craving for a food. And, that’s how this simple idea for hone spice squash bowls was born. Nothing mystical. Nothing magical. I just […]

picnic fresh italian green beans

picnic fresh italian green beans

Picnics! They come in so many versions. I mean you can have a picnic just about anywhere at anytime. If you’re doing a road trip, pack some eats, and find a cool place to pull off the road and have a picnic. If you’re taking a hike, stop in a […]

fresh cranberry mandarin nut salad

fresh cranberry mandarin nut salad

Some dishes just bring back vivid and warm childhood memories. Food has a way of being that for me. A memory maker. Of course, I was always in the kitchen with Mom, watching, helping and learning more than I ever imagined. Holidays were always festive in our postage stamped size […]

heirloom tomato onion tarte tatin

upside down tomato tart

Some behind the scenes storytelling always makes for good reading. When I’m in my recipe creation frame of mind, there are lots of things that I consider when coming up with delicious recipes. First of all, is taste, is it something that just flat out tastes good? Another is ease […]

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 […]

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 […]

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roasted tomato onion pie

Tomato Pie. It’s a Southern speciality. Now this roasted tomato onion pie is not to be confused with the Italian tomato pie. However, really my creation is cross pollination between the Southern tomato pie and the Italian version. Now the Italian version is also called a pizza, and it derives […]

berbere potatoes with leeks & jalapenos

berbere potatoes with leeks & jalapenos

Expressions of love. How do you show it? All of us do. In so many many different ways. No doubt, those who love to cook and entertain show their love and passion for people through feeding them and bringing them together for gatherings. When six passionate foodies come together to […]

red wine mushrooms with gorgonzola

Red wine mushrooms with gorgonzola. Wow, do they electrify the steak you’re going to be serving them with or on! So simple. Yet, so elegant and sophisticated. These mushrooms have different depths of flavor from the array of ingredients. Thanks to my good friend, Merry, from A Merry Recipe, who […]

rainbow kale roasted potatoes bacon & maple syrup

maple bacon kale & roasted potatoes

Dinner parties. Love them! Especially when we’re invited to someone else’s home. That means that I have only a dish or two to prepare and, yes, always a bottle of wine! Plus, I don’t have all the extra prep that goes into hosting even a small dinner party for just […]

bacon sweet potato hash

In my world, most anything’s better with bacon. Just the aroma of it early in the morning is intoxicating. Smells do evoke deep seeded memories. And, for me, the scent of frying bacon brings back floods of happy memories from childhood. From early morning flag raising at music camp and […]

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 […]

peasant herb oven fries

One of my Top 10 comfort foods! Potatoes. Growing up in West Virginia, Mom fixed fried potatoes often. She usually fried them in a big ol’ cast iron skillet in oil, so these taters are a tad bit healthier because they’re roasted in the oven. Potatoes were a staple in […]

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, […]

italian chopped brussels sprouts

italian chopped brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts. You either love ’em or not. Sometimes folks who are in the ‘not’ category might just swing back to the ‘love’ category if they try these italian chopped Brussels sprouts. Tender and velvety you’ll get spikes of proscuitto with that salty fix. Then you’ll grab a small bite […]

skillet spiced apples & coconut

skillet spiced apples & coconut

I don’t know how my Croatian Mom did it. Yes, she was  abruptly widowed at the young age of 38 in 1960, with no education (never graduated from high school), and four young children to raise on her own in big time coal-mining land, Southern West Virginia.  Despite few conveniences, […]

eggplant with buttermilk sauce

eggplant with buttermilk sauce

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

~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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

harissa eggplant & roasted red peppers

harissa eggplant & roasted red peppers

Aubergine is a beautiful word. And, you might thing it’s a vegetable, but au contraire. It’s a fruit. Yep, it’s got a long history, too, dating back to the ancient Chinese times. You’ll find this fruit that we in America call eggplant popular in the Middle East.  They have so […]

coconut jasmine rice olives dried fruit & pine nuts

north african rice dates & olives

When my husband tastes something that he’s found in the refrigerator and doesn’t even know that it’s a new recipe creation. Just something he’s stumbled upon while foraging for food, and he hollers at me ‘Wow, this is really good…’ Then you know what?  It makes the blog list!  Yes, […]

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 […]

5 tips for veggie nirvana

5 tips for veggie nirvana

It doesn’t take much work and work to make vegetables move off the charts in taste. Mother Nature has done all the hard work in creating their tastiness. Here are a few simple tips for creating veggie nirvana! 1. You eat with your eyes. Clean those vegetables and try to […]

cumin corn soufflé with cilantro & caramelized onions

cumin corn soufflé with cilantro & caramelized onions

The best inspiration and ideas for new recipes come from folks who are my foodie followers~whether it’s social media virtual friends, long-time flesh n’ blood friends, acquaintances I meet in random places or family~the subject of food is our common DNA. So, this recipe idea came from a former ‘student’ […]

roasted peppers and onions with parsley

roasted peppers and onions with parsley

I love to create recipes that have an extended shelf life and recipes that have versatility. And, these roasted peppers and onions with parsley fill the bill on both points. Keeping them refrigerated for a day or two before using really helps all the flavors to combine and jell into […]

Baby Squash & Dumpling Squash

baby & dumpling squash #orangeinspiration

This recipe is in support of #orangeinspiration~~one of my foodie peeps, Justine, whose blog is Full Belly Sisters, wanted to raise awareness and money for cancer. The organizaztion, Cycle for Survivial, founded in 2007 raises money, $61 million to date, for supporting clinical trials and research for cancers~~especially those rare […]

side dishes for adventurous palates

I get the best ideas from folks that follow me~~I love getting private messages with suggestions because that tells me you care, you want to be involved, and you want to make me better~~how awesome is that! This idea came from Tonya…she said that she and lots of her friends […]

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 […]

Mejadra

mejadra

Sometimes you just don’t hit it on the first try of something. That’s exactly what happened with this recipe from the cookbook, Jerusalem, which, by the way, I love! What happened was that the basmati rice with the lentils was just too gummy, so I knew exactly what I was going […]

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 […]

Red Curry & Cumin Chicken Veggie Soup

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

apple buttlermilk mint bleu cheese walnut salad

the great gatsby waldorf salad

This  the great gatsby waldorf salad recipe hits on all cylinders! Holidays~~check!  Apple season~check!  Anytime good eats~check check!  Since I’m a bleu lover, have to have some crunch in a bite, and just get happy with a burst of juice~~I’ve included some of my favorite healthy ingredients. Perfect with a […]

harissa fried potatoes & onions with green olives

harissa fried potatoes & onions with 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. […]

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, […]

~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 […]

roasted acorn squash & hardwood smoked bacon

roasted acorn squash & smoked bacon

You might think you’re eating a sweet potato or yam, but the outer green skin gives it away as a squash. Lots of time, these small baby squashes and pumpkins are overlooked, but I find them perfect for individual servings, plus the skin is Mother Nature’s bowl that holds the […]

southern bacon dripping collards & corn

southern bacon dripping collards & corn

In my humble opinion, nothin’ beats a good pot of collards…well, unless it’s a great pot of collards with extra flavor added with just a few ingredients.  Using the Dole tomato soup added a richness to these collards, and you’d never know they were in there~~it’s just like you’ll be […]

garlic onion rustic mashed potatoes with fresh herbs

garlic onion rustic mashed potatoes with fresh herbs

There’s not a potato I don’t like. Mashed, boiled, baked, fried, toasted, roasted, basted and tasted. Nothing better. And, these mashed taters, yes, garlic onion rustic mashed potatoes with fresh herbs, lumpy at that, my preference being the rustic earth chick with food that I am, are just even better […]

Sweet Potato Cardamom Dessert Waffles

I call these ‘dessert’ waffles because I’ve decided that waffles, a beautifully elegant-looking food, have been pigeon-holed into the breakfast brunch category for way too long! They deserve to be not only desserts but entrees, too.  While I made these in my small round waffle maker, and heads up, watch […]

Southern Pecan PoundCake Waffles with Bourbon Smoky Pecans & Peaches

Southern Pecan PoundCake Waffles with Bourbon Smoky Pecans & Peaches

The ‘greatest food’ elements that define this dessert are three ingredients that are smokin’ hot Southern loves—poundcake, pecans, and peaches!  Whether you say ‘peeeeecan’ or ‘peahhcahhhn’ you’ll know that your poundcake waffle is full of the Southern favorite~~you’ll bite into the smoky pecans and juicy bourbon butter and brown sugar […]

~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 […]

~jamaican jerk mac n’ cheese~

jamaican Jerk mac n’ cheese

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

spiced & seasoned adzuki beans

~spiced & seasoned adzuki beans~

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

Sweet Potato Short Fries

Yes, there are ‘Short Ribs.’   How ‘bout ‘Short Fries’! The hardest part about making sweet potato fries is peeling them!  Especially, if I buy long somewhat large fat sweet potates, and that’s what I want when I’m doing fries.  Nice long fries with ninety degree angles on the cuts.  Alas, […]

fried green tomatoes

fried green tomatoes

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

~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 […]

Applesauce Coconut Cranberry Walnut Bread

This ‘Applesauce Cocnut Cranberry Walnut Bread’ is a pure form of enjoying the delicious coconut, cranberries, nuts and sweet bread without being distracted by too many competing spices…in fact, I didn’t put one spice in here, unless you consider the vanilla a spice.  You can vary the dried fruit you […]

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 […]

lemon pepper rustic farm veggies

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

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 […]

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 […]

~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 […]

~old bay tater skin crispies~

old bay tater skin crispies

So I was making twice baked potatoes for the family. I’d baked 8 very large Russet potatoes, scooped out the insides, did my thing with adding the other ingredients for re-filling into the skin shells.  For some reason I ended up with 4 half shells unfilled!  Go figure~~maybe I overstuffed […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cranberry Fruit Salad

Cranberry Fruit Salad

Dontcha love things that get better the next day and even betterER the next day after that!  Well, this ‘Cranberry Fruit Salad’ is precisely in that category!  You can use this in so many ways…on sandwiches, as a sauce, as a spread, as a salad, as a topping on meat […]

Vanilla Bean Sweet Butter

Vanilla Bean Sweet Butter

Confession Time~~I love butter!  As a kid, probably about the age of 3 or 4, I’d sneak into the kitchen, open the retro refrigerator, grab a stick of butter, peel back the paper and eat it like a push up!  Of course, I’d run into the back yard, find a […]

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 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 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 […]

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 […]

Harissa Spice

~harissa spice~

Bohemian Bold cooking is all about living globally without even leaving your kitchen!  Thanks to the cyber world in which we live, we have access to fabulous spices and spice blends from around the world~~we can decide to give our meats, vegetables and grains any type of flavor spin we […]

Spicy Greek French Fries

Spicy Greek French Fries

I can eat my weight in these fries!  They’ve got kick and flavor not normally tasted in a french fry!  Don’t be stingy with the sea salt~~it intensifies those flavors!  The Greek Mediterranean seasoning opens up new tastebud sites when you bite into that fry and make you think you’re […]

Tuscan Pan Grilled Farmers Market Veggies

Tuscan Pan Grilled Farmers Market Veggies

Our travels in Tuscany led us one day to Montevarchi to the Thursday outdoor market~~from clothing to food to cheese, fish, trinkets and veggies, there was more than I could imagine.  The vegetables were the most amazing!!  They looked like they’d just been brought from the fields or orchards with […]

Tuscan Baby Yukon Golds with Pecorino Rosemary & Parsley

Tuscan Baby Yukon Golds with Pecorino Rosemary & Parsley

I call these ‘Tuscan’ potatoes because I’m in Tuscany, in a small villa with a very limited kitchen and virtually no spices other than sea salt and pepper.  Now outside the villa is a small garden, which, like Br’er Rabbit, I’ve gone into and raided!  There’s gorgeous basil, rosemary, spring […]

Charred & Roasted Fresh Green Beans

Charred & Roasted Fresh Green Beans

For me food in its most natural state is like works of art~~I mean even the stems of the green beans, the small parts of the vines on which they grew, the ends of the green beans which are usually snapped off~~after they’ve been washed and cleaned, I just leave […]

Smokey Pablano Cannellini Beans & Chicken

Smokey Pablano Cannellini Beans & Chicken

Some dishes don’t need much explanation!  This is one of those recipes~~with some leftover grilled chicken breasts, I decided to cut them into chunks, open a few cans of cannellini beans, then start tossing in good fresh tomatoes, diced poblanos and lotsa smoked paprika~~what I got was a deliciously rich […]

Chili Cumin Roasted & Charred Brussels Sprouts

Chili Cumin Roasted & Charred Brussels Sprouts

I’m a veggie oven roasting fanatic!  Within in a short amount of time in a hot oven, your veggies caramelize, the sugars come out, and the flavors burst like exploding stars!  These Brussels sprouts also are packed with even more taste bud tingles with the chili mixture and the cumin!  I’m especially […]

Madras Curry Shrimp with Green Onions

Foods from India~~I’ve never even ventured into that kind of ethnic cooking and now I’m getting my toes wet with trying this very first dish.  Maybe it was the intriguing movie ‘The Life of Pi’ that sparked my interest even more so~~I’ve always loved the design flair of the women’s […]

Fresh Crab & Campari Tomatoes

Fresh Crab & Campari Tomatoes

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

Italian Yeast Peasant Bread

Italian Yeast Peasant Bread

When Ben usually eats something I’ve made, he’ll say, ‘This is the best thing I’ve ever eaten!’  Well, I’m like Ben on this one~~this is the best bread I’ve every made!  Moist, tender, dense, yet light, a heavenly yeasteee aroma cooking and pull apart fluffy and soft!  It reminded me […]

Red Curry Cumin Peppers Onions & Corn in Brown Butter

Red Curry Cumin Peppers Vidalia Onions & Corn in Brown Butter

This makes a nice starter for any dinner~~a combination of sauteed veggies, interesting flavors with the red curry and cumin and sweet brown butter~~now, it’s mandatory that you add some hot crusty French (or Italian, or Greek, warm pita…whatever) with it…you might want to serve on the side some drizzling […]

Roasted Veggie Egg Sandwich

Roasted Veggie Egg Sandwich

Seems that many times when I cook for only Ben and me, there’s always just a ‘tad’ leftover of a few things, and when it’s a cucumber and tomato salad and roasted veggies, I just don’t have the heart to toss them out, although there’s not enough there to make […]

Fried Green Tomato Southern Salsa

Unless you’re Southern, you may not realize what a fried green tomato is or why a fried green tomato is so revered.  First of all, it’s fried~~think crunch.  Second of all, it’s dipped in buttermilk~~think luscious tartness.  Third of all, it’s got an al detente-ness that lets you know it’s […]

Fresh Mint Jalapeno Orange Marmalade Jelly

Fresh Mint Jalapeno Orange Marmalade Jelly

This jelly is not only stunningly green and beautiful, but it’s got a kick that bites back when you bite into it!  I made it to use with a leg of lamb roast, but I know it’d be equally as delicious with chicken or pork.  All you need is just […]

Spicy Jalapeno Bacon Deviled Eggs

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

Garlic & Lemon Broccoli Rabe

In America’s South, the equivalent of broccoli rabe leaves is turnip greens.  Broccoli rabe is common in Southern Europe and China, and its Italian name is ‘rapini’~~ the flavor of rapini has been described as nutty, bitter, and pungent. Rapini is a source of  vitamins including A, C, K, as well as […]

Smoked Green Beans with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Al dente fresh green beans.  A smokey bacon flavor.  Roasted cherry tomatoes.  Quick and easy and perfect with most any entree!  I served these stunning beauties with sliced beef filet along with some oven roasted Yukon gold potatoes.  Not much more to say about them other than, they were boholicious! […]

Fried Taters Red Onions & Herbs

Major comfort food here!  I can’t even think of eating some things, like a pinto beans or a hamburger, without fried taters and onions.  Frying my potatoes is a treat and a rarity…most of the time I oven roast them, but every now and then I just have to have […]

Fried Potatoes with Herbs & Red Onions

When I make a big ol’ pot of beans, be they pinto, anasazi, lima, Great Northern, whatevvvvah, I just have to have a big pot of fried taters!  My mama could make THE best fried taters~~I do everything she does, but mine just don’t turn out like hers~~I do think […]

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 […]

Pennsylvania Dutch Corn Chowder

Pennsylvania Dutch Corn Chowder

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

Watercress & Broccoli Fettuccine

Watercress & Broccoli Fettuccine

Eating ‘close to the earth’ is one way to give your DNA what it needs to serve you well, make you feel great, and arm you with the regenerative nutrients needed to fight aging and ailments!  Of course, there are other factors that combine to make you healthy and vibrant, but it’s […]

Chinese 5-Spice Forbidden Black Rice

Chinese 5-Spice Forbidden Black Rice

If you haven’t tried black rice, then welcome to a new world!   Here’s some scoop on it from Wise Geek!  Black rice is a heirloom variety of glutinous rice cultivated in Asia. It is typically sold as an unmilled rice, meaning the the fiber-rich black husks of the rice are not […]

Saigon Cinnamon Fruit Buttermilk Pancake

Saigon Cinnamon Fruit Buttermilk Pancake

This is a literal interpretation of  ‘pancake’~~ ‘pan’ (or skillet) and ‘cake’~~equals a big ol’ skillet pancake.   Sometimes I just get tired of the same ol’ same ol’~~life should be about as Ricky Bobby says, ‘shake n’ bake’!  Doing things differently, putting a new twist or spin on things. […]

Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal Bars

Double duty~~that’s what these ‘Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal Bars’ are~~ well, really triple or quadruple duty!  They’re not real sweet, so they can handle the cream cheese icing and chocolate ganache.  If you don’t want to do that, then don’t!!  Leave them ‘au naturale’!  You might want to eat them […]

Crispy & Savory Shrimp Brie & Prosciutto Wrap

Crispy & Savory Shrimp Brie & Prosciutto Wrap

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

Roasted Charred Cauliflower

Roasted Charred Cauliflower

KISS…you’ve certainly heard that acronym used!  Well, this is a KISS recipe…it’s just so simple, it defies logic.  The flavor and taste don’t seem to go with the simplicity of the preparation.   But, it does work…like the ‘Roasted Charred Cabbage Rounds’ the cauliflower is really really tasty~~it’s got a […]

Roasted Charred Cabbage Round

Roasted Charred Cabbage Rounds

KISS…you’ve certainly heard that acronym used!  Well, this is a KISS recipe…it’s just so simple, it defies logic.  The flavor and taste don’t seem to go with the simplicity of the preparation.  But, it does work…like the ‘Roasted Charred Cabbage Rounds’ the cauliflower is really really tasty~~it’s got a slight […]

Spicy Chunky Anasazi Bean Chili

Spicy Chunky Anasazi Bean Chili

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

Greens & Beans

Greens & Beans

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

Pepperjack Wraps and Fried Taters

PepperJack Steak Wraps & Fried Taters

Leftovers always call for a new design.  The once beautiful New York grilled steaks and baked potatoes that were leftover from dinner were perfect a couple of days later for breakfast.  Some quick changes and there was a new meal!  PepperJack Steak Wraps & Fried Taters!   Feeds:  5+ What […]

Buckwheat Buttermilk Banana Pancakes

Since I didn’t have any white flour, I decided that if we were to have pancakes they’d have to be whole wheat.  Funny how things always work out wonderfully when you don’t think you have to follow the way you usually do something~~and, for me, pancakes are ‘usually’ made with […]

Applesauce Cranberry Walnut Bread

This ‘Applesauce Cranberry Walnut Bread’ is a pure form of enjoying the delicious cranberries, nuts and sweet bread without being distracted by too many competing spices…in fact, I didn’t put one spice in here, unless you consider the vanilla a spice.  You can vary the dried fruit you use or […]

Roasted & Charred Tomatoes & Garlic

Charred & Roasted Garlic & Tomatoes

I detest wasting food.  So, whenever I’m heading somewhere for a while, like more than a few weeks, I usually do a clean sweep of the refrigerator crisper, the fruit, and other perishable things like sour cream, milk, etc. and format them into something that I can freeze for later […]

Scallion & Watercress Rustic Peasant Bread

Scallion & Watercress Rustic Peasant Bread

What do you do when you have a hankerin’ for homemade bread, but you don’t want to wait hours for it…you don’t want to have to knead and knead…you don’t want to pull out a bread making machine…but, you WANT fresh hot yummmy bread?  Well, you simply follow this recipe […]

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 […]

Shrimp Clam Corn & Arugula Soup

This  Shrimp Clam Corn & Arugula Soup has a rich broth slightly thickened to add to the velvety touch on your palate.  Plus this makes it even better for dipping and sopping!  It’s got the earthy nutty somewhat peppery taste taste of cumin…add to that the shrimp, clams, corn and arugula, […]

Watercress Potato Leek Soup

Watercress is one of my favorite greens!  It’s full of amazing nutrition and is one of those green super giant foods that is good for your DNA.  This ‘Watercress Potato Leek Soup’ has flashes of the good green stuff all through it.  The creaminess of the potatoes and sour cream […]

Orange & Scallion Arborio

This dish is a slight variation of the one created by the talented Carrie at Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen…I love her cookbook for many reasons~~the recipes are easy to read (good font and size), they’re simple and healthy, many a low glycemic, and they’re Mediterranean-inspired.  In this particular recipe, Carrie created an ‘Orange […]

Fresh Red Grape Brandy Reduction Sauce

Fresh Red Grape Brandy Reduction Sauce

Nothing bothers me more than to have to throw out food that is still good, but maybe not in its prime in terms of freshness.  Quite frankly, I think some of the ‘expiration’ date or ‘good until’ dates are marketing ploys…trust me, my kids give me a hard time about […]

Sechuan Button & Spicy Blueberry Oven Roasted Wings

Wings are the rage, right?  Well, I’ve decided wings need a make-over like something that moves them from the traditional kinds we typically see on menus–spicy, hot, BBQ, teriyaki, buffalo, sweet and sour, Korean, crispy, etc.  Here’s the Top 10 Chicken Wings according to About.com…go check it out and see […]

Spicy Roasted Eggplant & Quinoa Platter

I’m thinking this can be a meal in and of itself, but would it satisfy you…would it fill you…would it make you finish and know you’ve eaten a hearty meal…for some folks, yes…for others, no way!  It’s packed full of great flavors. It’s loaded with nutrition.  It’s easy to fix. […]

Cognac Sweet Potato Skillet Cake

So much of what I create in my kitchen is like shooting from the hip…I just kind of scan my pantry, refrigerator, veggie bin, counter tops and become inspired by what I see.  For this recipe, I looked at my big antique wooden bread-making bowl that sits on my counter […]

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 […]

Guavaberry Blueberry Lemon Spicy Sauce~~Anthropologie Nibbles

You never know the reaction you’ll get from total strangers when they taste your food.  Ally’s Kitchen & my Boho princesses teamed up with our local Anthropologie store one Fall Saturday for an Ally’s Kitchen & Anthropologie Nibbles.  Essentially, I put my spin on recipes I’d chosen from some of their cookbooks. […]

Watermelon Grape & Cherry Tomato Salad ANTHROPOLOGIE

Watermelon Grape & Cherry Tomato Salad~~Anthropologie Nibbles

This recipe, Watermelon Grape & Cherry Tomato Salad~~Anthropologie Nibbles, was boho’d from its original version.  The original recipe can be found in the cookbook ‘Sweet Paul.’  Why did I choose this recipe, this cookbook and boho it?  Ally’s Kitchen teamed up with our local Anthropologie store, and this cookbook is sold […]