sparkling side dishes

creamy gravy

appalachian creamy gravy

With my applachian creamy gravy recipe, you’ll be making breakfast gravy, turkey gravy, beef gravy and more. Creamy and delcious and easy! Creamy Gravy Recipe A creamy gravy recipe isn’t difficult. You just have to kind of practice and master the craft.  Gravy Recipe with Drippings Now I love making […]

honey spiced squash bowls

honey spiced squash bowls

If you’re looking for an easy and totally delicious squash recipe, yes, the quintessential Fall squash, then these honey spiced squash bowls are your ticket! Butternut Squash Recipes Dinner Butternut squash recipes for dinner can be created with minimal effort. You can purchase your butternut squash already cut up or […]

butternut squash cranberry bake

butternut squash cranberry bake

Butternut squash cranberry bake is one of those simple insanely delicious recipes you’ll love! All the aromas of the holidays without effort! Butternut Squash Cranberry Nothing seems more holiday’ish, Fall’ish, Thanksgiving’ish than butternut squash and cranberry recipes!  Butternut Squash Recipes Dinner Butternut squash recipes for dinner can be created with […]

turkey dressing

mama’s holiday turkey dressing

If you love moist seasoned turkey dressing with some definite crunch and crisp then you’ll want to make my Mama’s holiday turkey dressing! Difference between Dressing and Stuffing Basically the difference between dressing and stuffing is in how they’re cooked. Stuffing means just what it says, ‘to stuff’ and that’s […]

tuscan kale

tuscan kale watercress roasted corn

If you love kale, then you’re gonna go bonkers over this tuscan kale with watercress and roasted corn! I mean it’s beyond amazingly deeelish! Corn Recipe I’m not sure if this is a corn recipe, a kale recipe, a watercress recipe or all of them together! But, whether corn’s in […]

cranberry recipes

best holiday cranberry recipes

  Big time holiday recipe search? Cranberry recipes! You’ll find an awesome collection of easy ideas right here! One stop cranberry love! YUM! Recipes for Cranberries OK, I’m talking some killer cranberry recipes in this round up! I’ve created all of them. And, most all are made with fresh delicious […]

bourbon fruit jam

small batch bourbon fruit jam

Bourbon mixed fruit jam gives you choices. Which fruits you want to put in your jam! Or go for the solo fruit and make it a one-fruit jam! Homemade Jam Do you think making homemade jam is complicated? Well, when you do small batch versions, it’s one of the easiest […]

thanksgiving side dishes

festive colorful thanksgiving side dishes

Sure the bird’s the star, but, the supporting cast of Thanksgiving side dishes makes the show have pure sparkle! Try some of my faves! Thanksgiving Sides OK, I’m all about preparing a lot of Thanksgiving sides. While there’s not a huge amount of any one dish, there’s lots of variety. […]

easy apple pumpkin recipes

16 easy apple & pumpkin FALL RECIPES

16 apple & pumpkin easy Fall recipes! Right here in one post are some of your favorite recipes that will make you a rock star! Guaranteed! And, it’s official, Fall is here, so let the apple and pumpkin recipes begin!  Ideas for Fall Dinner Oh, the ideas for fall dinner. […]

golden beet salsa

golden beet salsa

Fresh Salsa If you’re a salsa lover then you’re going to discover this golden beet salsa to be beyond your wildest taste expectations! Salsa. Such a divine addition to any dish! And, this golden beet salsa, or side dish, has the allure of gorgeous healthy golden nugget beets, hints of […]

heirloom tomato onion tarte tatin

Upside Down Tomato Tart

My recipe for upside-down tomato tart graced the cover of Food Network magazine. Yes, this recipe was tested in the FN kitchen and it is award-winning! Tart Tatin A tarte Tatin is basically an upside-down pastry.  According to ‘history’, maybe folklore, two sisters ran the Hotel Tatin in Lamotte-Beuvron, France. […]

grilled corn

grilled corn on the cob

Cook Corn on the Grill Grilled corn on the cob takes corn to a whole new level! The grilled corn in the husks is steaming tender, delicious with a smokey aroma. Butter up! Cook your corn on the grill and you might not ever do it the boiled in water […]

okra succotash

jumbalaya okra succotash

Traditional Succotash Recipe Celebrate the vegetables of Summer with this jumbalaya okra succotash. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll have a Southern tradition on your table. Super easy! According to stories, the traditional succotash recipe was created by Native Americans who, in turn, taught the colonists to make. Since lima […]

italian green beans

picnic fresh italian green beans

Green Bean Your picnic will be complete with these italian green beans! Vibrant and tasty, they’re delicious warm or cold. They’ll go with fried chicken perfectly! The humble green bean. Oh, lawsy, I can remember big things about growing up in Appalachia, Southern West Virginia, during the summers. As a […]

apricot sauce

apricot mustard spicy sauce

Glaze Sauce This apricot spicy sauce will be your GO TO sauce for so many things! From your Easter ham to dolloping on grilled pork chops. And, don’t forget sweets! If you try to figure out the difference between a glaze and sauce, well, good luck. Googling ‘what is a […]

anti-inflammatory recipes

anti-inflammatory roasted vegetables

Anti-Inflammatory Diets I’ve really been so fortunate with my health just about all my life. I know a lot of this is genetics. But, I do think that the impact of growing up with a mom who cooked from scratch way back when, eating fresh fruits and vegetables and not […]

serrano corn soufflé casserole

serrano corn soufflé casserole

Call it corn souffle, corn casserole or corn pudding, this fresh corn, creamy yogurt or sour cream, with a bite of serrano is sure to be a dinner favorite. Creamy Corn Casserole Seems when we have corn on the cob, I usually have a few ears left over. And, being […]

mashed red potatoes

mashed red potatoes and fresh dill

OMG, you’re gonna love love these mashed red potatoes and fresh dill! I mean it’s a fabulous combination of creamy and dilly all in one! Now depending upon your texture palate you can mash to your heart’s delight. For me, I’m totally loving small lumps in my red potato mashers, […]

apple salad

apple basil bleu salad

The Waldorf Salad is a classic salad. Oftentimes saved for holiday occasions, this salad has roots that go back to to 1928! This apple basil bleu salad is a revised updated version of the classic Waldorf Salad! I’m using things like mandarin orange slices and green onions to sizzle the […]

parmesan mashed potatoes

parmesan mashed potatoes and peas bowl

Nothing’s more comforting than a big bowl of mashed potatoes. And, when they’re seasoned with parmesan and garlic and served with peas, then you have a meal! Now, mashed potatoes are about as good as the potatoes you use. So you want to choose a potato that’s higher in starch […]

cauliflower rice

Kitchari Cauliflower Rice Lentils and Vegetables

If you don’t have kitchari, no problem, you can substitute something like a curry mixture, harissa, or herb/garlic. Perfect for cauliflower rice! Kitchari Cauliflower Rice Lentils and Vegetables Food is as haute couture as fashion! And, there’s always something new, sometimes trendy, out there. But, I really don’t think the […]

oven roasted veggies

oven roasted garlic and herb veggies

Leaving food in its most natural form is a sure fired way to visually understand if you’re eating ‘close to the Earth’ and health(ier). And, these oven roasted veggies are a perfect example of what I mean when I say, ‘eating close to the Earth.’ You want to recognize your […]

oven roasted olives

Oven Roasted Olives

If you’ve never had oven-roasted olives, then you are in for a lusciously delicious treat! This roasted olive medley has so many possibilities! Oven Roasted Olives For those of you who know me, well, you KNOW that I’m an olive lover! And, these oven-roasted olives just take my beloved salty […]

kale greens

super antioxidant kale greens

There is no doubt about it, kale is good for you. Now I love kale greens raw or cooked. I love kale greens in soups, stews, as a side dish, in a salad. Doesn’t matter. And, you know the irony of this haute super food? Well, I was eating it […]

rice salad

refreshing rice grape salad

Rice Salad Recipes I happen to love rice, especially when it’s made into this refreshing rice grapes and peas. It’s simple to prepare and is a great twist on rice grape salad! Yes, I’m a salad lover of any type kind and with an array of ingredients. Maybe some avoid […]

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 […]

fresh cranberry mandarin nut salad

fresh cranberry mandarin nut salad

Holidays just got more delicious with this cranberry mandarin nut salad. Full of healthy ingredients and certain to be popular on your table! Thanksgiving Salad Recipes Some dishes just bring back vivid and warm childhood memories. Food has a way of being that for me. A memory maker. That’s the […]

thai red curry coconut corn

thai red curry coconut corn

Now, corn is good with butter and salt and pepper. But, sometimes you want a big change and that’s what this thai red curry coconut corn is. How to Make Curry Corn Summertime is the best for so many reasons. School’s out and it’s time for vacations. There are lots […]

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 gorgonzola

What is Gorgonzola Gorgonzola is a first-cousin of blue or bleu cheese. And, boy, do I love blue or bleu cheese. Gorgonzola is rich and creamy with those blue-green ripples that give you that sharp pop of flavor. Like blue cheese the taste can go from mild to sharp depending […]

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

honey ginger glazed brussels sprouts

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

How to Make French Fries Oven fries are just a wonderful as ‘real fries’ and they’re healthier! These peasant herb oven fries are doused in fresh herbs that elevate flavor! If you’re looking for a lesson on how to make french fries with fewer calories, then this is the one […]

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

OMG! LIttle tastes of black cherries, fresh squash and all baked in one cast iron skillet with a crunchy top! Squash honey cashew souffle! 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 […]

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 cilantro & caramelized onions

Corn souffle! Yes, a dish that for me is synonymous with Thanksgiving, and here’s the backstory on this recipe! 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 […]

roasted peppers and onions with parsley

Roasted Peppers and Onions with Parsley

This Roasted Peppers and Onions with Parsley is an excellent source of vitamins. With its vibrant color and simple flavor, is sure to become a staple. Roasted Peppers and Onions with Parsley I love to create recipes that have an extended shelf life and recipes that have versatility. And, these […]

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 […]

roasted lemon pepper cauliflower with gruyere & parmesan béchamel sauce

roasted cauliflower gruyere parmesan béchamel sauce

We all love raw cauliflower on those appetizer tray! Lets us know we’re snacking healthy! High in vitamin C and fiber, cauliflower can be cooked so many ways and served either ‘straight’ or like this dish. Now, we’re gonna be talking roasted cauliflower! Kind of like a ‘casserole’ with the […]



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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

coconut jasmine rice

tandoori coconut jasmine rice

When I created this recipe for coconut jasmine rice, I thought it would serve eight plus. After four of us had it for dinner and there was just about 2 cups remaining, I revised to say six! If you love rice, then this tandoori coconut jasmine rice can be an entire […]

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

bacon dripping collard greens

In my humble opinion, nothin’ beats a good pot of collard greens…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 […]

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 […]

Ras el Hanout Roasted Baby Gold Potatoes with Labneh Sauce

middle eastern roasted baby gold potatoes

Spices of the World Taste Middle Eastern flavors with these roasted baby gold potatoes. The ras el hanout spice mixture is alluring. Serve with labneh sauce for flair! Spices of the world add so much more interest and flavor to your traditional recipes. Simply swap out what you normally use […]

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 […]

mac and cheese

jamaican jerk mac and cheese

 Mac and Cheese The BEST creamy mac and cheese you’ll ever taste! Put a Jamaican jerk spicy twist on it for explosive flavors! Make it a weeknight favorite! Of course, it’s easy to pick up the boxed versions of mac and cheese, but you’re not getting the real taste of […]

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.  […]

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 […]

crunchy squash

crunchy patty pan squash

Patty Pan Squash Crunchy patty pan squash fried like a green tomato is simply divine! Add a dollop of sour cream. Check for these squash at the farmers market! Some folks call it patty pan squash and others call it flying saucer squash. No doubt these round squash with scalloped […]

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

Pomegranate Coleslaw is a super simple, colorful, and delicious salad that would be a great addition to any holiday table and an easy one to make last-minute too! Pomegranate Coleslaw When I was a guest of Taste of Israel to the Holy Land for a culinary and cultural adventure, I […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spicy Greek French Fries

spicy greek french fries

Greek Fries I can eat my weight in these spicy Greek 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 […]

pan grilled vegetables

Tuscan Pan Grilled Vegetables

Pan grilled vegetables from the Tuscan market! Oh, lawsy, you don’t have to go to Italy like I did to discover how amazing this recipe is! Tuscan Pan Grilled Vegetables Our travels in Tuscany led us one day to Montevarchi to the Thursday outdoor market. From clothing to food to […]

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 brussels sprouts

chili cumin roasted brussels sprouts

Healthy Brussels Sprouts Recipes Make your brussels sprouts memorable with this chili cumin roasted brussels sprouts recipe that’s so doggone easy! It’s gonna be a family favorite! Sometimes you might be thinking that all brussels sprouts recipes are basically healthy, but that can be misleading. The more healthy brussels sprouts […]

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 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 potatoes

fried potatoes and onions

There’s nothing more country to me in terms of food than fried potatoes and onions in a cast iron skillet.Add the onions and fresh herbs and you’ve moved to gourmet fried potatoes! How to Make Fried Potatoes Fried potatoes are the bomb, and there’s nothing more country to me in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]