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Napa Beef Wraps

napa beef wraps

This is one of those recipes that has few ingredients, and the pack a powerful palate punch!  Add to that the fact that it can be prepared within about 30 minutes, no dilly dallying, and you’ve got something that will be a crowd pleaser! The crunchiness of the Napa cabbage […]

asian curried marmalade wings

asian curried marmalade wings

Asian Curried Marmalade Wings ignites two things for me. Challenging myself to just a few ingredients and making quick and easy recipes is one of my goals for the next year. Also, I’m working on making shorty videos of the recipe. You know, those videos with happy catchy perky music […]

sesame chicken drumettes

sesame chicken drumettes

Yes, tailgating is great. It’s camaraderie. It’s great food. It’s excitement and loyalty. But, who says it can’t be done right in your own living room where you have a prime seat watching the big screen, a comfy sofa, wine, a fireplace crackling and the cat purring and sleeping on […]

hatch chili wings

hatch chile wings

Oh, lawsy, what do you do when you have the munchies at 10 pm at night and you want something spicy and hot. And, did I say pretty dang quick! Order a pizza? No way. These hatch chile wings were spot on. I mean in about 25 minutes, start to […]

avocado pimento cheese spread

avocado pimento cheese fruit spread

You probably know some of the virtues, health that is, of avocados.I’ll be sharing some with you! And, you might just think Mexican or South American when you see an avocado. Did you know that an avocado is a fruit? And, it’s sometimes known as the ‘alligator pear’!  So, my avocado pimento […]

brown sugar almond spiced clusters

brown sugar almond spiced clusters

You know those big bags of walnuts and almonds you can get at those ‘leading’ big box stores~~you know what I’m talking about…the stores where you can push flatbeds that can hold Kate + 8 or oversized carts that’re the size of a small play pen, you buy in bulk […]

iieana's beef empanadas

lleana’s beef empanadas

This is a sponsored post from Knorr’s and Zooppa~~I was given an opportunity to create five recipes they sent me, photograph them, then enter into the Knorrs contest on Zooppa. So, nothing was ‘boho’d’ but I shall give you some of the things I learned from making the recipes~~here goes […]

buttermilk biscuit waffles

buttermilk biscuit waffles

The reason I don’t use a waffle iron for making these biscuit waffles is that I don’t want them smooshed…I want them puffy and biscuity. So in order to accomplish this, I used a waffle ‘skillet’ (i.e., Nordic Ware)…it’s a handy little gizmo that you can get at big box […]

butter garlic herb pizza

butter garlic herb pizza

Making pizza dough used to scare me. I look back now and wonder why! I mean it’s just so easy to make a wonderful crust without much trouble at all. It’s worth all the extra work because the flavors you have once you build your pizza are simply divine! This […]

heavenly chocolate cookies

This recipe was ‘boho’d’ from the original recipe from ‘My Crowded Kitchen‘ one of my favorite foodies in the universe!  When I saw the this incredible stack of chocolate love cookies that It’s Yummilicious had shared, I went right to her page then on to the blog  to see what […]

~madam’s lace cookies~

madam’s lace cookies

A taste of Camelot~~this is a historical vintage recipe~~not mine but that of Marta Sgubin who was with the Kennedy family for 25+ years as governess, personal cook and long-time companion of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  Here cookbook, Cooking for Madam, was a gift to me in 1998 for my birthday from […]

Lemon Olive Oil & Sea Salt/Pepper Toastees

Sometimes the bread I make is hit or miss…for some reason, my last few loaves were very dense and ‘heavy’, so instead of tossing in the trash, I decided to slice the bread thin and make ‘toastees’ using various toppings.  These are kind of like ‘bagel crisps’ not quite as […]

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 […]

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, […]

br’er rabbit burger

Contests are like hurricanes—with hurricanes, you can predict and prepare, but you don’t know until it strikes what really’s going to happen.  Contests take preparation galore, and you can predict what you ‘think’ your chances are, your food tasters can throw some light on what they think about what you’re […]

Mint Cherry Ginger Goddess Drink & Lemon Cubes

Mint Cherry Ginger Goddess Drink & Lemon Cubes

When it’s hotter than Hades outside, you want a drink that refreshes…you want a drink that replenishes…you want a drink that requires little work!  Think fizzy…sweet…satisfying…cool and chic! Here’s the drink for you!  I call it the ‘Goddess’ drink because when you sip, you feel like your tasting the nectars […]

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 […]

Carrot Pineapple Coconut Cake Tartlets

I haven’t had real good luck with making a carrot cake!  The 4-layer one I made a few months ago was so dry that I had to demolish it and re-cycle it into ‘Carrot Cake Rum Balls’ which, by the way……were quite delicious as well as compellingly gorgeous—simple bite sizes […]

~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 […]

~ 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 […]

~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 […]

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 […]

Orange Almond Wedding Cookies

Orange Almond Wedding Cookies

These ‘Orange Almond Wedding Cookies’ look like little dollops of ice cream!  Once you bite into the buttery goodness, you know you’re tasting something that could well be addictive~~they’re almost bite size~~unless you want to be dainty and make two bites out of them~~and, they have the subtle hint of […]

Willy Wonka Chocolate Graham Cracker Nut Bars

Willy Wonka Chocolate Graham Cracker Nut Bars

There are times in my life when I get these attacks~~as in chocolate attacks~~it’s like my body craves the rich taste of this aphrodisiac taste!  Now I wasn’t in the mood for just smooth creamy chocolate~~I wanted it combined with chewiness, crunch, nuttiness, and, yes, saltiness.  So, the genesis of […]

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 […]

Rodelle Angel Food Cupcakes with ‘Warm Bourbon Strawberry Sauce & Cacao Nibs’

Angel Food Cupcakes Bourbon Strawberry Sauce & Cacao Nibs

My friends at Rodelle Vanilla always have the most enticing fabulous recipes on their website, and I’m particularly interested in the desserts!  So, I spied one that just spoke to me!  Yes, it said ‘Ally, you have to make me…really don’t be scared, you can do it…I’m not that complicated!’ […]

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 […]

Sea Salt & Raw Sugar Cinnamon Roasted Walnuts

Sea Salt & Raw Sugar Cinnamon Roasted Walnuts

What happens when you buy the big bag of whole walnuts from Costco?  Well, you do a lot of dishes and recipes with walnuts!  Of course, you can just put some in a bowl and eat them randomly as you pass by, and that’s exactly what I was thinking when […]

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 […]

Crunchy Yeast Buttermilk White Bread

Crunchy Yeast Buttermilk White Bread

What I’m finding about bread-making is that it’s not as hard as you think!  Now, I do mine the ol’ fashioned way~~knead with my hands~~don’t even own a bread-making machine!  There’s just something tactile and luscious about getting your hands into the sticky dough, flicking on more flour, pushing and […]

Broccolini Mandarin Orange Pizza

broccolini mandarin orange pizza

This recipe is brought to you by DOLE Packaged Foods, however, all of the recipe development and creative food artistry, including the photography, is solely the work of Ally in her Kitchen.  For more information CLICK~ Sweet and savory crispy thin crust, this ‘pizza’ is refreshing!  When you have the tender […]

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 […]

Black Bean Spinach & Cherry Tomato Pizza

Black Bean Spinach & Cherry Tomato Pizza

You’ll need a fork with this ‘pizza’~~it’s gooey and oooey and fat and sassy and full of yummilicious, and only seven, ingredients!  Why not speed up the process of fixing a dinner by using a pre-packaged pizza dough~~I mean you get home from work, your draggin’ and tired, there are […]

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 […]

Crispy French Toast & Grilled Brown Sugar Apple Slices

I make a lot of what I call, ‘rustic peasant bread’…now these breads are really easy, you’ll find many on my website by just putting in the search box the word ‘bread’!  Since it’s all natural, as in no preservatives to make it last until my youngest child graduates from […]

Oatmeal Cranberry Nut Breakfast Cake (Gluten Free)

I’ve been experimenting more and more with different types of flour for baking purposes…some of this is spurred on by the gluten-free movement, some of it’s just because I want to branch out from regular wheat flour and try some of those cute little, albeit expensive for sure, packages of […]

Chewy Oatmeal Date Raisin Nut Cookies

It’s really hard to mess up these cookies!  This recipe is a variation of one that I’ve used for a while from the ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ cookbook copyright 1970!  That was my very first cookbook, and its wear and tear, stains, dog-ears, and tattered cover are evidence that this […]

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 […]

Crispy Pancake Babies with Fresh Raspberries

crispy waffle babies

This recipe for crispy waffle babies is more about technique than anything.  That’s why I used a waffle and pancake mix~~I was also excited and wanted to get started with my new idea! I wanted to see if I could make a rippled and fluted pancake that has crisp for […]

Raisin Almond Cookie Puffs

Raisin Almond Cookie Puffs

These cookies are pretty to look at.  These cookies are easy to make.  These cookie keep well for a few days or freeze well in an air-tight container.  These cookies go perfectly well with a cup of coffee or tea or a big ol’ glass of frosty cold milk!  Let’s […]

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 […]

Whole Wheat Dark Amber Pepper Jelly Peasant Bread

Baking  ‘close-to-the-earth’ as in rustic and primitive breads is a specialty, of sorts, of mine.  And, baking at high altitude levels when I’m at our Colorado home makes it a tad more challenging, but that’s alright because you might not have the bread that raises beautifully, but I always seem […]

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. […]

Cinnamon Almond Rolls

Cinnamon Almond Rolls

These are what I call ‘hearty’ cinnamon rolls…they’re not like ‘Cinnab0n’ cinnamon rolls~~yeasty and soft.  These are like cowboy cinnamon biscuit rolls!  A texture that has some dense mass, some bite and chew…don’t expect them ‘melt in your mouth’ like marshmallows~~you’ll need to bite then chew the love and feel […]

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 […]

Buffalo Chorizo Flatbread Pizza with Charred Red Bells and Scallion Sauce

buffalo chorizo flatbread pizza

Buffarizo! Buffalo or/bison and chorizo—think Gringo and Amigo—food elements that are a treasured part of my life.  For the past almost 20 years, my nomadic life has included living not only in South Carolina but in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.  Life there is vastly different from my life along […]

Smoked Chipotle Red Wine Beef Short Ribs

When I find something really interesting on sale, as in marked down 50% or more, like these beef short ribs, I snatch ’em up…good thing there wasn’t anyone around eyeing them, too, because I might have gotten really snitty, horned in, and grabbed ’em!  There were just four, perfect for […]

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 […]

Vodka Chocolate Cake Balls

~chocolate vodka sweet bites~

Unless we have a carload of people visiting or food-seekers stopping by, it’s hard for us to wipe out an entire triple-decker chocolate cake.  Made this one from my granddaughter’s 19th birthday~~I mean you’d think three college-age kids would make a cake disappear in a couple of days~~so, on the […]

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 […]

Pomegranate Tangerine Rustic Peasant Bread

I’ve been on a pomegranate rage!  These things require some work to get to the seeds…well, there are techniques for cleaning them out that are easy, involved water, and the videos can be found on You Tube, but I decided that I wanted the full experience~~the squirting, the tearing, the […]

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, […]

chewy ginger molasses cookies

It’s always a fun thing to take an admired and talented fellow foodie’s recipe and re-create it with your own spin or twist.  One of my favorite foodies is Stevie Wonder…that would be Steve from The Black Peppercorn!  He always comes up with some great recipes, and I must say, […]

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 […]

Sumatra Chocolate Cupcake Vixen Bites

You’ll wonder what’s in these vixen bites that have an ever-so-slight crunch when you eat one!  It’s the vixen in all of us coming through!  Between the mystery crunch, the extra chocolate blast and then the rich nutty Sumatra  eating just one or two will bring complete bliss and nirvana! Sumatra Bittersweet […]

Coconut Roasted Almond Chocolate Cookies

This is a quickie recipe that can be done in a pinch when you need something sweet! It’s also great for storing a few days…well, if it lasts that long…plus, you can make these mounds of love and give away~~for me, it’s like having a cookie almond joy~~Coconut Roasted Almond […]

aisin Almond Chocolate Espresso Squares

Tis the season to make ‘soulful gifts’ for friends and family!  Since I like to get a lot of mileage out of a recipe making different things from the basically same ingredients and then just changing up somewhat to have a whole new look, kinda like my fashion/dressing and styling […]

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Cream Cheese Yogurt Icing

If you’ve seen The Food Network’s TV show ‘Sweet Genius’, you might appreciate why I’m saying with this ‘ho hum’ lemon cake go from ‘average’ to ‘WOW’ ~~just call me a sweet genuis~~with the application of the edible crystallized flowers!  This is a basic cake.  The icing is nothing really […]

Skillet Cinnamon Bread

Making a bread with just a few ingredients is what I call smart.  This bread works so well because it doesn’t need to raise a long time, doesn’t have to be kneaded, and you just pour the batter in the skillet like a cake.  This technique makes for an uneven […]

White Rustic Peasant Bread

White Rustic Peasant Bread~~three ingredients plus water…how much easier can it get!  Sometimes it’s just really good to have hot white bread come out of the oven, tear it off with your hands, and slather it with butter, dip in olive oil, heap jam, jelly or honey on it, sop […]

Congo Chocolate Cupcakes with Fairy Dust

I’m going to keep working on these  Congo Chocolate Cupcakes with Fairy Dust~~oh, they were good, but I think they can be even better with some more experimentation and adventure!  Not being much of a baker, but loving baking, I wanted to make some chocolate cupcakes or a cake for my […]

Pistachio Brandy Crispy French Toast Sticks

My life is all about multi-purposing and getting more out of something than just what you might think the thing is intended for.  Like a a swirly party dress that I might buy for an wedding, I want to make sure that dress can be re-purposed for another and another […]

Frozen Brandy Berry Tartlet

frozen brandy blueberry tartlet

If you’re looking for something healthy, refreshing, relatively low calorie, then you’ve got the right recipe right here.  It’s something that is quick and easy to make, requires nothing on the stove top or oven, and if it melts, no problem, it becomes a drink instead of a tartlet! You can do […]

Peasant Sourdough French Bread

This would be ‘my’ version of sourdough bread or ‘Peasant Sourdough French Bread’!  It didn’t require a starter, lots of time nor even a bread machine.  Of course, I don’t even own a bread-making machine.  I do my bread like my Grandma Cook, who was full of piss and vinegar, […]

Peasant Sourdough French Bread

Want an adventure?  Then head to your kitchen and create something without a recipe…wing it, fly by the seat of your pants…with a smidgen of knowledge about food, you can enter the world of risk and adventure by coming up with your own dish!  This ‘Peasant Sourdough French Bread’ was […]

Vanilla Sugar & Cinnamon French Toast Sticks

Vanilla Sugar & Cinnamon French Toast Sticks~~easy to make, even more delicious when you make your own bread, and perfect to just keep out and munch on throughout the day! Servings:  About 18 3-4″ long sticks What you need: Leftover ‘Vanilla Sugar’ peasant bread that you can cut into sticks–trim […]

Vanilla Sugar Applesauce Peasant Bread

Vanilla’s used very much in baking, but with baking bread you probably don’t hear much about adding vanilla.  When you have a luscious all-natural vanilla paste with a touch of pure bourbon it though it’s your American duty to put some in your bread! I not only did that but […]

Roasted Cream Cheese Anglecot Cherry Berry Cobbler

Of course you know about roasting marshmallows, and you’ve probably roasted a lot of veggies.  Then there’s the pot ‘roast’ and roast beef.  But, have you…roasted cream cheese?  That was the question I asked myself one day as I was plundering through my refrigerator one day looking for inspiration for something […]

Rhubarb Brandy Citrus Ginger Jam

At our place in Colorado, we have a rhubarb garden.  In fact, it’s an heirloom rhubarb garden with the plants being quite old.  They’ve been transported and transplanted  over the years by a family who built our home and the quaint French country place–designed and intricately executed, the developers, Jim […]

Fig Date Cornbread Pie with Caramelized Onions & Figs

What in the world was I thinking when I created this recipe?  I was thinking ‘Martha White’ cornbread contest, and I was thinking something really different and unusual and something that could be a potential winner.  Alas, this cornbread didn’t cut the mustard for the contest as a winner, but […]

Almond Spice Crusted French Toast

Making your own bread is not hard and what you can do with it the next day and the next is just endless.  Plus, each time I make bread there’s something just a tad bit different about the same bread made with the same recipe…I like that.   When I […]

Green Goddess Veggie & Herb Cream Soup

Couture:   The design and manufacture of fashionable clothes to a client’s specific requirements and measurements.  That’s the definition for the word in the clothing and jewelry line.  My couture is in the food line!  This is what I call one of my ‘couture’ soups…I made it especially for my […]

‘Museli Chocolate Pretzel Sticks’

I’m teaming up with the retail store ‘Anthropologie’ in our area to do an October Fest Saturday cooking in the store.  The manager asked me to choose recipes from some of their cookbooks and ‘boho’ them or, in other words, make them my own Bohemian Bold version.  I thought a […]

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. […]

Chorizo Corn Red Potato Chowder with Lime Cilantro Sauce

There’s a tsunami of food on Facebook~~gorgeous food porn that even Dr. Oz has found to be neurologically stimulating!  Sometimes there’s precisely the one thing that catches my eye.  This happens several times a week, and I usually put these recipes in my stash of ideas.  On the other hand, […]

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 […]

Fresh Strawberry & Coffee Patron Sauce

Fresh Strawberry & Coffee Patron Sauce ~~this creation was conceived to go along with the ‘Chocolate Espresso & Coffee Mini-Bundt Cakes‘…we all know chocolate and strawberries are like peas and carrots!  They go together!  Now this sauce is not only strawberry, but it’s got hints of coffee with the Patron, […]

Artisan Lettuce Romesco Anthropologie Nibbles

Artisan Lettuce Romesco~~Anthropologie Nibbles

I was introduced to Romesco by Chef Anthony Sasso of Casa Mono Bar Jamon in NYC.  Now I’ve made ‘Artisan Lettuce Romesco’!   Chef Anthony came to cook in my Colorado kitchen preparing a spectacular meal for Ben and me and ten of our most favorite guests!  That entire soiree was an […]

The DaVinci Grilled Cheese

This is one of those recipes that’s born from a contest.  Yep, I’m getting really crazy with grilled cheeses, and this one’s for the St. Francis Winery contest.  Now, here’s the funny thing.  I’m photographing this beauty on my front porch when my oldest son drives up.  He asks what […]

Raspberry Balsamic Spinach

The shrinking spinach.  I mean it looks like so much when you put it in the skillet, but with some heat, it almost disappears!  Sometimes I wonder how restaurants can serve a side of spinach that’s probably an entire bag if you bought it at the grocery store.  this ‘Raspberry […]

Oven Roasted Grapes

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

Poppy Seed Lemon Cheesecake Waffles

Poppy Seed Lemon Cheesecake Waffles

Cooking is like fashion for me. And, like food, I adore clothes, accessories, shoes, scarves–you get it!   Food has to be stylish.  Food has to be presented uniquely.  I’m always searching for cool ways to transform the presentation of foods.  With this recipe I was thinking waffles, but not […]

Cast Iron Skillet Apple Crisp

Every recipe comes from some kind of ‘inspiration’, right?  Like any idea, new invention or gadget,  it’s usually born out of necessity.  Most all of my Boho recipe creations have roots in leftovers…growing up in West Virginia, not having much, learning to be resourceful and thrifty, you didn’t waste anything. […]

Granny Smith Apple & Tart Cherry Oatmeal Cakes

Ben’s going to see Mama Helen and Daddy Howard, his mama and daddy…imagine having your mom and dad still alive and you, the ‘kid’ are a grandparent yourself and Medicare age!  Way back in the day, unlike today, many kids got married young, like real young, so they ‘grew up’ […]

Whistle Stop Cafe Southern Salsa

Fried green tomatoes—there’s nothing better!  It’s a traditional dish of the South.  It’s a dish that was made even more popular by the movie of the same name, ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’, and, of course, the Whistle Stop Café.  Most of the time, FGTs are slice kind of thick, dipped in […]

Brown Sugar Cranberry Whole Wheat Peasant Bread

I am a bread goddess.  My kingdom of different kinds of breads grows.  Though my breads maybe be somewhat deformed, misshapen, or odd looking, once you tear off a hunk or slice a piece that no longer matters.  What intoxicates you is the taste! As a Bohemian bread goddess, my […]

Cilantro Cumin Lime Corn Squares

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

Flat Bread Ancho Chili Sausage & Summer Veggie Pizza

Everyone’s got to have a ‘boho’d’ pizza (To ‘boho’ a recipe means you let your creativity surge, think of something new to do, and you make sure it’s memorable and different!)…something that they can pinch hit and make in a skinny minute! ‘ Flat Bread Ancho Chili Sausage & Summer […]

Fig Balsamic Oven Grilled Bacon

I’ve boho’d bacon.  And, I’m sorry but  turkey bacon just isn’t bacon.  I mean I know it’s , yes, better for you, and I do substitute at times turkey bacon, but there’s nothing on this earth as good as crispy bacon, and, in this case, ‘Fig Balsamic Oven Grilled Bacon’! […]

Southern Spicy Fried Okra

Move over fried bacon…if you’re frying okra and you have folks in your kitchen, it just might disappear!  Okra…you bet, a staple of the South!   Our good friend, Dale, brought us some fresh picked from his garden the other day.  This okra (is there a singular and plural form […]

Fig and Mango Goat Cheese Pastry Bites

Everyone in life has to have a friend with a fig tree!  And, I do!  Now last year we waited and waited for the harvest, which never came–and Tresa figured out it was because she’d put the tree in shock by trimming it too close to budding time.  We had […]

Brandied Fruit Frozen Pie

I’m like a dog with a bone with some things I create in the kitchen.  What I mean is that I make something, use an ingredient or plural of that and then I see various applications of how it can be used.  This recipe is an example of that.  Initially, […]

Cowboy Crusty White Bread

My Grandma Cook…yes, my maiden name was Cook, so I was destined to be a cook, made THE most amazing white  yeast bread, white yeast rolls, and cinnamon rolls!  Every Thursday, you’d know Grandma, not standing taller than 5 feet and full of ‘piss n’ vinegar’ was making bread, rolls […]

Frozen Brandy Berry Tartlets

Can I sell you on this?  Tartlet. Refreshing.  Tart. Cooling.  Healthy.  Fun.  Pretty.  Like a Popsicle on a plate!  Start with a fork.  End with a spoon.  You can add what you think, too…who knows, I might just edit/update and add your comment! Makes: 4-6 frozen tartlets What you need: 3 cups […]

Dreamsicle Frozen Sparkling Drink

Finding something that can quench your thirst when the weather is hot, like really hot, is hard.  However, creating a refreshing drink to cool down your overheated body after riding, as in pedaling a bicycle, for over 35 miles in 95+ weather is a challenge!

‘Blueberry Lemon Mint Fizzy’

Finding something that can quench your thirst when the weather is hot, like really hot, is hard.  However, creating a refreshing drink to cool down your overheated body after riding, as in pedaling a bicycle, for over 35 miles in 95+ weather is a challenge! For the past six weeks, […]

Apricot French Tarragon Cupcones

What do you get when you cross pollinate cupcakes and scones?  Cupcones!  When apricots are in season, I’m one happy chickadee!  However, even if they’re not in season, you can still make these great cupcones by using Dole’s fabulous apricots {just drain them well and pat them dry}. These tasty […]

The Gatsby Grilled Cheese

Healthy and delightfully light and refreshing, the ‘Gatsby Grilled Cheese’ is the essence of decadence! Fresh raspberries & blueberries, aged cheddar cheese, buttery & crispy grilled oatnut bread, and peppery arugula & zesty fresh spinach–let the dancing of the tastebuds begin!  I entered this into the Biltmore Hotel’s contest ‘A […]

Soppressata & Baby Sunflower Greens Boho Sammich

Ben and I are training for a big 150-mile bike ride, as in bicycling, to raise money for MS.  The ride will take place in Colorado, and since we’re flat-landers, we seriously need a lot of training to deal with the altitude.  Riding requires energy.  And, our energy comes from […]

Spicy Eggs Boho

You’ve probably heard the expression, ‘I’ve been punked!’  Well, I’m using that same expression, albeit tweaked with my word,  in my cooking—no, this is not new at all.  I’m just now starting to blog about it! ‘This dish, spicy Eggs Boho, has been ‘boho’d!’  I’ve taken a classic fare, ‘Eggs […]

Fresh Basil Walnut Pesto

There’s not much to write about this post.  I mean it’s not real ‘glamourous.’  It’s nothing that takes a high level of culinary skill.  Here’s what I can tell you about it: 1.  I have an herb garden with a lot of fresh basil. 2.  I harvested this basil, put […]

Nectar of the Gods Peach Popovers

I’ve had so much fun with the popover pan I bought! Like a new clothing accessory, like earrings, I look at this unique baking implement and think about the many ways I can use it with cooking—it’s not just for popovers. I mean if that were the case, then it would not be used often! So, I’ve ‘boho’d’ the popover pan finding many applications for it from pasta to meat to pastries.

These peachy popovers are subtly sweet, the cake is dense and moist. The roasting and baking of the peach and blueberries with the cardamom sugar intensifies into a nectar of the Gods. I think you’ll love as much as I do! And, since it’s just so great, I’m sharing with ‘Weekend Potluck’ and Everyday Mom’s Meals Church Suppers–you’ll find more great recipes here!

Honey & Orange Peel Pickled Peaches

Honey & Orange Peel Pickled Peaches

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

Blood Orange and Lemon Rustic Cheesecake

Blood oranges are in season, and when I spotted them at The Pig, I started doing a littl’ happy dance right there in the produce section!  Produce does that to women, ya know—trust me, I know because I posted on FB a picture of the beautiful produce section from a […]

Corn & Black Lentils Serrano Pepper Salad

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

Rosemary EVOO White Wine & Walnut Bread/Muffins

I’ve been blessed to have met so many incredible and irresistible foodies on Facebook since launching Ally’s Kitchen.  Foodies are a passionate bunch who love to share with other fiidues and who get super excited over little things like creating a new recipe from something they’ve found elsewhere. Such is the case […]

The Cowboy’s City Slicker Spicy Dippin’ & Marinade Oil

This marinade was created as an entry for ‘The Pioneer Woman’s’ as in Ree Drummond grilling contest. The Cowboy’s City Slicker Spicy Dippin’ & Marinade Oil.   Nope, it wasn’t selected as a winner, but, by golly, I’m so glad I did it because it’s a keeper…why? …Well, it’s just so […]

Sour Cream Lemon Scones

Whitney, my yogini and webmaster, is coming over this morning, and I’m fixing her something special because she loves to eat, and she’s one of my regular taste testers!  So I’ve decided to fix……scones!  Here’s a quick history lesson on scones from The Nibble …cut and pasted for accuracy! “Scones are […]

Ricotta Mini Waffles

Woke up this morning excited to use my new toy from Williams and Sonoma…a mini-waffle skillet!  I can see so many cool ways to use this apparatus, like next time I think I’ll do ‘Waffle Boston Cream Mini Pies’!  Anyway, today it’s breakfast waffles, which could easily be dessert waffles, […]

“White Dough: Tin Loaf” or Baquette Buttermilk Bread

Nanou Bip Bip—you may ask, who is this?  Odd name…’bip bip!’  Well, Nanou is a delicious foodie friend on Facebook I have grown to adore and love.   Nanou lives in London, is Algerian, and has shared with me many of her family’s incredible recipes, which I have made and received rave […]

Mango Black Grape Citrus Oriental Salad

This salad was made for a ‘girfriend dinner’.  T, as I call her, had just lost her sweet kitty, Patches, and since Ben was gone, I thought we’d just have a special dinner at the coffee table for the two of us.  It was poignant and special, and if you want […]

date & apple wontons

Recently I went to a local Asian market.  Never stepped foot in one before.  My reason for going was to find springroll wrappers to use in a recipe that I was cooking for a competition…they were called ‘Cheeseburger Springrolls’…not my recipe, but my cuz’s from NY.  Since she couldn’t get […]

Rhubarb Berry Sour Cream Cobbler

Rhubarb–when God invented it, I wonder if He knew the world would fall in love with it!  He made it just so unique…while the leaves are toxic, the stalks, kind of like celery, are tart and crisp and sugar sure does help. There are just so many things that can be […]

Meyer Lemon & Mint Peasant Bread

  Caution:  Your house will smell so darn good when you’re baking peasant bread, strangers may come knocking!         Makes:  One large peasant loaf PreHeat oven to 375   What you need:  2 pkg yeast ½ cup water (110-120 degrees) 1 ½ cup plain yogurt (microwave 10”) […]

Creamy Wine & Ancho Chili Anasazi Beans

Creamy Wine & Ancho Chili Anasazi Beans

I admittedly am a ‘Bean Queen’…growing up in the hollers of West Virginia, pinto beans were a staple in our diet several times a week.  They were cheap.  They were healthy.  The went a long way and fed four hungry children’s mouths.  Now, as an adult, I continue to adore […]

Mascarpone Flax Banana Nut Bread

The ol’ standby ‘Banana Bread’ gets a Boho Ally transformation using healthier ingredients like ground milled flax.  This banana bread is exceptionally moist and creamy because of the mascarpone.  It’s not real sweet because there’s only three-quarters’ cup of dark brown sugar in it. That means if you want to put […]

Fig Blueberry Dates & Nut Peasant Bread

My quick and easy version for making ‘peasant’ breads, or breads that look like they came from a Medieval kitchen, maybe a rancher’s log cabin kitchen, or, better yet, something from the Old World kitchens of Europe!  The steps are easy…the variations abound…and the flavor and tastes are just as […]

Chipotle Roma Tomato Basil Tart

A light, airy spicy and savory fresh Roma tomato tart made with Saucy Mama Chipotle Mustard and the best of fresh ingredients.  It’s healthy, low calorie and, best of all, you can have more than one piece!                Makes: Rectangular 6 x 12 tart […]

champagne honey beet hummus

champagne honey beet hummus

Pretty exotic recipe name, huh–well, at least the first two words!  And, that’s because of Saucy Mama…so what is Saucy Mama? Well, the short explanation is that they have a contest using their mustard products…it’s called ‘Skinny Mama Mustard Contest’ ‘cuz the recipes that I had to create have to be low-calorie […]

Buttermilk Raspberry Muffins

Invasion of the giant muffins!  These muffins can be for breakfast, served as a snack, or garnished with some special accessories like crystallized mint, ice cream, chocolate ganache and served as a fancy dessert! They are moist, like a pound cake, very cake-like and are better the second day.  With […]

Spicy Moroccan Fresh Salmon Patties

Spicy Moroccan Fresh Salmon Patties

A foodie friend on Facebook, Hey Garlic Head, asked me if I wanted to try their BBQ product. Keith, one of the the owners of K&L Products, emailed me and after some back and forth with establishing a better understanding, we were ready to go!  And, since I’m really engaged […]

Lemon Almond Cake

The Facebook Foodie Universe is replete with wonderful recipes!  Each day, I marvel at what the home chefs and professional foodies create.  The food porn abounds!!  However, it’s not often that something I see just makes me want to run out, buy the ingredients and make!  

Wheat-Flax Sour Cherry Medjool Date Nut Bread

Some things in life just ‘scare’ me.  I don’t mean like blood curdling screaming scared.  I don’t mean like you just have a ‘felling’ that there’s a burglar in your house scared.   I mean when I’m cooking.  The idea of French cooking ‘scares’ me.  The idea of making certain soufflés, […]

Cranberry Carrot Cutie Orange Nut Muffins

Sometimes you just gotta cut corners and hope the end product is not compromised.  In this case, I was able to use a pre-boxed muffin mix, Boho it (definition:  make something your own by adding your own unique twist(s) and touch(es) to it), and have a healthier tastier muffin! These are […]

Bohemian Caramel Apple Nut Cake

Bohemian Caramel Apple Nut Cake

During apple season there’s nothing better than a moist nutty apple cake!  Second to that for me, is a nutty candy apple with homemade caramel!  True to my Bohemian culinary style, I decided I wanted to combine these two favorites into one cake.  I posted a comment at my FB […]

~Chewy Cranberry Choco Wowwnies~

When Ocean Spray gave Ally the challenge of coming up with something creative using their cranberry juice, well, her Bohemian trademark culinary style kicked into high gear! I immediately thought of chocolate, something chewy, then something tart!  I wanted something that could be quickly done, was ‘semi’ homemade, and which […]