Donut Breakfast Sandwich

January 3, 2015

Watermelon Lemonade

July 23, 2015

6 large lemons 6 c. water 1 1/2 c. sugar 1/4 tsp. kosher salt 4 c. chopped watermelon 1 cup water Ice Squeeze juice from lemons to equal 2 cups; reserve four squeezed lemons. Bring 6 cups water, sugar, and kosher salt to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; add reserved lemons. Cool; strain […]

Lilac Cream Pie

June 3, 2013

This is the Summer of cooking with flowers, and that would not be complete without using lilacs. At this time of year there is a profusion of lilac blooms in the air. I simply created a lilac sugar, which I then used to sweeten the custard of this very pie – topped with sweetened whipped […]

Ginger Pear Jam

July 13, 2012

4 Bosc Pears, peeled, cored and diced 1 Granny Smith Apple, peeled, cored and diced 1 medium onion, diced 1/2 c. golden raisins 1/2 c. Australian Crystallized ginger 1 1/4 c. cider vinegar 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1 c. brown sugar 1 tbsp. fresh ginger, grated 1/2 tsp. dried ginger 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. […]

Irish Colcannon

January 4, 2015

Skillet Lasagna

May 7, 2011

I love lasagna, but not the work and effort that goes into it.  I wanted to find a way to make an easier version to satisfy my cravings for lasagna that would not make me wait hours for the results.  I used crushed tomatoes as my daughter does not like chunks, if you prefer a […]

Jalapeno Cola Meatballs

November 25, 2014

Cocoa Powder Deconstructed

November 2, 2009

  If you bake with cocoa you have probably noticed recipes that call for either Dutch-processed or natural (non-Dutch-processed) cocoa powder. Both types of cocoa powder are unsweetened and therefore bitter when tasted alone. Dutch-Process Cocoa or Alkalized Unsweetened Cocoa Powder has been treated with an alkali to neutralize its natural acidity. Because it is […]

Chorizo Tomato Skewer Bites

March 5, 2012

4 links smoked Chorizo sausage 1 pt. cherry tomatoes Slice sausages into 1/2″ coins.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a medium saute pan over medium heat drizzle olive oil.  When oil begins to shimmer place sausages in single row, frying for roughly 1-2 minutes until browned.  Flip over and skewer cherry tomato with the […]

Campfire Themed Birthday Party

March 18, 2009

I love taking a theme and planning a menu completely around it. I recently hosted a birthday party with a campfire theme inspired menu. Slow roasted, BBQ rubbed pulled pork sandwiches, southern potato salad, blue cheese slaw and refrigerator fire pickles. Notice the invidual s’mores on the stand? Thick layer of milk chocolate above a […]

Scalloped Potatoes & Ham

May 3, 2009

I love comfort food. It reminds me of the simmering pans on the stove or the bubbling pots in the oven my mother had cooking when I was little. I used to always get excited when she was making scalloped potatoes with ham. I did not grow up with much, and so I decided to […]

Throw the ultimate PRIDE spread

June 13, 2013

I wanted to elevate the tired rainbow of years past and give it a classic twist with which to launch from. No-Bake Birthday Cake Cheesecakes Rainbow Layered Salad in a Glass Rainbow Bread Sprinkles Brownie Cookies Blackened Chicken Chopped Salad with Honey Vinaigrette Smartini ZOKU Slushies Glitterbomb Cupcakes Rainbow Vegetable Platter with Pepper Ranch Dip […]

Sopressata with Cauliflower and Tomatoes

August 9, 2004

Summer entertaining should be easy and full of bright flavors to go along with fantastic friends or family.  Ordinary cauliflower is paired here with the bold flavors of Sopressata, a spicy, dry-cured salami originating in Italy but readily available at most supermarkets today.  I slice the Sopressata thinly on my mandoline, feel free to cut […]

Dried Bread for stuffing, bread pudding or french toast.

January 8, 2009

One idea to keep in mind as a time saver, whenever you have extra bread you know you are not going to need or when the store has a baguette for $.89! Cube it up or slide it on the diagonal, and let it dry out a day or two. You can mix breads together […]

Valentine’s Day S’mores

January 12, 2011

Tell them of your love with this cheeky version of the famous childhood treat.   I readily admit that the graham crackers are slightly time consuming, but they are not hard to make.  In fact, you could make the graham cracker dough on day – roll it out and stick in the freezer on day one, then […]

Lodge Baby Skillet Huevos Rancheros

April 28, 2013

This recipe is going for those of us who love eating crunchy things with our fingers, pulling it apart and crunching on it. This is what happens to the corn tortillas in the oven, they get all crispy and you just have to pick at them and use them like envelopes for the yummy filling. […]

Breakfast Sausage from Scratch

February 5, 2011

3 lbs. ground pork 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 tbsp. maple syrup 1 tbsp. dried sage 1 tsp. dried thyme 2 tsp. salt 3 tsp. pepper 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper >Pull your ground pork out 30 minutes before using to take chill off so it is easier to mix.  Combine all ingredients together in a […]

Turkey Pot Pie Stew with Sage Biscuits

December 23, 2011

2 tbsp. olive oil 3 carrots, peeled and sliced 3 celery stalks, sliced 2 cups frozen peas 1 – 8 oz. package sliced mushrooms 1 medium onions, diced OR 1/2 lb frozen pearl onions 4 garlic cloves, sliced 5-6 c. shredded turkey or chicken 8 tbsp (1 stick) butter 1/2 cup flour 1/4 c. fresh […]

Fire and Spice Nuts

January 1, 2015

Customized nuts are an easy way to tailor a snack and make it your very own. Here I use an often underused pantry item, Chinese Five Spice powder to create an unique treat that is hard to resist. This recipe calls for fancy, mixed nuts – feel free to use your favorite type of nuts. […]

Raspberry Compote

January 3, 2015

Pasta Puttanesca Sauce

March 9, 2010

Puttanesca sauce – bold & spicy, not for the tame. Puttanesca sauce originated in Italy back in the mid 20th century. Translated in English as ‘whore’, it is believed that this sauce originated at Italian brothels where the prostitutes had little time between ‘clients’ and they need a quick meal. Using local ingredients that they […]

Feta Dill Greek Yogurt Dressing

June 17, 2015

As part of my way to not eat so many chips when watching tv, I started cutting up an entire cucumber and mixing it with a salad dressing – it became a real treat for me. I recently tried some Greek Yogurt dressing from the supermarket and thought – I can make this, so I […]

Slow Cooker Lasagna

January 4, 2015

Vindaloo Maple Sweet Potatoes

January 21, 2013

YUM, YUM, YUM is what you will be saying when you try this recipe – that and why didn’t I double the recipe. These are so delicious and such a fantastic alternative to how I normally make sweet potatoes. The Vindaloo seasoning (from Penzey’s) adds just enough heat, paired with the Burton’s Maple Syrup (which […]

Favorite Things – Silpat

November 12, 2009

As any of you have probably heard me say once or twice, I am sold on the Silpat. What is a Silpat? I believe it is the most popular non-stick baking item ever invented! The Silpat is a must for any patisserie chef or home baker. It can turn any pan into a non-stick surface. […]

Taco Pasta Salad

November 25, 2014

Maple-Bourbon Pork Stew with Bacon-Sage Crumble

February 19, 2012

This is a version of cassoulet, with the addition of Maple syrup and Bourbon – minus the chicken.  You cold realistically replace the chicken for the pork shoulder should desire.  Homey and comforting, this is surely a great meal to start in your slow-cooker on a Saturday morning and enjoy all weekend long.  The bacon-sage […]

Chicken & Noodles

January 26, 2011

My Grandmother’s noodles were like receiving a visit from Santa Claus aside from Christmas Day.  It wasn’t until I became older that she taught me her ways to spin these ordinary ingredients into a magical concoction.  She would roast her chicken in the oven and collect the drippings to use later  After the chicken had […]

Cinnamon Sugared Crock Pot Almonds

June 17, 2015

1 c. sugar 1 c. brown sugar 3 tbsp. cinnamon 1/8 tsp. salt 1 egg white 2 tsp. vanilla 3 c. almonds 1/8 c. water In a bowl, whisk egg white and vanilla until it begins to get a little frothy. Stir in your almonds until the are all coated in the egg white and […]