Dulce de Leche Banana Pudding

I used to be a volunteer cook for Wednesday night supper at my church. Every week for several years, I helped prepare 300+ meals with a group of retired men and women who kept the kitchen running smoothly and me […]

Homemade Croutons

Fresh homemade croutons are the best way to add a crispy texture to a fresh salad. Unlike their store-bought counterparts, homemade croutons are packed with flavor and have a delicate crunch. Store-bought croutons are usually dry and tasteless, and tend […]

Key Lime Pie

Thirteen years ago, I started my culinary journey at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. I had no clue what I was doing when I set my first batch of baked goods on that weathered wooden table in the outdoor market. […]

Asian Shrimp and Noodle Salad

Whenever I get the opportunity to cook on Charlotte Today, a local lifestyle and entertainment morning show in Charlotte, North Carolina, I have a blast. It’s the one time in my life when I can dirty a bunch of dishes and […]

Tex-Mex Rice Pilaf

I make this rice whenever Tex-Mex is on the menu at my house. It’s my version of the tomato based rice found in Mexican restaurants across the country. I basically modified Mexican rice to suit my taste. I’m not too […]

Chipotle Cheerwine Chicken Tacos

Last week I was flipping through a bunch of food magazines in search of inspiration for a recipe I needed to come up with for my next cooking segment on Charlotte Today. I eventually came across an article about the history of […]

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

I can’t believe it’s already May! I feel like I just took down my Christmas tree, and it’s already Cinco de Mayo. I’m not Mexican, but I appreciate the significance of this holiday. Cinco de Mayo honors the Mexican Army’s […]

Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas

Spring is here! And along with it comes crops of amazing seasonal vegetables, my favorite being sugar snap peas. I first discovered this crisp, sweet vegetable when my oldest son was an infant. Since I was an overly obsessive new […]

Bourbon Bacon Meatball Sliders

This post is sponsored by Ms. C’s Soppin’ Good BBQ Sauce. Since the 1800s there’s been an ongoing feud between Eastern Carolina and Western Carolina for barbecue sauce supremacy, with each region possessing its own distinct style and flavor. Your sauce of […]

Fettuccine Alfredo

When I think about a romantic dinner for two, my mind immediately drifts to that famous Bella Notte scene in Lady and the Tramp. I just love how those two infatuated pooches interact with each other. She flutters her eyes at […]

Carmelita Bars

I remember the first time I ever had a carmelita bar. It was when I made my inaugural visit to the Whole Foods in Charlotte, North Carolina during the store’s grand opening week about four years ago. At the time, […]

Andouille and Corn Chowder

Last February, I had the opportunity to present a workshop at the first annual When The Heart Dreams conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. This event was an opportunity for romance readers and authors to mix and mingle for the weekend. […]

Stovetop Popcorn

Yesterday was my last day on the Daniel Fast, and I feel so much better. After consuming an obscene amount of rich and indulgent food over the holidays, I was in desperate need of an eating overhaul. For twenty-one days, […]

Berry Almond Oatmeal

When I think about oatmeal, I think about the bowl of sweet, creamy goodness my Nana used to serve me and my sister when we visited her for the summer each year. Nana could transform a bland, boring a pot […]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I think my husband was the only kid in the state of Ohio who loved Brussels sprouts. He couldn’t get enough of them, especially when his dad cooked them. “He made them just right,” Big Daddy has said on more […]

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Fra diavolo translates to “brother devil.”  It’s an old-school Italian sauce that didn’t originate in Italy. It was actually created at a restaurant in Little Italy, New York in the early 20th century. Lobster was the seafood of choice for […]

Chicken Tortilla Soup

After consuming all that rich, heavy food on Thanksgiving, followed by consuming several days of holiday leftovers, I am pretty much tired of eating. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed every delicious moment and every delectable bite, but there comes […]

Cranberry Relish

Updated from andriagaskins.com. Original post November 27, 2013 I have to admit, I’m a cranberry sauce snob, and I scoff at the idea of eating cranberry sauce out of a can. My skin crawls just thinking about the sound of […]

Shrimp Scampi with Linguini

Three months ago, Big Mony Merchandice turned thirteen. Ever since his birthday, I find myself getting misty eyed whenever I look at him. He’s growing up too fast, and I’m not prepared. Five years ago, he was this little boy giggling […]

Pumpkin Crumb Muffins

I’ve really embraced the whole pumpkin spice thing this year. I’ve made everything from pumpkin spice bread to pumpkin spice granola to pumpkin spice rice krispie treats since autumn began. And there’s no sign of stopping in sight. That is […]

Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

Risotto has a reputation for being fussy and time-consuming. It requires patience and about 30 minutes standing at the stove, stirring almost constantly. When I need a moment to decompress and enjoy a glass of wine in peace, this is […]

Broccoli Salad

Much of my life can be chronicled by food. I fell in love with Big Daddy over a pan of leftover rice and tomatoes at some diner in West Virginia. A lemon cake introduced me to the world of competitive […]

Aunt Frankie’s Applesauce Cake

My mom and her sister, Evelyn—aka Aunt Frankie—are the best cooks I know. They both have their specialties, but no matter what they prepare, it’s always good. My Aunt Frankie and her family (shout to my Uncle Kenny, aka Uncle […]

Baked Apple Chips

I love it when I learn how to make something new. I started baking my own apple chips about five years ago when I was looking for dried fruit to go on a baked brie platter I was making for […]

Homemade Applesauce

It’s apple season! And ever since my boys were little, we have made the two-and-a-half hour road trip up to Flat Rock, North Carolina to go apple picking in the mountains. Some of our best memories as a family were […]

Potluck Fried Rice

Friday is potluck night at my house. I pretty much cook dinner every night, and there is always a little something left over from each meal. By the time the end of the week rolls around, a bunch of little […]

Red Beans and Rice Salad

My mom is a pretty cool lady, and everyone who meets Mae Belle—that’s what we call her—falls in love with her. She’s kind, funny, sometimes a little cuckoo for cocoa puffs and the most generous person I know. She is […]

Motel Joes

Last week, my cousin passed away after a long battle with lung disease. This post is in honor of her and a little on the long side. Evelyn “Bootsie” Bell was one of a kind, and she meant the world […]

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