Espresso Brownie Mousse Cake
This chocolate mousse cake is decadent and super easy to make. This recipe elevates a simple box brownie mix toRead more.
Green Curry Shrimp
Last year I was so busy. On top of baking for the Matthews Farmers Market and cooking for clients, IRead more.
Apple Crisp Bread Pudding
This is my Food Network winning recipe! It smells and tastes just like Christmas! This bread pudding is hard toRead more.
Chipotle Cranberry Turkey Tacos
I had such big plans for my Thanksgiving dinner this year, and then my husband offered to take care ofRead more.
Spinach and Sausage Stuffed Butternut Squash
Butternut squash is one of my favorite fall vegetables. The nutrient-dense vegetable is a comforting addition to any meal. It’sRead more.
Pimento Cheese Potato Skins
Pimento cheese elevates basic potato skins to the perfect indoor tailgate party food. Let me know when you make thisRead more.
Coffee-Chili Rubbed Steak Tacos with Sweet Potato Black Bean Salsa
October 29th was National Coffee Day, and instead of just jazzing up my regular morning cup of Joe for aRead more.
Fall Harvest Stir-Fry
Now that North Carolina’s second summer is finally coming to an end, I can begin to enjoy all the comfortingRead more.
Three-Bean Turkey and Pork Chili
October is National Chili Month, and my contribution to this 31-day food holiday is my famous Three-Bean Turkey and PorkRead more.
Salmon Cakes with Lemon Herb Sauce
Salmon is the most popular fish in my house. It’s loaded with a ton of flavor and nutrients that tasteRead more.
Sausage and Parmesan Stuffed Zucchini
With summer winding down, now is the time to use up all that seasonal zucchini readily available. Whether from theRead more.
Shrimp Pasta Salad with Corn and Bacon
Pasta salad was one of the best ways I got vegetables into my kids when they were little. Throw anyRead more.
Blueberry Peach Cobbler
My mom used to make the best peach cobbler on the planet, and to this day, I have yet toRead more.
Grilled Lemon Chicken Gyros with Mint and Dill Tzatziki
Live television is not for the faint of heart. Everything happens once. No retakes allowed. It’s imperative that you haveRead more.
Tuscan White Beans and Shrimp
As the mother of two teenage boys, I feel like I live in the grocery store. All they do isRead more.
Bangers and Mash Stew
Bangers and mash is classic pub grub popular in England and Ireland. It’s a super easy dish that marries deliciousRead more.
Broccoli and Cauliflower Cheddar Soup
As a woman of a certain age, my hormones have become a little discombobulated, so last month I decided toRead more.
Shrimp Ceviche Tacos with Pineapple Cucumber Salsa
With two boys active in school sports, some nights we don’t get home until after 8 o’clock. By the timeRead more.
Maple Apple Crisp
When my kids were little guys, my husband and I would take them up to the mountains to pick apples.Read more.
Smoked Gouda and Bacon Mac and Cheese
I don’t really plan a menu for Thanksgiving dinner because my family expects the same meal every year. Thanksgiving isRead more.
The Delicious Chicken Sandwich
Most of us, no matter how diligent we are about our meals, have a soft spot for fast food. There’s justRead more.
Basil and Spinach Pesto
When my kids were little guys, we planted an herb container garden on the deck every spring. They were inRead more.
Fusilli with Eggplant, Tomato and Mozzarella
This past week, I’ve been listening to Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes, and my desire to visit Italy has beenRead more.
Like many American families, the Gaskins clan eats a lot of chicken. And why not? It’s inexpensive, versatile, and mostRead more.
Spring Pasta Salad
When I decided to sell baked goods at the Matthews Community Farmers Market, I had no idea the impact beingRead more.
Steak (Not) Nicoise Salad
There is no rhyme or reason to the recipes I select for my cooking segments on Charlotte Today. Inspiration can comeRead more.
Chicken and Dumplings
Last week I got a text asking me to sum up my cooking style in one sentence. I never reallyRead more.
Korean BBQ (Bulgogi) Tacos
My boys started spring ball, and life is going to get crazy. For the next twelve weeks, two nights aRead more.
Blood Orange Ricotta Cake
A few weeks ago, my mother gave me a bag of blood oranges that were sent to her in errorRead more.
Boston Cream Icebox Cake
By no means am I a Patriots fan. But it only seems fair that I include something on my SuperRead more.
It’s Super Bowl weekend! And I have to make something to celebrate the occasion. As a South Jersey girl whoRead more.
We’re finally getting a taste of real winter in North Carolina. A couple of weeks back, the local news evenRead more.
Sometimes it seems like I make the same thing for dinner every week. Roast chicken, tacos, spaghetti and meatballs, andRead more.
For New Years Eve, we had a few friends and their kids over for dinner and Spades. It had beenRead more.
Bailey’s Oreo Rice Krispie Treats
I wanted a dessert for my New Year’s Eve party to be nostalgic and tasty. Something special that reminded meRead more.
Creole Shrimp and Grits
Shrimp and grits is a staple on the menu of many Southern restaurants. Each restaurant offers its own spin onRead more.
Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies
I recently posted a picture of some red velvet shortbread cookies in a food group on Facebook and received severalRead more.
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
I have been too busy these past few months that I totally forgot to post a recipe I prepared onRead more.
Creamed Chipped Beef
My dad was an MP in the Air Force, and one of the carry-overs he brought to his civilian lifeRead more.
Sweet Potato Pie Bread Pudding
I’m the official Thanksgiving cook in my family. I’m also forbidden to go outside of the Thanksgiving dinner guidelines asRead more.
Pan Roasted Pork Chops with Hard Cider Gravy and Sweet Potato Hash
It’s taken a while for the weather to change this year. We have yet to feel the crisp air associatedRead more.
Salisbury Steak With Sweet Onion Mushroom Gravy
I will be turning 47-years-old in about three weeks, and lately I’ve been nostalgic about the food I enjoyed inRead more.
Garlic Smashed Potatoes
As someone who cooks for a living, I spend most of my time in the kitchen. Each day I doRead more.
A crostata is an Italian baked tart. It’s a rustic dessert made with seasonal fruit wrapped in a simple pastryRead more.
Classic Stuffed Shells
I was born and raised in South Jersey. And whenever I feel nostalgic for my home state, I crave ItalianRead more.
Homemade Marinara Sauce
I learned how to make marinara sauce back in high school. I was studying at a friend’s house, and hisRead more.
Chicken Cordon Bleu Mac and Cheese
Recipe re-post from April 4, 2013. Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate in comfort food. Homemade macaroni and cheese hasRead more.
Bourbon Peaches and Cream Shortcakes
I think the eclipse threw me off my game last week. Looking at the shadowed sun through those 3D glassesRead more.
Farmerstand Salad with Rotisserie Chicken
When I was a kid, my mom took my sister and me to different farms to pick all kinds ofRead more.
Triple Chocolate Fudgy Brownies
On Saturday, August 12, 2017, Queen City Kitchen will be a vendor at the Love Desserts Charlotte dessert festival. ThisRead more.
Dulce de Leche Banana Pudding
I used to be a volunteer cook for Wednesday night supper at my church. Every week for several years, IRead more.
Fresh homemade croutons are the best way to add a crispy texture to a fresh salad. Unlike their store-bought counterparts,Read more.
Key Lime Pie
Thirteen years ago, I started my culinary journey at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. I had no clue what IRead more.
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,Read more.
Good Ol’ Fashioned Potato Salad
I am really particular about potato salad. Growing up, there were only three people’s potato salad that I would eat,Read more.
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 basedRead more.
Chipotle Cheerwine Chicken Tacos
Last week I was flipping through a bunch of food magazines in search of inspiration for a recipe I neededRead more.
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 CincoRead more.
Asparagus Tart with Manchego and Crispy Prosciutto
I’d been putting off cleaning out my freezer for months. It’s not one of my favorite things to do, andRead more.
Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas
Spring is here! And along with it comes crops of amazing seasonal vegetables, my favorite being sugar snap peas. IRead more.
Baked Spaghetti with Sausage and Pepperoni
I made baked spaghetti the other night, and it was so good that I just had to share. I typicallyRead more.
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 CarolinaRead more.
Orecchiette with Collard Greens and Sausage
This week really got away from me. I am currently in the process of writing my second novel and myRead more.
When I think about a romantic dinner for two, my mind immediately drifts to that famous Bella Notte scene in LadyRead more.
I remember the first time I ever had a carmelita bar. It was when I made my inaugural visit toRead more.
Andouille and Corn Chowder
Last February, I had the opportunity to present a workshop at the first annual When The Heart Dreams conference inRead more.
Yesterday was my last day on the Daniel Fast, and I feel so much better. After consuming an obscene amountRead more.
Berry Almond Oatmeal
When I think about oatmeal, I think about the bowl of sweet, creamy goodness my Nana used to serve meRead more.
Asian Chopped Salad With Peanut Vinaigrette
I’m one week into the Daniel Fast, and I have to say that it hasn’t been that bad. It’s actuallyRead more.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
I think my husband was the only kid in the state of Ohio who loved Brussels sprouts. He couldn’t getRead 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 createdRead more.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
After consuming all that rich, heavy food on Thanksgiving, followed by consuming several days of holiday leftovers, I am prettyRead more.
Pumpkin Crumb Muffins
I’ve really embraced the whole pumpkin spice thing this year. I’ve made everything from pumpkin spice bread to pumpkin spiceRead more.
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,Read more.
Pumpkin Spice Crispy Rice Treats
It’s pumpkin spice season, and I have jumped on the bandwagon. This past weekend my kids wanted to make someRead more.
Much of my life can be chronicled by food. I fell in love with Big Daddy over a pan ofRead more.
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 noRead more.
Baked Apple Chips
I love it when I learn how to make something new. I started baking my own apple chips about fiveRead more.
It’s apple season! And ever since my boys were little, we have made the two-and-a-half hour road trip up toRead more.
Potluck Fried Rice
Friday is potluck night at my house. I pretty much cook dinner every night, and there is always a littleRead more.
Pork Nachos with Tomato Broccoli Fondue
Two weeks ago, I came across an email from my sister while cleaning out my inbox. She’d sent it earlierRead more.
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 withRead more.
Shrimp Tostadas with Watermelon Salasa
Every year I anxiously wait for watermelon season to roll around. Watermelon is one of the few fruits I won’tRead more.
Last week, my cousin passed away after a long battle with lung disease. This post is in honor of herRead more.