Grape and Rosemary Focaccia

Grape and Rosemary Focaccia

I am so glad 2013 is over.  For the past two days I’ve been getting rid of a lot of stuff to start the new year off free and clear. I have a ton of cookbooks and food magazines that I’m not going to read that have to go. I came across a folder filled with recipes that […]

White Bean Ragout

White Bean Ragout

Last week was our final full week of summer vacation, so a few friends and I decided to have an end of summer retreat in Asheville before all the craziness of school begins. The schedule of events included: food, prosecco, no one saying “Mommy!” and a Scandal marathon. What more could four 40-something girls ask for? We […]

Chili Dog Egg Rolls

Chili Dog Egg Rolls

Doesn’t Pigs-In-A-Blanket Day sound fun?–like one of those cartoon specials that used to come on regular (ABC, CBS, NBC) television when I was a kid.  April 24 is the day we celebrate the geneous behind wrapping a cocktail weenie in some dough and baking it to golden perfection. In preparation for N.P.I.A.B. Day I discovered that […]

Ceviche Shrimp Cocktail

Ceviche Shrimp Cocktail

Lately, I’ve been experiencing growning pains. My kids are growing too fast and I’m in pain, especially since my oldest son, Luke, is turning 9.  I’ve been struggling with this all week, breaking down whenever I have a flashback of Luke learning to walk or that Woody Woodpecker pompadour he proudly sported until his first hair cut.  […]

Cabbage with Green Peppers and Onions

Cabbage with Green Peppers and Onions

This past spring my son Luke brought home a cabbage plant from school. He was excited about a contest to see who could grow the largest cabbage.  Since we usually have a large herb garden growning on our deck each spring and summer, I figured how hard could it be to grow the world’s large […]

Tomatillo Salsa with Homemade Tortilla Chips

Tomatillo Salsa with Homemade Tortilla Chips

Tomatillos are a staple in Mexican cooking.  They look like little green tomatoes wrapped in papery husks. These husks are somewhat sticky and need to be removed before cooking.  Tomatillos are more closely related to gooseberries than tomatoes. They have a meaty texture and are slightly sweet. Tomatillo salsa aka salsa verde is a popular condiment found […]

Slow-Cooked Country Ribs

Slow-Cooked Country Ribs

Yesterday, I woke up to the perfect Fall day.  The sky was blue and there was a crisp chill in the air. It would have been the perfect Fall morning if it wasn’t late April. Today was the first time in months that we weren’t walking around in t-shirts.  My kids actually had to wear […]

Crispy Sweet Potato Cakes

Crispy Sweet Potato Cakes

I love sweet potatoes and I could eat them everyday. However, my husband does not share this sentiment.  Last year he declared that if he ate another sweet potato he would snap. Evidently, my kids felt the same way because they had their own sweet potato revolt. (Et tus Brutes?) So I spent the last year hiding […]

Cranberry Apple Salad

Cranberry Apple Salad

This past weekend I went to a party in Atlanta to celebrate the 40th birthday of my friend Keisha. Since we have been friends for so long she is more like one of my sisters and I love her dearly. I was pretty excited about going to the party because it was the first time […]