9.13.2014

Grilled Sriracha Hot Wings with Celery & Blue Cheese Slaw


I'm about to make that statement. Where I say "sorry I haven't been around much over the past few days or so and that I am going to do better from here on out..." It's only been 5 days since my last post, but it's been 5 days where I have completely dropped off the face of the blog world. I am happy to report however, that I now have a completely functional stove again. And that the other reason for my absence over the past few days is that my mom came to stay with us for a couple of days for some fun with the grand kids, so there was that. I was busy being a devoted daughter.☺

9.08.2014

Sour Cream & Chive Biscuits


Oddly enough, these biscuits were inspired by the flavors of sour cream and onion potato chips. Inspiration comes out of nowhere sometimes, and these kind of just popped into my head this afternoon and I just said "Okay, let's do it!" I'm not even really a chip person, in fact I can't recall off the top of my head the last time I even ate sour cream and onion chips. But here they are - in the form of a biscuit, only with, I'd suspect a much more wholesome list of ingredients.

9.04.2014

Walnut Focaccia with Fresh Figs, Gorgonzola, Rosemary & Honey


Transition time!!

School is officially back in and I for one am really happy to be back on the a solid routine. I embrace the consistency our schedule brings throughout the week to be able to get things done, instead of trying to fit it all in between all the spontaneous busyness of summer activities. Every year is the same, I'm glad when summer break arrives and then I am kinda glad when it's over again.

9.01.2014

Easy Shrimp, Scallop & Sausage Gumbo


The other day my husband sends this text: "What's the dinner plans for tonight?" That text typically means 1 of 2 things. Either it means just what it says, or he has something in mind. This time it was the latter and he requested that I make gumbo. Um okay, well our glass range top is still broken so I immediately cringed when I got the request, because gumbo = roux - stove top = no go... But because I love him and my life's ambition is to make him happy, I decided to do my best and search for a suitable recipe, though the technical part of me was crying inside for the gumbo that would most likely turn out far from what it should be.

8.28.2014

Killer Cold Brew Iced Coffee


I love coffee. Like really, really love coffee. Ever my faithful companion, coffee been my constant through good and bad times. My life coach that helps me to get out of bed each morning and nudges me nightly through the after dinner routines of life. Each day I rise and fall with coffee. Morning or night, coffee is always something to look forward to.

8.21.2014

Ratatouille From the Grill over Charred Bread with Burrata Cheese


I have to say with a fair amount of certainty that this kind of food is my absolute favorite. Like when someone asks what my last meal on earth would be, it would be something like this.

8.19.2014

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Amaretto-Apricot Sauce


Panna Cotta is such a divine offering of a dessert. Basically cream stabilized with gelatin, a glorification of heavy cream, accented with just enough sugar and vanilla to make it spectacular, pure and simple, and I love it.

8.17.2014

Feta-Stuffed Mini Pepper & Arugula Salad with Mint Vinaigrette


I've always been kinda stumped by those big bags of sweet mini peppers that have popped up in the grocery store over the past couple of years. Like, what are you supposed to do with them? I assume that maybe the most reasonable thing is to eat them raw, and they are perfectly tasty in that regard, plus they make a nifty substitution for chips, their perfectly dipable shape makes them a perfect vehicle for scooping up dips and spreads. However, those 2 lb. bags just seem like more than I can commit to eating. So what else then? What about these little mini peppers makes them worth passing up a nice regular old large-sized sweet bell pepper in their favor?


8.13.2014

Skillet Orzo with Zucchini, Corn, Feta & Mint


These photos feel a little like 'Where's Waldo?' with the corn. I swear it's in there, you just have to look really close. But I assure you that isn't the impression you'll get when you taste this dish, the corn really is well represented, I promise!

So anyway, I love orzo! Show of hands, who's with me??