Watermelon, Feta and Mint Bites

The first official weekend of summer is finally upon us. Take a deep breath and let the beauty of that first sentence sink in … aahhhhh. Now, cube watermelon, crumble feta cheese, tear mint leaves, and assemble this lovely and straightforward gem of a summer dish. Wonderful as an appetizer or a salad. If you’re making this […]

Last-Minute Appetizer Recipes To The Rescue

Looking for a last-minute appetizer to serve at your upcoming holiday party?  I’ve got you covered. These recipes will keep your guests happy and make it seem like you are the ultimate hostess. Because you are! Happy Thanksgiving! Andouille Pigs in a Blanket with Chutney Mustard Dipping Sauce Baked Brie with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Thyme […]

Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Caprese Salad

  “It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” Laura Ingalls Wilder was right on. The freshness of your ingredients – heirloom tomatoes, burrata cheese, fresh basil – make this simple salad so beautiful and delicious. Ideal for late summer gatherings with friends or family.  Pair with a […]

Steamed Mussels with Wine, Garlic and Parsley

  I don’t cook mussels at home often enough. But, I did this past Friday. It was glorious. Elegant, affordable, readily available, and a breeze to make. From the fridge to dinner table, the mussels are ready to devour in just 20 minutes. I paired this batch with white wine, garlic, parsley and lemon. Obviously, […]

Tequila Lime “Margarita” Chicken Wings and Southwest Ranch Dipping Sauce

  Wasted away again in Margarita-wing-ville …   I know, a Jimmy Buffet reference. Gimmie a break, though.  It’s Sunday afternoon, I’ve got a bit of writers block going on, and I just made wings that literally taste like a top shelf margarita. (And I just got a manicure … see those pretty nails?)   […]

Andouille Pigs in a Blanket with Chutney Mustard Dipping Sauce

  You know the “This Little Piggy” nursery rhyme, don’t you?  Of course you do.  You’re saying it to yourself right now … Well, these little piggies waited to mature into sophisticated, tasty pigs before they went to the market.  That said, they still love the simple pleasure of cuddling into a blanket. (Now that […]

Classic Hummus

  Don’t buy it.  Make it yourself.  More fun and flavor are to be had! If you normally read something like the above in a food blog or publication and think to yourself,  “sure, I should do that,” … but then, upon further and deeper thought, you say to yourself (honestly) … “Even though that […]

Zucchini Ribbon and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

  Easy entertaining options … Lord knows I’m always on the look out for ’em.  I love unexpected/unplanned gatherings.  For me, spontaneity always breeds a fun low stress atmosphere.  I’ll gladly take any excuse to casually entertain without over-thinking it.  So when you’re in the neighborhood, and you don’t mind an easily excitable puppy jumping […]

Lamb Meatball Lettuce Cups with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

Friends often ask me for appetizer recipes. Something new and out of the ordinary. Well, here ya go … make these, make these! Just make sure I make the invite list. If you’re going to make lamb meatballs, this is the way to do it. Little flavor bombs packed with garlic, onion, parsley, oregano, mint, […]