Roasted Cauliflower with Carrot Puree

When I first started cooking on my own (I’m not going to say how long ago that was), butter was my best friend! Don’t worry – butter and I are still BFF’s in the kitchen, but it feels natural to expand to other fats as well. Where the standard meat and potato meal (with butter)…

Zucchini Lamb Burgers with Celery Slaw

I had grown up knowing that the all American cheese burger was an irreplaceable trademark of summer. Over the last 20-30 years, I’ve seen (and/or created) burgers that are made from so much more than the all beef patty with cheese. There are burgers made of pork, lamb and even salmon; burgers topped with bacon…

Seared Sirloin with Red Chimichuri

As the seasons turn to spring and summer (or in this year’s case, from winter direct to hot summer, then back to winter), I get excited for the thought of fresh herbs and grilled meats…and of course, something new.  As Eric and I were talking the other day and listing out items for dinners for…

Mahi Mahi with Pistachio Mint Pesto

Are you ready to say, “Oh my god….that’s amazing!”? Well, you should be.  This dish warranted that exact OMG face from E with those exact words…This is amazing!   I was gifted a new cookbook for mothers day and promptly went thru and flagged pages of recipes I wanted to try.  For the next few weeks…

Zucchini Noodles with Garlic Scape Pesto

2021 Summer Challenge Extended – Can I cook my way thru my C.S.A.?   Oh yes – Challenge Accepted! If you don’t know what a CSA is – it is a great way to support local farms, pay up front for a season and get a box of produce once a week for 16 weeks.  I…

Spicy Tomatillo Chicken Tacos

There is a relaxation that comes from creating your own dish. Right now, I can picture myself standing at the stove, tuning out the TV, background discussions, and the only sound I hear are the onions hissing as they sauté; knowing that the skillet is waiting for the tomatillos and tomatoes and that certain explosive…

Mississippi Beef Pot Roast

I need to get something off my chest – beef pot roasts and I have not always gotten along.  I have made them a handful of times and they are always edible, but for me, there was always something missing when I attempted a roast.  I’ve tried a red wine roast where the beef was…

Big Mac Sloppy Joe’s

Sloppy Joe’s have always been a favorite meal dating back from childhood to present day. In our house, they are regular in the dinner rotation each month. There have been different variations over the years, from the packet with tomato paste to the Manwich brand, to my mom’s A&W copycat recipe that she started making…

Orleans Parrish Style BBQ Shrimp

This is a recipe that I feel like I could enjoy once a week. Beyond the amazing taste of creole seasonings, butter, and juicy shrimp, it is one of those recipes that paints a mental picture that romanticizes both where you are and the experience that you are having while you are there. It could…

Smokey Banana Pulled Pork

Inventing menus and throwing together dishes that fit a theme is a passion of mine. Creating a fun meal and experience has a fulfilling quality for me, especially when entertaining. Not much brings me that full feeling more than happy, full friends and family…especially when the food turns out great. Entertaining has been a little…