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…

Ponzu Cucumber Salad

There is a fun dynamic on certain foods in my house.  There are some no-one likes (eggplant – I want to, but even I don’t.)  There are lots we all like (chicken, tacos, Eggs Benedict – this list could go on).  But then there are those that some like, some don’t like and some like,…

Tropical Salsa w/SS Ricotta Spread and Baguette

This summer has been a hot one, full of humidity, sunshine, and the opportunity to sit outside on a Sunday morning enjoying the breeze and birds chirping. It is SUMMER! The reason why all midwesterners persevere thru long winters – to enjoy these months of sunshine and green grass. That season change as the world…

Ricotta Spread with Home Made Ricotta

I took a day off from work recently with the thought of relaxing and doing almost nothing.  From the moment I woke up, I did whatever I wanted – long walk with the dog, coffee on the coach, watching master classes, flipping channels, etc.  The lack of the ‘have to do’s’ left me open to…

Margarita Pizza

It was a warm summer night, the wind is blowing strong and warm breezes are flowing thru the house.  The typical weeknight of appreciating the workday done, grateful for the beautiful weather,  and ready to start the next experiment in the kitchen. Tonight is Margarita Pizza night!   I love this flavor combo…whether on a pizza…

Homemade Pizza Dough

There is something about the smell of dough…it is a kryptonite to me.  It does not matter if it is pizza dough or bread dough, there is an amazing magnetism to the smell of growing yeast when mixed with just enough sugar and warm water. I have played with different versions of pizza dough over…

Marinaded Beef Tips

Looking for that appetizer to help make your Super Bowl party pop!  Well, I may be a little late on the planning, but just in case – here you are – Marinaded Beef Tips!!!  These tips are tender and perfect when served on a toothpick for everyone to enjoy – adults and kids alike.  The…

Caramelized Onions

Absolutely love the sweet flavor that develops from cooking onions low and slow with salt, sugar and butter.  The caramelization gives the best onion flavor that can be used with anything.  It goes great on toast, pizzas, with beef, burgers, soups, salads, or if you are a true onion fan, straight out the jar. Now…

Avocado Cream Cheese Wontons

We have been so set on weeknight dinners lately that we have forgotten the glory that is appetizers.  That perfect little bite to satisfy your taste buds that you get to use either your fingers or a tiny fork!   Wontons are the definition of a well rounded appetizer – it includes the creamy inside…

Super Simple Salsa

There are so many types of salsa when you walk into any grocery store.  I could be overwhelming if you don’t know what type you are hungry for. That is where this recipe is fun – because you make it yourself. You can take out some of the heat if you don’t want or add…