Cooked To Perfection

Absolutely love this first post of 2019 by She’s Finding Happy. The best read!

Karista’s Kitchen

One day while mindlessly perusing my social media feed during a break at work, I came across a post that stated, “It’s okay to outgrow people, even yourself”. (And loved it so much I felt compelled to repost on the SFH Insta page) The latter part of that quote made me think about how much we change during the course of our lives.

As a culinarian, I cook for a living but I also cook for my family, just as many of us do every day, and it occurred to me how similar we transform and evolve as individuals living through basic life circumstances, just like food transforms when a seasoning, heat or cold is applied during the cooking process.

This year I spent my summer cooking the most gorgeous scallops at a food and wine festival. I happen to love scallops and all seafood in general so…

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Running Strong

This is hands down one of my fave new blogs!

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Feel the Glow

One of our favorite mantras here at SFH is summed up by this quote, “Move and then move more, you will never regret it”. Exercise is one of the most important keys to unlocking a positive attitude, feeling confident, beautiful and celebrating the happy moments in life. And now that summer is in full swing, we’ve received a lot of questions about exercise and nutrition from our readers so we thought it would be perfect timing to list our exercise recommendations, beginning with a good run!

I love to run (more than the rest of the team) and I know a lot of women who are avid runners these days. It’s one of those things that doesn’t require previous athletic ability in order to get started. And the results are amazing!

I can’t begin to explain how running has personally impacted my life but it has been…

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Artichoke, Lemon and Hazelnut Tagliatelle

artichoke, lemon and hazelnut pasta

I bet you thought I’d gone missing.  There have been moments, this past summer of chaos, I often entertained the thought of going missing.  Or hiding under a rock somewhere. Maybe hiding at my sister’s house, poolside, sipping a pretty pink cocktail while enjoying solace and sunshine. Alas, no poolside sipping pretty cocktails for me this summer.  It was full on, […]

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Savory Blueberry Ginger Salsa

fresh blueberry ginger salsa with shallots and mint

It’s funny how sometimes life rolls in a direction never anticipated.  Catching us by surprise, with both trepidation and promise. It’s been an eventful year for my family.  My first-born conquering a long and tedious health challenge, my youngest discovering the heartbreak and joy of her first year in high school.   A brilliant year of cooking […]

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Sugar-Crusted Salmon with Avocado Peach Salsa… a Guest Post by Alaska From Scratch

It’s amazing how new friendships are born.  I’ve been following Maya at Alaska From Scratch for a while now and after a few blog comments and email correspondence she has become a cherished colleague and dear friend.  Her delicious food blog captured my attention, but Maya’s writing, her sweet, kind spirit and love of family and friends brings me back […]

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Lavender Biscuits

Lavender Biscuits

I remember the first day of my ninth grade Home Economics Class.  A class filled to the brim with giggling, and not so serious, ninth grade girls. Half listening to our Teacher talk about the foundation of Southern cuisine. The biscuit. Bet you thought I was going to say Fried Catfish or Grits.  Which can be quite […]

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A Summer Cheese Tray

DaVinci Wine Storytellers Experience

Al Fresco dining on a summers eve; sun kissed breezes dancing gracefully through the tree tops. Bringing with them the fragrant scent of  herbs and warmed pine. This is the moment I’ve waited for all year. Time slows and with it comes a sense of languish.  Justifying the inability to pull myself out of a cozy deck chair and prepare the evening […]

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Caprese Rosemary Skewers

Caprese Rosemary Skewers drizzled with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

Summer has arrived and alfresco dining has begun!  I’m loving these seasonal appetizers that help me use the abundance of rosemary growing in my garden. They’re also a delicious way to use summer’s sweet cherry tomatoes.  Although if I have a bowl of cherry tomatoes sitting on the counter they don’t seem to last long.  […]

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Beef Tenderloin Medallions with Madeira Wine Pan Sauce

Pan seared beef tenderloin with madeira wine sauce

When I was little, I would stand with my face pressed against the chain link fence that surrounded our yard, watching my Grandfather attempt his daily chores outside.  Grandpa was a hard worker.  Once a policeman, then a plumber and always semi-retired. Grass never grew under Grandpa’s feet.  He was always up to something.  Digging holes […]

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Slow Oven Baked Ribs

oven baked baby back ribs

If there is one thing the Bennett Crew loves, it’s a barbecue.  The deck table filled with Grandma Eilene’s Macaroni Salad, Chipotle Lime Grilled Corn on the Cob and this weekend… Slow Oven Baked Ribs. Once the weather turns lovely, we dine outside every evening.  A tradition since the two sassy gals were little ones. […]

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Sweet Baby Peas and Mushroom Pappardelle tossed in Sherry Cream

spring peas and mushroom pappardelle in sherry cream sauce

Assorted lush shades of green encompass the landscape this time of year.  Spring, a time of revival, renewal and start over’s.  Yes, start over’s.  As in something keeps eating the spring greens in my garden, so now I have to start over. At least the chicken gals are the beneficiaries of the demolished plants.  They’re […]

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Eggs in Purgatory with Spring Greens

baked eggs in tomato sauce

My chicken gals are rolling out the eggs these days.  I’ve been passing them out to my lovely neighbors who put up with an occasional cranky hen.  One that decides to exercise her vocal chords at 6am or during the dinner hour.   I adore my plump and well fed chicken gals, but they are a […]

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