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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Chive Blossom Popovers from Pink Patisserie

Chive Blossom Popovers

I love seasonal, I love fresh, especially fresh from the garden or local farm, and I love my friend Maria. Maria is the author of the baking blog Pink Patisserie.  I've known Maria for over 10 years.  A gracious, beautiful and talented gal who … [Read more...]

Chicken Avocado Tortilla Torta

chicken avocado tortilla torta

Oh for the love of all things Avocado.  I’m on an intense avocado kick these days.  I feel like adding avocado to everything. Actually, Suzie Q, my youngest, made that very comment the other day.  “Mom, you add avocado to everything.  Next it’ll … [Read more...]