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...]

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...]

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...]

Tacos, Ceviche and a Dessert

Cinco de Mayo recipes

Over the years, I've had a long love affair with Mexican food.  I must have 50 different taco recipes floating around my kitchen.  All with an abundance of fresh ingredients, fragrant aromas that fill my house and robust and spicy flavored dishes … [Read more...]

Porcini and Rosemary Slow Braised Pot Roast

Porcini and rosemary braised pot roast

There is something exceptional about porcini mushrooms.  They aren't your run of the mill button's and much more interesting than cremini; although I do love a bowl of sautéed cremini's. Still, much more flavorful than shitake's and almost as … [Read more...]

Mixed Seafood and Avocado Ceviche

ceviche with halibut, bay shrimp, cilantro, white onion, sriracha, and avocado

I've forgotten how much fun it is to take a road trip.  Cruising down the highway to some cool tunes, aptly selected and managed by my teenage daughter. Stopping for a coffee and then a little snack. Talking, laughing, reminiscing about my … [Read more...]

Slow Braised Barbacoa with Cucumber Avocado Salsa

I’ve been trying to write this post for at least a week.  I’d like to think my days are so filled with exciting and essential work, of momentous proportions, that I had to continuously delay this post. Nope.  Just my beautiful life.  Work, family, … [Read more...]

Hearty Winter Bolognese

When I was little, I remember my Grandmother standing at the stove top stirring her homemade tapioca pudding. I stood close by, waiting, asking to help, so I could somehow sneak a sample of her delicious recipe. Grandma smiled and with a twinkle in … [Read more...]

Raspberry Jam Muffins

jam filled muffins prepared with Einkorn wheat flour

I’ve always felt dinner was the easy meal.  You know me, I’m all over dinner.  It’s been my life’s work for the last 13 years and I’d like to believe I’ve gotten it down to a science.  Well... most days anyway. But breakfast?  Ugh.  It’s the meal … [Read more...]

Stuffed Olive and Sausage Bites

stuffed olive and sausage bites

There is no doubt the holidays are always a busy time of year.  However, the last few years it’s become a reason to put the brakes on.  Or at least slow down long enough to savor the season. I find myself turning off my computer earlier in the … [Read more...]