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...]

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...]

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...]

Herbed Quinoa Salad

quinoa salad with fresh herbs, aromatics and Asian dressing

Over the years I've had the pleasure of meeting several culinary, health and nutrition professionals.  Brilliant individuals who have grown their passions into successful careers and practices.  One such professional is Frances Arnold, a Registered … [Read more...]

A Delicious New Year!

One of my favorite things to do, is share the love of good food.  Being in the culinary business, I’m constantly surrounded by fabulous foodies, inspiring chef’s, passionate farmer’s, rancher’s and food artisans and in general, really great people.  … [Read more...]

Vanilla Spice Rubbed Pork Chops with Roasted Pears

Vanilla Spice Rubbed Pork

I think the vanilla bean is underused in savory cooking.  It's a uniquely flavored spice that can certainly make any dessert taste spectacular.  But it can also make a plain pork chop light up the dinner hour. You guessed it.  I had some pork … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato and Apple Bread Pudding

Sweet potato bread pudding

Much of my daily culinary work leads me down the path of nutrition.   It's amazing the healing power of whole foods, herbs and spices. "Food should not only satisfy our hunger, it should nourish our body, feed our soul and delight our senses"  … [Read more...]

Mulligatawny

Mulligatawny Soup from Karista's Kitchen

Every morning I find myself sitting on the kitchen floor in front of my baby chick’s crate, coffee cup in hand, chatting and playing with my four fuzzy little gals. This morning was no different. I heard Ranger Craig walk up the stairs to the … [Read more...]

Roasted Pumpkin Risotto

roasted pumpkin risotto

I probably have 20 different methods of preparing risotto.  Mostly because that's the one dish my youngest gal always requests. Suzie Q will request risotto for her birthday dinner, when she's sick, when she scores a perfect 100 on an exam, when … [Read more...]

Cambozola and Pear Tart

karista's Kitchen

I'm going to be a new Mama!  A chicken Mama.  My little baby chicks arrive soon and I'm over the moon excited. Ranger Craig spent the last few weeks building my super fabulous chicken coop.  I think I nearly drove him crazy with my constant … [Read more...]

5 Sassy Sides

sweet potatoes

“A side dish, is a side dish, is a side dish”, said one of my sassy gals.  Until, of course, she tasted one of my sassy sides. A sassy side can rev up dinner and make it take off to new heights.  Especially when fresh, lovely produce is … [Read more...]

Roasted Chicken Tacos with Spicy Avocado Crema

chicken tacos

I’m almost embarrassed to post these.  I feel like the crazy taco woman. In fact, I think I’m a taco posting maniac.  I probably serve tacos once a week.  It’s the one night during the week that everyone shows up for dinner, all at the same time.  … [Read more...]