Let me share my adventures and stories in hopes to inspire you.

Shrimp cocktail with a twist I love Ina Garten, aka The Barefoot Contessa. One of biggest take aways from reading her cookbooks is to roast shirmp vs boil them for shrimp cocktail. What? Now, hear me out. I love the traditional steak house style shrimp cocktail with that sauce laced with horseradish as much as […]

September 28, 2022

Oven Roasted Old Bay Shrimp Cocktail

Why should I invest in oils and vinegars? Great question! Well, my friend let me tell you why. I like to control the ingredients in my food and that is especially true when it comes to salad dressings. They are notorious for having a lot of sodium and chemicals in them to make them shelf […]

September 23, 2022

Vinegars, Oils & Condiments, Oh my!

Let’s start with salt & pepper! Salt n Pepa’s here and we’re in effect. Sorry, I automatically broke into song as soon as I thought about salt and pepper. Salt and pepper to me are the basic seasonings that I use in almost every single dish I make. Now I am not talking about a […]

September 20, 2022

Spice Staples

Well at least what I think are staples I recently did a lot of Instagram stories (they are saved in my highlights) on what I think are staples in your dry goods pantry plus a few extra things that I like to always have around. I had a lot of people request that I do […]

September 11, 2022

Pantry Staples

A touch of Italy I love tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes are one of my favorites. I remember as a child being in the garden and pulling a ripe tomato off of the vine, wiping it on my pants and popping that warm burst of flavor into my mouth. I love all tomatoes but I do not […]

September 8, 2022

Cherry Tomato Bruschetta with Burrata

Scallops. Candy from the sea. My husband loves seafood. Being from New England he has eaten it all of his life. I, on the other hand, grew up where our ocean was corn fields and my grandpa would smoke fish a la Norwegian style. I don’t love fresh water fish, it is not my cup […]

September 6, 2022

Seared Scallops with Browned Butter and Thyme served over Corn Risotto

The Italian Mac and Cheese There is something so comforting about a bowl of pasta with cheese. It can be mac and cheese like my childhood favorite or my adult favorite, Cacio e Pepe. I am not Italian but i have studied a lot about Italy and it’s food. It is not a surprise to […]

September 5, 2022

Cacio e Pepe

It’s football season y’all! Let’s throw a party! It’s here! My favorite time of year, fall. In my house we call it Clifford season from September 1-December 31. My husband’s birthday is mid-September and mine is in December so why not celebrate all 4 months, right? That is exactly what we decided to do when […]

September 3, 2022

Game Day Spread

Poppers – the perfect party bite I remember the first time I had my friend Izzie’s Jalapeno Poppers. We were at her New Year’s Eve party and the smell of spice and bacon floated across my nose. I had to have one. I put the first (of many) in my mouth and knew there was […]

September 3, 2022

Jalapeno Poppers with Jezebel Sauce

Chili. It feeds my soul. Why is chili such a comfort food for me? I didn’t really grow up eating it, but I love it. There are all styles to choose from including with beans (don’t come at me Texas friends!). I love Chicken Chili, Three-Bean Chili, Silver Palates Chili for a Crowd and my […]

September 3, 2022

Double Beef Texas Style Chili