Ottolenghi Tomato Salad and More for a Girls Nite In

Ottolenghis Tomato, Onion and Roasted Lemon Salad August 18, 2014

I love having a group of my girlfriends over for good food, great cocktails and some time to relax and gab to our hearts content with no significant others or children in the mix. I’ve typically held a Girls Nite In like this every year for as many as I can remember except for last […]


Texas Bourbon Punch With Pink Grapefruit and Mint

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I hope you didn’t miss my Inaugural Progressive Eats event; a new series I’m spearheading with a group of food blogging friends. We’re bringing back Progressive Dinners but in a virtual way so each month between the dozen of us we’ll have a host who chooses a theme and prepares the main course and then […]


The BEST Creamed Corn and A Progressive Dinner

BEST Creamed Corn July 29, 2014

Have you ever been a part of a progressive dinner party? They used to be hugely popular when I was younger but they’re not something I hear of much any more. Typically a dinner party with successive courses prepared and eaten at the residences of different hosts, they were always fun and because everyone cooked […]


Cherry Mint Margaritas

Cherry Mint Margaritas July 25, 2014

I usually try to make the cocktails I do for Friday Cocktails ahead of time. Ideally a week ahead of time but the last few months I’ve been swamped with new house stuff; both indoors and outdoors and I’m lagging behind; I feel lucky to get a cocktail done on Wednesday or Thursday for a […]


Watermelon Margarita

Watermelon Margarita July 4, 2014

This Watermelon Margarita cocktail is pretty perfect for July 4th isn’t it? All red, white and blue. Even if the blue are some blueberries nowhere to be seen in the recipe; I had to do it for the holiday that celebrates the Independence of these United States from England two-hundred and thirty-eight years ago today. […]


Blueberry Mojito Ice Cream

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When I was queried about my interest in participating in a group review of a new book which is all about ice cream with a giveaway of the book to our readers too (after the recipe) I couldn’t put my hand up fast enough. I have to give Cuisinart some credit for this almost knee […]


Strawberry Tart with Chocolate Ganache and Mascarpone Cream

Strawberry Tart with Chocolate Ganache and Mascarpone Cream June 30, 2014

My (previously) all time favorite pie is very similar to this one. The original recipe is from a 1974 edition of Better Homes and Gardens (New Recipes). Made with a regular pie crust, I’ve changed it over time and added a layer of mascarpone cheese mixed with a bit of cream to put on top […]


S’Mores Rice Krispie Treats

S'Mores Rice Krispie Treats June 25, 2014

This edition of Wayback Wednesday is a bit different. This recipe was not first published ‘Wayback When’ but it’s about S’Mores and talk about something that goes WAY back, they do. I’m sure I probably had S’mores treats with my family while growing up but for me the most significant remembrance I have was enjoying […]


Very Berry Iced Tea with Honey Mint Syrup

Very Berry Iced Tea with Honey Mint Syrup June 13, 2014

I was recently invited by the folks with Tetley USA to participate in an Iced Tea Contest celebrating National Iced Tea Month. Now I’m not much of a ‘contester‘ but with a very limited number of participants being invited, the carrot dangled in front of me that included a trip for two to London in the […]


Double Lemon Drop Cocktail with Ole Smoky Lemon Drop Moonshine

Double Lemon Drop Cocktail with Ole Smoky Lemon Drop Moonshine May 30, 2014

The Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery is located in the heart of Tennessee moonshine country in Gatlinburg, TN in the Smoky Mountains that separate Tennessee and North Carolina. Heralded as Tennessee’s first legal moonshine distillery they offer free tours, complimentary tastings, and products for sale. I have relatives in Tennessee and a daughter now living in […]


Bacon and Blue Cheese Potato Salad

Bacon and Blue Cheese Potato Salad May 22, 2014

Memorial Day is almost here and while I’m as guilty as anyone about looking at it as a 3-day weekend that is the official start of summer which often includes pool openings, barbecue and picnics, however, this year the real significance of the holiday is particularly poignant for me. My father served in the Army […]


Vodka, Limoncello and Prosecco Sangria with Raspberries

Vodka, Limoncello and Prosecco Sangria with Raspberries May 16, 2014

For all the combinations of wine, liquors and liqueurs that I love I’ve never been particularly fond of Red Wine Sangria. I think I’ve had some that’s had a wine that was too heavy or the entire batch was too heavily spiced. Then one day several years ago I discovered a recipe by Bobby Flay […]


Beef Burger with Ballymaloe Irish Ketchup with Stout

Beef Burger with Ballymaloe Irish Ketchup with Stout April 28, 2014

First things first. I’m not a huge fan of ketchup. Given the option it never graces my burgers; I’m a mustard fan through and through. As a matter of fact, since my youngest daughter graduated from college and moved out I keep a little jar for the occasional addition to a recipe but nothing like […]


A Very Berry Blood Orange Margarita for National Margarita Day

A Very Berry Blood Orange Margarita February 21, 2014

Did you know that tomorrow, Saturday, February 22nd is National Margarita Day? If I had my way and a moment of extra time I would campaign hard to get it moved. How? Why? What was someone thinking when they made the quintessential summer cocktail’s ‘day’ in the middle of winter. Maybe it was someone in […]


Homemade Garlic Re-Fried Beans

Homemade Garlic Re-Fried Beans February 19, 2014

When I saw Rebecca from the blog Foodie With Family tweet about these re-fried beans my interest was piqued. First because I love anything with garlic but also was just curious. Could they really be any good? Were those awful canned beans not the only solution? I knew there must be one; I’ve had some […]