Month: March 2020

BRANDY ALEXANDER COCKTAIL

BRANDY ALEXANDER COCKTAIL

This retro cocktail is smooth, subtly sweet, and creamy.  With just a hint of chocolate, it makes for a perfect after-dinner drink. This cocktail has been around since before the Prohibition days.  It was developed in New York at the Hotel Rector, originally made with 

EASY HOT DOG CHILI

EASY HOT DOG CHILI

This recipe may transport you back to your childhood when you sat with friends, eating a hot dog slathered with a rich beefy chili, and laughing as it dripped onto your shorts or down your arm. Easy Hot Dog Chili is just that…easy.  Whip up 

LOADED HASSELBACK POTATOES

LOADED HASSELBACK POTATOES

This impressive potato side dish only looks intimidating.  Who doesn’t love a loaded baked potato? Now give that baked potato slices that bake with all these crispy edges, while still keeping the fluffy, tender interior.  It’s like a french fry and baked potato in one! 

SUNDAY DISCOVERIES

SUNDAY DISCOVERIES

Like most of us, I have been thinking about the many small business owners who are struggling to maintain their establishments during these crazy times and my heart goes out to them. One often forgotten group of small entrepreneurs, the food blogger, is also struggling 

ORSINI EGGS (aka Cloud Eggs)

ORSINI EGGS (aka Cloud Eggs)

Orsini Eggs, otherwise known as Cloud Eggs, is a fun, trendy brunch dish that’s as beautiful as they are delicious.  Pillowy, Parmesan scented meringue clouds that cradle a rich, perfectly soft-cooked, baked yolk is the exact thing you didn’t realize you were craving.  Now. The famous 

THE QUARANTINI COCKTAIL

THE QUARANTINI COCKTAIL

This fun take on a martini has a bright, neon green color and sweet, fruity flavor.  It’s a delicious way to get a bit of Vitamin C, kill a few germs with some vodka, and survive being stuck at home. These days it seems like 

FLOURLESS PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP MUG CAKE

FLOURLESS PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP MUG CAKE

This mug cake is the perfect solution for when you want just a little something sweet.  Chocolate and peanut butter, gluten-free, and ready in less than 5 minutes, this mug cake could be your new dirty little secret. Okay, I’ll be the one to say 

SHRIMP COCKTAIL

SHRIMP COCKTAIL

Who doesn’t love this old school classic?  The cold and tender shrimp. The sweet and spicy sauce.  So delicious. I like to serve these Savory Roasted Garlic Palmiers and a Classic Cosmopolitan Martini to wash it all down. If you’ve ever ordered a shrimp cocktail 

EASY SPINACH CALZONE

EASY SPINACH CALZONE

Let’s celebrate National Spinach Day with an easy calzone recipe that uses prepared pizza dough, frozen spinach, and three kinds of cheese.  This may be the best way to get something green into your kids. I like to serve it with a side of warm 

CRISPY SPICY ROASTED CHICKPEAS

CRISPY SPICY ROASTED CHICKPEAS

When you’re craving something salty and crunchy, this healthy snack is sure to satisfy.  With only four ingredients, you can whip these up in no time. The difficulty comes with trying not to eat them all in one sitting.  The struggle is real. Do you 

PECAN PIE WAFFLES

PECAN PIE WAFFLES

Since we’re all home and wondering what to do with ourselves, let’s make light and fluffy waffles!  These tender waffles, chock full of pecans, are topped with a rich butter pecan syrup. Round up those kids and sit down together for a warm and cozy 

ULTIMATE COBB SALAD

ULTIMATE COBB SALAD

Cobb salad is a perfect dinner salad and this Ultimate Cobb Salad uses a homemade marinade and dressing that is lower in both fat and sugar.  Tasty, healthy, and easy? Yep, this is one for the recipe box. There is something so satisfying when you 

VODKA TOM COLLINS

VODKA TOM COLLINS

Replacing gin, this vodka cocktail is a refreshing re-do of the classic 1860’s drink.  It’s the perfect refreshment for a warm spring evening or to use up whatever hootch you stockpiled for quarantine or to use as hand sanitizer. Look, I get it.  We are 

RATATOUILLE CASSEROLE

RATATOUILLE CASSEROLE

Ratatouille is a classic French vegetable stew that makes for a tasty and healthy side dish or a hearty vegetarian meal.  I like to serve it with Perfectly Moist Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts and Basic Biryani Rice. Julia Child revamped the original Provence recipe by 

SPAGHETTI AGLIO e OLIO

SPAGHETTI AGLIO e OLIO

This is one of those Italian classic recipes that you grew up eating and is so perfect in its simplicity, that it needs no updating. You’ll want to keep this pasta recipe in the front of your recipe box or binder.  Using ingredients you probably