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TOASTED ISRAELI COUSCOUS SALAD

TOASTED ISRAELI COUSCOUS SALAD

This toasted Israeli couscous salad is nutritious with chopped fresh vegetables and tasty, with zesty lemon, basil vinaigrette.  This salad is a great lunch or a healthy, flavorful side dish.  I like to serve it with Grilled BBQ Pork Chops, Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken, or…

DARK AND STORMY RUM COCKTAIL

DARK AND STORMY RUM COCKTAIL

A Dark And Stormy Rum Cocktail is a very masculine drink that’s refreshing and full of flavor.  The ‘dark’ comes from the black rum and the stormy comes from the ginger beer. It’s similar to a Moscow Mule, but using rum instead of vodka.   The…

WHITE RUSSIAN COCKTAIL

WHITE RUSSIAN COCKTAIL

A creamy White Russian cocktail is the best way to add a bit of sweet at the end of the day.  With vodka, coffee liqueur, and half & half, this cocktail is a dessert in a glass and a perfect nightcap. To say that this…

CLASSIC MINT JULEP

CLASSIC MINT JULEP

A classic mint julep is the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby. They’re cool, sweet, and minty, with just enough booze to put you in a party mood.  It is a delicious, summery cocktail. I don’t think you can throw a Kentucky Derby party without…

CLASSIC PIMENTO CHEESE

CLASSIC PIMENTO CHEESE

Pimento cheese is such a Southern staple and crazy delicious.  And since it’s also crazy easy, it’s a perfect addition to a Kentucky Derby party!  This tangy and creamy spread is always a hit. They don’t call it the pâté of the South for nothing.…

SOUTHERN-FRIED OKRA

SOUTHERN-FRIED OKRA

This Southern-fried okra recipe uses nuggets of fresh okra that are dipped in a spicy buttermilk mixture, dredged in cornmeal, flour, and breadcrumbs, then fried until crisp and golden.  They’re addictive and you can’t stop popping them into your mouth.  There’s a reason Southern-fried okra…

ITALIAN APEROL SPRITZ

ITALIAN APEROL SPRITZ

This take on a classic Italian Aperol Spritz is a bubbly, orange-flavored cocktail that’s light and fizzy with a slight bitter edge that finishes with the sweetness of blood orange soda.  It’s the perfect weekend libation when you want to do a bit of day…

ISRAELI SALAD

ISRAELI SALAD

This simple, chopped vegetable salad is an iconic part of Middle Eastern cuisine, thus the name, ‘Israeli Salad’.  It pairs wonderfully with hummus and pita, stuffed in a sandwich, or as a first course to any meal.   There’s something to be said for a recipe…

FLORIDA HURRICANE COCKTAIL

FLORIDA HURRICANE COCKTAIL

This Florida Hurricane Cocktail is a take on the famous drink served at Pat O’Brien’s restaurant in New Orleans.  It’s fruity, tropical, and has a serious kick to it with ½ cup (yes, a half cup) of alcohol in it.   I am not sure why…

GOAT CHEESE CAPRESE BRUSCHETTA

GOAT CHEESE CAPRESE BRUSCHETTA

This Goat Cheese Caprese Bruschetta recipe is a perfect summer ‘go-to’ appetizer.  So fresh and healthy, it also makes a wonderful light lunch or brunch dish.  Serve this with a Fennel & Orange Salad, a Savory Roasted Garlic Palmiere, and an Italian Amaretti Peach for…

PINEAPPLE MARGARITA

PINEAPPLE MARGARITA

A perfect, fruity, summertime cocktail, this Pineapple Margarita is a fun twist on the margarita you’re used to drinking.  Sweet, tangy, and delicious, with only four ingredients. Who doesn’t love a margarita?  I also love anything that’s fruity with alcohol in it.  Those types of…

THE BEST CREAM OF ASPARAGUS SOUP

THE BEST CREAM OF ASPARAGUS SOUP

Bright green, smooth, and creamy, this is the best cream of asparagus soup.  It is rich enough to enjoy as a light summer dinner or makes a lovely appetizer. This luscious soup can be served warm or cold if you have leftovers. If your grocery…

BLUE HAWAII COCKTAIL

BLUE HAWAII COCKTAIL

End your summer day with a sweet, fruity summer cocktail.  It evokes feelings of being in an island resort, sitting by a cruise ship pool, or kicking back on a gorgeous beach.  The best part is that you can enjoy this delicious drink at home. …

GLAZED BACON WRAPPED ONION RINGS

GLAZED BACON WRAPPED ONION RINGS

Who doesn’t love onion rings or bacon?  This fun Father’s Day side dish combines both for a flavor sensation.  Then just to kick it up a notch, glaze the bacon with maple syrup!  Insanely good!  Treat Dad to a hearty, fun meal by adding an…

SEX ON THE BEACH COCKTAIL

SEX ON THE BEACH COCKTAIL

Sweet, fruity, and packing a dangerous punch, this classic tropical cocktail is a perfect way to end a warm, sunny day.  One sip will make you feel like you’ve got your toes in the warm sand. This is the drink that evokes memories of Bahamian…