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…

IRISH COFFEE

IRISH COFFEE

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and as a perfect nightcap recipe to comfort us during this crazy time, this Irish Coffee will warm your body and soothe your nerves.  Serve this after a holiday meal of Oven-Baked Corned Beef & Roasted Cabbage and Irish…

SPINACH SALAD WITH BACON DRESSING

SPINACH SALAD WITH BACON DRESSING

This simple salad recipe is a flavor powerhouse.  With the iron-rich spinach, protein from the eggs and bacon, and carbs from the stuffing mix ‘croutons’, this delicious salad is also a complete meal.  I like to serve this with a slice of Cheddar Jalapeno Bread…

BRAZILIAN CAIPIRINHA COCKTAIL

BRAZILIAN CAIPIRINHA COCKTAIL

This Brazilian cocktail recipe is their national cocktail and served in almost any bar.  It is sweet and limey, but be careful because it really packs a punch! I like to serve this cocktail with a few Savory Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Palmiers or Honey…

ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP

ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP

A classic Italian recipe that is hearty enough to be a full meal with a loaf of crusty bread. This soup recipe is a delicious way to warm up on a chilly day.  I like to serve this with a Fennel and Orange Salad With…

Welcoming Spring with Food

Welcoming Spring with Food

The air is finally beginning to feel a little and this means that our favorite season is right around the corner! The temperatures are beginning to rise have us eager to make the shift from winter foods to the colorful spring-y meals. From crisp asparagus…

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE MARTINI

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE MARTINI

Pink, fruity, sweet, and creamy, this Valentine’s Day cocktail is the perfect libation for the holiday. I am probably the least romantic person on the planet.  It’s bad. I’m not a flower person. I’m never going to wait for hours to get into a restaurant…

RUM RUNNER COCKTAIL

RUM RUNNER COCKTAIL

This tropical cocktail will make you think of warm breezes on a gorgeous beach, with your toes buried in the sand. This drink is a sweet concoction full of fruit juices and rum.  It goes down smooth and packs a punch, so be careful. There…

FENNEL AND ORANGE SALAD WITH CHAMPAGNE VINAIGRETTE

FENNEL AND ORANGE SALAD WITH CHAMPAGNE VINAIGRETTE

This is one of the best salad recipes.  It is crisp, crunchy, fruity and elegant with the champagne vinegar dressing.   After the holidays and the overindulging, my body craves something clean, crunchy, and healthy.  But I get tired of eating leafy, green salads every day.…

SAVORY ROASTED GARLIC AND PARMESAN PALMIERS

SAVORY ROASTED GARLIC AND PARMESAN PALMIERS

This savory appetizer recipe explodes with a cheesy, garlicky flavor.  They make a delicious appetizer, but work well accompanying a cup of tomato soup or a caesar salad.  Is it bad that I can make a meal out of appetizers?  I do, quite often, especially…

BLOOD ORANGE MOJITO

BLOOD ORANGE MOJITO

This is an easy craft cocktail that is perfect for ladies’ night, date night or any old night.  It is fruity, minty, and so refreshing. Can’t find blood oranges? No worries. Cara Cara oranges will work just fine. WHAT IS A BLOOD ORANGE? From the…

THE BEST CHEESE SOUP (adapted from the 1886 Cafe, Austin, TX)

THE BEST CHEESE SOUP (adapted from the 1886 Cafe, Austin, TX)

Warm, creamy and satisfying, this delicious, cheesy soup recipe is sure to become a family favorite.  It’s perfect to sip on a chilly evening. Garnish the soup with croutons, sliced scallions, or chopped ham or bacon.  It really deserves the title of the best cheese…

THE‌ ‌ULTIMATE‌ ‌CHOCOLATE‌ ‌MARTINI‌

THE‌ ‌ULTIMATE‌ ‌CHOCOLATE‌ ‌MARTINI‌

This easy cocktail recipe is the perfect sweet, boozy dessert martini. Martini purists will claim that this creamy, chocolatey drink isn’t really a martini, but I can attest that it will satisfy any sweet tooth or chocolate craving you may have.  It is delicious, but…

AUTUMN SALAD

AUTUMN SALAD

This vegetarian salad is an easy and delicious addition to your Thanksgiving table.  With butternut squash, broccoli, arugula, dried cranberries, and walnuts, this salad is as healthy as it is pretty to look at.  Take care of your vegetarians or health-conscious friends and add this…

HONEY BOURBON GLAZED SCALLOPS

HONEY BOURBON GLAZED SCALLOPS

Every Thanksgiving game-plan needs a great holiday appetizer.  These scallops are my go-to for something to serve while finalizing the last of the dinner prep.  They are salty, meaty, savory, and sweet from the honey bourbon glaze. I like making them year-round, they’re that tasty.…