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PANZANELLA SALAD

PANZANELLA SALAD

This super simple Panzanella salad is sure to become a family favorite.  With crunchy, homemade croutons, fresh vegetables, and a delicious Italian dressing, this healthy salad makes a great start to a meal or a light lunch. I love serving this salad as part of Read More..

KEY LIME PIE MARTINI

KEY LIME PIE MARTINI

A sweet and creamy dessert martini that brings all the flavors of a tropical key lime pie. This key lime pie martini is great as a Memorial Day brunch cocktail or after-dinner nightcap. With great success, I’ve served this cocktail as part of a dessert Read More..

CLASSIC WALDORF SALAD

CLASSIC WALDORF SALAD

A Classic Waldorf Salad is a cool, creamy, and crunchy summer side dish that goes wonderfully with barbecue and makes a great light lunch.  This is a perfect salad for National Walnut Day!   I like to serve this salad with Burnt Ends (aka Meat Candy), Read More..

DIRTY BANANA COCKTAIL

DIRTY BANANA COCKTAIL

A Dirty Banana Cocktail is a popular drink at beach resorts, cruise ships, and beach bars. It’s cool, creamy, fruity, and goes down very smooth!  Dangerous to say the least. This classic cocktail combines rum, coffee liqueur, banana liqueur, a fresh banana, and half and Read More..

CINCO DE MAYO CHIPS AND DIPS

CINCO DE MAYO CHIPS AND DIPS

One of the best things about a Mexican restaurant is the chips, salsa, and queso served with the margaritas. Why not make it at home?  In about 30 minutes, you can whip up a batch of Chunky Homemade Salsa and Creamy Rotel Queso for a Read More..

THE BEST GUACAMOLE

THE BEST GUACAMOLE

There are lots of guacamole recipes that claim to be ‘the best’, but this recipe uses fresh ingredients, is ridiculously easy, and is super flavorful, truly making it ‘The Best Guacamole’ recipe!  I think your family is gonna love it! Kick-off Cinco De Mayo with Read More..

SOUTHERN CHEESE SQUARES

SOUTHERN CHEESE SQUARES

Pretty, crisp, buttery homemade Southern cheese squares are an easy and tasty appetizer.  The same taste as the classic cheese straw, but made into a slice and bake roll. I like to serve these at most of my gatherings – especially for a Southern brunch Read More..

EASY EGG SALAD FINGER SANDWICHES

EASY EGG SALAD FINGER SANDWICHES

No Kentucky Derby party would be complete without a platter of little sandwiches.  These easy egg salad finger sandwiches are a delicious nibble that satisfies just about everyone. I like to serve the sandwiches as part of a beautiful Kentucky Derby cocktail party.  I’ve gotten Read More..

KENTUCKY DERBY BENEDICTINE SPREAD

KENTUCKY DERBY BENEDICTINE SPREAD

A vintage recipe that needs to make a comeback, Kentucky Derby Benedictine Spread is a delicious appetizer for any party.  It also makes a great filling for tea sandwiches. I like to serve this spread as a dip with crudites.  For a beautiful Kentucky Derby Read More..

LEMON BLUEBERRY LAVENDER COCKTAIL

LEMON BLUEBERRY LAVENDER COCKTAIL

A Lemon Blueberry Lavender Cocktail is a sophisticated, fruity, citrusy, libation with an aromatic floral note from the lavender simple syrup. This is a take on a mind-blowing drink that I was obsessed with during my years in Houston.  This little dive bar made the Read More..

MEXICAN PICADITAS

MEXICAN PICADITAS

A Mexican Picadita is a traditional dish consisting of a base of fried masa harina with savory toppings.  These picaditas are topped with a smokey Mexican tomato sauce, black beans, chorizo, onions, and cilantro.   They make a delicious appetizer or a light lunch.  Top with Read More..

2 EASTER BRUNCH COCKTAILS

2 EASTER BRUNCH COCKTAILS

Easter celebrations are best when they start early in the day.  First, the kids find their hidden Easter baskets, then look for the hidden eggs.  And the adults watch the shenanigans while sipping a delicious libation.  I have a suggestion for you today for 2 Read More..

TOASTED RAVIOLI

TOASTED RAVIOLI

These toasted ravioli are always a favorite.  Cheese ravioli is breaded in a flavorful, cheesy coating and baked until golden brown.  Serve them with your favorite tomato sauce for dipping. Fried foods seem too heavy for an appetizer.  Yet, I adore the crunchy, cheesy fried Read More..

EASY CORN DOG MUFFINS

EASY CORN DOG MUFFINS

A healthier take on everyone’s favorite amusement park or fair treat, these Easy Corn Dog Muffins make a quick, yet fun brunch, lunch, game day appetizer, or even a quick weeknight dinner. Who doesn’t love a corn dog?  There’s something gratifying about eating food off Read More..

ORANGE LEMON VODKA PUNCH

ORANGE LEMON VODKA PUNCH

Orange-lemon vodka punch combines a childhood throwback with vodka and soda for a bit of bubbly.  Fresh and citrusy punch is topped with vodka and soda for an adult version of what you grew up drinking. If you grew up in Western Pennsylvania, you may Read More..