smoky-barbecue-ribs

Smoky Barbecue Ribs

At the first hint of sunny weather I get the itch to grill every kind of meat! I like how easy this smoky-spicy-sweet dry rub recipe is to make with a few pantry staples—and it’s great on grilled pork tenderloin, steak, and chicken, too. Give it a try this weekend! Read more…

smores-whoopie-pies

S’mores Whoopie Pies

I really love bite-side food. Maybe that’s why I love spanish tapas and why I like to make a bunch of appetizers when I entertain. I also love bite-size dessert, so these mini whoopie pies fit right into my bite-size food obsession.  Read more…

breakfast-casserole

Breakfast Casserole

This breakfast casserole is great for weekend brunch with friends. Or, you can pre-make and portion out for a few quick weekday morning meals. Use the recipe as your base and customize it by adding your favorite omelet ingredients such as mushrooms, bell pepper, bacon crumbles, spinach, etc. Read more…

mint-julep

Mint Julep

It’s the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, but also it’s a delightful cocktail for any sunny day. Instead of the traditional method of muddling mint leaves, I like to make mint-infused simple syrup. It’s more user friendly for your Derby party, and it’s great to have on hand when you need a spur of […] Read more…

Derby-Pies

Mini Derby Pie

Invented in 1950 in Prospect, Kentucky, Derby Pie is also known as “Pegasus Pie” and “May Day Pie” because the original creator, the Kern Family, has sued to protect its trademark “Derby Pie” name 25 times—including Bon Appetit who tried to claim the term is generic. Well, whatever it’s called, it’s a delicious staple at my Derby Party every […] Read more…

us-citizenship-ceremony

Becoming a U.S. Citizen

My good friend, Alex, recently became a citizen after living in the U.S. for 28 years. He’s originally from London, England and has lived all over the states, and he recently decided it was time to make himself “official.” I’ve never been to an oath ceremony and I thought it would be fun to support my […] Read more…

grilled-pizza

Grilled Peach & Prosciutto Pizza

Grilled pizza is one of my go-to dishes during the summer months when it’s peak peach season, but I also like to substitute grilled figs in the fall. I haven’t experimented with pizza sauce yet—my version usually incorporates ingredients that work well with just a little olive oil brushed on the crust. Read more…

Panzanella-salad

Panzanella

I can’t get enough of this healthy, crunchy bread salad. Sometimes I make it in the beginning of the week and eat it for lunch the next few days, but is also makes a great refreshing dinner on hot summer evenings.  Read more…

crockpot-meatballs

Crockpot Meatballs

These days I’m loving the simplicity of a delish crockpot meal. These meatballs were easy to make, and got a big thumbs up from the hubby, who considers himself a meatball expert of sorts. INGREDIENTS Low moisture mozzarella cheese ball 1 pound ground beef 1 pound hot Italian sausage 1 jar of your favorite tomato […] Read more…

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