Main Dish, Meat, Recipe

Beef & Butternut Squash Boats

This recipe came out of a project for Laura’s Lean Beef. I was asked by Carusele to participate in the #LaurasLean campaign, sponsored by Laura’s Lean. Although I was compensated for my work, all the opinions, and recipe creation are my own. #ad #sponsored To learn more about the better […]

Breakfast, Main Dish


Eggs and tomatoes aren’t the first combination that may come to mind, but when you discover shakshuka*, you wonder why it has taken you so long to find this dynamic  flavor duo.  I was introduced to this dish a few years ago when it was all the rage.  Suddenly it […]

Breakfast, Fruit, Recipe

Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes

For many, many years, I have had a recurring dream about blueberry pancakes. The dream consists of luscious images of tons of blueberries & fluffy, hot pancakes.  It plays like a short film running on a loop in my dreamy brain.  I’m not sure what significance it has or how it […]

Main Dish, Pasta, Recipe

Spinach Ricotta Gnudi

Do you know Gnudi? Recently, I became aware of this Tuscan dish, via Bobby & Giada in Italy on Discovery+TV. Giada prepared this simple dish while they were staying in Tuscany. I had actually never heard of it, but knew as soon as I saw it, I would have to […]

Dressings & Sauces, Recipe, Salads

Dressing of the Greens

Just the mention of certain ingredients can make your mouth water–think chocolate, pizza or potato chips.  It is your brain anticipating that food or flavor.  Take for example the following ingredients: xanthan gum, disodium inosinate, polysorbate 60, maltodextrin, monosodium glutamate­–anything happening?  Probably not, because your brain doesn’t recognize them as […]

Desserts, Dressings & Sauces, Recipe

Salted Caramel Sauce

I like chocolate, but I absolutely adore anything caramel. This sauce is so lusciously caramel with the hit of salt….it makes me go weak in the knees to think about it. The only issue is eating it by the spoonful straight out of the jar. No judgement here, but you […]

Desserts, Dressings & Sauces, Recipe


As the leaves start skipping down the sidewalk, the arrival of autumn signals change -in our attitude, our wardrobe, and in our taste buds. Even before the weather here in North Carolina cools off I’m craving comfort food that harkens the cool, crisp days of fall. Every year usually by […]