Cooking, Baking & Cocktail Shaking

Caramelized Onion & Mushroom Crostini

Sweet Vidalia onions and meaty portobello mushrooms get sauteed until perfectly caramelized and rich in bold flavor. A hint of balsamic adds a sweet, acidic touch to the mixture and then piled high on grilled French baguette and topped with tangy blue cheese crumbles.

Caramelized Onion & Mushroom Crostini with Blue Cheese Crumbles

Onions are in high demand in my house. I use them in every savory recipe known to mankind, so I always make sure to replenish my onion stock with every trip to the grocery store. As soon as May hits, I trade in my yellow onions for sweet Vidalia onions.

Caramelized Onion & Mushroom Crostini with Blue Cheese Crumbles

Thirsty Thursday: Vanilla Bourbon Lemonade

Vanilla Bourbon Lemonade

This refreshing cocktail combines the creamy, slightly floral flavors of fresh vanilla bean with oaky bourbon and tart lemonade. It’s the perfect cocktail for kicking back and relaxing with friends and family this summer. Today I’m raising my glass of Vanilla Bourbon Lemonade in honor of the entire military community, those who are currently...

Vegan Chocolate Pudding with Raspberry Swirl (Healthy + Gluten-Free)

Vegan Chocolate Pudding with Raspberry Swirl (Healthy + Gluten-Free)

This Vegan Chocolate Pudding is ultra rich and super creamy. It’s also gluten- and guilt-free! Can we talk about the power of the banana for a few moments? It’s quite the magical fruit. Not only are bananas an excellent source of potassium, vitamin B6, manganese, and vitamin C, this heart-healthy fruit can turn any fat-laden dessert...

Toasted Coconut Ice Cream with Almonds & Dark Chocolate

Toasted Coconut Ice Cream with Almonds and Dark Chocolate

Rich, creamy coconut-infused ice cream loaded with toasted almonds and dark chocolate pieces. The question I get asked the most is where I get the inspiration for my recipes. My response: everywhere. Life, travel, cookbooks, cooking shows, etcetera, and so on. My passion for food knows no limits. I used to go in to...

Thirsty Thursday: Dark & Stormy

Dark & Stormy Cocktail

You can’t go wrong with the classic Dark & Stormy cocktail. It’s vibrant, crisp, and bursting with warm spice and zesty ginger. You’re only 3 ingredients and a few shakes away from chilling off this summer.  I’m taking it back to basics with this dark and stormy cocktail recipe. No fancypants ingredients, glasses, equipment,...

Mediterranean Grilled Lamb with Pale Ale Glaze

Mediterranean Grilled Lamb with Pale Ale Glaze

This Mediterranean Grilled Lamb with Pale Ale Glaze is dripping with bold flavor and comes together in just under an hour. Enjoying a homemade lamb dinner during the week is no longer a myth.  When I mention the word lamb, the phrase “weeknight dinner” isn’t the first thing you think of, is it? I’ll...

Southern-Style Beer Braised Kale with Bacon

Southern-Style Beer Braised Kale with Bacon

This Southern-Style Beer Braised Kale with Bacon is smoky, tangy, and slightly sweet. It’s the perfect side dish for a summer barbecue party or casual gathering. It’s best served alongside of everything and in abundance.   It’s been 2 years since our trip to Charleston, and I still ache for the historic city. I...

Thirsty Thursday: Cherry-Kissed Prosecco Spritzer

Cherry Kissed Prosecco Spritzer

Ripe summer cherries and bubbly Prosecco come together to create a refreshing cocktail with a hint of sweetness. I’ve been obsessing over cherries in a major way this summer, popping them into my mouth like candy and spitting out the seed. Sounds sexy, doesn’t it? It’s a good thing I’m married, because I’m a...

Roasted Tomato Basil Cottage Cheese Bowl

Roasted Tomato Basil Cottage Cheese Bowl

Sweet roasted tomatoes, fresh basil, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze get piled on top of creamy cottage cheese. Your lunch bowl never looked better. I’m always looking for new ways to spice up my lunchbox. This roasted tomato basil cottage cheese bowl is healthy, rich in protein, and loaded with ripe tomatoes that...