Spring Salad with Goat Cheese and Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette {and a Giveaway}

Asparagus Radish and Fava Bean Salad

When spring rolls around I start thinking about entertaining. I love nothing more than an intimate dinner party with close friends. Cooking for people that I care about brings me so much joy. We’re having some of our best friends over for dinner on Saturday night and the forecast for Atlanta calls for a high… [read more]

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Salt with Garlic and Herbs

Tuscan Salt

If you walk down the spice aisle at your local grocery store, you'll see an endless row of spice blends for every possible use. There's a blend for hamburgers, steaks, or chicken; blends with salt and without salt; blends for salads; blends for southwest cooking; and on and on and on...I'm sure I have 7 or 8 versions in my pantry.  If you review the ingredient list for each blend, there's usually a good bit of repetition. Most of the blends contain salt, pepper, garlic, and onion. A while ... [read more]

Bacon-Wrapped Maple Mustard Chicken with Okra

Bacon Wrapped Maple Mustard Chicken With Okra

Huzzah! Spring is finally here to stay. I might be somewhat prejudiced but Atlanta has to be one of the most gorgeous cities anywhere this time of year. Ornamental cherry trees, redbuds, and dogwoods have burst into full bloom creating a living palette of color. Azaleas will soon follow adding spectacular pinks to the range of hues. The clear air, warm sunshine, and the vivid green of budding leaves brings me back to life from a cold and dreary winter. Spring also means grilling season is in ... [read more]

Monkey Bread with Sausage, Spinach, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Monkey Bread with Chicken Sausage and Spinach

Have you ever wondered why they call it Monkey Bread? I have, so I looked it up and didn't really get a satisfactory answer. Monkey Bread, typically a sweet and gooey pull-apart pastry baked in a bundt pan, is of uncertain origins. Probably created in the U.S., it first appeared in magazines and cookbooks in the 1950s. Wikipedia says that it may have gotten its name because it resembles a monkey puzzle tree. I googled pictures of that tree and I just don't see the resemblance. Nonetheless, ... [read more]

Asian Chicken Wraps

Asian Chicken Wraps

It’s been a busy week here with not much time for cooking. When we have a crazy day, we often go to Doc Chey’s Noodle House, our favorite casual restaurant, for a quick dinner. Doc Chey’s,  an Asian-fusion restaurant, offers a variety of healthy dining choices, including soups, dumplings, salad, stir-frys, and noodle dishes. I’m still doing the low carb thing in a continued effort to drop those uber stubborn holiday pounds. I know, I know...I’ve been talking about this for months now. I used ... [read more]

Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs with Bacon

Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs

I remember as a child going to visit relatives in the community where my grandmother was born. Typically, we would go on Decoration Day, a day set aside to visit the community cemetery and honor deceased relatives by placing flowers on their tombstones. This special Sunday also included a dinner on the ground. Now in case you non-Southerners don't know what a dinner on the ground is, let me explain. First, it really isn't dinner according to your definition and it isn't on the ground. (Dinner ... [read more]

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Vampires pervade pop culture these days. True Blood, Twilight, and Vampire Diaries rake in millions of dollars for the entertainment industry and fascinate fans with sex, blood, and gore. My fascination with vampires dates back to the 80s movie, The Hunger, starring Susan Sarandon, Catherine Deneuve, and David Bowie. The scene where Miriam seduces and bites Sarah, while Delibes's Flower Duet from Lakmé plays in the background, stands out as a classic movie moment. For centuries in folklore, ... [read more]

Golden Beet Crowns with Thyme-Infused Goat Cheese

Beet Crowns with Thyme Infusted Goat Cheese

I buy golden beets regularly because they're incredibly nutritious and I love their sweet and earthy flavor. I also love their shape and color. Almost without fail, I roast them to use in a salad of some kind, but I've also been known to eat one as a snack every once in a while. Roasting beets requires almost no effort at all and they'll keep in the refrigerator for several days. I don't know about you, but I really enjoy eating foods that taste good, but are also beneficial to my health. ... [read more]

Stacked Eggplant Salad

Stacked Eggplant Salad

Spring arrived today in a big way with azure skies, crystal clear air, and a warming sun that infected me with spring fever. My Weber grill, covered for the winter, seemed to speak to me this morning and suggest that I free it from its bondage and let it enjoy the day as well. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know I'm an avid griller and when the weather permits I'm cooking outside every chance I get. I pulled out the recipe for this salad that I've had on my to-do list for ... [read more]

Desserts

Apple Cheddar Turnovers

Apple Cheddar Turnovers

Sleet is blanketing Atlanta with a sheet of ice and the forecast warns of additional snow tonight. ... [read more]

Cranberry Pistachio Shortbreads

Cranberry Pistachio Shortbreads

If I had to pick two cookies that are perfect for the Christmas holiday, it would be wedding cookies ... [read more]

Wedding Cookies

Wedding Cookies

Every Christmas I intend on baking a variety of cookies for gifts and every year holiday busyness ... [read more]

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