The Bardstown

Whenever someone asks me to say something good about 2020, my reply is, “I learned a lot about making craft cocktails.” And I’m only half joking. In February, before the pandemic began, my husband, on a whim, bought me a copy of the cocktail recipe book Shake, by Eric Prum and Josh Williams. That book…

Chocolate-Raspberry Tart

Wow! It has been a long time since I’ve shared a recipe. 2020 was a brutal year for everyone, my family included. Beyond the difficulties of the pandemic and our own bout with Covid-19, we experienced several family emergencies that turned our world upside-down and monopolized my attention. It’s been stressful and exhausting, to say…

Roasted Potato Salad

When I think about summertime foods, potato salad tops the list.  I adore it, especially my mum’s, which is simply boiled red potatoes that have been peeled and tossed in mayonnaise, garnished with chopped celery, onion, and green olives, and seasoned with table salt.  Eating this concoction always takes me home.  While this particular potato…

3-2-1 Daiquiri

On my 21st birthday, my parents took me to a lovely Italian restaurant in the Carytown neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia, called Amici Ristorante.  They were so excited to be there when I ordered my first legal alcoholic beverage.  When put on the spot, I had no idea what to get, so my dad suggested a…

Classic Margarita

Margaritas are one of the most popular cocktails for a reason: THEY ARE REALLY FREAKING GOOD!  There are plenty of fantastic mixes on the market, but everything is better when made fresh.  As it happens, this cocktail is really easy to make.  Here is my foolproof recipe.   6 oz tequila 4 oz freshly squeezed…

Artichoke & Spinach Dip

I love artichokes.  I love spinach.  I love dip.  I love this recipe.   1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and the liquid squeezed out 1 (12 oz) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 12 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature 1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 Tbsp lemon…

Maple Old Fashioned

  This take on an Old Fashioned is inspired by a recent visit to Walt Disney World.  My husband does not enjoy the Disney experience—he endures it because our son and I love it.  But he does like their cocktails, especially this one, which was discovered while dining at the Yacht Club Resort.  The substitution…

Flakey Buttermilk Biscuits

When it comes to biscuits, I am obnoxiously picky.  They need to be buttery, flakey, and stacked with tender pull-apart layers.  There are lots of amazing biscuit recipes out there—I know because I’ve spent the better part of two years trying many of them.  While they yielded delicious results, I was never quite satisfied…that is,…

Cane Syrup Butter

The flavor of cane syrup falls somewhere between molasses and caramel, and is a staple in many a southerner’s pantry.  It is delightful when used in baked goods, or drizzled over pancakes, but it’s heavenly when combined with butter, especially if it’s spread on a warm biscuit.   1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room…

Chocolate Pancakes

Valentines Day.  It’s my least favorite holiday—probably because I’ve had so many that were disappointments (pre-husband, of course).  But now that I’m a wife and mommy, it’s become more palatable because I can make it special for my little boy and husband.  This year, I decided to start the day on a festive note with…