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…

Grapefruit-Thyme Cocktail

Now that we’re parents, my husband and I don’t go out to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Instead, I prepare a fancy dinner at home, which always includes a specialty cocktail.  This year, having a grapefruit on hand, I decided to make a drink featuring its tart juice.  Thyme pairs well with citrus, so I infused simple…

Parmesan Crisps

Recently, I hosted a wine and cheese tasting at my house for a mom’s group that my friend, Danielle, and I created.  It was our first get-together.  Everyone brought their favorite wine to share and a cheese to taste.  Sadly, I didn’t get any pictures—I was too busy laughing, eating, and drinking—but I wanted to…

Mango-Green Tea Smash

This refreshing beverage is perfect for a mid-day pick-me-up, or for tailgating during the hot days early in the football season.   4 green tea bags 4 cups boiling water 4 cups mango juice   1. Steep the tea bags in 4 cups boiling water for 10 minutes.  Remove the tea bags and allow the…

Fondue Party

Not long after Christmas was in the books, we attended a party at our friends’ house to celebrate the new year.  We were talking about various traditions, and I mentioned my family’s New Year’s Eve fondue dinner.  My dear friend, Cecilia, commented that she had been craving that very thing and that we had to…