Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits

This past week, I was responsible for helping provide breakfast for a Moms’ group with whom I participate.  Due to the meeting time and the school drop off schedule, providing a hot dish wasn’t in the cards, so I decided to provided one of my favorite breakfast items: Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits.  Whenever I host…

Salmon with Lemon-Caper Butter

This is a really fast, really easy, really flavorful dish.  If the compound butter is made in advance, it takes 20 minutes total.  It’s perfect for a busy weeknight, but decadent and elegant enough for a dinner party.  I use salmon in this recipe, but cod or any other white fish would work equally well….

Lemon-Caper Compound Butter

The tartness of the lemon, the salty, briny-ness of the capers, and the freshness of the herbs, all mixed into the sweet, decadent butter create such an incredible burst of flavor.  Pair this compound butter with fish or grilled meat (especially chicken) to take your next meal over the top.   8 Tbsp (1 stick)…

Sun-Dried Tomato & Spinach Dip Burgers

Recently, in Taste of Home’s latest “Ground Beef” special edition magazine, I saw a recipe for a burger topped with sun-dried tomatoes and slathered with spinach dip.  I thought that combination sounded pretty damn good, but I had one reservation: sun-dried tomatoes are chewy as hell and would be difficult to bite through.  So, I…

Cheesy Cauliflower & Leek Soup

When I was making Potato Leek Soup for St. David’s Day, I was considering how to make a low-carb leek soup that still has substance.  Cauliflower is often used as a substitute for potatoes, so it occurred to me that it would pair well with the leeks.  While my husband and I both love cauliflower, there are…

Mixed Berry Smoothie

Sometimes I enjoy drinking my breakfast.  Smoothies make that possible.  This one is made with staples we always have on hand.  The beauty of smoothies is that you can add, subtract, or substitute ingredients to suit your tastes.  In the end, you have a delicious meal that you can lazily sip or take on the…

Roasted Tomato & Pesto Panini

This decadent sandwich is perfect for a weeknight dinner when paired with a crisp salad.  While I usually serve this as a meatless meal, thinly sliced Italian cured meats such as salami, pepperoni, or capicola would be delicious additions and would certainly satisfy the carnivores in your life.   4 ciabatta rolls Roasted Tomato &…

Giardiniera Salad

My husband an I both love giardiniera.  For a quick and easy salad, I love to mix it in with heartier greens, some freshly grated Parmesan, and a vibrant vinaigrette that compliments the pickled vegetables.  This salad pairs nicely with Panini or pizza.   8 cups mixed greens, such as baby kale, romaine, and baby…

Brunswick Stew

Brunswick Stew is a southern classic embroiled in a long-standing debate: Did it originate in Brunswick, Virginia, or Brunswick, Georgia? I don’t really care.  Regardless of where it’s from, it’s good! I was first introduced to this stew during a family visit to Colonial Williamsburg, where I enjoyed it at Shield’s Tavern.  It was a…

Raspberry Prosecco Fizz

This weekend, we had some friend over to celebrate the gorgeous spring weather.  I wanted to serve a cocktail befitting spring, so I created this little number.  It utilizes several of my favorite libations: Prosecco, Chambord, and Grand Marnier.  It’s light, refreshing, and oh so tasty.   1/2 oz Grand Marnier 1 oz Chambord Prosecco,…