Creamy Tomato & Tortellini Soup

This soup is soul satisfying.  It’s creamy, dreamy, carb-laden magic in a pot.  What more could you want on a cool fall day?  Or a sweltering hot fall day?  Or any fall day?  Or any day?  Okay, I’m done.   1 Tbsp olive oil 1 yellow onion, diced 1 medium-sized zucchini, quartered lengthwise and thinly…

Country Ham & Smoked Gruyere Pinwheels

This prissier version of ham and cheese sandwiches came to fruition when I was trying to use up all the perishable items in my refrigerator as Hurricane Dorian loomed.  As it turns out, my over-zealous preparations for the storm were unnecessary (all we received was a stiff breeze, a couple of downpours, and no power…

Honey-Mustard Flank Steak

This marinade is so flavorful, I like to use it with pork and chicken, too.  As for the beef, it’s great on its own or on top of a salad.  One thing I will say, it’s best cooked on a grill, not a stovetop grill pan—you can’t beat the smoky flavor.  Enjoy!   1-2 lbs…

Fried Pickled Zucchini

A few years ago, one of my sorority sisters got married in coastal South Carolina.  As bridesmaids, another close friend/sister and I arrived a few days early to help with wedding preparations.  The first night we were in town, we went out to eat at a local seafood restaurant with a few other members of…

Six-Cheese Pizza

While living in Baltimore, my husband discovered a small pizza joint which had a fantastic five-cheese pie.  Due to my PTSD from living there, Ive blocked the name of said joint from my memory, but I have not forgotten the pizza itself—it was that good.  Friday nights in our house we usually have pizza for…

Gimlet

My husband loves trying different cocktails, so when his birthday rolled around, I decided to introduce him to this classic.  My parents first turned me onto it when I was in college (gin was my booze of choice in those halcyon days), and I have been a fan ever since.  There are many fond memories…

Hot Wheels Birthday Party, 2019

    Okay, so it’s been a couple of weeks since I hosted this birthday party, and honestly, I’m still recovering.  It’s not that the party itself was hard to throw, it’s that it happened smack dab in the middle of a very busy period.  My son and I had just returned from visiting my…

Sweet Pork Tacos

Lucinda Scala Quinn, a long-time food editor for Martha Stewart Living Magazine, said in her first cookbook, Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys, that hard-shelled tacos are “less desirable, but kid friendly.”  While I love her cookbooks and appreciate her culinary knowledge, I have to disagree with her that they are “less desirable.”  I love…

Peel and Eat Shrimp with Wing Butter

After my family and I moved to north Florida, we took a long weekend trip to Savannah, Georgia (which consequently has become one of my favorite cities).  When driving home, we decided to take the Coastal Highway and explore some of the islands on the way.  While doing so, we stoped for a seafood lunch…

Simple Summer Vegetable Sauté

If I were forced to list the three things I associate most with summer, they would be corn, zucchini, and tomatoes…and I’d throw in basil for good measure..as a bonus.  These items were produced in abundance in my parents’ garden when I was growing up, and every summer meal I can remember seems to feature…