Garlic & Herb Butter

The key to making incredible garlic bread is using this flavorful garlic and herb compound butter. Once you try it, you’ll never make it any other way. You’re welcome. 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tbsp fresh basil, minced 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced 1 Tbsp…

Sweet Strawberry Butter

When I was a little girl, my mum would occasionally buy an amazing strawberry butter and spread it on a warm, toasty English muffin for my breakfast. It was divine. As an adult, I have searched for this butter in many a grocery store, but to no avail. However, in my old age, I have…

Raspberry Cordial

Whenever I need something wholesome and sentimental, I turn to the writing of beloved Canadian author, Lucy Maud Montgomery. My first foray into her Edwardian world was through the Sullivan Entertainment adaptation of her novel, Anne of Green Gables, starring Megan Follows. At the tender age of five, I fell in love with the story,…

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…