Strawberry-Basil Fence Hopper

Well, it’s Labor Day, the unofficial end of the summer. I’m not going to lie…I’m ready for fall. In fact, I started dreaming about back-to-school, cooler days, changing leaves, pumpkins, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and football season the on July 5th. But I’m a realist. I knew it would be a while before I could truly enjoy…

Garlic Butter Burgers

Do you want to up your burger game for special occasions? Take a page from the mid-westerners’ book and add butter to your patties. Seriously, it takes an ordinary hamburger over the top. Fat is flavor; butter is fat; you do the math. To take butter burgers to the next level, try using compound butter…

Simple Stromboli

My family has officially entered the phase in which participation in youth sports has taken over our lives—practices and games dominate our afternoons, evenings, and weekends. Now, more than ever, I need fast, easy ideas for weeknight dinners (bonus points if the meal is portable). This Stromboli recipe fits the bill. It comes together within…

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…