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…

Turn Up the Heat Burgers

I love a good traditional burger with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and condiments of choice, but a meat patty as a blank canvas is a delicious and inspiring thing.  It’s so much fun to play around with ingredients and flavor combinations.  If I have items in my kitchen that I wish to use up,…

Chocolate Toffee Chip Cookies

Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies?  I mean, seriously, what’s not to like about them?  And don’t get me started on my undying love for the raw dough…all I’m saying is it may be the very best part of making them. One of the great things about chocolate chip cookies is that you can add…

Tropical Mimosas

This past week, I invited a couple of my “mommy” friends over so our kids could have a play date.  In reality, it was a play date for us as well.  We have been trying to get together for a girls’ night out, but our evening schedules haven’t aligned…this was the next best thing. One…

Amish Country Breakfast Casserole

This hearty casserole is perfect for holiday mornings, lazy weekends, busy weekdays, teacher appreciation breakfasts, play dates, Mom’s Group get-togethers, tailgates, “breakfast for dinner,” or any other occasion in which you want to serve breakfast food.  It is incredibly easy to make, can be prepared in advance, and can feed a crowd.  It also reheats…

Filet Mignon with Creamy Mustard-Gorgonzola Sauce

I don’t make Filet Mignon often.  First, it’s pricy; second, I usually screw it up.  But when Father’s Day rolled around, I wanted to make something special for my husband.  To quote him, “Father’s Day means meat,” so I decided to take on my Filet Mignon anxiety and make it the centerpiece of our celebratory…