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,…

Hearty Beef Stew

Last weekend, we enjoyed a rarely cold spring day here in Florida.  I have always enjoyed early spring weather—days in which there is still a chill in the air, but the hints of green popping up all around promise warmth to come.  Ingredients are fresher, but one still craves stick-to-your-bones comfort food.  Such days require…

Saint David’s Day

Most Americans go nuts for Saint Patrick’s Day.  I do not.  I’m not Irish.  I’m not Catholic.  And I don’t need an excuse to drink.  The only way I really acknowledge Saint Patrick’s Day is by wearing orange and forcing my husband and child to do the same.  But this post isn’t about Saint Patrick’s…

Spicy Maple Compound Butter

I LOVE cornbread.  If I ate as much of it as I’d like, I’d resemble Jaba the Hut.  My husband, on the other hand, is indifferent (what’s wrong with him?!).  But when I serve it with this sweet, slightly spicy butter mixture, he goes crazy for it.  The combination is so decadent, you could have…

Meyer Lemon Dressing

This is a light, refreshing dressing that is perfect for spring.  It hardly has any ingredients and pairs nicely with dark greens such as spinach or baby kale.  Add a little freshly grated or shaved Parmesan cheese to the greens for a lovely salty addition.   1/4 cup freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice 1/3 cup…

Meyer Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry and lemon is a classic combination, as is blueberry and orange.  A Meyer lemon, which is a hybrid of a lemon and mandarin orange, combines the flavors of the two citrus fruits.  Naturally, it pairs beautifully with berries. While plain old blueberry pancakes have always been a personal favorite, I’ve found that adding this citrus…

Triple Citrus Whiskey Sour

A good whiskey sour happens to be one of my favorite cocktails.  It calls up wonderful memories of visiting New Orleans with my mum for a family wedding, and time spent in a little cottage which no longer stands in Stone Harbor, New Jersey.  I’m sure that there are plenty of fine mixes out there,…