Lemon Herb-Infused Olive Oil

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So, I feel like I kind of have writer’s block today, so I will divulge something to you that I WON’T admit to my husband.  He traveled home very early from a trip to Dallas for work and probably didn’t take a shower since he had a 6 a.m. flight and then we spent the […]


BMC – Shrimp Pasta with Leeks & Fennel

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So, it’s been a minute since I have posted an official “Busy Mom Challenge” meal.  Not only can you make this pasta dish in less than 30 minutes, it is also light and healthy. PrintShrimp Pasta with Leeks & Fennel Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 15 minutesTotal Time: 25 minutes Yield: 4 servings Ingredients1 fennel […]


Cheesy Enchilada Soup

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I’m not sure where you are or where live, but where I am and where I live it’s FRIGGIN’ cold!!! My deck is doubling as an ice skating rink and I need to pull my hair dryer outside to thaw out my car door to open it, so even though my fridge is nearly bare, […]


Orange Splash Cocktail – Courtesy of Southern Sophisticate


 My friend Stacie has been a part of my life professionally and personally for many years.   No matter what creative venture I choose to throw at her, she has always been 100% supportive of my endeavors. It all started with her noticing my love for cooking and entertaining way back in 2006 and bringing […]


Shrimp & Cheese Filled Wontons with Sweet Soy Dipping Sauce – One Recipe Two Ways


  I have to admit that Asian cuisine is not my favorite.  It is simply a matter of personal preference.  I LOVE  sushi, but could kind of take or leave most of the other stuff.  Maybe it’s the water chestnuts or heavy sesame-ginger flavors that keep me away, but I have to say this somewhat […]


Chocolate Cherry Pancakes

chocolate cherry pancakes

You’re my rainbow, you’re my star, you’re my bright red cookie jar. You’re my goldfish, you’re my pie, you’re the apple of my eye. You’re my daisy, you’re my vine, you’re my own true Valentine! PrintChocolate Cherry Pancakes Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 10 minutesTotal Time: 15 minutes Yield: 10-12 pancakes A festive breakfast for […]


Meyer Lemon Sorbet

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I have seen picture after picture of the vibrant Meyer lemon.  All of my plant/seed catalogs have the gorgeous Meyer lemon trees for purchase and I can just picture  tree after tree lining my someday perfect patio, but until I bought a bag of them last week at the store, I have never actually tasted the […]


Zesty Kale Salad

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  I recently read one of those hot or not lists on fads that should stay or go from 2012.  While she called kale a food fad, she did give props to the nutritional powerhouse.  Now I agree that some food fads need to walk calmly and safely to the designated exits. I’m talking to […]


Pan-Roasted Pork Loin with Fennel, Leeks and Onion

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Holy Pork Loin, Batman!!!!! I just found my new go-to pork dish WITHOUT A DOUBT!!!!! I’m telling you, lock it up if you make this and you don’t feel like sharing!  Seriously! I mean SERIOUSLY!!!  PrintPan Seared Pork Loin with Fennel, Leeks and Onion Ingredients1 fennel bulb, sliced in long strips 3 green onions, sliced in […]


Creamy Bacon and Tomato Grits


  I know what you’re thinking…….”Cream, bacon? May have to skip this one until my healthy New Year’s resolution has finally taken effect.”  Well, guess what?! Think again!!!! Now, I’m not claiming this is the healthiest dish if you resolved for completely clean-eating, but for creamy grits it sure has most other recipes beat in the […]