A Delicious Cheese Plate for Easy Entertaining


With any planned or even “drop-by” entertaining that we do, I have added a new set of essentials to my list of things to always keep on hand for having guests over.  Keeping the makings for a great cheese plate will help you put together what appears to be a well-thought out pre-meal snack all the while […]


Homemade Chili Seasoning

Homemade chili seasoning

I’m not sure if there is a perfect chili recipe out there.  I  kind of think that chili might be one of the most subjective dishes leaving it up to each person’s taste buds to determine your favorite chili.  I do know that mine has gone over pretty darn well over the years and I tend […]


Olive Oil & Herb Spaghetti


 I just can’t get enough of my fresh herbs right now and recently shared the easiest and tastiest spaghetti with all the readers on What’s Cooking with Ruthie for my monthly guest contribution.  For this dish, I used whole wheat spaghetti noodles, but really any thin pasta will do.  Simply boil your noodles (I always […]


The Baker & The Blogger – An interview with 1-800bakery.com

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I was recently asked to be interviewed by 1-800-bakery.com for their “The Baker & The Blogger” interview series on their blog.  Not quite sure I’m worthy to be highlighted, but it was fun nonetheless and really made me think about my favorite recipes.  I have posted the full post below, but you can also visit […]


Roasted Turkey with White Wine Butter & Fresh Herb Rub and Aromatics


I feel like I am allowed to call myself a bonafide turkey expert since I have become the resident turkey cook in the family.  With 36 roasted pounds of turkey under my belt last year alone, I am pretty familiar with these birds and have come up with what I think is a pretty tasty combo to […]


Creamy Mushroom Polenta

creamy polenta

“The Best Polenta Dish I Have Ever Had” was quite a few years ago at a really wonderful little restaurant in Murfreesboro, Tennessee called Five Senses.  It was a plate of delicious pan seared scallops served over a polenta cake with sauteed brussels sprouts.  First let me start by saying that this dish also changed […]


Ice, Ice Baby – Time to Freeze the Zucchini Squash

To seal the bag airtight, close the bag only leaving a small space for the straw.  Suck the air out of the bag through the straw.

I have REALLY enjoyed my nightly squash at the dinner table, but even if I ate squash for breakfast, lunch and dinner I still couldn’t possibly consume all the squash that is practically running from the garden into my produce basket.  With so much squash on hand and nobody else willing to take if off […]


O Basil! My Basil! – An Ode to Pesto

Fresh basil

Oh, Basil! My, Basil! the dreaded wait is done; You started as a little plant and now my gardening has won; The kitchen is near, the food processor I hear, the pesto is forthcoming While fellow bellies try to wait, the hungrier we’re becoming But oh plate! plate! plate! Oh the empty stare of white Where on the stove […]