Garden Fresh Pasta

garden fresh pasta

4 days from now, friends, barring no major problems, I will be holding our sweet new baby boy  in the hospital (or at home if for some very unlikely reason he decides to come sooner).  But today I am at the house on our last weekend at home before we become a family of four [...]

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Sauteed Shrimp & Fennel with Lemon Thyme Sauce and Feta

shrimp and fennel

When it’s 98 degrees outside, who really wants to spend hours in the kitchen making dinner when after work chores involve watering the flowers and garden, running around the yard, washing camp clothes, bath time to  make the mornings run smoother, and early bed times for our little guys to recharge their energy for another [...]

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Shrimp & Tomato Pasta

shrimp caprese

I recently shared this recipe with my friends over at What’s Cooking with Ruthie.  This is the quintessential summer recipe.  Fresh, fresh, fresh is the name of this game.  If you know anything about me you know how much I love tomatoes.  You might also even know that Cherokee Purple tomatoes are my absolute favorite!! [...]

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Herbed Gnocchi and Sauteed Pea Tendrils with a Lemon Wine Butter Sauce

gnocchi

I really know nothing about gnocchi.  Other than the fact that I like it, I have never attempted to make it until recently.  The idea for this recipe started with an Instagram picture from Blackberry Farm perhaps one of the most gorgeous and highly coveted resorts in the South if not the United States.  Pea [...]

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Rosemary & Fennel Roast Chicken

rosemary fennel roast chicken

Are you the type of person that has to keep yourself from watching the Cooking Channel or Food Network or sitting down and opening up your Bon Appetit’ or Food & Wine magazine, because once you start your day is shot from your sudden rush to the kitchen to start cooking?!  When we were renovating [...]

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Warm Bacon Vinaigrette Dressing

hot bacon vinaigrette3

So, I admittedly have never jumped on the hipster bacon craze train, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t love bacon and that doesn’t mean that I can’t show my love for others through bacon.  Boogeyman’s school hosted a teacher appreciation luncheon and asked the parents of the Rainbow room to prepare the food.  This [...]

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Pacific Cod with Mustard Caper Sauce

cod

Last week before we left town for our Disney “bay-cation”, which we are wrapping up today after a very exciting 4 days here, I tried to get as little as possible at the store.  That meant that dinners had to get creative with stuff that we already had in the fridge, in the freezer and [...]

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Mary Lillie Memory Club Luncheon – A Pretty Purple Celebration

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It all started with some pillows from Joss & Main.  I quickly got hooked on the orchid trend and from there the “party room” decor and color palette for the luncheon grew.  I didn’t want the room to look a scene from the chorus of “Purple People Eater”, so I decided that aqua blue would [...]

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Herbed Chicken & Tomatoes over Angel Hair Pasta

herbed chicken and tomatoes

For my recent Mary Lillie Memory Club luncheon, I decided that since I was hosting at 11 am and wanted plenty of time to visit with everyone and not be stuck in the kitchen cooking that it would be great to prepare a main dish that could be made somewhat in advance.  The components of [...]

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Crunchy Salad with Quinoa Pilaf & Citrus Vinaigrette: Product Review

quinoa salad

So as you all know, I’m a mommy, I’m busy with family and friends, I work full-time, and now with a little one on the way, what little time I have left to myself HAS to be spent in an organized manner.  Drew travels, so a morning routine is essential to get out the door [...]

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