Tomato Jam Glazed Grilled Pork Chops

Tomato jam glazed grilled pork chops

As I sit here writing this pork chop post, my boys are in the other room playing with Evil Dr. Pork Chop and gang and it’s got me thinking that there is definitely a correlation between the fictional flying pig and this tasty dish.  While on one hand this pork chop is certainly not evil […]


Balsamic Bruschetta with Basil Ricotta on Sweet Cornbread Tarts

balsamic bruschetta

I must admit that I am a pretty darn competitive person.  Well, maybe I shouldn’t use the word “competitive” rather something more like “motivated by other people”, so I’m always up for a good challenge.  This year’s recipe contest for the 10th Annual Tomato Art Fest was all things bruschetta!! I didn’t know the “topic” […]


5-Cheese Pesto Mac & Cheese (& a little tripod fun)

pesto mac & cheese

So, at my house dinner is not dinner without a brief interruption for a photo.  I guess that’s just a hazard to the trade in the  life of a food blogger.  I’m sure it’s especially irritating to Drew (also known as the Mac & Cheese Monster) when his wife gets him all excited about a […]


Goat Cheese & Basil Mashed Potatoes

basil and goat cheese

We just got back from such a fun, impromptu trip to Lexington with Drew.  Life around here has been a little hectic with work and our house being on the market, looking for a house, keeping our house clean, etcetera, etcetera…….so, I kind of jumped at the opportunity for Hunter Bear and me to tag […]


Caprese Crackers

caprese crackers

Winter, it’s time for you to go!!! I mean, really, please leave and bring on a gorgeous spring followed by a nice warm summer with lots and lots of delicious tomatoes.  Yesterday when I was grocery shopping at Publix I got so excited when I saw yellow tomatoes that I knew I HAD to make some caprese […]


“Doctored Up” Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

tomato soup

Growing up we had this term called “Doctoring it Up” we would use when we would take something that was premade and just add a few things to make it a little better or make it seem a little more homemade.  Our favorite thing my parents would “doctor it up” was Totino’s pizza on Friday nights […]


Busy Mom Challenge – BLT-ish Pasta

BLT Pasta

It is truly amazing what all you can get accomplished trying to avoid the one thing you need to do the most.  I know I have a beautiful laundry room that I am super proud of, but that doesn’t mean that I have to like laundry.  In fact, it is something that I actually greatly dislike.  Earlier […]


“Welcome to your new crib”- Grilled Naan Pizza with Arugula and Italian Sausage

griled caprese pizza with arugula and italian sausage

I’m so happy for our friends the Beardens.  They have just moved into a new house that will be a perfect fit for their adorable family, so this post is certainly a nod to their new crib.  I know that I have mentioned before that I love friends who share a love for cooking and […]


Caprese Stack with Pesto

caprese stack

Caprese salad is undoubtedly my FAVORITE summertime dish and since it is Tomatofest 2012 at the Hardin house, I can eat it every night if I want to……..probably won’t, but I can if I want to.  I recently changed it up a little by using pesto I had on hand rather than fresh basil leaves […]


Squash Gratin with Goat Cheese & Basil

Squash Gratin with Goat Cheese & Basil

Let’s get right down to bi-yez-ness!!!!!   I mean, who doesn’t love a gratin?!  Crispy, creamy, savory…….yes, please! Squash Gratin with Goat Cheese & Basil Ingredients: 2 medium yellow squash, thinly sliced (a mandolin is perfect if you have one……I don’t, so I will settle for irregularly cut, thin slices) 2 tbsp olive oil salt & […]