Spicy Chicken with Mango Pineapple Salsa

spicy chicken

I always look to my dad for cooking inspiration and boy did I ever get some when Boogey and I spent a couple of days with them last weekend.  When my dad’s church meeting got cancelled and my mom said “No pizza tonight, Dad’s cooking”, was I ever excited!  Talk about creativity in the kitchen! […]


Grilled Flatbread Pizza Two Ways – Flat Out Good!!!

flatbread breakfast pizza

Pizza! Pizza! I love pizza!! Pizza for breakfast, pizza for lunch, pizza for dinner, pizza for snack! I LOVE PIZZA!  You know what else I love even more than pizza?! HEALTHY PIZZA!!!! And that’s what you’re gonna get with these two pizza recipes!  I used Flatout Flatbread’s new thin crust flatbread that come in at […]


Lobster Salad with Umatcha Green Tea Citrus Dressing

lobster salad

Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE me some diet coke!! Too much and I know that I have admitted that I am, in fact, addicted to the stuff! That being said, when I was asked to become a member of The Republic of Tea‘s Enlightenment Team, I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t be […]


Sweet Potato Hashbrowns with Ketchup & Chive Aioli

sweet potato plate

I’m not sure if I have ever mentioned this before, but there are a few things that I simply have no will power against……Pizza, rotel dip, sausage cheese balls, red wine, and the Southern fave hash brown casserole!!! And you know what goes with hash brown casserole like peanut  butter goes with jelly?!?!? KETCHUP!!!!!!! Traditional […]


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 […]


Zesty Kale Salad

kale salad

  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 Salmon with Sauteed Haricot Vert

salmon with hericot vert

  I am obsessed with my most recent Bon Appetit issue.  It is “The Cooking School Issue” and  before I could even get beyond the “Pan Roasting” section of  this awesome tutorial of a magazine, I was in the kitchen cooking!!!  Now, I am sure the BA would be none too thrilled that I used frozen fish […]


“Cider House Melt” Sandwich

cider house melt sandwich2

    So, now that the holidays are officially over, it is time to do a little damage control.  Fortunately I made it a point to stick to my regular workout routine (see below), but I definitely overindulged in the Christmas spirit in every way, so January MUST be a month of reeling it back […]


Goat Cheese & Ricotta Mini Toasts with Persimmons


I love New Year’s Eve, I really do……BUT I kinda feel like it is a bit overrated and we tend to set kind of unrealistic expectations as to how wonderful the night should be.  Don’t get me wrong, though, I love the idea of spending the evening with great friends and kissing the one you love […]


Dutch Oven Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Loin

Pulled Pork Loin

Stuffed pig! That is pretty much what the holidays make me feel like.  Self will, be gone and Stretchy Pants, get ready for action.  My Christmas countdown also contains a bit of excitement for the countdown until the holiday excuse for overindulgence ends and I can get back on track with my normal daily food […]