Grilled Oysters

grilled oysters

So, right now we are building up to a fantastic party menu one dish at a time.  We have already prepared our Poached Pear dessert, so now let’s work on appetizers.  On Thanksgiving Day while I was busy prepping, roasting and basting the turkey, my dad and Drew were busy making pre-meal snacks.  They are [...]


Poached Pears

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Continuing on with the holiday recipes, sometimes it’s nice to have a dish when entertaining that’s kind of a fix-it-and-forget-it dish that is still tasty and beautiful and not all “pre-made”.  Poached pears look beautiful on the plate, make your house smell delicious and taste amazing in yo’ mouth! What I love most about this [...]


Baked Seasoned Red Snapper with Greek Orzo

greek orzo

While we are busy planning our Thanksgiving feasts for later this week, I wanted to share a meal that will definitely get us back on track after our massive indulgences.  We have spent the last few Sunday nights trying out new fresh fish dishes.  After a tasty family breakfast at our favorite spot (to eat [...]


Boursin Sweet Pepper Poppers


Happy Friday, everyone! Aly from Backyard to Ballroom is back again this month with a delicious hors d’ouevre to get you geared up for all that holiday entertaining.   Hey guys! It’s Aly from Backyard to Ballroom!! The season of entertaining is upon us! It’s all parties, cocktails, high heels, glitter, and hors d’ouevres between [...]


Creamy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

mashed cauliflower

In the words of Jerry Seinfeld, the only thing on anyone’s brain yesterday was “Get candy, get candy, get candy, get candy”.  However, today the day after Halloween, the only thing on my brain is “how could I have possibly consumed that much candy?!” Furthermore, how the heck am I going to undo the caloric [...]


Pesto Quinoa with Shrimp and Tomatoes

pesto with shrimp and tomatoes

You say it’s your half-birthday It’s my half- birthday too–yeah They say it’s your half-birthday We’re gonna have a good time I’m glad it’s your half-birthday Happy birthday to you. Today is Boogeyman’s half birthday…..”four and a half”…the first year where half birthdays become monumental to our little guys.  The day which sets them apart [...]


Greek Lettuce Wraps with Tzatziki Sauce

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I recently shared these Greek Lettuce Wraps with Tzatziki Sauce on the awesome blog What’s Cooking with Ruthie.  I realize I am a total contradiction to myself from post to post claiming one day to have sworn off breads, pasta and sweets only to post the next time on a tomato tart, but I’m back [...]


Blackberry Cobbler

blackberry cobbler

Hunter Bear and I are at the beach for a few days on a Mommy/Son trip with some of our best friends! Since Daddy is stuck at home working (and is soooooo lonely with all the peace and quiet), I made sure to fill his belly and our fridge full of some of his favorite [...]


Shrimp Salsa

shrimp salsa

So today is my half birthday.  34 1/2 years old today.  I like today……I’m not going to like tomorrow because that means that I am closer to 35 than I am to 34 and that means that I will no longer be in my early to mid 30′s, I will be in my mid 30′s [...]


Easy Antipasto Plate

antipasti plate

For Father’s Day this year, I planned a day of food for Drew while he watched golf on the couch.  He is a HUGE fan of cheese and cured meats, so an antipasto plate was a great way to kick off the day’s foodie festivities.  Antipasto literally means “before the meal” and the great thing [...]