Buffalo-Bacon-Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Two of my all time favorite guilty pleasure dips are Buffalo Chicken Dip and Artichoke and Spinach Dip. So I was pretty excited when I saw this recipe and knew that I had to give it a try. [Read more…]

Irish Soda Bread (Gluten-Free)

When Ed and I were first dating he talked about Irish Soda Bread. I was the one with the Irish heritage but I’d never had it before. I decided to surprise him with it on St. Patrick’s Day 25 years ago. He said he wasn’t sure it was Irish Soda Bread because it wasn’t dry and crumbly but moist and delicious – unlike any he had ever had. [Read more…]

Stovetop Paella with Chorizo and Chicken

First let’s establish that this recipe is a take on traditional paella. It’s not cooked outdoors in a big flat pan over a wood burning fire in Spain. It is cooked in one pan on top of the stove in your kitchen with many of the traditional ingredients found in Valencian paella including saffron, paprika, garlic, rice and chicken. [Read more…]

Black Bean and Prosciutto Soup

Black bean soup is one of my favorites. It’s both satisfying and flavorful. And this recipe is almost as easy as opening a can of pre-made soup. [Read more…]

Red Wine-Chocolate Cake (Gluten-Free)

The theme for this month’s Gourmet Dinner Club (GDC) gathering was “red and pink foods” to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day. I volunteered for dessert and set about looking for something to satisfy this criteria. [Read more…]

Quick Pickled Vegetables

One of the many reasons why I love writing a food blog is my ability to share good recipes with family, friends and beyond. When I meet a chef who is willing to do the same that makes me even happier. [Read more…]

New Mexico Beef Chili

Anthony Bourdain recently came out with his first cookbook (Appetites: A Cookbook) in a decade. You may have heard or read some interviews with him during the fall – that’s how I heard about it. I decided that it was a good Christmas present for Ed as I knew he liked Bourdain’s recipes and no nonsense style.

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Caribbean Old Fashioned

When searching for inspiration for cocktails often the best places to find it is cocktail lists at the bar at a nice restaurant. Even if I’m drinking wine I’ll often browse the menu and take some pictures just in case I want to make one at home. [Read more…]

Roasted Carrots with Clementines

“Oh my Darling, Oh my Darling, Oh my Darling Clementine.” This song reminds me of my mom as she used to sing it and of the juicy little fruits that are popular at this time of year. I’m used to just peeling and eating them or perhaps adding them to a protein shake. [Read more…]

Cheddar-Scallion Beer Bread (Gluten-Free)

I’ve now been wheat-free for 1,099 days!  I gave up wheat by choice back on January 1, 2014 with the hopes that it would help with the osteoarthritis in my hands. For the most part my hands are better than they were three years ago plus overall my body just feels better. [Read more…]