Chicken Meatball Gyros

About 10 years ago, when I worked with international students at a large university in the south, I was introduced to Mediterranean foods including falafel, humus, and gyros. The students would cook dishes traditionally served in their families during the annual international week events and there was always at least one group of students making…

Eggs in Spicy Tomato Sauce

My life’s goal is to open my own Bed and Breakfast in the mountains. Because of this, whenever I travel, I try to find a quaint little B&B to stay at. In fact, staying at B&Bs is where I found my love for several different breakfast dishes that are now part of my regular meal rotations….

Summer Vegetable Quiche

Fresh is always best in my opinion. And when you can get your vegetables from your local farmer’s market or a local farm, even better! Sourcing your food from local farms is a great way not only to support the local economy but it also is a lot healthier for your family and the environment. …

Garlic Dijon Chicken

My go to protein is and has been chicken. It is such a versitle meat that you can grill, roast, sear, add to dishes, mask the flavor, add other favors, etc. Chicken also is low in fat, which is always a plus as that means I can get my fats through eating peanut butter! Given…

Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya

I have been on a spicy food kick lately. A lot of the foods I have been choosing to make either are inherently spicy or I am finding ways to amp up the heat with the addition of jalapenos and other spices. Cooking with spice can be fun and a great way to explore different dishes….

Latin Macho Turkey Burger

I have ranted in a previous blog posts about the over use of sugar in our society and one of the reasons why I think sugar gets added to so many savory dishes is because we are looking for a way to amp up the flavor. Nothing is worse than an under-seasoned dish and a…

Crab Cake Eggs Benedict

About 5 years ago, my then boyfriend (now husband) and I took a vacation to the mountains of North Carolina and stayed at this amazing little B&B. The first morning, we woke up and went downstairs to eat breakfast. As we sat down to the table, we chatted with the lone other guest who happened…

Low Carb Crab Cakes

Growing up in the Iowa, I never really ate much seafood, shellfish, or fish in general, other than catfish, because it was just impossible to get any of it fresh. And being the #1 pork producing state in the country, pork tended to be the most popular meat dish. So it wasn’t until I moved to…

It Takes Time

Baking and cooking are passions of mine. I love trying out new recipes, modifying current ones to make them a little healthier, and sharing my creations with friends and family. The idea of a homemade meal with everything made from scratch is my idea of a perfect ending to the day, but up until recently,…

Homemade Applesauce

Growing up, my babysitter always served us homemade applesauce and rhubarb sauce. She would make huge batches of both, put them in large mason jars, and store them in freezers in her garage. If you were lucky, you got to be the one she asked to go into the garage (which was off-limits to the…

Tomato Frittata 

Have I mentioned that I love breakfast? There is something about waking up in the morning and eating a nice, yummy hot egg dish and a steaming cup of coffee on the side. Yummy! Eggs get a lot of flack for being high in cholesterol and for the longest time we were told that we…

Homemade Marinara Sauce

There has been a lot of talk lately about how much added sugar is in everything. And it is true! Look at the food labels on almost all of your favorite foods. Corn Syrup, High Fructose Syrup, Sugar…the list goes on and on and while there is nothing wrong with a little bit of sweet…