Fresh Tomato Salad with Smoked Blue Cheese | Five Minute Recipe

  This weekend, my mom embarked on an adventure. She decided to live a little more simply. Okay. A lot more simply. She decided to try giving up running water and most electricity a couple months ago and move into a building on our property where she could do that without committing to a piece [Read On]

Fire Roasted Red Peppers Preserved in Olive Oil | Make Ahead Mondays

I hope you’re having a relaxed and happy Labor Day. I’m almost giddy with excitement. I took… Wait for it… I took a nap. I’m serious. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a big deal to you, but I have to tell you that between one thing and another, I didn’t nap (excluding illnesses) for almost [Read On]

Grilled Summer Salad

  There are few things I like better on a hot day than a cold salad. If it happens to be one that I was able to whip up when the day was still cool or -better yet- the day before, I’m even happier. When that salad takes advantage of the best parts of summer [Read On]

Greek Salsa

The little germ of an idea was flitting around in my brain since the first eighty degree day we had this year… I wanted to do a Greek salsa. I knew I wanted it to have lemon juice, feta cheese and kalamata olives. Not just any kalamata olives, mind you, I wanted garlic stuffed kalamata [Read On]

Chipotle Cilantro Lime Butter and Mexican Grilled Corn | Make Ahead Mondays

Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Oregon to join a fabulous group of fellow bloggers in a tour of the Medford, Oregon area sponsored by Harry and David. It was an incredible trip filled with great food and great wine, respect and wonder for what Harry and David does as a company [Read On]

Refrigerator Pickled Salad (Bread and Butter Style) | Make Ahead Mondays

  I have this friend, Meseidy, who has a fabulous blog; The Noshery. Meseidy can do it all. She is a chef, a decorator, a great conversationalist and an extremely talented folder of sheets. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP66IMO_fJ0[/youtube] I am not kidding you when I tell you that I never successfully folded a fitted sheet before Meseidy taught [Read On]

Strawberry Wineade

I should begin by saying that serious wine snobs should probably look away. Quickly. I’ll give you a second or two. Are they gone now? Okay, it’s about to get all kinds of classy in here. And by classy, I mean serving wine in jars mixed with juice. Yeah, baby. That kind of classy. I [Read On]

Corn and Black Bean Salsa

  I’m a Fritos kind of gal. It’s hard to go wrong with a salty, deep-fried corn chip, but there’s just something special about Fritos. I’ve loved them as long as I can remember. When I was younger, there was more than one time I polished off a whole bag of Fritos in one sitting. [Read On]