Mint Simple Syrup

One of my all-time favorite ingredients! Homemade mint simple syrup is so easy to make! Just heat sugar, water, and mint leaves until the sugar dissolves, let it cool, then strain the mint leaves out. You’re left with a delicious simple syrup that’ll keep in a jar in the fridge for about a week. This…

Turkey Peach Panini

My mom and I are at the lake house and we had the best sandwiches for lunch! Her paninis are always legendary but when she asked if I wanted peach slices with my sandwich, I suggested putting some inside the sandwich and voila, the Turkey Peach Panini was born. This combination is out of this…

The Best Southern Tomato Pie

Is this not the most delicious looking savory pie you’ve EVER seen? It’s topped with real southern pimento cheese for Pete’s sake. Make this in the summertime when you have really gorgeous tomatoes. My friend JC of JCP Eats posted this recipe and I thought it was so mouth-watering, I asked him to let me share…

Carrot Cake

The best carrot cake you’ll ever have I told myself I wasn’t going to bake today but I binge watched an entire season of Hart of Dixie around 4 pm I thought, this is the South and it’s a Sunday, I need to bake something! I had these giant carrots just begging to become carrot cake (I…

Peach Burrata Salad

There are few things as wonderful as fresh peaches in the South. I brought these beauties back from Vogel Orchard in Fredericksburg, which is known for their incredible peach season, and couldn’t wait to play with them at the lake house this weekend. I made this gorgeous salad for dinner with my mom along with…

Kentucky Derby Party

I’ve always had a love for big hats, bourbon, and horses so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I love watching the Kentucky Derby. It’s the one day a year when the rest of the nation loves horses as much as I do! It’s a celebration of the south and gentile glamour. Here’s how…

Mint Julep

A southern classic perfect for Derby Day What is more quintessentially southern than a mint julep? I am a bourbon lover through and through and just adore a refreshing mint julep on a warm day. I make mine with a mint simple syrup. Don’t balk if you’ve never made simple syrup before. It can be…

Bacon and Chive Deviled Eggs

Crispy bacon, creamy deviled eggs   Looking for a southern picnic treat? You’ve come to the right place! There’s something about a deviled egg that just says party to me. I top mine with crispy thick-cut bacon and chives from the garden.     Pro tip: buy eggs a week before you want to make deviled…

Chicken and Waffles with Pimento Cheese and Bourbon Maple Syrup

The ultimate comfort food I make Belgian waffles all the time. I make chicken tenders all the time. But I had never served them together prior to recipe testing for my Kentucky Derby Party. Southern food isn’t really my thing – Californian, Greek, Mediterranean, and Caribbean food is my thing – but I absolutely love…