Mai Tai

When I think Hawaiian cocktails, I think mai tai. The problem is, the classic mai tai is not what most people associate with a mai tai. The original is two ounces rum, one ounce lime juice, one half ounce orange syrup, one half ounce orange liqueur, and a mint sprig but when I think mai…

Simple Vacation Breakfast at Home

My dear friend Eric is in Hawaii right now and his photos are making me miss my island time! On a whim this morning, I decided to bake up another batch of my Coconut Muffins since I had coconut milk that needed to be used up and, well, one thing led to another, and I…

Coconut Muffins

I don’t want to be hyperbolic here, but this is the best muffin recipe on planet earth. I first ate this perfect morsel of coconut goodness at beautiful Montpelier Plantation and Beach on the Caribbean island of Nevis. I loved them so much that I begged my friends at Montpelier to give me the recipe,…

Brioche French Toast

This is one of those dishes that looks fancy but takes minutes to prepare. You can easily scale this up and make French Toast in an electric skillet for a group, but I’ve noted a single serving below. French Toast is one of the first dishes that I learned how to make. I made it…

Restaurant Style Fruit & Yogurt Bowl

I’m going to shoot straight with you. This is not really a “recipe” but I’ve had tons of requests to post my many non-recipes this year so here we go! First of all, serve this in a wide, flat bowl for a glamorous way to start your day. During the week I may toss fruit…

The Oldest Rum Punch Recipe in the Caribbean

There’s something very special about the West Indies island of Nevis that not nearly enough people are talking about it: it’s home to the oldest rum punch recipe in the Caribbean. Hermitage Nevis claims that its 300 year-old recipe for rum punch is in fact the first of its kind. The plantation resort dates back…

Tropical Pineapple Sundae

Anyone else feel like taking a tropical vacation without paying for an expensive plane ticket? Me too! I’ve found the most gorgeous pineapple at my store the last few weeks and decided to turn one into a fun sundae. The pineapple topping is only FOUR ingredients and would be equally delicious over a waffle. Can…

Frozen Piña Colada

What more does a gal need on a Thursday night than a homemade frozen piña colada in a pool? My thought process while drinking this: How fabulous is this?! Why don’t I make these all the time? Gosh, you can hardly even taste the alcohol. Could be dangerous! Could this go down any smoother? I may…