Perfect Grilled Chicken

I’m not good at a lot of things but I’m damn good at grilling chicken. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that I am passionate about grilling chicken. When I’m at a restaurant and order something with grilled chicken and they set a white hunk in front of me, I want to…

Blushing BBQ

Who says a backyard BBQ can’t be pink? I had my friend Thi over for dinner in the garden the other day and ended up setting the cutest pink table and just had to share! For dinner, I grilled clams, sausage, corn, and bread.  I literally tossed everything on my charcoal grill while Thi and…

Strawberry Fields Crostini

Toasted baguette topped with creamy mascarpone, fresh strawberries, basil, and a drizzle of balsamic reduction Looking for the perfect garden party appetizer? You’ve found it! This is basically my dream summer snack. It’s a little sweet, a little savory, and packs a whole lot of flavor into an adorable package. It comes together very quickly…

Grilled Clams

How fun is grilling shellfish?! This is like the lazy man’s answer to my Chargilled Oysters. Buttery shallots, garlic, and parsley elevate this dish to a whole new level. This is especially fun if you’re grilling your whole dinner. On this particular evening, I served sausage, grilled corn, and grilled bread with the clams to…

Strawberry Cupcakes

I just adore strawberry cupcakes. They’re so moist and summery! Make these when you can get great, juicy strawberries. It will really make a difference! Can I let you in on a secret? I’m a huge frosting snob and I really dislike buttercream frosting. It’s often too heavy and too sweet for me but this…

Bacon Artichoke Pinwheels

With crispy bacon, fresh herbs, and the Mediterranean flavors of artichoke hearts and Kalamata olives, these delightful little cream cheese pinwheels are a crowd pleaser. I first made these delicious tortilla roll-ups for happy hour at the lake with my mom. I loved them so much and wanted to blog them but I didn’t measure…

Cucumber Mango Salmon Salad

Don’t you love dishes that are as good for you as they are tasty? I always have frozen salmon in my freezer and since it thaws so quickly, I eat salmon salads a couple times each week for lunch but this combo is elegant enough to serve to company. This is really very fast and…

Loaded Guacamole

I made this on a Saturday night and said to my dog, “This is the best guacamole I’ve ever had!” The next night my mom came over and ate leftovers and said, “This is the best guacamole I’ve ever had!” So there you have it. Keep reading if you want to make the best guacamole…

Fudge Ripple Ice Cream

I’ve been on such an ice cream kick lately. It’s just so nice to have homemade ice cream in your freezer in case guests stop by! Here’s how to make old fashioned fudge ripple ice cream. Start with a vanilla base. It might sound complicated to make a cooked ice cream base but it isn’t…