Pine Cone Cheese Ball

If this isn’t the cutest little cheese ball I ever saw, I just don’t know what is. The toasted almonds add a nicely, earthy flavor to the rich cream cheese. Pine Cone Cheese Ball 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened ½ cup Greek yogurt (I use Greek Gods) 5 strips of bacon, cooked crisp…

Diner en Blanc Dallas 2016 Date Revealed

Today Diner en Blanc Dallas revealed the date for its second annual event: Friday, September 30, 2016 beginning at 6:30 pm. The phenomenal pop-up Parisian dinner party first began in Paris in 1988 when François Pasquier decided to catch up with friends over dinner al fresco, asking them all to wear white and meet at a public…

2015 Wrap Up

I’m a bit sad about saying goodbye to 2015. It’s been quite possibly my favorite year to date and you all have been a big part of that! Thank you for letting me into your home, garden, and travel plans. It has truly been  my pleasure! Without further adieu, here is 2015 in a nutshell:…

Easy Peppermint Fudge

Are you ready for three days of fudge? I’m hosting my annual Christmas soirée, A Mistletoe & Holly Affair, on Saturday and this year I’ve decided to wrap up homemade fudge for guests to take home when they leave. We’ll kick off three days of fudge recipes with my personal favorite, dark chocolate peppermint. Fudge…

Easter Brunch Recipes

It was by happy coincidence that I came to host Easter brunch at my house the past few years. It’s something that I look forward to for weeks. Here’s how you can make the same brunch for your family next Easter, or any special spring occasion! Farm Fresh Eggs The first thing to keep in…

Edible Garden Update

I love walking my garden every morning and seeing what’s changed. You’d be surprised at how many rosebuds pop up overnight! Today though I’m focusing on the edible garden. Won’t you take a walk with me? Blackberries My blackberry bush is going strong! I call this my Wendy Plant because my horse Wendy is obsessed…

Cherrywood Smoked Bacon Potatoes

It’s cold outside and when you’re half German, half Irish, that means one thing: potatoes to warm the soul. My love affair with potatoes is getting serious. I honestly think I could eat potatoes morning, noon, and night. I have tons of favorite ways to prepare potatoes depending on my mood, but this one takes…

Autumn Pasta with Grilled Broccoli and Leeks

If you’re looking for a culinary hug, you’ve come to the right place. This sounds weird but trust me, it’s warm and cheesy and comforting. As always, if you don’t have something listed here, IMPROVISE! Just be sure and let me know how you made it in a comment. 🙂 Autumn Pasta with Grilled Broccoli…

Lemon Creme Fraiche Pasta

You just got home from work. You’re starving. You’re on the phone with you mom and need to multitask dinner. This recipe is your answer! Lemon Creme Fraiche Pasta 1 cup or so of pasta (I used shells) 1/2 cup creme fraiche 1 lemon Pinch of salt (I used garlic sea salt) Handful of Kalamata…

Queen of Hearts

It’s that wonderful time of year again, when the garden is full of blooms. I am delighted to run out every morning and inspect all of my roses. It amazes me how much can happen in just ten hours. New roses planted this year: Sundance – opened today! Queen Elizabeth – no blooms yet Cherry…

Fish in a Flash

Tilapia isn’t boring. I repeat: Tilapia isn’t boring. Whoever started this rumor obviously never prepared tilapia well. Whole Foods has particularly meaty, delicious tilapia that comes in freezer packs, two fish for $3. I stock up every time I go to WF. I happen to prefer handling tilapia when it’s frozen, which means I can…

Introduction

“There is no love more sincere than the love of food.” Well, it’s happened. I’ve finally started a blog. Cooking and baking have been passions of mine since I used to sit swinging my feet atop the kitchen counter, chattering to my mom as I watched her cook delicious meals. My mother is from San…