Rosemary Grilled Salmon

Practically everyone who’s had dinner at my house has had my Rosemary Grilled Salmon. I make it all the time because I don’t have to think twice about it and it always turns out perfect. This recipe easily doubles or halves. You can even make just one packet for yourself! I often pair this main…

Restaurant 750 at Montpelier Plantation

Restaurant 750 at Montpelier Plantation on the Caribbean island of Nevis feels like you are having dinner at your fancy friend’s house. The restaurant is situated behind the resort’s iconic tree with views of St. Kitts from the balcony. Old gears from the resort’s 300 year-old sugar mill decorate the walls and a bounty of…

Captain Jack Sparrow Cupcakes

“I had no idea when you and your brother were small that I was raising pirates.” My mom said that to me just the other day. I’m not sure if she was referring to me and my brother’s affinity for the ocean, rum, swearing, or our general swashbuckling demeanor but either way, it made me laugh!…

Fideos with Chorizo and Mussels

This was my first attempt at making the Spanish pasta Fideos at home and I can honestly tell you this is one of the best dishes I’ve ever made. Creamy, smoky, with a touch of heat from the chorizo, this is a winner. And it’s so simple to make! The garlic paprika aioli really sends it…

Hotel Review: Montpelier Plantation and Beach

You never forget your first Relais and Chateaux resort. Situated in a garden at the base of a volcano on the West Indies island of Nevis, Montpelier Plantation and Beach is a quiet retreat of tranquility for nature lovers like myself. The rooms are bright and clean with fresh florals added daily. With views of the…

Prince Turns 20!

My beloved horse turns twenty years-old today. Born on May 18, 1997 in Paducah, Kentucky, he must have been the cutest foal with that giant stingray-shaped star on his face! I’ll never forget the day I met Prince. I met Prince when he was four years old. I had been looking for a horse to…

Summer Travel Ideas

Have summer travel on your mind? Me too! I’m off to Nevis in the West Indies this week but first I wanted to talk about some summer travel ideas. St. Croix I’m so excited to stay at The Buccaneer on St. Croix this summer! There has never been a better time to visit the US…

ML Edwards & Co in Mount Vernon, TX

My regular readers know I spend a fair amount of time at the family lake house in east Texas. (You can read about Winnsboro here and Clara Ida Frances here.) Imagine my delight when my mom asked if I was in the mood for crepes on Friday! (The answer to that question by the way is, Always.) A…

Fun and Easy S’Mores Bar

I always keep certain things in my house so if someone drops by unexpectedly, I can pull together dessert at the drop of a hat. I can always make homemade ice cream or at least whip some cream to serve with fruit. Now that I have a fire pit (more on that later), I keep…

Wendy Turns Ten!

I can’t believe my horse is ten years old today. She was just a yearling when I bought her. Wendy is really so much more than a horse to me. She’s my first life dream to ever come true and a living, breathing reminder of everything I’m working towards. In some ways she was the…

Seafood Chowder with Mussels

The only thing better than a Sunday is a rainy Sunday. Those close to me know to drop by my house when it’s raining. I get into so much trouble in my kitchen on rainy days! This weekend I had a craving for seafood chowder. Here’s what I came up with. This is not a…

Learning How to Shuck Oysters at Rapscallion

Today my friend Colleen (pictured above) and I learned how to properly shuck oysters at Rapscallion, a Dallas restaurant in the Lowest Greenville neighborhood. I buy raw oysters all the time but I never learned the art of shucking an oyster. Instead I throw raw oysters on the grill for a minute until they yawn…