Cheese Sauce

This is the perfect cheese sauce for dipping pretzels, bread, or even drizzling over tortillas for nachos! My dear friend Candy sent me a box of fresh pretzels from the east coast – an Oktoberfest surprise, she said – and I just had to make a delicious cheese sauce to go with them. My mom…

Vermont Cheddar Popcorn

I am such a popcorn snob. I eat popcorn for dinner easily two Fridays a month when I don’t feel like cooking. This cheddar popcorn is quick and easy to make. This popcorn has real melted butter, the highest quality cheese powder, truffle salt, mustard powder, and a little smokiness from paprika. I really could…

Plantain Chips

Craving a culinary vacation? In twenty minutes you can be eating homemade plantain chips to transport your tastebuds to the Caribbean! I was feeling a little blue that my 2020 Caribbean trip was cancelled, so I decided to have a little vacation at home with plantain chips and guacamole by the pool, inspired by my…

Parmesan Kale Chips

Y’all should have seen the horrified look on my dad’s face when I told him I was serving kale at my Christmas party! Don’t be fooled: these may be on the healthy side of party appetizers, but they are addictive. There wasn’t a single kale chip left after A Mistletoe and Holly Affair! I don’t…

Cranberry Vanilla Buttermilk Scones

Heaven only knows why our founding fathers didn’t carry Britain’s tea time tradition overseas. I’m not a huge tea person but I’m a tremendous fan of afternoon pastries. On this  particular afternoon I hit a slump and needed a snack. (After all, it had been a whole two hours since lunch.) A craving for scones railroaded me. I…