Caprese Pockets

It’s tomato time. It makes me feel like an addict.I can’t leave the farmers’ market without stocking up. And if I see heirloom varieties or Romas, forget it. I feel the need to buy them all. Isn’t there a support group for this? Maybe I could start one. You know how violet turns into a…

Freshly-Squeezed Key Lime Pie with Coconut

A Facebook friend of mine recently made key lime pie. I know this because in a post he asked where to get key limes. Then he wrote about the pie and posted a picture of it. Why hasn’t Apple invented scratch and sniff or tap and taste for the iPad and iPhone? Random question. I…

Salsa-Poached Eggs Over Easy Garlic-Cheese Grits

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I support that belief. If I skip breakfast I’m ready to flatten someone like a pancake by lunchtime. That first food fuels me for hours. Sugary cereals and sweet sticks of granola don’t do it for me. I don’t feel full after eating them. Then there’s…

Strawberry Maple Syrup

At Saturday’s farmers’ market I felt like I’d gone beneath the deck of a pirate ship to find multiple treasure chests overflowing with rubies. Here in South Carolina the strawberry is the gem of the Spring.

Black Bean and Corn Burgers w/Ultimate Burger Fries (Contest Entry)

I have a slight obsession with spices. They’re a flavor powerhouse. It’s amazing what a pinch of ground up goodness or dried plant pieces can do for a dish. Combine some spices and you’re on the way to something wonderful. While I love making my own spice blends, I’ve realized that the pre-mixed masterpieces save…

Corned Beef & Cabbage Irish Nachos

I have a confession to make. Despite my Irish heritage I’ve never blogged about St. Patrick’s Day. Can you believe it? Surely this deserves a pinch, right?  Don’t send an angry Herculean-clawed crab my way just yet. I’m here to redeem myself. First of all, I can’t stand the overuse of mint to celebrate. Don’t…

Handmade Dark Chocolate Truffles

Say what you want about Valentine’s Day.. It’s a gimmick.. The greeting card companies invented it.. The day’s depressing for singles.. Whatever. Just realize that this is the one day of the year that you can eat chocolate and not feel guilty about it.

Tikka Masala-ish Chicken & Chickpeas

I can get a little obsessed with making a menu for our daily dishes. One thought leads to another and I spend hours agonizing over what I’m going to cook. This happened with chickpeas and blood oranges recently. I had two cans of chickpeas and I planned to make a tuna salad with them, some…

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PACKED Lettuce Wraps

Whenever I eat at a local hole-in-the-wall Chinese joint (the ones that keep pens in dry rice at the counter and staple the pu pu platter out of your brown bag o’food) I have to get an egg roll. It’s my go-to appetizer. But I get fancy (and healthier) at those nouveau Chinese restaurants (the…

JUNK FOOD Cookies

I grew up cherishing the process of making Christmas cookies. Every year, my Aunt Darlene would invite us over to bake. We’d get sprinkles everywhere, drink Kool-Aid, and giggle at their mounted deer’s head adorned with a red clown’s nose and a Santa hat. My mom would create all kinds of sweet treats with us…