Seasonal Fig and Goat Cheese Pizza

Crispy monzerella covered pizza crust topped with fresh peppery arugala, juicy figs, smooth and creamy goat cheese, tangy dill pickled onions, crushed walnuts and a drizzle of balsamic reduction.  I have been looking everywhere for figs and until now they alluded me. I was driving my son home from school and there was a box…

Shrimp and Cheddar Grits

Cheesy white cheddar grits topped with spicy shrimp, roasted potatoes and corn, tossed in a Cajun butter sauce. I had an interview for a company called Cozymeal and this meal was part of the interview process. If you have not heard of the company, you are missing out! Look them up when you have a…

Fresh Fruit Galette

Easiest pie you will ever make! Seriously, if you have never made a pie before, or just simply suck at baking, galette me tell you, you need to try this recipe! Sorry for the pun, but I had to! ?  When I was little, my mother had me involved in 4-H cooking classes. I remember…

Watermelon Aqua Fresca

Refreshing f watermelon purée with a squeeze of lime, sprig of mint and a splash of soda water. No additional sugar, just refreshing, natural sweetness.  Pool My kids love shaved ice, but I don’t like all the sugar and unnatural food coloring. This has been a great alternative that they love! Relatively easy to make…

Crab Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms 

A mixture of crab and cream cheese enveloped in a vibrant zucchini blossom, dipped in tempura batter and fried. Served with a spicy, yet sweet, chili sauce. A fresh, rich take on the traditional crab rangoon.  If you are lucky, you have a bountiful crop of zucchini blossoms, as I do. At times you may…

One Sheet Pan Breakfast

Golden roasted potatoes, sweet potato fries, apple gouda sausages, fresh kale from the garden and over easy eggs. Baked on a parchment lined sheet pan, this makes for a tasty and easy to clean up meal.  Talk about tasty! The apple gouda sausages and sweet potatoes really made this dish for me. The fresh taste…

Fresh Cherry Cheesecake Tart

A homemade graham cracker crust, filled with a creamy, and slightly sweet, cheese filling. Add a hhint of vanilla and fresh squeezed lemon juice before  topping with fresh pitted cherries. Have you ever had fresh cherries on top of a cheesecake before? We served this dessert at a dinner party with friends, and they were…

 French Dip Sandwiches 

Beef rump roast cooked in a water bath using the sous vide method. Marinated in fresh rosemary, black pepper, garlic, onions, butter and salt. Thinly sliced and placed on a sour dough roll with melted havarti cheese. Served with a side of horseradish cream and broth for dipping.  Summer is a time when cooking doesn’t…

Homemade Graham Crackers

Crisp, fresh, simi-sweet  and homemade, these crackers are guaranteed to impress! I had never put much thought to making my own graham crackers until I needed to make a cherry tart and I didn’t want to use store bought grahams. There is just something about homemade that makes food taste so good. Maybe it is…