Spiced Apple Maple Ginger Cocktail

Let’s celebrate apple cider season! I love this time of year in Virginia – the leaves on our trees are starting to change color to the most beautiful golds and red. Our local orchard sells apple cider and a bountiful array of apples. My spiced apple cocktail is full of crisp seasonal flavors, just the […]

Eggplant Pâté

August is Eggplant season and one of our favorite ways to prepare these gorgeous purple-skinned aubergines is in eggplant dip. A bit spicy with creamy goat cheese and crunchy toasted pine nuts. It’s the one dip my husband requests over and over again. I served my eggplant pâté with Keya’s Bombay Chips. The Indian masala […]

Firecrackers – Spicy Mini Club Cracker Snacks

Spicy mini club crackers make the perfect summer snack paired with chilled Proscecco. So easy to make and pack on a picnic or an afternoon at the lake. Mionetto Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut is my “go to” prosecco in the summer. With aromas of golden apple, honey and white peach. It is a lovely apéritif, […]

Juicy, Tender Chicken Roasted In A Brown Paper Bag

Would you like to serve a tender, juicy, delicious roast chicken for dinner tonight? Here’s the secret…roast your chicken in a brown paper bag! My friend that shared this recipe with me told me that it is half recipe/half science experiment since it does not seem to make logical sense…but the bag does not catch […]

Fun Tasty Snacks To Enjoy At The Beach

One of my favorite things to do at the beach is to stop by the farmer’s produce stands to purchase garden fresh tomatoes to make tomato sandwiches. I like to make tomato and cucumber tea sandwiches, just the right size to enjoy with a cold beverage on the beach! I slather my sandwiches with prosciutto […]

Peachtini Cocktail and Peach Prosciutto Appetizer Spoons

When peaches are in season I want to make everything peaches! I live in Virginia and I know that just like tomatoes, there will be an abundance of peaches in July and August and then they will quickly disappear in September. So I am celebrating everything peach these days! Here are two of my favorite […]

Mexican Street Corn Salad

Do you love summer corn on the cob? Then you will LOVE Mexican Street Corn Salad. To get started, here’s a helpful hint to easily husk corn on the cob (works every time – in the microwave!) Cut off the bottom of the corn cob, where the stalk meets the first row of kernels. Put […]

Watermelon Recipes That Will Make You Fall In Love With Watermelon All Over Again

The watermelon we loved as children is all grown up – enjoy my adult watermelon recipes! Here’s a fun quick way to serve watermelon: Raspados (Shaved Ice popular in Mexico). Freeze watermelon chunks (seeds removed) in a sealed plastic bag. Blend frozen chunks in blender. Add just a little lemon juice and agave syrup. For […]