Celebrate July 4th with Cocktails and Festive Appetizers

July 4th is one of my favorite holidays…lots of sunshine, shorts and flip flops and casual picnic food + fun festive cocktails! I love a red white and blue cocktail on Independence Day! Enjoy my recipe for a Strawberry Basil Cocktail made with Crescent Simples Strawberry Basil Cocktail Syrup. It’s local! Made in Richmond, Virginia. […]

Summer Fun with Cast Iron Skillet Nachos on the Grill

I love cooking with cast iron on my grill. Nachos on the grill are one of my favorites because they are so easy and so tasty and my family loves them! You can pile them up high with lots of toppings, with ground beef, chicken or vegetarian or serve them with the extra toppings on […]

Summer Gazpacho

As soon as the tomatoes turn ripe on the vine, it’s time to make gazpacho! Refreshing and so very flavorful. Toss all of the fresh summer ingredients in a blender and that’s all it takes to make this delightful soup. It will keep in the refrigerator overnight, so you can make it a day ahead. […]

Summer Delight – Pickled Shrimp

Pickled shrimp with red bell pepper, crisp celery and red onion is the perfect appetizer for warm summer evenings. Enjoy this dish as a luncheon salad too. So easy to prepare and make ahead too. I added my favorite pepper sauce to my recipe: Clark and Hopkins Chesapeake Bay Artisan Pepper Sauce. It’s made in […]

Mom’s Fresh Herb Butter

My mom, herbalist and cook extraordinaire, made herb butter with fresh herbs from her garden. She always had herb butter pats in her freezer so she could pull them out at the last minute to serve with crusty French bread with dinner. I make my fresh herb butter with my favorite Kerrygold Butter. Kerrygold is […]

My Favorite Boursin Cheese Recipes

I love Boursin cheese! All of the fabulous flavors: classic garlic and herb, fig and balsamic, shallot and chive, black pepper and many seasonal varieties. Here’s how this lovely cheese came to be…from the boursin.com website: The story of the now famous Boursin Cheese started with one man, François Boursin. In 1957, this young Normandy […]

Chips and dip – the easiest way to entertain this summer!

I love chips and dip – the easiest way to entertain in the summer. I always have the ingredients for classic French onion dip and kettle cooked potato chips on hand to serve with drinks on our patio. This chip and dip combo is a never fail people pleaser! When making dips I always check […]