National Potato Chip Day – Caramelized Onion Dip

March 14, 2023 is National Potato Chip Day. Have you noticed how many different flavors of potato chips there are in the grocery? Every flavor from traditional sea salt to black truffle and olive oil, even Nashville Hot Chicken Flavor! I like to think of myself as somewhat of a potato chip connoisseur if only […]

How the French Warm Up in Winter – Braised Pork Ragout with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions

Succulent, tender braised pork cooked slowly with mushrooms, pearl onions, herbs and tomatoes. The French know how to warm up a winter evening with Ragout. The name comes from the French ragoûter, meaning: “to revive the taste”. Enjoy this medley of deliciousness with pasta, couscous, polenta or mashed potatoes. One of the best things about […]

Super Bowl Snacks

For some folks Super Bowl snacks are almost as important as the big game and the half time show. I like to make snacks that I can set out for my guests to enjoy, so I can watch the game instead of being tied to the kitchen all afternoon. Here’s some of my favorite “set […]

The Last Word Cocktail – Dressed Up With Empress 1908 Gin

The Last Word Cocktail is traditionally made with gin. I dressed it up by making it with my favorite gin – Empress 1908. Empress is inspired by the legendary Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia This gin is a gorgeous indigo blue gin which changes color to a pretty soft pink when citrus is […]

My Go To Holiday Appetizers

My go to holiday appetizers are quick and easy and SO TASTY! I promise your guests will love them! Happy Holidays!

Best Cookies for Santa + Stocking Stuffers

Treats for Santa and his elves available locally in Roanoke, Virgnia! Big chocolate chunks with bits of salty pretzel. Available at The Roanoke Natural Foods Co+op. Be sure to buy some extras for Santa’s little helpers (you) too! Individually wrapped. Santa’s elves love candy! Yummy Comb – Honey Comb smothered in Belgian Milk Chocolate is […]

What To Serve On Thanksgiving Weekend – Pasta With Amatriciana Sauce

After a huge Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, I am ready for some quick, easy dinners on the weekend. One of my favorites is a traditional Italian pasta dish – Pasta with Amatriciana Sauce. What makes it so delicious? Traditionally made with salt-cured pork jowl or pancetta, I make mine with prosciutto. Pancetta is flavorful, but […]

Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy tried and true recipes, with a few new twists. One of my favorite dishes on the Thanksgiving dinner table is cranberry sauce. I always serve the canned jellied cranberry sauce because that’s what Mom always served for the kiddos at her Thanksgiving table. She also served a lovely Clementine […]

Virginia-made foods and wine – Lovin’ Local – WDBJ 7 Here@Home

Fun day at WDBJ 7 on the Here@Home show featuring Virginia-made foods and wine! October is Virginia Wine Month…the perfect time to celebrate Virginia-made wine! Find my recipe for Gingersnap Sangria in the September, 2022 issue of The Roanoker Magazine. Click here. One of my favorite Virginia-made foods is AR’s Hot Southern Honey and I […]

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