Monthly Archives: March 2013

Grilled Vegetables and Red Pepper Dip

While the Internet is abuzz with pastel this & candy that, little cupcakes decorated with bunnies and gloriously shellacked hams with deep brown glazes, I am grilling vegetables.
I know, it seems I’ve missed the boat again… but, you see when you live far from family sometimes holiday dinners are less formal and more like “what do I feel like eating?”

The other side of this is that not everyone eats or enjoys a big hunk of ham (I know, I don’t quite get it either), but to each their own and who’s to say that you can’t have grilled veggies alongside that burnished spiral sliced beast? 
It’s all about balance anyway, isn’t it?   If you have a bit of something that you reserve only for holidays, all the more reason to serve healthy options to offset the indulgence. Continue reading

Buttermilk Biscuits

Sometimes it’s as if people are dropped into your life out of the blue.  This is the story of  one such person.  I was lucky enough to have made a connection with another food blogger and Pastry Chef.  We “met” through Facebook & Twitter.  Like many other food bloggers, we are on each others pages.  We offer support, ask questions and weigh in on life-altering discussions about butter and how best to photograph one’s creations. 

During the course of a few months, we discovered how very much alike we are… although she is definitely the nicer one.  She has become my “Sissy” and this happened the day I met her in person. Continue reading

Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Mint Buttercream

Deep, dark devil’s food cupcakes topped with cooling mint buttercream make an excellent treat for St. Patrick’s Day or any day!  Shaved chocolate mint candies are the perfect garnish for these tasty cupcakes.

My days of tipping back green beers at a packed in like sardines Irish pub are long behind me (thankfully), but being the good Irish lass that I am, I still enjoy a bit of silliness on St. Patrick’s Day and bow to the obligatory “green something”.

This year, I’ve decided it should come in the form of a cupcake.  It’s as good as any other choice and I’d take a cupcake over a green beer any day of the week. Continue reading

Lentil Soup

I know what you’re thinking.  Another soup recipe?  Seriously?!   In my defense, I didn’t mean to… Honestly.   This bag of lentils was meant for a “higher purpose” other than another batch of soup.  I had seen a recipe in one of the numerous food magazines that arrives at this address using lentils.  It looked so good.  It was all gloss and glamour, the kind of photo that belongs tucked inside of a black plastic wrapper.  You know the kind of photo I’m talking about.  It made lentils look sexy and that my friends is no easy task.

Well, that was my intention.  And then a cold front came through.  Goodbye sexy lentils and hello lentil soup.  So you see, it really isn’t my fault at all that I’m posting yet another soup recipe.  Blame Mother Nature, she can take it. Continue reading