Lemon Shrimp Pesto Pasta

Shrimp pasta dishes can be impressive & decadent, but also easy to throw together… especially if you use pre-cooked frozen shrimp and pre-made pesto. The lemon adds a special zing to the earthy pesto flavor, and the goat cheese adds another layer of creamy goodness. As for the lemon, yes, it’s safe to eat lemon…

Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Truffle

This particular dessert creation was sparked by a challenge from my husband. We had baked chocolate chip cookies, but we were not eating them quickly enough. With ten hard chocolate chip cookies, he asked if I could make them into something that would improve on their current state. I accepted the challenge, and wow do…

Spinach Pastry Cups

I had originally prepped this post long before the Covid-19 Pandemic and Stay-At-Home orders were in place. The way we live has changed drastically in the last two months plus. Our life has been impacted on almost every level. We pray for those who are sick, those we have lost, and for the healthcare workers…

A Party in My Pantry

I started this blog back in 2011 when I was moving from Michigan to Florida…for a one year trial. Well, as I mentioned, that was back in 2011 and I’m not only still in Florida, but also have since lived in Boston with my husband (who I met in FL). So my life has taken…

Chicken Pot Pie Skillet Pizza

Sometimes we just need comfort food (Especially during this deep-freeze!) But even comfort food can use some jazzing-up at times. This dish is an old-time classic, chicken pot pie, served in a fun & casual way. Think of it as a deep-dish pizza that is so loaded, you will definitely need to use both hands……

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Rolls

Yup, I sure did. I managed to make dessert breakfast. And wow is it tasty. While autumn has not quite set-in down here sunny Florida (82 degrees is cool, right?), my tastebuds and clothing attire are begging to differ. I woke up with a craving for pumpkin pie. After going through my kitchen, I had…

Provençal Baked Chicken

Still trying to cling-on to the last flavors of summer? Before the Farmer’s Market summer produce is replaced with their fall harvest, pick the ripe tomatoes & fresh basil to create this simple yet deliciously sophisticated and developed flavored dish. Serve along a side of Garlic Smashed Parmesan Potatoes or  a simple olive oil angel…

Egg & Pesto Toast

Have I mentioned how much I love having a Farmer’s Market outside our Boston apartment? Every Wednesday a collection of vendors gather literally right below us. Just-picked garden vegetables, fresh baked breads, recently laid chicken eggs, right off-the-hook fish… it’s a foodie’s dream. So yesterday, I selected a wonderful loaf of wheat bread, the most…

Tips on Hosting a Dinner Party

“That’s what life is all about. Let’s have a party. Let’s have it tonight!” – Lilly Pulitzer The beautiful illustrations in this section are painted by a very talented friend, Paige Smith Spearin. She is an accomplished illustrator, painter and print designer in NYC. Thank you, Paige! Check out her work!  Planning The key to…

The Art of Sabering a Champagne Bottle

Some celebrations just require that extra pop… Saber that Champagne Bottle! When a champagne bottle is struck at the right point with a sharp edge, the collar of the bottle will break-off with a clean cut and the cork still be completely surrounded by the glass. How does this work? A champagne bottle has roughly…

Sautéed Summer Halibut

We returned home to Boston today to an absolutely beautiful summer day. Having this be one of the true first summer days in our new Seaport neighborhood, I’m just starting to discover the summer happenings in our new hood. And being that this is a rather new neighborhood itself, new stores and activities are constantly…

Heirloom Tomato Zucchini Crostata

This recipe is my favorite go-to appetizer. It’s easy to make, it can be made in advance, and it’s impressive. Between the buttery dough and the fresh vegetables & herbs, the flavors are hard to resist. There are almost never any leftovers when I serve this at a party.  It can be served as one…