Wonderful Cheese Straws {Giveaway} {Giveaway Closed}

My dear cousin Lillian Carson makes the most delicious cheese straws.  Lillian is as charmingly southern as they come and is a true Mississippi lady.  I am lucky to be related to her through my maternal grandmother, Sally Carson.  Have I lost all my readers who grew up north of the Mason-Dixon? -bless your hearts- A cheese straw is a long, thin cheese-flavoured pastry served as … Continue reading Wonderful Cheese Straws {Giveaway} {Giveaway Closed}

Get You Married Spinach-Artichoke Dip

So there is nothing novel about a hot spinach and artichoke dip but I swear I’ve made this one over and over for years and people always love it at parties. When I was in law school I brought this dip to my friend Mike’s oyster roast and he immediately christened it the “get Sally married dip.”  I’m not married yet but I guess I’ll … Continue reading Get You Married Spinach-Artichoke Dip

My Godmother’s Cheesecake

 Like Sleeping Beauty, I have a (fairy) godmother named Meriwether (Aurora’s is spelled Merryweather.)  Meriwether has been a wonderful godmother and has always supported my love of cooking – sharing her recipes and gifts of a beautiful apron or an oh-so-fun ice cream maker.   She is also the creator of one of my favorite go-to recipes; Meriwether’s Cheesecake. So, on her birthday, I’m excited … Continue reading My Godmother’s Cheesecake

Mixed Berry Graham Cracker Crumble

My sister, Cameron, is the cobbler/crumble queen and I hope she will follow this post with her recipes.  We may have to wait until the Spring when the blueberry bushes explode and she can make a ridiculously delicious blueberry crumble. Until then, here is my version which adds a decadent graham cracker crust (I am moving in the next month and will be cleaning out … Continue reading Mixed Berry Graham Cracker Crumble

Garlic Lemon Mahi and Broccoli in a Dijon Vinaigrette

Continuing my 2013 seafood kick, this is an easy dinner recipe that you can probably throw together from ingredients you already have (just pick up some Mahi!) This recipe was inspired by a recipe from the Paia Fish Market, available here. What to buy (serves 2): olive oil 2 mahi-mahi fillets 2 tablespoons chopped garlic 1 chopped red jalapeno 2 lemons, 1 juiced, one sliced … Continue reading Garlic Lemon Mahi and Broccoli in a Dijon Vinaigrette

Prosciutto Wrapped Stuffed Chicken

On Sunday night we took dinner to some friends who just had their second baby.  It was an excuse to get to hold a sweet, sleeping baby (and then hand her back) and I loved it! I decided to make them a salad, a stuffed chicken recipe that was inspired by BevCook’s Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken Stuffed with Basil and Cheese and my mom’s simple chocolate cake with vanilla … Continue reading Prosciutto Wrapped Stuffed Chicken

Warm Tuna Nicoise

I really like the Mario Testino photo shoot of Gwyneth Paltrow for Vogue that celebrated the release of her first cookbook, “My Father’s Daughter.” I’m sure I look just like that in my studio apartment kitchen! This recipe was inspired by one GP contributed to Food & Wine. You can find her version here. What to buy (serves 2): 1/2 pound green beans, washed with … Continue reading Warm Tuna Nicoise