Buffalo Chicken Burgers

This recipe is number two in my Thirty for July Fourth cooking project where I’m making thirty recipes that would be perfect for your Fourth of July cookout.  I love almost anything with a buffalo flavor and these chicken burgers are no exception.  I’d never made chicken burgers before and I was surprised by how easy it was.  When I made the patties I was … Continue reading Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Black and Blue Pie Crisp

June is almost here and it is certainly feeling like summer in NC.  Memorial Day always kicks off the summer for me and I’m happily in the summer mindset now as far as cooking goes. Last November, after the excitement of our wedding and honeymoon in October, I needed a cooking project to motivate me in the kitchen and to hopefully inspire some readers’ Thanksgiving menus so … Continue reading Black and Blue Pie Crisp

Roasted Salmon with Green Herbs

I love having an herb garden and I’m trying to use herbs in as many recipes as I can.  Today’s recipe was inspired by  this one from the Barefoot Contessa.  She uses fresh dill, parsley, scallions and white wine but I substituted basil, cilantro, and lemon juice.  It was a great, easy weeknight dinner and would also work well on the grill. What to buy (serves 2): 2 salmon … Continue reading Roasted Salmon with Green Herbs

12 Recipes for Memorial Day

Happy Friday and hooray for the long holiday weekend! Here are some of my favorite crowd-pleasing recipes to inspire your Memorial Day cookouts and entertaining. My recent obsession: Spicy Sesame Glazed Grilled Corn Triple Chocolate Mocha Pudding is perfect for any occasion Simple and fresh Tomato Crostini with Basil and Parsley Layered Sweet Corn Guacamole and Black Bean Dip takes guacamole to a new level of delicious The Perfect Steak Marinade, no … Continue reading 12 Recipes for Memorial Day

Carolina Chocolate Sheet Cake with Cinnamon Sugar Pecans

If you love chocolate, I’ve got a classic southern recipe for you that’s perfect to serve a crowd.   This rectangular, frosted chocolate cake is often called a Texas Sheet Cake because it’s as big as Texas but since this is my blog, today I’m christening my version the Carolina Chocolate Sheet Cake.  State pride aside, you can call it what you will, in terms of taste, this cake is hard to beat. … Continue reading Carolina Chocolate Sheet Cake with Cinnamon Sugar Pecans

Peachy Lemon Dessert Pots

When the warm weather hits I tend to favor lighter desserts starring fruits like peaches and berries.  This recipe, somewhat of a soufflé, is the perfect example of an easily put together dessert that is delicious and not too heavy for a hot night.  (Just forget that the recipe calls for a stick of butter!) You could replace the peach preserves with whatever kind of preserves you … Continue reading Peachy Lemon Dessert Pots

Cinnamon Sugar Pecans

My Mom is the best about always having great snacks like spiced or sugared nuts on hand to give friends or snack on between meals.  I’m taking a page out of her book with this recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Pecans that I’m packing this weekend as we head down to the Georgia coast to spend time with some of my friends from college.  I couldn’t be … Continue reading Cinnamon Sugar Pecans

Tomato Crostini with Basil and Parsley

This is an easy, fresh and summery appetizer that’s perfect to feed a crowd.  After I took this picture I popped the toasts back into the oven for a few minutes to melt the feta but I neglected to take a finished product picture before they were gobbled up.  I sprinkled half of the toasts with parsley and the other half with basil but you can use … Continue reading Tomato Crostini with Basil and Parsley

Grilled Mahi Mahi with Chimchurri Sauce

When we moved into a house this February I was so excited to start gardening this Spring.  So far I’ve taken it pretty slow, planting pansies in the front, hydrangeas and a small herb garden on the back porch.  I love having parsley, cilantro, mint, basil, rosemary and oregano at the ready whenever a recipe calls for them instead of spending $3-5 for a bunch at the … Continue reading Grilled Mahi Mahi with Chimchurri Sauce

Simple Strawberry Angel Food Cake Trifle

This weekend we had my sisters, their boyfriends and their dogs over for a cookout on the back porch.  I think everyone, especially our puppies, pictured above with my sister, had a great night.  Red and Bengal barely moved at all on Sunday because they were so exhausted from the previous night’s excitement.  When we have company for dinner I prefer to do as much cooking as … Continue reading Simple Strawberry Angel Food Cake Trifle