Sharing a seriously fun love for food

Month: June 2017

Chocolate Sauce

Chocolate Sauce

Everyone should have one great chocolate sauce recipe. This is mine. Its rich, dark velvety goodness will make tears well up in your eyes. The first time I tasted this sauce was at the home of a dear family friend, Gail Waterfield. Gail is such […]

Slow Roasted Beef Tenderloin

Slow Roasted Beef Tenderloin

We’re beef people, grew up with beef people and for many, many years our family raised our own. It’s hard to beat a good beef tenderloin, but if you’ve never cooked one it can seem daunting. When you look at the price per pound there […]

Basil Mayonnaise with Parmesan Cheese

Basil Mayonnaise with Parmesan Cheese

Raised with Grandparents who always had a bountiful garden, at a minimum I keep a variety of herbs on my patio. There is a simple luxury in walking out back and gathering fresh mint, rosemary, parsley or basil. The fragrance of fresh herbs is intoxicating […]

Figs with Goat Cheese, Basil and Fruit Preserves

Figs with Goat Cheese, Basil and Fruit Preserves

I love figs. Most people’s exposure to figs comes from that “Newton” cookie and not from the sweet, succulent fruit harvested fresh from the tree. I must admit for years I fell into this category. It was not until we had an in-home Nanny of […]

Roast Beef Sandwich Pockets

Roast Beef Sandwich Pockets

Long, warm days often dictate a less complicated meal. Sandwiches have always been well received at my house, but no bologna and cheese found here. I’ve never been one for the ordinary. Just ask Emily about her early days and the school lunches I packed! […]

Summer Tortilla Soup

Summer Tortilla Soup

Who doesn’t love tortilla soup? With infinite combinations of veggies and spices to include, it’s impossible to pass up trying a new version. One of my favorites was published in a previous post, but this recipe for Tortilla Soup caught my eye and I pushed my skepticism […]

Caprese Salad, Insalata Caprese 

Caprese Salad, Insalata Caprese 

One of the best uses for fresh tomatoes has to be a Caprese Salad, also known as Insalata Caprese or Salad of Capri. This Italian salad highlights three beautiful flavors – garden ripe tomatoes, peppery basil, and slices of milky mozzarella cheese. These simple ingredients […]

Strawberry Preserves

Strawberry Preserves

The process of preserving fruits gathered from the summer harvest has been around for centuries. I learned how to make jam helping my Mother, my Grandmothers and a very dear Aunt Mary. My Dad’s Mother and my Aunt Mary would send my brother and I […]

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

I was raised by a “farm and ranch” Mom who always had staples in the pantry and the fridge. I haven’t strayed far from that way of life. One year we were iced in for five days and never ran low on food! This is […]

Lemon Curd and Fresh Blackberry Tartlets

Lemon Curd and Fresh Blackberry Tartlets

Two of my favorite flavors are lemon and blackberry. My Grandmother grew blackberries in the sandy loam soil of her garden in the Texas Panhandle. When they are ripe, they are bursting with sweet flavor. Pairing these beautiful, luscious berries with the flavor of a […]

Broccoli Raisin Salad

Broccoli Raisin Salad

Fresh broccoli, sweet golden raisins, toasted pecans and salty, crisp bacon all dressed in a creamy cider vinegar dressing! The Engineer in my life loves broccoli, but only in raw form, which led me to pull this recipe back up years ago. Recipes for broccoli […]

Cream Puffs

Cream Puffs

I don’t remember the exact time or place I first tasted a cream puff but I do remember it was with my Mom. Traveling two hours to the “city” to shop was a pleasured experience, finding a local bakery was an added treat. Many years later […]


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