Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

I made this appetizer to go with Beer Beef Stew with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes. I bought the dipping sauce. I specifically wanted a spicy honey mustard type sauce and settled on Beaver Brand Sweet and Hot Mustard after scouring some blogs. This appetizer is super easy to make and definitely a crowd pleaser… C’mon it … Continue reading

Beer Beef Stew with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

I finally had a couple of my guy friends over for dinner. As my friend Jessica and I were discussing menu options we definitely decided beef was the way to go with these guys. Plus it was a rainy, chilly evening and what better way to warm up than some hot beef stew? Not to … Continue reading

Beaver Creek, CO

This past weekend some girlfriends and I headed up to Beaver Creek, CO for an annual ski trip. Lots of great food, fun and beverages. Lots of beverages of all kinds. Whenever I travel, no matter how short or far, I always get some kind of inspiration and I like sharing that with all of … Continue reading

Sara’s Scotch Shortbread Cookies

This recipe came to me from my dear friend Senator Judith Zaffirini. The recipe was originally her sister Sara’s, hence the name. The Senator is quite the baker herself and has lots of great recipes you can check out on her Facebook page in the Notes section. These delightful little cookies are light and perfect … Continue reading

Whole Wheat Couscous with Red Pepper and Cucumber

I made this little side dish to go along with Hunter’s dolmas. Not going to lie, this was my first time to try whole wheat couscous and it was a little bland. I would suggest heavily salting your water when boiling to help the grain absorb some flavor. The couscous was actually more flavorful the … Continue reading

Lebanese Lamb Dolmas

My friend Hunter Hughes and I have been talking about making his family recipe for dolmas since, well, pretty much since I started this blog. So we finally got around to it last weekend. Hunter told me the story of how his mom’s family is from Beirut and the grape leaves used to make these … Continue reading

Chicken Soup

This soup is one of my favs. It’s something between traditional chicken noodle soup and chicken tortilla soup. But this soup doesn’t have any noodles or tortilla strips, just veggies and chicken. It’s pretty flavor packed and is great to make and share or store and keep for a few days. You’ll need: 4 cups … Continue reading

Kome

Upon the recommendation of my friend Claire Zinnecker, I went and tried out Kome. It’s not in my usual stomping grounds but close enough to my office so I went for lunch. The restaurant has a light and airy feel, perfect for lunch or a date. One of the chefs, they are a married couple, … Continue reading

Sweet Potato Hummus

I’ve been wanting to make homemade hummus for a while now but wasn’t sure which direction to go in. My friend Lauren Pou made some one night that had sweet potato in it. It was delicious and the sweet potato adds flavor and keeps it moist without tons of olive oil. I mean the girl … Continue reading

Stuffed Mushrooms with Prosciutto and Gruyere

Here is yet another appetizer I brought to another potluck. Gotta say, I do love a potluck. Why? Because there is lots of sharing and you get to taste everything. Always my fav. There are million different ways to prepare stuffed mushrooms and here is my take. You’ll need: 1 lb Cremini mushrooms 1/2 a … Continue reading

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