Corn Chowder and Cheddar Biscuits

Fall has officially found its way to Virginia and it is making itself very welcome. Fall can stay however long it wants but I know selfish winter will be shoving its way in before we get to enjoy our pumpkin spice lattes from our local Starbucks. Winter just can’t let fall have all the fun…

Sweet and Spicy Sesame Chicken Wings

Sweet and Spicy Sesame Glazed Chicken Wings Eating wings is an 8-finger affair. My pinky fingers are usually pointed up to stay clean and maybe stay a little classy too. 😛 Any wing connoisseur will tell you that each of the 3 parts of the wings is incredibly different. The drumstick end is meaty, easy…

Seared Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus w/ a Wild Mushroom White Wine Sauce

These prosciutto-wrapped spears of seared asparagus are a delicious addition to an elegant dinner or a tapas course. A few spears of asparagus, some slices of prosciutto, and a bit of creamy wine mushroom sauce is all you need to assemble this fancy little side dish. So little ingredients but packs a lot of flavor….

Rosemary and Kalamata Olive Artesian Bread

This rosemary and kalamata olive bread is authentically delicious! Whether you mix the bread in a bread machine or by hand, this is a fabulous bread for any olive-lover. Serve this bread with balsamic flecked olive oil rather than butter and make tribute to the Mediterranean diet. Trust me you will love it and I promise…

Spaghetti Squash Bake

This recipe utilizes one of falls most beloved treasures, spaghetti squash! I’ll be honest, I had no idea what a spaghetti squash was until I stumbled upon one at the grocery store two months ago. No, seriously, I actually tripped over one as I was getting trampled in the aisles while getting to get my…

Brie-Stuffed Dates

These dates are perfect as a finger-food appetizer, tapas cheese course or even dessert. These dates are a wonderful fall treat and pair very well with a nice glass of merlot. Perfect for those holiday parties! Which by the way are right around the corner. These little treats are so easy to make and takes only…

Middle Eastern Spanakopita

Growing up, one of my favorite Middle Eastern treats was my momma’s spinach pies or as you all know it spanakopita. This isn’t your typical Greek spanakopita, it has an Iraqi flare with a little more cheese and a whole lot of flavor. You will love it just as much, if not better! As I got…

Roasted Tomato Basil Bisque

On rainy cold days, nothing beats a grilled cheese sandwich dipped in a creamy tomato bisque. This old fashioned tomato soup always warms my heart on a cold and gloomy day. As you all know, fall is slowly approaching, so, you know what that means! Bring out your Campbell’s tomato soup cans! Just kidding, Don’t…

French Macarons

French Macarons are small bite sized cookies. These lovely, light little French almond meringue cookies are just begging to be filled with your favorite filling and made into sandwiches for a delightful treat. They first have a crunch in your mouth, then leading into a soft texture as you bite into the filling. This cookie…

Coffee 101

Happy National Coffee Day! It’s National Coffee Day, and much like any other day, 100 million American consumers will reach for a cup of coffee. However, coffee has a long history of being blamed for many ills, from the humorous “It will stunt your growth” to the not-so-humorous claim that it causes heart disease and…

Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds

So, it’s almost October and every grocery store in the nation is displaying a mini pumpkin patch in the front aisles for everyone to trip over. Okay, maybe not everyone. Maybe it’s just me… If you are planning an autumn affair, you’ll naturally want to decorate with warm colors and seasonal décor and that includes pumpkins!…

Kale Smoothie

Move over spinach and make room for the “King of greens” KALE! Recently, I discovered kale. I noticed the countless benefits and instantly became obsessed. So of course I would try to find ways to incorporate it into my diet. Here are some health benefits and reasons why you should get your “kale on” 😉…