drunken beef

I take great pleasure in sharing a meal with family and friends. If I have every worldly possession stripped from me, I would move mountains to share my last crumb of bread – it is the best way I know to show my love and gratitude to those around me. If you care to join me…

asparagus cream soup

~ life as a military spouse certainly has its ups and downs. with the wrong color lenses, one might see the world as “one step forward, two steps back”… for most of us, we live a fantastic adventure. we don’t escape those ups and downs, we embrace and learn from them and find those among…

heidi’s bran muffins

these muffins come together quickly and make a lot – perfect for sharing, or perfect to make the batter Sunday night and have fresh baked muffins all week! these are a MUST try – not your usual cardboard bran muffin! enjoy ~ v 2 c boiling water 4 c bran flakes 2 c all bran…

polenta e pollo

Simple, fresh foods were, and always will be a way of life in Italian cooking – definitely long before the Mediterranean Diet became the new “it” fad. Long days doing an honest day’s work, taking time to appreciate life along the way, stopping to enjoy family, friends and the feast so often shared ~ bake up…

coconut coffee cake with broiled topping

So amazing – so decadent… what better way to start your day?  EAT CAKE! a party without cake is just a meeting… j. child cake 1 1/2 c homemade baking mix (see below) 1 c sugar ( I use 1/2 c brown, 1/2 c raw) 6 T butter, softene 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 1/2…

hummingbird bundt cake

  in honor of dear friends, I give you the humble, yet hearty, hummingbird cake.  I first made this for a friend/co-worker/office mate extraordinaire’s birthday (I miss those celebrations!)  I will always remember the silly animal videos, Redneck Ninja School, and the best darn “Office Space” ever – big hugs to all of my Mountain…

roasted corn & black bean salsa

this incredible salsa is so delicious and versatile – try it as is with warmed chips or change it up with black-eyed peas, pintos or other favorite legume, serve it along side grilled quesadilla! enjoy – v 2 cans black beans, rinsed 16 oz bag frozen sweet kernel corn 1/2-1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1…

roasted red pepper relish

this incredible condiment is perfect alongside a beef tenderloin or red snapper – or as a tapas with some smoked cheese and grilled bread! enjoy – v 2 red peppers, roasted (may use good quality peppers from a jar – rinse and pat dry) 3 T olive oil 1 small red onion, thinly sliced 4…

smoked salmon on grilled baguette

This easy and elegant starter is a delicious beginning to any meal – enjoy! 4 T olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 clove garlic, whole 1-2 baguettes, sliced 1/2-1 inch slices 8 oz smoked salmon, sliced 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature 1 T capers, drained and crushed 1/4 c red onion, very thinly…