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…

Calling all Cha…

Calling all Character[s into question] “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” ― Maya Angelou My cooking camarade and friend extraordinaire, Renee Thomas, once shared a children’s poem on her Facebook page… The Crayon Box That Talked.  What a beautiful message this collection…

Not your Momma’s meatloaf…

Originally posted on delectablediction:
A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. Benjamin Franklin In my family, we are pretty evenly split, as far as who is on the meatloaf love-band wagon, and those who cringe, gag and basically run at the mere…

green is the new orange…

Hey, if a tv show can do it (Orange is the New Black – a Netflix Original series), so can I!  This, however, is not another episode of Piper Kerman’s memoir-turned-tv-show, but a tribute to an island. Okinawa, that is. I visited the local fruit market yesterday, and walked away with way too much for…