Beef Stew

Beef Stew

Winter showed up for about three days and I decided to make beef stew. It turns out that beef stew is an aphrodisiac so I had to share. You’re welcome. Beef Stew Makes 8 servings 1 slice bacon 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 pounds beef chuck, cut into chunks 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 3/4 […]

Roasted Tomato and Bacon Cobbler

Roasted Tomato and Bacon Cobbler

It’s official. I am the new Queen of Cornbread.  It’s truly an honor to wear the coveted cast iron skillet crown and represent the people of the great state of North Carolina. I’ve been in several cooking competitions over the years,  and by far my favorite is the National Cornbread Cook-Off held in South Pittsburg, […]

Roasted Asparagus Omelet

Roasted Asparagus Omelet

Now that Spring is here I find myself cooking asparagus in everything.  It’s the only time of year that I’ll eat it.  Asparagus out of season doesn’t appeal to me.  The stalks are skinny and shrivelled, and the taste is lackluster. What’s funny is I’m not usually like that when it comes to produce. If it’s […]

Orzo Paella

Orzo Paella

March 27 is National Paella Day. Paella is a regional Spanish dish that originated in Valencia, which is located on the eastern coast of Spain. This recipe is an easy alternative to using rice which can be a bit tricky. Orzo is a rice shape pasta tha cooks up in 5 minutes. Traditional paella uses […]

Pomegranate Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Green Apple Salad

Pomegranate Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Green Apple Salad

I love fresh ingredients–the more, the merrier.  Despite the  trend over the past several years to use few ingredients when cooking, I’ve resisted the urge to jump on that bland food bandwagon. The only five-ingredient recipe that I like is for a cheeseburger–ground beef, salt, pepper, cheese and a bun. These five ingredients work well together and […]

Creamy Orzo with Ham and Peas

Creamy Orzo with Ham and Peas

This summer I’ve been pretty slack when it comes to making lunch for my children. During the school year I’m the queen of lunch. I make sure my kids have enough food so they don’t get so hungry that they can’t think in school. Since my husband and I pay tuition my philosophy is you need to […]

Barbecue Rotisserie Chicken Pizza

Barbecue Rotisserie Chicken Pizza

Studio Movie Grill EPICENTER saved my friend–insert air quotes here–from a continued life of crime. “My friend” loves going to the movies. Action is her genre of choice–the more guns, explosions, military close quarters combat (especially with Marines) and Jason Stathum the better. But she has a secret that sometimes makes her paranoid at the theater. She traffics food from […]

Chicken Cordon Bleu Macaroni and Cheese

Chicken Cordon Bleu Macaroni and Cheese

I love food holidays. Typically, most people think food holidays are limited to the big three: Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.  Actually, food is celebrated every day of the year. Some of my favorites include: National Mint Julep Day (May 30); National Cheeseburger Day (September 18) and National Drink Beer Day (September 28). Last year for […]

Braised Pork with Sauteed Onions and Apples

Braised Pork with Sauteed Onions and Apples

I love Sundays when I don’t have anything going on. After church, I can just chill at the house and enjoy my day watching an NCIS marathon on USA Network. (I can’t get enough of that Leroy Jethro Gibbs.) Or I’ll cut out coupons and organize them in my binder.  (I’ve become really lazy with couponing. Now I […]

Chicken Club Caesar Salad

Chicken Club Caesar Salad

Last week I realized that  I need to re-think my approach to Meatless Mondays. I usually don’t jump on bandwagons especially when it comes to my food, but Meatless Mondays sounded like an intriguing challenge. I made Caesar salad for a friend’s bridal shower luncheon–a salad I hadn’t made in almost a year. The guests at the shower loved […]