Savoring the Seasons: Sticky Toffee Date Cake with Bourbon Glaze

"Dear Self, this going to be your year. So dust off your sh*tkickers and let's get started" ~ All my love, Me We are not big fans of the New Year's Eve hype and I don't know about you, but I certainly don't feel renewed on the first of January.  Still January 1 is the … Continue reading Savoring the Seasons: Sticky Toffee Date Cake with Bourbon Glaze

Savoring the Season: Spicy Watermelon Margaritas

The sun is blazing, and its late afternoon on a Sunday.  We retreat to our patio to escape the sweltering heat.  The ceiling fans are humming overhead, and the wind down begins.  Warm weather appetizers are a must and we start with crispy polenta rounds, with creamy burrata, sliced watermelon wedges, and a arugula tossed … Continue reading Savoring the Season: Spicy Watermelon Margaritas

Savoring the Season: A Southern Old-Fashioned Cocktail

Our good friends invited us over for a new cocktail they were enjoying.  Typically, not fan of whiskeys but we were pleasantly surprised.Old fashioned cocktails have a place in American culture. This cocktail dates back to 1806.   A recipe which included a mix of spirits of any kind, water, sugar cubes and bitters.   … Continue reading Savoring the Season: A Southern Old-Fashioned Cocktail

Savoring the Season: Moroccan Chicken and Vegetable Soup with Chickpea Croutons

This morning I woke-up to a chill in the air.  The bone chill jumped started my winter weekend with an outrageously comforting healthy winter soup.  With heaps of seasonal vegetables, and rich sources of antioxidant spices like turmeric, cumin, ginger and cinnamon, provided incredible flavor and reduced the need to add additional fat or salt.Who … Continue reading Savoring the Season: Moroccan Chicken and Vegetable Soup with Chickpea Croutons

Savoring the Season: Cranberry Lemon Muffins

The holiday season brings an abundance of Meyer lemons from my backyard tree and fresh leftover cranberries from Thanksgiving's relish that adorns the table every year.  Cranberries and lemons are a natural flavor pairing and each year, I find a way to combine them.This year, the simplicity of muffins bring a burst of lemons and … Continue reading Savoring the Season: Cranberry Lemon Muffins

Savoring the Season: Grilled Spiced Corn with Bacon

Growing-up there was only one way to eat sweet fresh corn and that was boiled.  My corn on the cob was always dressed the same.  A corn holder for each side, a pat of butter, salt and pepper.   I spent a lifetime eating corn without the slightest of variance.  Why? because it was good, … Continue reading Savoring the Season: Grilled Spiced Corn with Bacon

How Does My Garden Grow: Summer Vegetable Salad

The summer garden is in full swing. The beans are abundant, squashes are arriving, tomatoes are ripening, spring onions are ready, and we have harvested the last of the remaining spring carrots and beets.Mother Nature produces phenomenal flavors and textures, and she intends for you to enjoy it as close to nature as possible.  This … Continue reading How Does My Garden Grow: Summer Vegetable Salad

How Does My Garden Grow: Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Hazelnut, Orange, and Saffron

Winter has finally arrived in North Florida and my garden remains utterly confused.  The garden pests feasted on young fresh winter greens with wild abandon, and procreated endlessly in the warmth of the sun.  War was waged in the garden and we emerged in victory when Old Man winter made an official appearance, and got … Continue reading How Does My Garden Grow: Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Hazelnut, Orange, and Saffron

How Does My Garden Grow: Summer Basil Oil

In life there is a struggle for simplicity.  We rarely achieve it.  There are moments we catch glimpses, or experience short bursts that bring a full appreciation of what life might be like if we knew how to live simply.If you follow my blog you know, I feel most centered when my hands are in … Continue reading How Does My Garden Grow: Summer Basil Oil

Dirt to Table Experience: Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Sriracha Lime Dressing

Contrary to popular belief butternut is a tender skinned winter squash with little tolerance for cold air. My luck with growing butternut squash has been dismal.  I planted it too late, too early, and mostly ended with a lot of vine and no squash.  Late last winter my fellow community gardener gave me three butternut … Continue reading Dirt to Table Experience: Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Sriracha Lime Dressing