Bechamel Baked Scallops

Mastering a basic bechamel should be in every home cook’s repertoire. A white mother sauce in French and Italian cuisine, bechamel is also the base for many other creamy sauces such as con queso and ala king dishes, but justRead more…

Beet Risotto

Oh, risotto!!! A blank slate, arborio rice is a wonderland for a cook like me. The chameleon of rice grains, it will take on any color or flavor you ask. On this occasion, my color was burgundy red and myRead more…

Wednesday Roundup #62

DIY Painted Drop Cloths Curtains by Find It, Make It, Love It Italian Stuffed Flank Steak by The Chunky Chef DIY Map Art for the Wall by Craving Some Creativity Chorizo, Kale & Sweet Potato Frittata by Spoonful of FlavorRead more…

Winter Tomato Salad

Winter and tomato…. two words that generally don’t go together. Let me explain the reasoning behind my Winter Tomato Salad. Florida and California are the largest US growers of tomatoes and while during the winter months, they are still grownRead more…

Café Hon, A Taste of Maryland and Oyster Recovery Partnership

Salt Oysters waiting to be shucked What do you think of when you think of Café Hon? Hampden, beehive hairdos Hon Fest and giant flamingos? Me too…. but did you know you should also associate oysters with the iconic BaltimoreRead more…

Cherry Hand Pies

Hand pies are one of those things that are perfect in their imperfection. Whatever you stuff into hand pies, the uneven edges with fruit oozing out are what make them so unique. They are also simple enough to make, usingRead more…

Stovetop Holiday Potpourri

After making my Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Relish, it was a shame to throw away all the garnishes and stop smelling the intoxicating scent. I used an idea I had seen floating around Pinterest for a Stovetop Holiday Potpourri. TheRead more…

Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Relish

Well before your entree ever graces the table, you will be wooed by the intoxicating smell of Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Relish.   This dish literally embodies all the scents I love about the holidays. I want to bottleRead more…

Turkey, Swiss and Cranberry Mayo Roll-Ups

Thanksgiving Day, the spread is lovely, the food is stunning and the smells intoxicating.  You eat, get full and wish you could have had more. Alas, the day after, you practically reheat the entire feast for a lunch time (maybeRead more…

Cranberry Mayo

I know what you are thinking… that is SO easy, why didn’t I think of that! It’s okay, I only recently got the idea from a cooking demo I attended for Stonefire Flatbreads while at BlogHer Food in Chicago. I’mRead more…

Cranberry Relish

As I started hosting my own Thanksgiving, I started to realize how many Thanksgiving foods I used to turn my nose up at. Cranberry Relish was another one (add that to the list with Stuffing and Turkey)! For cranberry relish,Read more…

Green Beans in a Mascarpone Cream Sauce

I’m taking green bean casserole OFF the table this Thanksgiving and moving towards a gourmet and sophisticated dish: Green Beans in a Mascarpone Cream Sauce.   Not only is the mascarpone cream sauce velvety and decadent on its own, driedRead more…