The true life food blog of a home cook, self-proclaimed foodie, vino obsessed, pump wearing diva; who shows her LOVE through her food.

Garlic Roasted Artichokes

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The farmer’s markets are beginning to open up again, which means it time to develop some more vegetable recipes. Artichokes, Brussels sprouts, and asparagus are three vegetables my children refuse to eat so that basically means my recipes w... Read More

Afgan Eggplant with Savory Tomato Sauce

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With being on a new diet that limits the food I can eat I have been looking to other cultures to help keep my platae entertained. I currently have a new obsession with this Afghan eggplant dish called Borani Banjan or Burrani Bajan (I guess t... Read More

Hearty Chicken Quinoa Vegetable Soup

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Lately, I have been freezing a lot of leftovers. Leftover shredded chicken, pulled pork or even if I make too much chili, spaghetti meat sauce or soup.  The freezing process is super easy; I will fill up a mason jar almost all the way full, ... Read More

Spicy Vegan Black Eyed Peas and Collards

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Calling all you vegans and vegetarians; soul food can be veganized! As discussed previously we have had some soul food nights at our home over the years, and at times we have a vegetarian or vegan present. At first I was concerned this was go... Read More

Bacon and Spinach Grilled Oysters

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My husband has been under the impression he was allergic to shellfish and there is no doubt he is but not to ALL shellfish. Recently, my cousin happens to mention one of her children was also allergic but only to crustaceans and not to mollus... Read More

Lemon Pepper Beer Can Chicken

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I recently discovered beer can chicken! Why didn’t anyone mention this to me before??? For those who have trouble cooking whole chicken, this is a great no fail option; you literally throw it together, place on the grill and walk way. I put... Read More

Creole Black-Eyed Pea and Corn Salad

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Sadly, I have been placed on a gluten free, no lactose diet. . . . And I am dying!!!!! It has only been a few days but I am missing my carbs, missing my cheeses and everything else that happens to be on my “NO” list. The next few recipes ... Read More

Spicy Mayo Poke

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Poke is a raw fish salad served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine.  Though I am nowhere near Hawaii, this style of food has recently swept Northern California. In the area I reside; we have three different Poke restaurants, within miles of... Read More

Smokey Steak Chili

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Sadly, it is still freezing cold, and though I was born in the East coast I will declare there is no way in hell I would be able to live there now!  I am a California girl! So what does this mean??? It is still soup time in our house!!! I ab... Read More

Homemade Swedish Gravlax

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To kick off 2016 Year we decided to have a New Year’s Eve party at our new home. A few friends, neighbors and family were in attendance; and we had a wonderful time.  But the hardest part for me is preparing for an event.  I get all crazy... Read More