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

Southern Fried Okra


Hi Foodie Friends and Family,

My apologies for being away so long; this last year was CRAZY busy, full of lots of life changes and overall I was overwhelmed. I have been thinking over the last few days what words of wisdom or story did I want ... Read More

Classy No Lettuce Shrimp Louie


In preparation for my wedding many years ago I decided to become a vegetarian but still included shellfish and fish in my diet. I have to say I think that was one of the hardest eating years of my life.  I wanted to help my gastrointestinal ... Read More

Cheesy Chicken Flautas


My children are getting older, which means I am getting older. What does this all mean for me? I am tired! I have less energy, less patience and some days just ready to lie down on the couch and veg out.  I’m sure other mothers can relate,... Read More

Corn Beef & Cabbage with Mustard Sauce


My apologies; I am bit late for Saint Patrick’s Day but here is the corn beef recipe some of you have asked for. Some of you will notice no potatoes are included but feel to free to boil some in the broth if that is your preference. Serve w... Read More

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Pork Chops


Lately, I have been getting into to making jams, hot sauces, and marinades. Like most things I enjoy it turns into a crazy addiction.  I looked in my cabinet the other day and realized I have a number of permission jams I have not used, and ... Read More

Garlic Roasted Artichokes


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


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


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


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


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