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

Sunday Pot Roast


My hubby loves him some beef! You name it; prime rib, rib eye steaks, T-bones, short ribs, and the list goes on.  Some of my recipes have a lot of ingredients or have diverse cultural influences but at times Hubby is more of a simple eater.Â... Read More

Red Beans and Rice with Smoked Turkey


It is getting to be that time of year . . . What time, you may ask???? Cold Weather Eating Time! Which easily translates to pull out the crockpots, the Dutch ovens and roll those BBQ grills away; it time for stews, soups, and hearty dishes. ... Read More

Open-Faced Smoked Trout Arugula Sandwich


All mothers deserve a treat from time to time whether it is a mani/pedi, quiet time reading a good book, or for mothers like me; eating some good eats. I remember growing up my mother use to go to Raley’s near our home, and get her own pers... Read More

My Baked Macaroni And Cheese


Real Soul Food is scarce in my area. The soul food restaurants are around but basically lacking the “soul” if you know what I mean. I’m not sure if restaurants are giving in to the ideals of west coast cooking but soul food is derived... Read More

Farmer’s Market Orzo Pasta Salad


This orzo recipe is an ode to my current addiction of going to the farmer’s market and buying things I have no clue what to do with! I love fresh herbs, fresh greens and whatever else I can get my hand on. A few weeks ago I bought a bundle ... Read More

Loaded Potato Au Gratin


Summer is over; we are officially back to school and into the swing of things. This year is very different for my family; my oldest child has entered in her last year of high school and my youngest child has entered in his 1st year... Read More

Viet Style Wings


It has been one year since the passing of a good friend. He was a crazy lively person who left behind a wife and two children. After his death I remember thinking life can be taken away at any given moment yet we take life for granted and com... Read More

Grilled Eggplant Drizzled with Basil Vinaigrette


Our meals have consisted of grilled meat and salads lately, and I think both me and my Hubby are a bit burnt out.  Do not get me wrong, we all know I love to BBQ but whew my belly can only take enough! This past Friday we went over to a girl... Read More

Smoked Salmon with Creamy Dill Spread Appetizer


Growing up my dad loved to fish.  He would bring home an array of fish.  My mother being the foodie diva she is, would develop or use recipes to keep dinners interesting. I remember this one grilled salmon dish with mango chili salsa she wo... Read More

Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw


My brain has been fried lately, and my creativity is low! I hit a recipe wall a few weeks ago which can’t happen.  This past weekend after jotting down lots of ideas and using family/friends as tasting dummies; Foodie Diva is back.  This ... Read More