Month: June 2018

Watermelon Limeade

My best recipe inspiration comes directly from the grocery store.  This time of year I head right to the produce department because that is where all of the good stuff is at.  Fresh fruit and vegetables are in abundance and before I know it my shopping cart is full of items that I am excited […] Read more…

Caprese Tart

One of my favorite savory combinations is tomato, mozzarella cheese and basil.  Caprese is so simple and yet such a perfect trio.  The creamy cheese with fresh tomatoes and basil makes my Italian heart very happy.  Pile it on a flaky puff pastry crust and we have something very special.  The addition of cream cheese […] Read more…

Cucumber and Pickled Shallot Salad

On Wednesday I shared with you my recipe for Pickled Shallots.  Today I wanted to give you a “real” recipe that uses them as a main ingredient.  Sure, you can add them to any taco or burger but in this Cucumber and Pickled Shallot Salad they are a star ingredient.  Most of you have probably […] Read more…

Pickled Shallots

Most of you already know that I am a high school culinary teacher.  I love to cook and bake!  So I am constantly thinking of new ideas for recipes {which is why I have this blog}.  But here is the thing!  I am not very adventurous.  My Darb would even go as far to as […] Read more…

Everything Spice Rub & 5 Grilling Tips

It is grilling season!!  Honestly, there are not enough exclamation points in the world to explain my excitement.  I often dream of living somewhere warm enough to cook outside all year long.  One summer when the kids were younger and I was a single mom, our oven broke mid summer.  Money was a little tight […] Read more…

Mexican Street Corn Skillet

Mexican Street Corn Skillet is my favorite side dish of summer!  The second that fresh corn hits the vegetable aisle I am giddy with excitement and breaking out my Bundt pan.  Yes, you read that correctly.  It is the perfect tool to use when cutting corn from the cob {see photos below}.  I would say that […] Read more…

How to Plan a Dessert Buffet

I am so excited to share my tried and true tips for How to Plan a Dessert Buffet that will have everyone wondering how you did it!  All while keeping it simple and approachable for an size party.  Here we go! Let’s Plan a Party I LOVE to plan a good party and because my […] Read more…