Holiday Snack Mixes – Sweet, Spicy and Salty

The right snack can make any holiday get together a more festive occasion. Below are five recipes I’ve tested, and tasted, over and over again. They get better every time I pull these recipes out, usually because I add a few more M&M’s, marshmallows, and pretzels.  In my opinion, the best snack combination has both salty and sweet, crunchy and chewy. So grab a handful and give ’em a  try, […] Read Full Post

Sourdough Bread and Wild Mushroom Stuffing

I am always looking for the perfect side dish to bring to a potluck or serve to guests at home. Now that it’s cool outside and the holidays are in full swing, this sourdough bread and wild mushroom dish is a surprising take on a traditional stuffing. With the rich flavor of wild mushrooms, tangy sourdough bread and a hint of earthy rosemary, it will evoke the flavors and smells […] Read Full Post

Rainbow Mason Jar Salad

It’s officially November, which I find both exciting…. and stressful.  And when I get stressed I tend to eat more than I should, snacking on all the wrong things. And duh, it’s the holidays, which gives me an excuse to recipe test, taste, and taste some more.  This mason jar salad is perfect to keep in the fridge.  I cram all these gorgeous, vibrant veggies into one jar, then seal […] Read Full Post

Fall Entertaining Ideas and Tips

Fall-Table-Scape The minute I saw these gorgeous Golden Foliage plates from the At Home Store, I was ready to set the table and invite guests over! What I love about this design, is it will translate from the early fall months, through Halloween, Thanksgiving and into the colder months ahead.  Below are some of my entertaining tips so you can enjoy time with family and friends without the stress.  It’s a […] Read Full Post

Pulled Pork 4 Ways – Reinvent this Fall Slow cooker Basic Throughout the Week

Pulled-pork-stuffed-sweet-potatoes Fall is upon us (hooray!) and that means pulling out the slow cooker.  It’s a hectic time of year, between school activities, Halloween and the upcoming holidays, so let’s take the help any way we can get it.  Start with a basic pulled pork recipe, then reinvent it throughout the week.  You’ll be amazed at how easy it is and how many things you can do with pulled pork (and […] Read Full Post

Getting Ready for Fall with Sweet and Savory Apple Inspired Dishes

Apple-cider-roasted-chicken-brusselsHard Apple Cider Roasted Chicken and Brussels Sprouts If this picture doesn’t make you want to curl up with a glass of red wine and tuck into a big bowl, I don’t know what could.  I took one of my favorite comfort foods, roasted chicken, and added a rich bottle of hard apple cider to the marinade. The outcome was ridiculously moist and flavorful chicken, and it’s sitting on a […] Read Full Post

An Evening With Rick Bayless and Negra Modelo. Famous Guacamole and Light Bites//Sponsored Post

Negra Modelo Rick Bayless I had the pleasure of being a guest at the Negra Modelo and Chef Rick Bayless #ThePerfectCompliment cooking event in Dallas a couple weeks ago.  While we sipped on rich, full bodied, cool, Negra Model (a welcome refreshing drink in this scorching Dallas heat) he demonstrated some of his classic Mexican foods that include Negra Modelo or pair perfectly with it. Being a Texan I was skeptical, what could this […] Read Full Post

Coleslaw Reinvented: 4 Delicious Summer Slaws to Make Right Now

It’s a summer time classic, yet all too often coleslaw is ruined when it’s just a boring lump of shredded cabbage smothered in a bland mayonnaise dressing.  Reinvent how you see this side by switching up your base (grill the cabbage, or give shaved Brussel Sprouts a try!) and make your vinaigrette or dressing new life by adding fresh herbs like cilantro and dill and creamy blue cheese. I’ve created […] Read Full Post