Summer Salad {With Fig Infused Balsamic Vinaigrette}

  With these summer ingredients at their peek right now, it’s time to liven up your mozzarella and tomato salad! Mix it up with more or less of whatever you Read more …

Cheese & Rosemary Crisps {Nothing but cheesy herby crunchiness}

  These cheese crisps were a hit at our last bridge gathering! Not only are they infinitely less expensive than the ones you can occasionally buy at the supermarket, I Read more …

Piña Colada {Happy National Piña Colada Day}

Not only is it Friday, it’s National Piña Colada Day! And just in case you needed an excuse, here is the easiest and tastiest recipe for you to enjoy this classic Read more …

Salmon Dip {Easy to make with 5 staple pantry Ingredients}

This super easy and tasty dip recipe was given to me recently by my dearest friend Carol. She served it to us during one of our weekly bridge gatherings and Read more …

Blinis with Smoked Salmon and Dill & Shallot Crème Fraîche

Out of all the gazillions of blini recipes out there, this one is hands down the BEST! Easy to make, it yields beautifully light and fluffy blinis that not only Read more …

Chilled Roast Tomato Soup {With Basil Puree}

Recently, our kind-hearted handyman gave us a ton of tomatoes he grew in his backyard. His abundant gift coincided with our turn to host our weekly bridge group meet. So Read more …

Chicken in Thai Green Curry Sauce {Easier, simpler and quicker than you thought}

    I love Thai Green Curry. And so does my son. And my hubby. Yet for ages I didn’t make it as often as I wanted to because lets Read more …

Cauliflower Rice {With Stir Fried Vegetables}

  There are a few dishes, like curries, I don’t make as often as I would like because they require rice. And rice is something we try to eat in Read more …

Overnight Chilled Oats {The perfect way to kickstart your week}

A few weeks ago I vowed to prepare something different for breakfast each day. And by that, I don’t mean boiled eggs one day and scrambled the next. I’m trying to add Read more …

Cheesy Egg & Bacon Muffin {Just like McDonald’s only better)

  Every now and then I get a craving for a warm lightly toasted english muffin with crispy bacon, gooey egg and melted cheese. Something along the lines of the Read more …

Shrimp Étouffée {New Orleans Style}

Back in 1999, I did what most food-loving people should do when visiting New Orleans. And I’m not talking about feasting on Crab Sardou at Galatoire’s or Oysters Arnaud at Read more …

Blueberries with Lime Syrup and Confit Peel

  It’s blueberry season in Florida! I recently had to make a dessert for our weekly bridge gathering. My original idea of for a tart didn’t quite materialize. So I Read more …

Mole Poblano {Mole Puebla-Style – Because it’s Cinco de Mayo}

Cinco de Mayo (aka 5th of May). Contrary to popular belief, it’s not Mexican Independence Day. It’s the day Mexicans celebrate the defeat of the French forces by the Mexican Read more …

Spiced Pineapple Tequila Cocktail {Cinco de Mayo Menu}

I’m not a huge tequila fan but I came across Casamigos Tequila the other day. So I figured that if it was good enough for George Clooney, then it was certainly Read more …

Braised Beef Rib Tostadas {Cinco de Mayo Menu}

Tostadas are the Mexican version of open-faced sandwiches and therefore, just as versatile! Shredded beef is ideal because it holds all your other toppings together and the rich rib flavor Read more …

Chicken Enchiladas with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde {Cinco de Mayo Menu}

I’m not sure what I love more about this recipe: it’s ease and simplicity or the tasty result! I can’t say I’m a fan of enchiladas, until I tried then Read more …

Guacamole {Cinco de Mayo Menu}

In readiness for your Cinco de Mayo festivities, this week I’m bringing you my favorite Mexican dishes. Make enough so you can enjoy leftovers afterwards! Everybody needs to have a an Read more …

Guanábana Nectar Passion Cocktail {Rincón Beach}

Rincón Beach was developed by one of the best mixologists around the Tampa Bay area for the very edgy/trendy restaurant Edison | food+drink+lab (If you haven’t been, you must!). It’s Read more …

Spanish Date Cake with Marcona Almonds {a must-have on your cheeseboard}

This Spanish-style cake is more often found during the holiday season and can be very expensive, to say the least! So…. if you want to enjoy this sweet sticky treat any time Read more …

Coronation Chicken {chicken salad fit for a queen}

    Coronation chicken will always remind me of our children’s christenings. My mother, who trained as a Cordon Bleu cook, made wonderful crowd-pleasing Coronation Chicken dishes on both occasions. Seeing Read more …