Happy Father’s Day! Today is perfect for firing up the grill and making dad a dinner he will not forget. I am not sure where you live, but I am in Tampa, FL and ready for one hot grilling season. Summer is here and I am excited to share one of my favorite recipes that is perfect for a simple backyard BBQ or a picnic. These delicious Grilled BLT Kebabs are easy to make and even more delicious to eat.… Read the rest
I can’t believe Father’s Day is just a few days away. If you are like me, you are probably scrambling for some last minute gift ideas that will make your dad smile and show your appreciation for the man that deserves the world. My latest obsession is the website Monticello Shop, as I have been seriously swooning over their products for the last few days. If you are looking for a great gift for dad, I have the perfect item.… Read the rest
Garlic goes with everything….pasta, butter, shrimp, steak, veggies and chocolate. Yes, you read that correctly, chocolate. I know I have mentioned this is posts from the past but one of my favorite memories as a child was attending the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. A garlic lovers paradise, you can try everything you can dream of with garlic, including garlic ice cream served in a cantaloupe bowl. I am telling you, the garlic ice cream is fantastic and even though it has been years since I have had it, I can still remember the taste.… Read the rest
Sometimes life gets in the way of our passion, but only if we allow it. Yes, we have full time jobs, children, pets, housework, church, friends, the list goes on and on. I am 100% guilty of using all of those as an excuse for doing what I really love and now, several years later, my blog could be so much more that what it is had I not given up on my one true passion.… Read the rest
I am so excited to participate in this week’s Sunday Supper which features summer’s best pot luck recipes. As I am currently visiting California on my virtual culinary tour of America, I wanted to share a California inspired recipe. Walnut grapes are easy to make and are a nice addition to a potluck or cocktail party.
When I am invited to a potluck or social event that involves everyone bringing a dish, I always like to bring something different.… Read the rest
I just got back from the Food Wine Conference in Orlando and I am still in a food coma. The weekend was a whirlwind of food, drink and non-stop laughter. One of the event sponsors was CK Mondavi and I was blessed with the opportunity to be one of their brand ambassadors. If you know me, then you know how much that meant being that I was born and raised in Northern California. It is no secret that even after 13 years in Florida I am still incredibly homesick and one of the places I miss the most is wine country.… Read the rest
Chicken wings and I go together like bread and truffle butter. I enjoy them baked, fried or grilled, but the most important component is the sauce. My favorite combination is sweet heat and my recipe for peach hot wings is sure to tickle your taste buds and put a smile on your face.
Whoever coined the phrase “nothing makes a person more productive than the last minute” must have had me in mind because I flourish under pressure. As a single mom with multiple jobs, I am that person who makes a mad dash on Christmas Eve for gifts or picks up a gift on the way to the wedding. You are also sure to find me shopping for a Halloween costume an hour before dusk on October 31st.… Read the rest
My kids and I are donut lovers and enjoy everything from boutique donut shops to Krispy Kreme. I prefer making our own donuts at home over anything (except for Dough in South Tampa because they are AMAZING) and love to experiment with different flavors. With Mother’s Day just a few days away, they kids and I plan on making our own donut bar at home and creating some delicious memories. Today as I was sipping on a glass of my current obsession, Indian River Select Orange Honeybell Blend juice, I had a tasty idea.… Read the rest
Forgive me if I get a bit teary eyed as I think about my hometown of San Jose, California. When I saw that this week’s theme for Sunday Supper was regional specialties, I knew I had to share something special from my childhood. Just to share a bit of my background, I was born in Walnut Creek, CA and moved to San Jose at age 2. I lived in the same house until I was 24 and then moved into an apartment with a roommate.… Read the rest