Smoked Salmon & Gruyere Grilled Cheese #TracyTastesAmerica

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When I think of Alaska, salmon is the first thing that comes to mind. I have to be honest, salmon is not my favorite fish and I really have to be in the mood for it. When I was young, I loved salmon but grew tired of it because it was a staple in our house. By the time I was 21, I never wanted to look at salmon again and to this day, I only eat it when I have to.… Read the rest

Alaska Cocktail #TracyTastesAmerica

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I have been absent from blogging for the last several weeks and have missed it terribly. Unfortunately this thing called work keeps getting in my way. Oh, that and my diet. Yes, I have spent the last 30 days shedding 15 lbs and a total of 39 inches. I am not going to lie, I have been dreaming about pasta and chicken wings but fitting into my skinny jeans feels so much better than enjoying a bowl of spaghetti.… Read the rest

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake #SundaySupper

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I am so excited about today’s topic…..Retro Food. When I think of retro recipes, so many things come to mind but Pineapple Upside Down Cake was the first recipe I thought of and nothing spells retro quite like Betty Crocker. There have been so many times that I have spotted Betty Crocker Pineapple Upside-Down Cake mix in the grocery isle at the market and I have often been tempted to make it. I, however, prefer to make everything from scratch and while browsing recipes on the internet, found a from-scratch recipe for this luscious cake from Betty Crocker and decided to recreate it.… Read the rest

West Indies Salad #TracyTastesAmerica

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I am super excited about today’s feature, as it was shared with me by a gentleman from Alabama. A few weeks ago I was at an event in Tampa and most of the attendees were from out of state. The subject of my #TracyTastesAmerica project came up and when I told everyone I was working on features for Alabama, one of the gentlemen proudly exclaimed that he was from there and asked me if I had ever heard of West Indies Salad.… Read the rest

Smokehouse Cocktail

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When I think of the South, two things come to mind….bourbon and bacon. I mean, what can be better? As I have been researching cocktails that are specific to each state in America, the Alabama Slammer was pretty much all I found for Alabama and I just could not bring myself to feature that for this project. Now do not get me wrong, I have nothing against this iconic cocktail, I just do not care for super sweet drinks and wanted to find something unique.… Read the rest

Montgomery Pie #TracyTastesAmerica

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I am so excited to start my #TracyTastesAmerica project with Alabama. When I think of this beautiful Southern state, several things come to mind. Visions of succulent BBQ, sweet tea, lazy summer days, charming houses with big porches and of course, Roll Tide. While I have not really had a chance to visit Alabama, other than driving through on my way to Florida from California, I hope to return one day and taste some of their signature dishes.… Read the rest

Cooking My Way Around The USA

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In exactly 26 days I am turning 39 40. Holy shit, time flies. It seems like just yesterday I was having my very first drink on my 21st birthday. I lived in San Jose, CA at the time and had just finished my serving shift at Bandera, now renamed the Los Altos Grill. A few servers invited me to their favorite local watering hole, Los Altos Bar and Grill (aka L’Bag, which closed several years ago), to celebrate.… Read the rest

Plant City Mule

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Lately I have been obsessed with creating different variations of the classic Moscow Mule. For those that are not familiar, the Moscow Mule is a cocktail consisting of vodka, ginger beer and a dash of lime juice. Born in 1941 in New York, it surged in popularity in Los Angeles and made a huge comeback a few years ago at bars and restaurants across America. Traditionally served in a copper mug, the Moscow Mule is easy to make and with a little bit of imagination, you can concoct some exciting twists on this classic.… Read the rest

Buttermilk Pie

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I just spent two glorious days exploring Florida cattle ranches as a guest on the Florida Beef Council’s Farm to Fork Tour. While I will be featuring highlights of my trip later, one of the things that really knocked my boots off on this tour was a piece of buttermilk pie that I enjoyed after lunch at Live Oak Stud in Ocala, Florida. Seriously, the pie was so incredible, I could not stop thinking about it the rest of the day and wanted to bake my own.… Read the rest

Blood Orange Margarita #MyPinterestingLife

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Happy Friday! I love this time of year when blood oranges are in season. As soon as I see them in the market, I am sure to purchase a bunch and enjoy them in everything from fresh juice and cocktails to salads and in marinades. Perfect for snacking, these gorgeous pieces of citrus are one of my favorite fruits. As with all of my favorite things, I search for new ideas on Pinterest and the other day I came across a recipe for Blood Orange Margaritas from the blog, How Sweet It Is, and decided to recreate the recipe and make it my own.… Read the rest