Lift Your Buns with Burger Lift + a Giveaway


I love Instagram. Everyday I am introduced to creative people, new recipes, inspiring quotes and cool products. Recently I learned about Burger Lift after they commented on a burger picture I posted and was immediately intrigued. I purchased a sample pack and am now hooked on this innovative product that elevates your burger experience. If you are wondering what I am talking about, let me explain.



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Have you ever ordered a burger that is on the medium rare side and the juiciness of the patty leads to a soggy bottom bun?… Read the rest

Nectarine Sweet Tea #TuesdayBoozeday + #Giveaway


Want to know something funny? This post has been sitting in my draft box for a year. Yep, that’s right, a year. I started it and never finished due to my crazy work schedule. Since I am doing spring cleaning, I decided to dust this one off and post since it is still a good drink and it is Tuesday Boozeday after all.

44° North is one of my favorite brands of vodka and I love experimenting with their products.… Read the rest

Grilled Chicken Pesto Panini #SundaySupper


I am so glad to be participating with Sunday Supper again after a 7 month hiatus. When I saw that this week’s theme was Italian Fest, I knew I picked the right week to make my return. Italian food is my passion and brings so much joy to my life. While I was trying to decide what to feature as a recipe, I was torn. There are so many dishes that I love but lately I have been thinking about a chicken pesto sandwich that I fell in love with back in the late 90’s in my hometown of San Jose, CA.… Read the rest

Arkansas Hush Puppies #TracyTastesAmerica


The name “hush puppies” has always made me laugh because it reminds me of those retro ads for men’s shoes with the adorable Basset Hound. For the life of me, I can’t remember the first time I tried them and I thought it would be fun to make them with my kids. We had a lot of fun making these tonight, as we did some research on the origin of the name and how they became so popular.… Read the rest

Arkansas Style Strawberry Shortcakes #TracyTastesAmerica


Who doesn’t love strawberries? I am very blessed that I grew up living  so close Salinas, CA which is better known as the “salad bowl capital of the world.” Fresh produce has always been a staple in my diet and now that I live in Tampa, I am equally fortunate to live only 30 minutes from the strawberry producing mecca that is Plant City. Last week I stopped by my favorite local produce shop, South Tampa Fresh Market, and purchased a few baskets of gorgeous strawberries.… Read the rest

Caribbean Cooler #TuesdayBoozeday


I woke up today and decided to start up again with my weekly #TuesdayBoozeday posts. I mean, I am a bar manager and have access to so many products. After the holidays I decided to do some spring cleaning with our inventory and found that we have more than a few bottles of Galliano. What is sad to me is that so many people have no idea how phenomenal Galliano truly is and tend to see it only as the key ingredient in a Harvey Wallbanger.… Read the rest

Arkansas Cornbread Sandwich #TracyTastesAmerica


I swear, Southern cuisine is the best. What could be better than comforting dishes that are usually made with lots of bacon and savory ingredients. While researching Arkansas cuisine, I came across a recipe on Pinterest for an Arkansas Cornbread Sandwich and was literally drooling on my phone. I knew I had to make it and since it is made with ham, Easter Sunday was the perfect day to whip a few up for brunch.


As I sit her typing this, I am still feeling very full from my gluttonous Easter Sunday because all I did was eat.… Read the rest

Lemony Sweet Pea Bruschetta #TracyTastesAmerica


Happy Easter! I am looking forward to new beginnings and can’t wait to dive back into the blogging world. After almost a two year break with very few posts, I realized how much I missed it and that I have actually been in a depression. The last few days I have been testing out recipes and working on some ideas and already feel so much better. Cooking truly is therapeutic. Anyway, I am currently visiting Arkansas on my #TracyTastesAmerica food tour and am over the moon excited to share today’s recipe.… Read the rest

Arkansas Green Beans #TracyTastesAmerica


Happy Easter Weekend! Food is definitely in my forecast and I will be cooking up a storm on Sunday. While I am still finalizing our Easter menu, I came across a recipe for Arkansas Green Beans and tested it out yesterday. Easy, delicious and sure to be a crowd pleaser, these savory green beans are a nice addition to a big family meal. My kids loved this recipe and we enjoyed them last night with dinner.… Read the rest

Sonoran Style Hot Dogs #TracyTastesAmerica

Sonoran Hot Dogs, #TracyTastesAmerica

Every now and then a girl gets a craving for a hot dog. As I was researching recipes for Arizona, I kept seeing Sonoran Hot Dogs and suddenly had a flashback to one of my many trips to Mexico back in my late teens/early 20’s. I believe I was 19 and was in Guadalajara for the first time. Hungry after walking around all day, I purchased a hot dog from a street vendor. It was wrapped in bacon and topped with fresh avocado, some Cotija cheese and Mexican crema.… Read the rest