creamy basil italian soup

I found this recipe a few weeks ago during your typical Pinterest peruse. The words creamy and basil caught my attention immediately. It was cold, very cold outside and this soup was speaking to my comfort food soul. Naturally, I substituted the chicken for Italian sausage. Why? Well, chicken is great and all but why…

crock pot chili

Winter finally decided to make an appearance last weekend and some folks were caught off guard without the proper foods. Sure some of us stocked up on the essentials like popcorn, wine and maybe a gallon of water. However, once the snacks run out, the real hunger sets in. We’re all left craving that stick-to-your-ribs-comfort-food…

bacon brussel sprouts with balsamic glaze

I’m sure we all remember out parents saying, “finish your veggies or you won’t get dessert!”. It was the cruelest form of torture, just hand us the ice cream and no one gets hurt. Now, come to find out, those green things are actually pretty tasty. Add bacon and a good thing gets even better! I…

Chocolate Baked Brie

Chocolate and cheese? Seems a little odd, but what could go wrong when you pair two of the yummiest flavors together? Not to mention, the entire wheel of cheese is wrapped in a buttery and flakey puff pastry. This recipe is perfect for sharing during the holidays because of it’s simplicity in making, but delivers “wow” results. The baked brie pairs…

Rosemary Goat Cheese & Cranberry Chicken Thighs

Don’t let Thanksgiving have all of the fun this year! Use those sweet and savory flavors in your suppers this season with this recipe. Rich goat cheese, tart cranberry relish and aromatic rosemary combine deliciously in this delectable dinner. Serve with other seasonal favorites like sweet potatoes and greens for hearty meal on these chilly days.…

tangy bloody mary dip

If you enjoy the spice and flavors of the classic cocktail, you’re sure to enjoy this dip. I used the “Sun Always Rises” mix [available at Taste Unlimited] by the Ernest Hemingway Collection, a little hint of smoke and tang makes this mix one of my new favorites. I created this recipe as something different to try…

pork bbq sliders with fried corn kale slaw

Even though the weather is still hotter and muggier than ever in Virginia Beach, the simple fact that cooler temperatures are just around the corner gives me the biggest sigh of relief. Fall marks the beginning of all things crisp and fresh and no more salt and sweat. This season also means football, and lots…

pesto & prosciutto balsamic chicken

I made a different version of this recipe a few months back, but wanted to dial up the flavor. This balsamic marinade adds so much flavor to the chicken and compliments the pesto and prosciutto. Next time, I will definitely be adding cheese- I honestly don’t know what I was thinking there! Any-who, this makes…

grilled watermelon salsa

Summer just wouldn’t be complete without firing up the grill or slicing into a ripe watermelon. Mix those two together and you have a winning combination for a delicious and easy salsa. Grilling fruit helps to bring out a more complex flavor and adds freshness to this salsa. I found most of my ingredients at…

kabob vs. kebab

Thanks to Google, I now know that there are two acceptable ways to spell kabob/kebab. Fortunately for my boyfriend, I labeled his leftovers as “kaboobers” to avoid any confusion between the two- plus I find it to be more fun to say. Every Wednesday, we strive to have a “date night”- romantic and oh-so-cute, I…