Cornish Game Hens with Apricot Glaze

Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two With Valentine’s Day upon us, it got me thinking about the very first Valentine’s Day meal in our new home, which I prepared for my Valentine 17 years ago!  My culinary skills have greatly improved since then, but I have a fondness for some of those early dishes I use…

Artichoke Francaise

This is the perfect date night in appetizer, or a nice side.  Made with canned or frozen artichokes this goes together in no time.  This will soon be your favorite go to! Sinfully, Susan xoxo Drain a 15 oz. can of artichoke hearts, split in half.  Dry with a paper towel, season with Kosher salt…

Beet Carpaccio with Fresh Ricotta and Pistachios

One of my favorite Italian appetizers is beef carpaccio, which is  paper thin sliced rare beef tenderloin, usually served with shaved parmesan cheese and hollandaise sauce.  I will only order it from trusted places as it served rare and food safety is paramount at all times, but most importantly when serving rare items or raw…

Hellacious Pico de Gallo

I love spicy food.  Spicy Mexican fare all the better.  There is something so sexy to me about pico de gallo, I can’t tell you what it is about the combination but I love it.  There is a small deli by my house that we have been frequenting for the last 18 years and we…

Blistered Shishito Peppers with Goat Cheese & Meyer Lemon Aioli

This appetizer is a sophisticated and surprisingly delicious!  It is one of those things you might overlook if you weren’t open to new experiences.   Shishito peppers are a Korean pepper that is considered a mild pepper, however once in a while you come across a spicy one without warning, which makes this so intriguing to me!…

Duchess Potatoes with Garlic Butter

Duchess potatoes are sinfully rich, and what I consider to be, the slightly high brow cousin, of the mashed potato.   Duchess potatoes are fancy spuds that many reserve for holidays and special occasions, but that doesn’t have to be the case.  My Duchess Potatoes with Garlic Butter, are so decadent from the egg yolks, and heavy…

Corn Nuggets aka..Corn Fritters

Since the time my kidlets were little one of our family’s favorite snacks/and or desserts were corn nuggets as my kidlets called them.  Now, most people don’t serve them this way, at least in the south, they are meant to be savory, but I took it to another level, and they have been a snack…

Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Soup with Crispy Sage Leaves

I absolutely love all kinds of squash!  Something about the earthiness of them makes me happy! The versatility they lend to dishes is a chef’s dream!  Your imagination conjures up so many variations. I love to roast butternut squash, I make them into delicious “steak fries” and they are sheer perfection! But something about a…

Savory Carrot Pancakes

Now before you say anything, keep any open mind.  This recipe was created with a healthy consciousness that is emerging in me.  I have to be honest pancakes are not my go to breakfast choice and never have been.  It’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just that I need protein in my breakfast,…

Oven Roasted Eggplant Parm

I love eggplant.  I love everything about it, taste, texture, versatility! Love, love, love it!  I use to adore fried eggplant, I don’t however, adore the calories and fat.  So I make it in the oven now and have learned to love it even more!  Plus I am getting healthy eating what I love. Sometimes…