Apple-Cream Cheese Mini Pies

My idea of puff pastry apple dumplings evolved into something I am quite proud of. I took one of my favorite ingredients, cream cheese, and combined it into a sopapilla, apple pie, ooey-gooey dessert. I get a lot of ideas that I want to see come to fruition but I’m just not sure how to … Continue reading

Boeuf Bourguignon

Most of you know that one of my favorite movies to watch is Julie & Julia. I have fantasized over making Julia’s Boeuf Bourguignon for months and months. The recipe really intimidated me. With the wine, the patting of the beef, the 3 1/2 hours of cooking and preparing! I finally broke down and gave … Continue reading

Mexican Millet Salad with Paprika Chicken

My very good friend Allison (check her out on Choices.Habits.Lifestyle) inspired this dish. She made a quinoa salad with vegetables a few weeks ago and we went off on a tangent about all the different varieties of salads we could try. I really enjoyed creating this dish. If you are someone that truly enjoys the textures and … Continue reading


Memorial Day was a time of sun and family time. I decided to cook for my family. You all know how crazy I am about Julie & Julia. I watched it…yes, again…the night before and was inspired to make bruschetta…yes, again…as part of my Memorial Day din din. I grilled for the first time! I’m … Continue reading

Quickie Chicken and Tomatoes

I spent the day in Avery Island, LA with my best friend and her daughter (my “niece”). If you’ve never taken the Tabasco/Jungle Gardens tour, you must you must you must. It’s such a unique thing to do on a wonderfully sunny day. Lucky day: If you purchased anything from the gift shop today, you got … Continue reading


I was near Chicago all last week. I was able to visit and do tourist-y things with my own personal tour guide for 9 straight hours on Sunday. My. body. hates. me. Someone once said that when you turn 30 it’s all down hill from here. Well, I’m starting to feel the transition. I’ve always imagined Chicago … Continue reading