papaya rum punch

Papaya Rum Punch

Papaya rum punch is a vibrant, tropical cocktail that captures the essence of an island getaway in every sip. Combining the luscious sweetness of ripe papaya with the bold kick of rum, this drink is both refreshing and indulgent. Perfect for a summer gathering or a relaxing evening on the back patio, this fruity rum […]

roasted olive oil tomatoes

Roasted Olive Oil Tomatoes

As we bask in the sun-kissed days of summer, it’s time to celebrate the vibrant flavors of fresh tomatoes. One easy way to enhance their natural sweetness is by oven-roasting them with rich, flavorful extra virgin olive oil. Whether you’re serving them alongside grilled meats, tossing them into a salad, or simply enjoying them with […]

lemon tart

Lemon Tart “Tarte au Citron”

As the sun blazes and temperatures rise, there’s nothing quite like a classic lemon tart to refresh your palate. Originating from France, this dessert epitomizes the delicate balance of French patisserie, combining a buttery, flaky crust with a smooth, tangy lemon filling. This is a lovely dessert to enjoy after a sun-drenched afternoon and a […]

summer squash pasta

Summer Squash Pasta

Summer squash pasta is a delightful ode to the vibrant flavors of summer, making it a perfect quick meal that celebrates the abundance of zucchini and yellow summer squash. This dish embraces simplicity without compromising on taste and captures the light and refreshing essence of the season. The addition of fresh lemon juice at the […]


BBQ Smoked Brisket

My husband wanted a good BBQ brisket but we don’t have a smoker. I told him to try making a brisket without it. He looked at me perplexed. I told him I had read about it a few times before, but never tried it and that he should. He dismissed it. I sent him a […]

berry icebox cake

Berry Icebox Cake

Summer is upon us, and with it comes the desire for refreshing treats to beat the heat. Look no further than the delightful simplicity of a berry icebox cake. This easy-to-assemble, no-bake wonder is a dream dessert for those sunny days when turning on the oven seems like an unbearable task. I’ve blogged about icebox […]

skinny colada

Coconut Water Skinny Colada

I can’t lie, I LOVE piña coladas, especially when I’m parked on a tropical beach somewhere totally amazing. But if I’m not lounging oceanside, I happen to have a great, guilt-free alternative I like to whip up now and again, and truthfully, it’s just as refreshing. Let’s call it like it is, calorie-wise, a traditional […]

coconut shrimp

Coconut Shrimp With Chili Garlic Sauce

Golden-brown, crispy fried coconut shrimp served with a chili garlic sauce is a culinary masterpiece born from the inventive minds of coastal kitchens and delivers a symphony of flavors and textures with each bite. This delightful dish, with roots likely tracing back to the vibrant shores of Southeast Asia, boasts a perfect marriage of succulent […]

key lime pie

Key Lime Pie

Indulge in a slice of sunshine with the iconic key lime pie, a dessert that awakens the taste buds with its zesty flavor and smooth, velvety texture. This beloved dessert has captured hearts and palates worldwide for decades and is a favorite of my husband, which is why I’m blogging about it. It’s also the […]

pork Milanese

Pork Milanese

Pork is “the other white meat”, or so it’s been called. In 1987 the U.S. National Pork Board began an aggressive advertising campaign to help position pork as a white meat alternative since it was commonly getting overlooked by consumers. The campaign was paid for using a checkoff (tax) collected from the initial sale of […]

Austrian pancake

Austrian Pancake “Kaiserschmarren”

In the heart of the Austrian Alps, a culinary masterpiece was born – the Kaiserchmarren. Legend has it that this fluffy and indulgent pancake dish was first created for Emperor Franz Joseph I in the late 19th century. The name “Kaiser” itself pays homage to the imperial connection, as “Kaiser” translates to “emperor” in German. […]

tres leche cake

Tres Leches Cake

This is a favorite of mine. A tres leches cake, also known as a “three-milk cake”, is a dense, moist cake made with three types of milk and topped with a generous whipped cream topping.  The unusual aspect of this cake is that after baking it is poked with numerous holes and then soaked for […]

Mochi brownies

Mochi Brownies

If you’re a brownie fan, keep reading, these outrageous chocolate mochi brownies may just be the dessert of your dreams. Mochi brownies are a delightful fusion of traditional brownies and Japanese mochi. Made with mochiko, (glutinous rice flour), which gives these brownies a slightly chewy feel, in addition to an unexpected bounce and lightness, that […]

Spinach And Feta Frittata

Spinach And Feta Frittata

If you’re looking for a delicious and nutritious brunch option, look no further than this effortless spinach and feta frittata. A frittata, for those unfamiliar, is an Italian-style dish that falls somewhere between an omelet and a quiche. While an omelet is typically folded over its fillings and cooked quickly, and a quiche features a […]



Elevate your cocktail experience with the exquisite saketini, a harmonious blend of Japanese tradition and modern mixology. This cocktail features sake as its star and is a unique twist on the classic martini. I fell in love with the vast variety of sakes when traveling in Japan last summer. The best advice I got from […]

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