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    Creamy Dreamy Eggplant Lasagna

    Sometimes I can’t turn my brain off, and when that happens it’s usually when I am in bed and can’t sleep. So what do I do when this happens? I pinterest and google images of food. Strange, I know! This … Continue reading

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    Wild About Mushroom Soup

      Mushrooms. Can you believe for majority of my life I disliked them? Loathed them, if you will. I honestly couldn’t tell you if it was their taste because I could never get past the texture of them.

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    Spicy Thai Seafood Soup

    If there is one thing I love, it’s a spicy bowl of soup that warms me up! Well maybe two things…I also love seafood. With this meal I wanted to travel to Thailand and liven up our menu. If you … Continue reading

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    Shaved Fennel and Pear Salad with Asian Vinaigrette and Salmon

    When I began thinking about what I wanted to post for lunch recipes, many things came to mind. I wanted to make something light, tasty, and easy. I love simple salads that pack a good punch of flavor with good … Continue reading

Give Your Chicken a Little Thyme and Love


The humble chicken. Juicy when cooked correctly, dry as shoe leather when I let my boyfriend cook it (sorry honey!).πŸ™‚

I love chicken because it is the perfect vehicle to such a variety of flavors. You want Mexican? Marinate your chicken in lime juice, olive oil, garlic, chipotles in adobo, and the juice of a freshly squeezed orange. Asian? Stir fry it with sesame oil, Sambal, lime juice, ginger, orange juice, and cilantro. Splash in some coconut aminos at the end and put it on top of some veggies.

But sometimes I’m in the mood for something classical. A pairing that goes together as magical as sea salt and caramel. (I’m a tad obsessed with anything that has sea salt and caramel mixed together–just a little known fact.) Continue reading

Love Me Tender: My Valentines Day Dinner


Valentines Day. This should be a time when I am excited and anxious to see what my honey is going to surprise me with. Maybe even start fantasizing and practicing the many different ways I can possibly say, “YES!”

To be honest…I agonized more over what I wanted to make for Troy for this special day. What could I possibly make him that would make him know how much I care and appreciate him? Β You see, food is an expression of love. A lot of time and planning goes into a meal I make for someone. I take into consideration who they are, what they like, what I might be able to introduce them to that they will appreciate and fall in love with like I have. Flavors are the key to creating a meal that my loved ones remember.

For this special Valentines Day meal I decided to make Troy a cocoa and ancho chile rubbed ribeye with roasted onion mashed potatoes and thyme roasted Brussels sprouts with a blueberry sauce.Β  Continue reading

Our Little Hen Grew Up to be a Rooster

HENLast September Troy and I needed to make a trip to the feed store to pick up some more feed for our two chickens, Lucy and Ethel. To our surprise, the feed store had just gotten in some baby Rhode Island Red chickens. I was in love at first sight!

When I first held Hershey I knew that this was the baby chick for us. She was so small and calm, just the kind of chicken Troy and I wanted. Continue reading

Island Meatballs with a Side of Spice

Island Spiced Meatballs

I woke up this morning thinking about these meatballs…. I will not say if there was or was not a little drool either.

I’ve been dreaming about Pina Coladas. Maybe it is because of the Whole30 and not having any kind of alcoholic beverage for thirty days…. Maybe it is because I want to be on a beach with the sun on my face, relaxing with a little umbrella drink in my hand. But I have been aching to get my hands on a tasty recipe that I could indulge on! Continue reading

Day 1 of life after the Whole30


It’s finally here! It has been 30 days in the making, but day 1 of my life after the Whole30 has started.

I feel amazing! I love the Whole30 because it allows me to focus and concentrate on how food makes me feel. It does eliminate certain foods, but the reasoning is what made me comfortable with my decision to start this program last year. The foods that you abstain from for 30 days are the leading causes of inflammation, insomnia, skin reactions, allergies, sinuses, and the list goes on and on.

But it’s only 30 days. Continue reading