Chicken Parmesan Pasta

chicken parmesan pasta

You know how sometimes you go to a restaurant and you are helpless in the face of the Chicken Parmesan on the menu, so you order it and the server asks if you would like pasta on the side, and of course you say YES and then you have a giant plate of chicken parm and a giant plate of pasta and you momentarily don't know which to dive into first?  This recipe for chicken parmesan pasta solves that issue for you.  Yes, we are talking about chicken, cheese, pasta, tomato and a little fresh basil in every happy bite.  I KNOW.  Let's make some! Read More & Get the Recipe

Cold Corn and Shrimp Soup

cold corn chowder

This cold corn and shrimp soup is one of my very favorites, because not only is it  full of delicious summertime flavors, it also fits in perfectly with my in and out of the kitchen mantra.  My goal during the week is to get in the door and go from walking into the kitchen to dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less. It's a personal challenge for me (and I have to admit I cut corners a little bit by leaving the recipe out in the mornings, because most days the adorable Southern husband gets out the ingredients and stacks them on the counter for me. Did I mention he also cleans up the kitchen afterwords? Yes, I do know how very, very good I have it.) Read More & Get the Recipe

Caprese Bread Pudding

caprese bread pudding recipe

  Up until recently I was pretty sure I had caprese-ed everything there was to caprese.  Steak, pasta, peaches, and of course the good old caprese salad.  I love each and every one of them, but as it turns out, they were all just delicious preludes to the wonder that is this caprese bread pudding recipe.  Yes, it's exactly what you hope and dream it is - torn pieces of buttery brioche bread soaked in milk and  eggs, and then baked with slices of sweet heirloom tomatoes and creamy mozzarella cheese, and then scattered with basil leaves and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.   It is warm and wonderful summer on a plate, pure and simple.  Let's get to caprese-ing! Read More & Get the Recipe

Shrimp Avocado Salad

shrimp avocado salad

Are you one of those people who (like me) can't say no to either shrimp cocktail or guacamole?  Then you are going to LOVE this easy, summery shrimp avocado salad.  Cool chopped shrimp, buttery avocado, salty crunchy cashews, sweet cherry tomatoes, tangy lime juice...I am running out of adjectives, so instead I will just say that not only is this a fun conglomeration of so many of my food crushes in one bowl, it also breaks all indoor speed records for making it.  As in, you put everything together in a bowl, you mix it up gently, and you proceed directly with your fork in your hand to the dinner table.  Does it get any better than this?  Nor for us shrimp and avocado lovers it doesn't! Read More & Get the Recipe

Spiced Peaches with Serrano Ham and Basil


There are a few things that say to me, it is completely, totally, no doubt about it summer.  Like these spiced peaches with Serrano ham and basil. And the day we flip the switch on the ceiling fans and don't turn it off again until October.  The day it is actually hot enough for me to put on my bathing suit In Public.  The day my basil gets so rampant that I start figuring out if I can work it into a breakfast recipe along with lunch and dinner.  And the day that the REAL peaches hit the farmer's market.  Not the rock hard ones that have been flown in during the winter, but the sweet-smelling, velvety, juicy peaches that are just begging to be bitten into.  Yep, peach juice on your chin - you know what I'm talking about! Read More & Get the Recipe

Raspberry Fizz

raspberry fizz

This refreshing little raspberry fizz recipe came about as a result of me not being able to keep my hands off of ANYTHING that has the word "local" on it at our nearby farm market.  Local strawberries, local peaches, local blueberries...they all have me at hello.  And local raspberries?  They immediately bring back memories of my grandmother's Vermont farm, where we were sent out with buckets to bring back blackberries and raspberries with the promise of pie.  So that little cardboard container with the cheery fuzzy raspberries didn't stand a chance.  Nope, I popped it in my cart and brought it home where I made it right into that sparkly glass of raspberry fizz you see up there.  You can too! Read More & Get the Recipe