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

Easy Cheese and Corn Salsa

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Before I get into the whys and wherefores of this ridiculously easy and delicious cheese and corn salsa, I wanted to explain myself.  I meant to mention this before I left, but I missed posting over the last week or so because the Southern husband and I were helping our newly minted college graduate daughter move to her new apartment.  More on that below, but as any of you who have ever packed and unpacked a moving box know, moving is EXHAUSTING.  Which means that sometimes you might only have the strength to have chips and salsa for dinner.  And if you are going to have chips and salsa for dinner, you might as well go all out and have this ready-in-5-minutes cheese and corn version! Read More & Get the Recipe

Lobster Avocado Soup and Sing For Hope!

lobster avocado soup

I am ridiculously excited about everything I am about to tell you, and not just because it involves a recipe for creamy, dreamy Lobster Avocado soup!  As delectable as this recipe is (and it IS!), even more delectable is everything I am going to tell you and show you about an amazing project going on right this very minute called Sing for Hope.  (And I promise that somewhere in all of this I will make an actual connection between lobster avocado soup and Sing For Hope, but you know's a process).  In the meantime, get ready for an inspirational true story about 50 old pianos, how they got a new lease on life and are in the process of bringing hope and joy to a whole bunch of people.  Here goes! Read More & Get the Recipe

Easy Cookies and Jam Ice Cream Sandwiches

cookies and jam ice cream sandwiches

This recipe for easy cookies and jam ice cream sandwiches is almost not a recipe...that's how ridiculously easy it is.  But since it involves three ingredients (cookies, jam and ice cream) and they have to be assembled into an ice cream sandwich, and because this pipsqueak of a recipe is going to be my go-to dessert of the summer because of that magical combo of easy and delicious, I need to share it with you.  It's also endlessly customizable (more on that later), and I'm hoping at this point you are convinced and would just like me to get on with telling you the details. Which you have probably already guessed, but just in case... Read More & Get the Recipe

Molasses Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

molasses cookie ice cream sandwiches

Does anyone remember Chipwiches?  I have a fond, find memory of these late, great, gone but not forgotten ice cream sandwich beauties.  I was in college, and I had a summer job working on Wall Street in downtown New York City for a corporate law firm.  This was an awesome thing because aside from getting to commute in and out of work on the train with my dad every day (which I LOVED - he would share his New York Times with me in the morning and buy me pretzel sticks for the ride home), it was also my first real introduction to the noisy, frenetic, aromatic, hustle and bustle that is summer in New York City.  It was also the summer that the Chipwich took Manhattan by storm, which many years later has led to these molasses cookie ice cream sandwiches.   Read More & Get the Recipe

Spring Vegetable and Ricotta Tartines

spring vegetable tartine

It is April 2nd, and we are supposed to be surrounded by lambs and crocuses at this point, and all I will say is that there is still snow on my driveway.  Stubborn, icy, not going anywhere soon piles of snow.   And so I have decided to fight back with tartines.  Golden, crispy tartines spread with fresh ricotta cheese and topped with baby green peas and roasted green asparagus and drizzled with olive oil, and did I mention they had lots of springtime green on them?  Maybe I can nosh my way to spring.  Hey, at this point I will try anything! Read More & Get the Recipe