Homemade Hummus

As I socially isolate at home, I am taking the opportunity to utilize items in my pantry that have been there a while. I always keep a good supply of dry beans of numerous types on hand and decided to put some dried garbanzo beans (chickpeas) to use. In using up items from my freezer…

Rice Krispie Treats

Sometimes the simplest things are the most satisfying. My husband’s birthday is this week and as always, I offer to make him anything his heart desires. And as always, he asks for Rice Krispie Treats. He won’t even let me get creative with them and brown the butter, add a hint of nutmeg or throw…

Cilantro

Cilantro Being “stuck” at home gives those of us who like to garden plenty of opportunity to get our spring cleaning done. There are weeds to pull, seeds to start, beds to amend, birdhouses to clean and plants to transplant. By now, you’ve probably noticed cilantro returning to your herb garden thanks to fallen seeds…

George Dickel Tennessee Whisky

Regular readers of this site may remember I’m more of a Bourbon guy than a Tennessee Whiskey guy. Odd, I know, considering I’m a native Tennessean (Nashville). I’ve just never developed a love for Tennessee Whiskey, no matter the purveyor. I have to admit, however, the new George Dickel Bottled in Bond Tennessee Whisky (spelled…

Smoked Chili

As we inch toward spring, I find myself craving one last batch of chili. So yesterday I gave into that temptation and since it was a mild day, carried it to the smoker rather than keep it inside on the stove or in the slow cooker. WOW! What a terrific difference that made and now…

Lemon Chicken

Let’s be honest … boneless, skinless chicken breasts can be quite boring. But it doesn’t have to be. I found a super sale at the supermarket on this type of chicken and have the recipe that transforms them. I start by cutting the breasts in half lengthwise because they were huge. Then after an overnight…

Bacon-wrapped Pork

If you are like me, you grill all year. And with the dreary weather we’ve been having, I took advantage of a rare sunny Saturday to fire it up. I stocked up on pork tenderloins when they were on sale at the supermarket a few months ago. One of my resolutions for the New Year…

Crème Brulee

Crème Brulee What’s not to like about smooth, rich creamy custard topped with a caramelized sugar topping? Crème brulee is French for “burnt cream” but the origins are English. It seems difficult, but is actually very easy to make with just an investment in time. And while a blow torch is fun for preparing the…

Jingles – Ready to go!

Ready to go! So many times over the past year, I have wanted time to stand still as Jingles, our future Super Hero for Southeastern Guide Dogs has grown up before our eyes. We got her at 8 weeks old and now she is approaching 14 months. Jingles has perfected her commands, but time did…

Popcorn Meal Cornbread

I have always carried a bit of culinary pride in cornbread. For decades, I have used Martha White Self-Rising Cornmeal along with buttermilk, oil and an egg. That recipe along with a perfectly seasoned cast iron skillet guarantees a perfect outcome every single time. I could make it in my sleep.   So when my…