Archive for September, 2012

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes


One of our family’s favorite side dishes is roasted potatoes. We chop our taters into bite-sized pieces, roll them around in olive oil and rosemary goodness, and then bake them until they’re nicely browned and crisp on the outside. Yum! You can have your french fries, America – I’ll take these much healthier and tastier spuds!

Chicken Marsala III


Chicken Marsala, how we love thee. This is our third attempt at this wonderful dish. I must say, we’re getting pretty good at this! I suppose it never hurts being able to whip up one of your family’s favorite recipes in a jiffy, eh?

Spinach and Artichoke Dip


My mom requested that I make some sort of dip for her birthday cookout, perhaps spinach and artichoke dip. I’ve never made any before, so I thought this would be a good time to give it a shot. I wanted something fairly quick and simple, because I wouldn’t have a whole lot of time to make it. After reviewing and searching for several recipes, I finally found one that had a lot of great reviews and seemed simple enough.

Cinnamon Apple Cake


I was craving dessert the other night but had no idea what to make. I didn’t want to make a trip to the grocery store, so we were limited to what we had on hand, which did NOT include chocolate (unfortunately!) Herb and I each grabbed a couple of cookbooks and started flipping pages.

Zookeeper Bistro


Restaurant Review of Zookeeper Bistro in Cashiers, North Carolina

On our recent family trip to Highlands, North Carolina, we stopped in a little town called Cashiers along the way. It was a small town but very quaint and friendly. After browsing in an antique store and a farmer’s market, we decided to have a late lunch at the Zookeeper Bistro.

Roasted Chicken with Balsamic Bell Peppers


Most of the time, I do the cooking while Herb assists me and takes gorgeous pictures. However, he does occasionally take it upon himself to pick out a recipe and make it himself! He told me a few days ago that he wanted to fix dinner for us, and that I could help if I wanted to, or just kick back and relax.

Cyprus Restaurant


Our family recently took a weekend trip to Highlands, North Carolina. Highlands is a very cute and small mountain town. The downtown area is only about two blocks, but is filled with great one-of-a-kind shops and stores. There aren’t really any chain hotels, restaurants, or stores in the area, which we very much appreciated.

Mark’s Rise-and-Shine Sourdough French Toast


One of my favorite things in the world is breakfast, especially when my dad makes his signature french toast!

Harvest Table Restaurant


Restaurant Review of the Harvest Table Restaurant

Tucked away in the tiny town of Meadowview, Virginia is a wonderful farm-to-table restaurant that is appropriately named the Harvest Table Restaurant. Everything served at the restaurant is fresh, delicious, and truly local, from the vegetables and meats to the wine and beer. Even the seafood is regionally harvested from the Virginia and Carolina shores.

Herb’s Bruschetta


One Saturday recently I took my Nana to the local farmer’s market to get some fresh veggies. Tomatoes were in abundance, so I purchased a few, not entirely sure what I would use them for. Then the idea of a simple bruschetta recipe came to me – putting the tomatoes with some of our fresh garden basil and cheese on toast! Sounds like a great lunch to me!

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