Honey Roasted Cardamom California Walnuts-15128

Honey Roasted Cardamom California Walnuts

One of the many perks of being in charge of a test kitchen is that I get to constantly challenge myself. Whether its looking a salmon (literally) in the eye or attacking a creme brulee with an blow-torch, I am always quite happily stepping out of my comfort zone. As I say time and time again, the cooking process is about learning and that is why I absolutely love it. One particular dish I have always been afraid to try is a honey roasted nut. So, when I was approached by California Walnuts for a collaboration, I figured this was …

Lavender Madeleines-13359

Lavender Madeleines

If it’s Spring, then I’m finding any excuse I can to throw a tea party. Personally, I believe tea parties can work well for any season, but there’s something about the fresh blooms and delicious fruits of Springtime that make it a bit more magical. So, today I was inspired by this gorgeously styled seasonal shoot and dreamed up a Lavender Madeleines recipe to compliment your own teatime plans. Bake up a batch of these bitesize treats and make sure to send me some! LAVENDER MADELEINES INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons of edible lavender Edible lavender stocks (for garnish) 2 cups of …

Cinnamon Backwoods Cocktail-12898

Cinnamon Backwoods Cocktail

When in Charleston, embrace the Southern culture and enjoy a good old fashioned regional drink.  Inspired by today’s South Carolinian nuptials, our Cinnamon Backwoods Cocktail is sure to transport you to the days of southern charm with a hint of 1920’s prohibition. Take part in a bit of America’s naughtier history as you sip on this libation and follow along as Angie and Mike give us a peek into their Charleston nuptials. Photographer Priscilla Thomas walks us through the day: Angie and Mike’s Wickliffe House wedding features fresh spring colors of blue, blush and white. The couple worked together on every …

Glazed Glitter Donuts-14601

Glazed Glitter Donuts

Your alarm did not go off this morning, so you barely had time to get dressed and rush to work. On the commute, you spilled your coffee down the front of you. At work your boss micromanaged your every move and your tuna melt sandwich at lunch was stale. You got stuck in traffic on the way home and you forgot to DVR your favorite show that you wanted to watch tonight. You know what you need right now? Glitter donuts! Yes. That is the only thing that is going to turn this day around. You know it. I know …

Versatile Macarons-14537

Versatile Macarons

If you follow along on this website, then you know I like to use food for more than just eating. It actually serves as an excellent decoration, game piece, gifts, and an even organizational purpose. In the past I’ve given you ideas on how to decorate your shelves with margaritas, repurpose a vintage buffet as a donut bar, and even an edible paint tutorial. Simply stated, food is versatile. There is no more versatile piece of food than the macaron cookie. Not only is this one of the better tasting desserts, it can serve multiple purposes. As today’s stylized party …

Waffle-Iron Hashbrown Sandwiches-13425

Waffle-Iron Hashbrown Sandwiches

I have a secret to admit that I am ashamed of. I am in a dinner rut. That’s right, in my family we have four dinner dishes that are constantly on repeat. Now before you get all my-cooking-is-holier-than-thou on me, don’t pretend that you’re not doing the exact same thing. I can see your downcast eyes and slightly flushed cheeks! But, hey it is an easy trap to fall into… you rush to the market without an ingredient list so you just buy the stuff you need for the three to five different meals you already have memorized. And so the …

2016 Spring Cocktail Recipes-13367

2016 Spring Cocktail Recipes

One of the many perks of my job is that I get sent free booze all the time. Yes, I know it’s awesome. Firstly, it is very important to note that I drink responsibly and I highly encourage you, my spectacular reader, to do so as well. Of course, I do not take this lovely perk for granted. I am so very lucky to sample these wonderful libations from some of the best drink brands around and pinch myself that this is my day job. To the delight (and sometimes, chagrin) of my friends and family, I like play mixologist …

Pulled Bourbon Cedar Springs Veal-13205

Pulled Bourbon Cedar Springs Veal

In my life, there’s a constant battle brewing between eating healthy and delicious food.  Plus, add on top of that the fact that I’m a working mom with a growing small business… it’s a very slippy slope towards fast food and high-caloric TV dinners. I’m constantly vowing to cook healthier meals for my family and also challenge myself to make them just as delicious as our splurge dinners. So I was up for the challenge when Mountain States Rosen chose me to compete in their “ReVEALing Excellence” recipe contest. I was tasked to come up with a slow cooker recipe for their healthy …