Category Archives: Recipes

For Pi Day: Shepherd’s Pie with a Twist

Shepards pie - chicken (2)Because today is Pi Day (3.14)—and next Tuesday is Saint Patrick’s Day—this seems the perfect time to share a great pie recipe, even if it doesn’t have the usual pie crust.

Last fall, I was asked to make shepherd’s pie for a client dinner party. The “twist” was that they asked me to make it healthy and with ground turkey instead of the traditional ground lamb or ground beef (when it would be called a cottage pie). That’s the Irish tradition, anyway.  Continue reading

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A Simple, Elegant Appetizer

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Sometimes it is the simple preparations that make the biggest impression on clients and guests, especially when you highlight fresh ingredients.

Last summer, I was catering an event for a French-American school family, and my clients requested this appetizer. Ever since then, I have tried to work it into menus for other clients. Continue reading

Mardi Gras Gumbo

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It’s Mardi Gras season down in the South, and Fat Tuesday is upon us. For those of you who do not know, Fat Tuesday is today—the day before Ash Wednesday and the last day before Lent begins. Continue reading

A Nice Winter Salad

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It’s easy to associate salads with spring and summer menus, when the farmers’ markets and our gardens are full of fresh vegetables and leafy greens. But I like to serve salads year round, and there’s no reason you can’t find fresh, organic vegetables for your table even in January. Continue reading

Breakfast Change of Pace

Scones and Meatlof 011If you follow this blog, you might have seen the most recent rendition of meatloaf that I posted in November: Turkey, Sweet Potato & Kale Loaf.  The recipe was adapted from a meatloaf I had when I was in Chicago.

While I thought the meatloaf was delicious, my husband will not eat kale. This left me with an entire loaf to consume by myself. Because it was so good, this was not really a hardship, but I did find myself trying to come up with creative ways to serve it. Continue reading

Sweet Potato Oven Fries

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Happy New Year!

Now that we have survived the holiday madness and settled back into life, it is time to get back to blogging. I wanted to share with you one of my go-to side dishes. I enjoy these year long, whether I am on the Whole30 challenge or not. Continue reading

Upscale Grilled Cheese

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Whether I am going out to eat, thumbing through cookbooks, or flipping through magazines, my mind is constantly on the lookout for new ideas and inspiration. In addition, many of my clients share recipes they would like me to try, and so does my mother—as I have mentioned numerous times. Continue reading