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Aztec Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream

What is there to say about this ice cream? It’s all gone, I’ll tell you that much. Need I say more? Considering this is my 3rd batch of ice cream this week, I’d say I’m doing a pretty darn good job of embracing ice cream season fully and completely. Hey, don’t judge. I had a...

Goat Cheese-Stuffed Fried Zucchini Blossoms

Fried zucchini blossoms just sound awesome, and they’re always something I’ve wanted to make. Unfortunately, not having sufficient real estate to grow my own zucchini if only to harvest the flowers, I was pretty much relegated to what was available at the farmers’ markets or grocery stores, and never once had I seen zucchini blossoms...

Alaska Inside Passage Cruise aboard the Ruby Princess: Part II

Day 5 brought us to Skagway, Alaska, the Northern-most stop on our journey. The only thing more beautiful than the weather was the scenery that greeted us there. (In case you missed it, Part I can be found here). We headed out on a “Skagway in Focus” photography tour, guided by a professional photographer who...

Alaska Inside Passage Cruise aboard the Ruby Princess: Part I

When it rains, it pours. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Despite the fact that we were still playing catch-up from our grand Europe adventure, we simply couldn’t turn down an invitation to sail for Alaska aboard the Ruby Princess. Timing be damned, when Alaska calls, you answer. I know I still owe you...

Strawberry Limoncello Jam

Start your canners, mason jars ready… it’s canning season, y’all! First to the starting gate is the ever popular strawberry. Spring’s pride and joy, May’s main squeeze. Load up while you can, folks, because these beauties won’t last forever. I was inspired to create this jam after seeing a similar concoction from Nashville’s own Bathtub...

Lemon Meringue Ice Cream

Disclaimer: this ice cream is for serious lemon lovers only. Which, I’ll admit, isn’t me. I can do lightly lemon desserts. Sometimes. I like a hint of lemon tartness with my fruit, or a bit of lemon paired with plenty of rich, buttery pastry. But given the choice, I will always choose chocolate over lemon....

On life, death, and fishing.

It’s been a tough few weeks for me. I’ve been in catch-up mode ever since we got back from Europe, slowly making a dent in my backlog of design work, while at the same time trying to sift through and edit and whittle down my thousands of photos from Paris and Barcelona, trying to get my posts...

Sweet Chili Sesame Chicken

I’m not one to dredge up the past, unless of course it involves food. I was never a very adventurous eater as a kid (can you say, supertaster?) and so, from age 5 to 25, anytime we went to Little Ollie’s (one of the few Chinese food restaurants in the little town where I grew...

European Adventure Part I: Bonus Day in London

We’ve been talking about this trip for years. Pretty much as soon as we got home from our (belated) honeymoon in Italy 5 years ago, it’s been “Where should we go next?” It was pretty clear that France and Spain (Paris and Barcelona, to be exact) topped our shortlist, and being that they are somewhat...

Homemade Taco Seasoning

No matter the season, it’s taco season(ing). Seriously though. Is there anything as satisfying year-round as a classic American taco: soft or crunchy, beef or turkey, piled high with the toppings of your choice? It’s the ultimate democratic food: everyone gets exactly what they want. Just in case you thought that all taco seasoning comes...