Apple Chicken Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Chicken Salad with Apples & Lemon Dressing

On occasion, I have opportunity to create recipes for all sorts of food companies.  Recipe development is my favorite thing to do of all the many things I do!  I have been fortunate to do this for LM Companies… a large produce distributor.  A while ago, they asked me to create some apple recipes for… Continue reading Apple Chicken Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

How to Host a Pig Picking… and P.S., barbecue is a noun, not a verb!

....a southern tradition ~ the pig pick'n

Ahhh… the good ole southern NC pig picking! Here’s all you need to know to host one for yourself. Nothing is much finer than gathering friends and family to pick pork, is there?

Pulled Pork & Orzo Italian Salad With roasted garlic

Published in Carolina Country Magazine May 2020 Creations like this one is why I sometimes feel like the Queen of Throw Cooking!  Because that is just how this tasty salad came to be. Each year, on the 2nd Sunday in September,  Dinner in the Meadow is held in Franklin County outside Louisburg, NC. Held atop… Continue reading Pulled Pork & Orzo Italian Salad With roasted garlic

Grilled Southwestern Romaine Salad with NC Shrimp

Let your grill do the work on this one… dressed up or down as you’d like, grilled southwestern romaine with NC Shrimp is as quick a side as you can fix … but watch it closely, it is ready in a flash!

Traditional Hawaiian Macaroni Salad… with my little twist

  Published in Carolina Country Magazine  May 2018 OK… for starters, let me just say that if you are no fan of mayonnaise, you’ll want to skip this one!  Because THE big “thing” about Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is mayonnaise, and a LOT of it. The noodles are cooked soft… well past al dente (it is… Continue reading Traditional Hawaiian Macaroni Salad… with my little twist

Winter Citrus Salad… with blood orange & red wine vinaigrette ~ Sunshine!

Vibrant citrus fruits are plentiful in the dead of winter, and this is a great salad to brighten the dreariest of days. Don’t worry about exact measurements for salad ingredients. Use as much or as little as suits your fancy.

Are your bloomers exposed tonight?

Tub ‘o Chive Gotcha! I’m not much on that yard work stuff… but on occasion, it’s simply necessary.  I’ve been at it for weeks, in snippets (to make it more digestible)… in order to make sure I’m as de-snakified as can be.  Because for those who know me, know that I DO NOT DO SNAKES.… Continue reading Are your bloomers exposed tonight?

…i can almost smell salt air!

Here it is, middle of February, and as typical here in North Carolina, we’re having a beautimous day approaching 80 degrees!  A few windows have flung open to ‘air out’ the house, hopefully blowing out the germs from another visit from Mr. Winter Crud.  I’m trying to pretend the fragrance of Vick’s Vaporizer that fills the air… Continue reading …i can almost smell salt air!

Candy Apple Slaw… fall in a bowl!

A fun fall slaw with red apples, toasted pecans and peanut brittle!

                    And just like that, it’s fall!  A few morns have dang near felt like we went from summer right into winter. Time to fire up those pig cookers around here in North Carolina and gather ’round friends and family. Each month, I create a couple… Continue reading Candy Apple Slaw… fall in a bowl!

Italian Rotisserie Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

Throw together this no-cook chicken salad in no time for a tasty meal on a hot summer's day.

Well here we are, in the dog days of summer!  In my neck of the woods, it’s been the monsoon days of summer. Rain! RaiN! RAIN!  But hopefully, we have a little break in sight for that and can now “look forward” to good old hot.humid.days.of.August!  And who wants to turn on anything that will… Continue reading Italian Rotisserie Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes