Salted Butterscotch Crème Brûlée

Salted Butterscotch Crème Brûlée

Turning sugar, butter and cream into this browned, decadent custard is only made better by devouring it fireside in the dead of winter. Can be made up to four days ahead. Salted Butterscotch Crème Brûlée all around please!

Egg Nog Chess Pie with bananas and cream…

It seems fittin’ to use up that last bit of holiday eggnog in a good old southern chess pie. ‘Nog and bananas go together like mac and cheese, so partake of pie while toasting toes in front of a cozy fire as you settle into the New Year.

Roasted Grape & Cheese Crostini with spiced pecan crumbs

Sometimes we just need “a little something” to nibble on — roasting grapes and serving over warm, softened cheese on crostini is a new favorite! The grapes become nice and “jammy” and oh-so-good with a drizzle of herbed oil, vinegar and honey. No exact measurements needed for this one.

Pig Pick’n Banana Pudding… and an ode to my fave birthday cake (& missing Ms. Ethel!)

Pig Pick'n Banana Pudding! Two loves... Pig Pick'n Cake playing together with Banana Pudding! What's not to love here?

This Pig Pick’n Banana Pudding is a marriage of 2 of my favorites… pig picking cake and good old banana pudding! What’s not to love here?

Don’t throw away those watermelon rinds!

Wait! Don't throw that watermelon rind away...

Stop… Don’t throw that watermelon rind away! Throw this together… Bogue Sound Watermelon Rind drizzled with Carolina Gold Oil! Great for nibblin, appetize’n… or on top of your tacos, hot dogs, salads and more.

Hot and Sour Soup With Rotisserie Chicken & crispy wonton noodles

Hot and Sour Soup with Rotisserie Chicken

Some recipes for tasty hot and sour soup can take hours and require hard-to-find ingredients. This simple version takes only 30 minutes from prep to table when using time-saving rotisserie chicken.

Spicy Citrus Seafood Cocktail With NC wild-caught shrimp

Spicy Citrus NC Seafood Cocktail

Published in Carolina Country Magazine July 2020 Who has time or desire to do much cooking during the lazy hazy hot days of North Carolina summer?  Not me! Y’all, this seafood cocktail is light… so full of flavor with just a hint of fresh citrus, and only a little bit of fuss when it comes… Continue reading Spicy Citrus Seafood Cocktail With NC wild-caught shrimp

No-Churn Cantaloupe & Coconut Ice Cream With vanilla bean

No Churn Cantaloupe & Coconut Ice Cream with vanilla bean!

Nothing says summer like the combination of sweet, ripe cantaloupe and creamy coconut. Close your eyes and you might even think you’ve landed on a tropical island with this no-churn Cantaloupe and Coconut Ice Cream with vanilla bean.

Krispy Kreme Cannoli Strawberry Shortcakes!

We love strawberry time! And Krispy Kreme doughnuts, of course. How about an NC cannoli strawberry shortcake? Those signature doughnuts, combined with a creamy cannoli-like filling, sweet berries, plus a pillow of whipped cream drizzled with chocolate? Yes, please!

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