Stir Fried Rice with Tofu, Arugula, and Sunny Side Up Egg


Solo dining isn’t my favorite thing at all, but since I frequently only have one mouth to feed (for now) during the week I have several go-to quick recipes for one. Typically I utilize leftovers or empty the freezer of frozen vegetables to create meals out of what I have on hand already. It really…

Smoked Chicken & Sausage Gumbo with Shrimp and Okra


  Growing up next door to Louisiana, I was privileged enough to eat several scrumptious, steaming bowls of Gumbo at various cook outs, potlucks, and football games over the years. It is a very comforting and nostalgic stew for me and I love to make it. I usually only treat myself to it during Mardi…

Jalapeno Popper Pizza with Fresh Ricotta


Jalapeno Popper Pizza with Fresh Ricotta, another delicious pizza created on one of our fantastic pizza nights (photobomb courtesy of Finn). The sweetness of the fresh ricotta really complimented the spicy jalapeno and the umami kick of the bacon, which I favor over mozzarella for this recipe. I definitely recommend making your own ricotta or…

Pecan Smoked Jerk Chicken, Coconut Rice with Peas and Saffron


I absolutely love smoked poultry. Well, I love anything smoked really but I especially love slow smoked chicken and turkey. This recipe I brined a whole chicken for 24 hrs, marinated it in a jerk rub for a bit, then grilled it beer can style over soaked Pecan wood chunks. The result was divine! I…

Amy’s Fresh Roasted Coffee Beans


I’m more of a tea drinker personally, but per Amy’s request I am adding her recipe for and thoughts on fresh roasted coffee beans. It does smell rather delicious while she’s down in the kitchen working her coffee magic and the aroma is now as familiar to me as the sound of the coffee grinder…

Fire Roasted Bell Pepper Sauce, Whole Wheat Spaghetti


Whenever I decide to fire up my grill I will plan out several days worth of meals to utilize all that smoky, fire kissed flavor. Per usual, I grilled a bunch of different vegetables, including a red and orange bell pepper and the following sauce was born. I chose to serve it over spaghetti, as…