Halloween veggies and dip in a bell pepper jack-o-lantern

Whether you’re a naturally crafty person or not, Halloween is the perfect time of year to have a little bit of fun with food.  There’s plenty of candy and other treats to be had, but even healthy snacks like classic veggies and dip can be transformed into a spooky creation at Halloween!...more


How is it July already?!CBH and I are heading out to New Jersey for a nice long weekend, and I couldn’t be any more excited.  {I feel like I’ve had a countdown going for at least a month now.}  My brother and his new wife are coming in from New York for the weekend too, to spend time with CBH and I and my folks.  It will be a wonderful weekend filled with people I love. ...more

Black Eye Pea Fritters ( Akara in Nigeria or Acaraje in Brazil )

World Cup fever is everywhere……you cannot escape it, even a football ignorant person like me!!! Growing up, I watched a lot of cricket and tennis. While cricket now is no longer on my must watch list, tennis is still quite prominent. V and N however really enjoy football or soccer as its known here. So we have been watching a few matches and I have to say that I still don’t understand many of the rules….I however enjoyed myself thoroughly!!!...more

Guacamole Hush Puppies

Spices Galore Excellent, thank you!more

Perfect Summer Snack: Mango Cucumber Salsa

I’ll start off this post by saying that I just love, love, LOVE fresh salsa! Not only is it so easy to make that even the most unculinary (is that a word?) person can execute it flawlessly every time, but it also happens to be one of the healthiest snack-type foods I can think of.  ...more
TheRealAaronW My pleasure! Thanks for the shout-out :)more

Quick and Easy Appetizer: Hot Pepper Dipping Sauce

My brother-in-law, David, makes the best hot pepper dipping sauce.  I look forward to it at every family gathering that he and my sister-in-law, Tammie, host.  If you like some heat in your dips, you’ll love this recipe.  After all, what’s not to love about banana peppers and garlic topped with Romano and Parmesan cheese?  Thank you David for sharing one of your recipes with us! ...more

White bean dip with cherry tomatoes, feta & basil

Unlike some of the other creations I've whipped up for this blog so far, this white bean dip is a dish I've been making for years and years. It also happens to be the first recipe I've resurrected from my old blog and re-shot with my new lens and somewhat improved photography/food styling skills....more

Lighter Deviled Eggs Two Ways: Thai Red Curry and Wasabi

Easter is by far one of my favourite holidays, and not just because of the egg decorating! It’s a time of new life, awakening and newness–just the line of thinking we need after the awful, awful winter we just had. Long before the Easter bunny came hopping along, eggs were given as gifts on Easter Sunday to commemorate rebirth and the end of Lent. What a treat that must’ve been after the forty egg-free days leading up to Easter! ...more
Yummie_Nation yo heather & Craig Hoppy Easter! thnx for overtime #womanbehindthecurtain ...more

Roasted Shallot Dip

Easy, Fun Appetizer: Deconstructed California Rolls

I wanted to mix things up a bunch for this year’s Academy Awards menu. I was thinking about making my first sushi for the blog, but decided that was too much work if you are going to be entertaining next weekend. With sushi on my brain, I surfed the internet and found a few recipes for deconstructed California rolls. I was hooked! Homemade spicy crab mix, avocado, a bit of cilantro to freshen things up… the combination is delicious! I swapped out the crackers and crostini for a bit of romaine lettuce, and found that these ended up being more like a funky lettuce wrap....more
So glad you liked them Tracy! So many fun variations you can make with this recipe :)more