French Toast with Candied Bacon and Cherry Bourbon Syrup + {Mixed Food Conference Ticket GIVEAWAY}

Earlier this year, Susan and I traveled just outside of Houston Texas to book a new location for our food conference MIXED. We visited The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center last year and loved it so much that we knew it would be a great location for our conference, we just needed to iron out the details. What better way than to do that with a little girls trip that included a side stop at The Houston Rodeo (you know I love those boys, boots, buckles and bulls) ....more


Despite being named after the beautiful Italian city of Florence, these cookies (sometimes referred to as biscuits) did not originate from Italy. We can thank the French for these lovely wafer thin delights that I can’t stop eating. Honest Cooking has a wonderful history lesson on these beauties if you’re into that such thing ....more

Linguine with Lemon Thyme and Mushrooms

I’m going to go ahead and tell you straight away that I am OBSESSED with this pasta dish. It’s pretty much brilliance on a plate. I wish I could take credit for it but it’s not mine, it’s from the ridiculously gorgeous and talented Nigella Lawson ....more

Dark Chocolate Buttercream

When it comes to frosting I am of the opinion that buttercream is best. There I said it and I’m sticking to it. Sorry, not sorry and all that jazz ....more

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Pommery Mustard Sauce

I have an obsession love affair with seafood. In my dream world I would live in a small cottage on the beach, wear maxi skirts, tank tops with flip flops and eat seafood ‘evry day. Fresh off the boat ....more

Blueberry Balsamic Panna Cotta

You all know how much I adore panna cotta (just do a quick search with the words panna cotta in the search box above and you’ll find a plethora of flavors). It’s a super simple dessert that will literally only take you 10 minutes of “working” time. The rest of the time your refrigerator does the work ....more

Death By Chocolate Layer Cake

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Lavazza. My birthday falls in the month of July (I was an early firecracker as my Mom likes to say still to this very day, and I gotta admit, the description still fits). I’m one of those people that really digs birthdays and tend to celebrate it for at least a week if not more ....more

Creamy Garlic Aioli

While this may look like mayonnaise, Aioli isn’t mayonnaise. What’s the difference you ask?...more

Herb Crusted Pork Chops

These are pretty much my version of homemade Shake and Bake pork chops in grown up form. I would seriously get excited for shake and bake night growing up. There is something oddly exciting about shaking things up in a gallon zip top bag ....more

Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles

I have a lot of little quirks with food. For instance, I’m not a fan of cucumbers (I will totally pick them out if they’re in let’s say a salad) but I’m all about the PICKLES. I know, I know, it makes ZERO sense but try telling that to my taste buds ....more