M is for: Monaco, Èze & Cannes

One of the things I love about living on the East Coast is the ease and proximity to Europe. I can basically get there for the same price and same travel time as it takes me to get to the West Coast. It's crazy, but true.So when Dana and I chose to postpone our Asia trip until fall, we decided a shorter vacation was in order so that we had something to look forward to this summer.Eventually, we settled on the South of France ....more

L is for: {grilled} Lemon Blueberry Smash

I'm super excited about this post for a number of reasons.1.) Blogging twice in a month is a miracle for me these days, let alone in an 8 day span.2.) The second reason sort of relates to the first because there's no way I would've done this without the help and of my cousin Erin, who is an amazing photographer and friend. She mostly specializes in newborn and family photos (you can check out her work...more

K is for: Kiwi Salsa

Where did June go?No, seriously. How is it July 5th already?And while I'm at it, what happened to May as well?Always the case with summer, isn't it? Flies by, no time for anything except for having fun outside ....more

J is for: {Mint} Julep Jello Shots

As you know, the Kentucky Derby is this weekend. And as you also probably know, the Mint Julep is the signature drink at Churchill Downs as the ponies run for the roses.It's definitely on my bucket list.But for now, I will settle for a super awesome Derby party thrown by friends, complete with fancy hats, a red carpet, and even a live pony!A Derby party wouldn't be complete without Mint Juleps, and a Jaymee Sire attended party wouldn't be complete without Jello Shots.Win.Place.Show. In the interest of time constraints and getting this up before Saturday's race, I'm simply posting the recipe instead of a full blog post ....more

I is for: Ice Cream with Maple, Bourbon, Candied Bacon & Pecans

My mom was in town last weekend, and one of our stops was my favorite butcher, Avon Prime Meats. Aside from the Berkshire Pork Chops, Lemon Pepper Chicken & Bone Broth (pretty much staples for me these days) we also picked up some Tullmeadow Farm peach ice cream. I first sampled this amazing ice cream on my trip to get my Christmas Tree this year from the actual farm ....more

H is for: Hawaiian Grilled Cheese Sliders

My original plan was to post these for National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, which takes place every year on April 12th.But, lucky for me, my procrastination hasn't totally ruined one of my favorite food holidays... because, ALL of April is National Grilled Cheese Month. So if you haven't celebrated yet, get on it!In the past, I've commemorated the event with green bean casserole grilled cheese sliders, a PB&J grilled cheese with bacon jam, chicken parm grilled cheese, and even a Nutella dessert grilled cheese.If you're not normally a Hawaiian pizza fan, not to worry ....more

G is for: Gouda Bacon Mac and Cheese

I realized something the other day.In 4.5 years of this blog's existence, I have posted exactly two mac and cheese recipes.TWO.That, my friends, is a travesty.In order to attempt to right this massive underrepresentation of one of the greatest comfort foods of all time... I present to you:Gouda Bacon Mac and Cheese.Really, the title should be: "Gouda Cheddar Goat Cheese Mac and Cheese with Bacon, Mushrooms and Greens"... but that seemed like a mouthful.Better to stuff those mouths with delicious bites of mac and cheese.Continue Reading» ...more

F is for: Fried Brie with Jalapeño Cherry Dipping Sauce

You guys.So this new schedule is kind of kicking my ass.For those of you who are unaware, ESPN started a new morning Sports Center exactly 5 weeks ago. By far, it's been one of the most rewarding things I've accomplished in my career. Helping to get a brand new show off the ground on a national sports network is no small feat ....more

E is for: Everything Bagel Dip with Homemade Bagel Chips

My friend Devon and I have this hilariously awesome Christmas present tradition in which we insist on buying each other some sort of kitchen or food related gift.It started off as ridiculous kitchen gadgets. She's gotten me things like a cake tester (aka metal toothpick) or a special ginger peeler. (I use both BTW) ....more

D is for: Date Energy Bites with Almonds, Oats & Coconut

I don't know if I'll ever get used to the early mornings. Never once in the past year has my alarm gone off and I've thought to myself "Wow, I'm wide awake and ready to start my day."Generally speaking, it's more like "Ugghhhh. Noooooo ....more