Herbed Goat Cheese Crostini with Roasted Beets and Arugula

These crostini rock my world. For a while now I have been in awe of the roasted beet, ever since I tried the beets with house made ricotta cheese at The Bird & the Bread, a local restaurant in Birmingham, MI. I'm not quite sure why, since it is incredibly simple to roast beets (seriously, people, try it today). The combination of creamy ricotta cheese and beautifully roasted beets at The Bird & the Bread was to die for, and I just knew I had to try something like it at home....more

Shrimp and Grits

I'm thrilled to tell you that I made shrimp and grits for dinner! It was my very first time bringing the dish to the dinner table, and it was a huge success....more

Fresh Vietnamese Chicken Spring Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

I don't know about you, but when the weather starts to heat up my body craves lighter meals and lots of crunchy, fresh veggies and fruit. Sadly, bacon mac and cheese and a 90 degree day just don't mix. Not sadly, these fresh vietnamese chicken spring rolls are made for summer days. ...more


Peanut Butter Balls1/2 cup peanut butter (any type you like)1 cup of confectioners sugar (10x sugar)2 - 3 tablespoons milk Place sugar in a bowl, add the milk 1 tbs. at a time and mix until it looks like thick glue.  Add the peanut butter.  The mixture will become thick.  You want it to be thick, so you can pick up a spoonful and roll it into a ball.  They are ready to eat.Variations:...more

Non-Alcoholic Lemonade Colada

Get ready for a fun, non-alcoholic drink that you whip up in your blender.  Just grab a few ingredients to make a frozen drink that is perfect for sipping poolside....more

Grilled swordfish with mango salsa

 My perfect summer vacation involves beaches. Ideally, a sandy Mediterranean beach with a little feet-in-the-water tavern serving fresh salads and grilled fish.I find that swordfish is a fantastic fish to grill. Lightly brushed with olive oil and topped with fresh oregano and lemon juice… you just can’t beat that! I’d spend my summer eating grilled swordfish if I could. Unfortunately, fish is becoming increasingly expensive....more

Cordovan Salmorejo

It was scorching hot here in Paris yesterday. While not nearly as hot as during the 2003 heatwave, it was enough to spoil my appetite. That’s when this nugget of Spanish cuisine came in VERY handy!When it comes to Spanish cuisine, what usually comes to mind is paella, tapas and, especially during the summer, gazpacho. But have you met Salmorejo?...more

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Lemon and Rosemary Sweet Iced Tea

To me, warmer weather means making a LOT of sweet tea. It's my addiction. Seriously. I can't get enough of it. I love to add different ingredients to my tea, and this one is one of my favorite flavor combinations: lemon and rosemary sweet iced tea! ...more
Christine S Thank you Christine!!  Ohhh you should try it... not only is it yummy, it saves you ...more

Candied Bacon & Blue Cheese Burger

Happy June (!!) everyone! I’ve been seriously slacking on blogging this last month but what I’m positing today will (hopefully) make up for that! This post is basically the essence of all things good in life. AKA bacon + more bacon + candied bacon + cheese.  Hallelujah! Before I dive into that, here is what has been going on behind the scenes at Holly’s Buns ...more