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Inspired by Local Flavors

My aim is to share uncomplicated, unfussy recipes with a healthy twist--perfect for everyday and for entertaining. Let's cook!

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Home + Garden

This is where I share my love for succulents, home, entertaining and everything in between.

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Pimento Black Bean Sliders

Pimento Black Bean Sliders You won't miss the beef when you bite into these black bean burgers topped with melty pimento cheese. Perfect for game day or a party. With all the holiday gatherings, new-year get togethers and random pop-ins to watch football with my husband, the charcuterie ... Read More

Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed Cauliflower Mashed cauliflower is a delicious and more nutritious alternative to mashed potatoes and it's so easy to make. Enhance it with cheese and herbs to make it even better. For many years friends of ours hosted a post-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving dinner, always the Saturday ... Read More

Prosciutto, Pepper and Butter Pasta

Prosciutto, Pepper and Butter Pasta Prosciutto, Parmigiano, pepper and butter. It's carbonara without eggs or better yet, it's like pasta alla gricia but Alfredo decided to join the party. Pop quiz time. Try not to Google the answer. What are the big four pasta dishes of Rome? The clock is ... Read More

Chicken Soup with Leeks and Dill

Chicken Soup with Leeks and Dill Turn your leftover roast chicken into this comforting, veggie-loaded soup and read on to find out what ingredient makes it extra flavorful. This first week or so of the new year has been, thankfully, quiet and uneventful. Since the holiday entertaining blitz ... Read More

Cream Cheese Shortbread Cookies with Walnuts

Cream Cheese Shortbread Cookies with Walnuts These cookies are everything you want in a shortbread cookie--buttery, crumbly--with the bonus of also being nutty and loaded with vanilla flavor. Permit me to sneak in one more cookie post before the year is over? It's been years since I've ... Read More

Instant Pot Whiskey and Wine Braised Short Ribs

Instant Pot Whiskey and Wine Braised Short Ribs These short ribs braised in rosé have a more delicate flavor than their red-wine-braised cousins but they're not short on personality thanks to the added whiskey. If you happened to read my previous post you might remember that I have been ... Read More