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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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Chocolate Sourdough French Toast

Chocolate Sourdough French Toast This is French toast, elevated. Chocolate Sourdough Bread with chocolate chips, raisins and walnuts makes for a special breakfast, brunch or even dessert. (I've shared a video of this recipe on my Instagram and Facebook pages if you'd like to see how it's ... Read More

Tofu Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Tofu Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce These vegan spring rolls are filled with seasoned, fried tofu, herbs and greens but the sky's the limit with possibilities. Create your own protein, vegetable and herb combination. My husband was away last week on a boys' trip. To welcome him home ... Read More

Homemade Pasta with Pesto, Sausage and Ricotta

Homemade Pasta with Pesto, Sausage and Ricotta Pesto pasta is made creamier and heartier with the addition of Italian sausage and ricotta cheese. The homemade pasta is completely optional but it's a nice touch. It had been three (long) years since I'd last made fresh pasta. When we bought ... Read More

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