Food + Wine

Greek (Inspired) Beef Skewers with Tzatziki and Israeli Couscous

I am convinced I was Greek in a past life.  I have always loved the food; and am fascinated by the people, the culture and the land.  I could live solely off of Spanakopita and Greek yogurt alone.

No, but really.

OK, maybe a lil Malagousia too.

Throughout all of my childhood, my family would go to the Greek Festival in the city and it was probably one of my most favorite things we ever did.  It was my first introduction to the culture, and although I now know the food there isn’t exactly what it should be… the memories I have of it will never weaken.

Once I entered into momhood and we began to cook at home more than go out, Greek food was something I had to learn how to make myself if I wanted to eat it… along with everything else I loved (’tis why this here blog was started, yeah?).

Continue Reading

Food + Wine

Avocado Tuna Salad with Egg and Dill

I know I’m jumping the gun a bit on this recipe… I know it just became Spring and not at all Summer, but this is the lunch I’ve been making myself almost every day for the past couple of weeks.  If you have a summer garden, maybe you’ll be growing your own cucumbers and dill, but for now… as busy as I am… I’m thankful I can stop by a giant grocery store in my sweaty-and-soon-to-become-dusty workout clothes and grab whatever the hell I want!

This is my fresh and healthier take on classic tuna salad.  I’m not a mayo person (most of you know that by now), and even though I can still appreciate and enjoy the classic version of tuna salad made with celery, salt, pepper and mayo (juuuust enough to bind it together), this salad is a 130% improvement for me.

Continue Reading

Fun

Cabin Fever Fighters: Family Fun At Home … and me on the tv!

Heeeeeey y’all!!  How’s you?  I feel like every time I’m able to publish something here, I start the post with something along the lines of:

‘holy crap I’ve never been so busy in my entire life…’

And that’s pretty much still the case.  Except the ‘busy’ I thought I was before is laughable now.  Lots of fun things coming up soon that I’m not quite able to announce yet, but life is definitely busier than ever!!  And with Spring Break coming up, I wanted to share some fun ideas for what to do with the youngins if you happen to find yourself stuck indoors.  The weather has been a little poopy lately, so if I were you, I’d save all this for those potential rainy days when school is out and your hair is just about to be 😉

I’ll be on FOX Charlotte Tuesday morning (tomorrow!!!), March 27 around 8:45 am, showing all these products… so make sure you tune in!

But per usual, here’s the more detailed version of what you’ll be seeing on air, and something to use as a guide while you watch!…

Continue Reading

Food + Wine

Tequila Red

My husband is out of town on business, which means I get special kid time and kids get to feel like they’re on vacation.

I picked them up from school after my day in the city…

…and we went straight to my childhood ice cream spot.

Carolina Cones.

Ahhh… It’s been right down the road from the house I grew up in for as long as I can remember.  And every time I take my babies there, I can’t stop smiling.  It’s changed a bit… you can’t also rent VHS tapes there anymore… but it’s still got its charm.

My daughter ordered her first ever ice cream that was not ‘smooth chocolate’.  Guys. This is a big deal.  She does not do chunks.  And she was very happy with her ‘birthday cake’ flavor.

She fell off the seesaw 5 minutes later and got the wind knocked out of her and added a few scrapes to her body…

But that’s not the most important part of this post.

(She was fine 2 minutes later after she got to pick where our ‘special dinner’ would be and back playing on the playground, so no worries 🙂 )

I started this tradition of ‘staycationing when daddy is away’ a few years ago and it really makes their time a lot better.  And mine too 😉

He was out to dinner tonight before all his meetings begin tomorrow, texting me his cocktail and dinner details as they came in.

Meanwhile, I just got back from Wendy’s – with damp hair and elastic pants, wiping mustard from my face.

But that’s not the most important part of this post.

He had told me earlier his cocktail was… and I quote:

‘Tequila. Strawberry. Campari. Lime. Mezcal.’

A little time passed… and then damnit. I wanted a cocktail too.

I asked him:

‘What kind of cocktail should I make?’

Immediately, his response:

‘Tequila. Strawberry. Campari. Lime. Mezcal?’

So, I just sort of put together what we had in the house that made sense to me.

Continue Reading

Food + Wine

Bundles of Joy

I love fresh herbs and use them daily in my cooking.  We do grow some, but we don’t have the best soil for a lot of what we like, so we do tend to buy a lot… or get some from mama ;-).  And there aren’t many things more disappointing in the kitchen than going to use your herbs and finding them all mushed.

the worst.

So, here are just some quick tips for how to take care of your fresh herbs when you get them, so they’ll last as long as you need them to!!

Continue Reading

Food + Wine

Open Sesame! Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies with a Sesame Caramel Swirl

Yeah, I know. That’s a lot of words.  But I needed all of them to fully paint the taste picture of these babies.  So, let’s talk sesame.  It may sound odd to include sesame seeds in a dessert, especially a chocolate one.  But if you break it down, sesame is a seed… which is close to a nut… and nobody is weirded out about using nuts in desserts.

Especially a chocolate one.

And since we’ve gotten that out of the way, you can now totally understand why it’s acceptable and downright amazing in concept to use tahini in desserts.

Especially a chocolate one.

Tahini being a paste made out of ground sesame seeds… sort of like how peanut butter is a paste made out of peanuts…?

It’s sesame butter, y’all.

We good now?

Cool.

Continue Reading