Mulberry Cardamom Muffins

Mulberry Cardamom Muffins

Welcome to our first muffin Monday post: Mulberry Cardamom Muffins. The copious summer rains gave us more mulberries on our tree than we could possibly know what to do with. So we froze them by the gallon and waited for the ideas to come. Well, here's another of Ginny's greats - mulberry cardamom muffins. We realized last year that we...Read More
Salmon Bowls With Peach Salsa

Salmon Bowls With Peach Salsa

White peaches are the jewels of summer. Like a perfect summer day when it's not too hot, you're on the river and there is a slight breeze. I came across some in Whole Foods the other day and had to have them. Fortunately, Whole Foods also has the best wild Chinook salmon so the gears started turning. The result was...Read More
Fast Fixes: Rotisserie Chicken With Smoked Kale Sauce

Fast Fixes: Rotisserie Chicken With Smoked Kale Sauce

Sometimes the clock is not in your corner. Sometimes you want something other than a frozen pizza for dinner. And sometimes, you're on a budget. Check all three boxes for this recipe. It was already six o'clock, I was hungry and I did not want to buy fast food. So I created fast fixes: rotisserie chicken with smoked kale sauce....Read More
Quinoa Chickpea Bowls With Lemon Tahini Sauce

Quinoa Chickpea Bowls With Lemon Tahini Sauce

Since I discovered delicious lemon tahini sauce, I have been looking for ways to use it. These quinoa chickpea bowls with lemon tahini sauce are the perfect, healthy veggie mix to use the lemon tahini sauce with. This recipe has quite a few ingredients, but don't let the numbers fool you...it is really easy to make and prep time is...Read More
Apple Blueberry Cake With Almond Glaze

Apple Blueberry Cake With Almond Glaze

One of my absolute favorite desserts during the holidays is apple cake, but I've always wanted less cake and more apple. I want every bite to be filled with apple. Have you ever had a disappointing apple fritter that you realized didn't actually contain any actual apple pieces? Well, this apple blueberry cake with almond glaze is not like this....Read More
Chorizo, Squash and Caramelized Onions

Chorizo, Squash and Caramelized Onions

Fresh garden squash. Even better - Chorizo, squash and caramelized onions. Squash is the mint of the vegetable world. Once it gets started, there's no stopping it. At Ginny's request, I planted six squash plants in May. I doubted I would have a great yield because the squash bugs descended like a horde on my plants last year and took...Read More
Coconut Cashew Smoothie

Coconut Cashew Smoothie

Cashews are probably the most underappreciated nut in American cuisine. This coconut cashew smoothie is the perfect dessert for a warm summer evening. Once upon a time, I lived in Brazil, the home of the cashew. I came to love the dozens of fresh smoothies and juice waters that every little neighborhood market sells. Then I was introduced to cashew...Read More
Spinach Quiche With Hash Brown Crust

Spinach Quiche With Hash Brown Crust

Quiches are great, but if you want something a little more Paleo, a spinach quiche with hash brown crust is definitely the way to go. I know, some would say that potatoes are not Paleo, but I'm pretty sure that cavemen were digging up potatoes in the Andes when they found them. If you want to go totally Paleo on...Read More
Blueberry Cornbread Muffins

Blueberry Cornbread Muffins

So there's cornbread and corn grits. Why not corn muffins? I was skeptical of these when Ginny said she was going to make blueberry cornbread muffins, but the texture is wonderful. It's almost like sweet cornbread, but so much better because it's golden brown and has blueberries! These blueberry cornbread muffins were part of her Mother Day's Brunch menu. The...Read More
Chicken Breasts With Sun Dried Tomatoes And Pesto

Chicken Breasts With Sun Dried Tomatoes And Pesto

Wrapping anything in bacon is a certain way to make it taste delicious. That is simply a culinary fact. Also, when you stuff sun dried tomatoes and pesto inside of something, it makes it delicious. So chicken breasts with sun dried tomatoes and pesto wrapped in bacon is a double win! I found a half full jar of sun dried...Read More
Carnitas With Jicama Salsa

Carnitas With Jicama Salsa

There are several reasons why you should visit your neighborhood Mexican grocery store. The top reason is so you can buy jicama to make carnitas with jicama salsa. Legend has it that the original salsa was eaten with jicama chips. Other reasons for visiting include fresh pineapples, more dried peppers than you can count and piñatas. Yes, piñatas. Because what...Read More
Quinoa And Salmon Bowls

Quinoa And Salmon Bowls

Veggies are important, salmon is delicious and tahini makes a great sauce. These were the thoughts going through my head when I put together these Salmon and quinoa bowls. It turns out that quinoa is ok to eat on a Paleo diet because it is not a grain. It's a seed from a beautiful plant. Salmon, sweet potato, avocado and...Read More
Pina Colada Muffins

Pina Colada Muffins

Need a break from all those fruity drinks? Get your tropical satisfaction from these pina colada muffins. When Ginny first told me that she was making pina colada muffins, I wasn't enticed. When I tasted them, I changed my mind. They were delicious! She has been on a muffin kick lately and I have the benefit of taste-testing them straight...Read More
Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin

Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin

A pig in the Instant Pot is worth two in the oven. I'll let that sit for a minute...I think Ginny's new nickname will be The Sweet Alchemy Woman. She finds ways of mixing together things like balsamic vinegar, ginger, brown sugar and other delicious powders/liquids to make the best glazes and sauces for our meats. This balsamic glazed pork...Read More
Smoked Salmon Dip

Smoked Salmon Dip

For salmon lovers, this recipe is a must. It's super easy and a very filling appetizer or side to your meal. I did a Paleo version of it, making my own Paleo mayo. It was sooooo easy and better than regular mayo in my humble culinary opinion. It's definitely something you want to keep on hand if you're doing Paleo...Read More
The Spanish Inquisition: a Champagne Cocktail

The Spanish Inquisition: a Champagne Cocktail

The Spanish Inquisition created the Hangovers With Friends story. I know, it sounds a little dark. Don't worry, we aren't going to torture anyone or burn them at the stake on this post. The only suffering will be excessive indulgence in strong drink. Once upon a time, there was a fully stocked bar in someone's lakehouse. This bar had everything...Read More
The Pink Diamond: A Champagne Drink

The Pink Diamond: A Champagne Drink

What do strawberries, hibiscus rose syrup and champagne have in common? You guessed it....they're fracking delicious! Hangovers with Friends: Chapter Two This drink was the morning after the original hangover (I drank several French 75 cocktails and who knows what else). The Pink Diamond did wonders to convince me that I was not really hungover. That's what friends and alcohol...Read More
Banana and Sweet Potato Bread

Banana and Sweet Potato Bread

Who wants some banana and sweet potato bread? Dumb question, right? But really folks, there are more ways to make banana bread out there than there are monkeys. I haven't done a recent count, but I'm willing to bet at least a few bucks on this one. Banana bread is one of those things I didn't care too much for...Read More
Chorizo Stuffed Acorn Squash

Chorizo Stuffed Acorn Squash

The local squash selection this year has been spectacular. I saw these acorn squashes last week and could not resist their colorful allure. As a child, I never thought of squash like this as a culinary item. It was purely for decoration. After all, who would eat something that looks like a pumpkin?! I had a lot to learn. Ginny...Read More
Sweet Potato and Apple Tart

Sweet Potato and Apple Tart

This sweet potato and apple tart is the gold mine of desserts for Paleo-inclined folks like me. Finding something to satisfy your sweet tooth on a Paleo diet can be challenging. I had to say goodbye to late night binging on brownies and other sugar treats. However, there is a magic little thing called maple syrup.  While it may not...Read More
Roasted Veggie Paleo Stuffing

Roasted Veggie Paleo Stuffing

If you like vegetables and you like Thanksgiving, then you're gonna like this. Ginny is always itching to throw in a new dish into our repertoire of Thanksgiving faire. She has stuffed pumpkins with sausage and peppers, made mulled wine, homemade applesauce and other things. This Paleo stuffing was something entirely new. Let's be honest folks...Thanksgiving is about overindulgence. Pies,...Read More
Asian Shrimp and Veggie Bowls

Asian Shrimp and Veggie Bowls

In preparation for the overindulgence of Thanksgiving, it seems fitting that we make a light dish with some shrimp and veggies. Ginny has been making up a lot of delicious sauces lately and has really outdone herself with this one. The sauce fuses together soy sauce, olive oil, coconut milk and peanut butter along with a host of other ingredients...Read More
Paleo Butternut Squash Chili

Paleo Butternut Squash Chili

Did this title raise your eyebrows? When I thought about putting butternut squash in chili, the idea was a bit odd at first. However, I can assure you that the glory of pumpkins and their related squash cousins should not be limited to desserts. Pumpkins and squashes are so versatile they can fit into every course...if you're willing to bend...Read More
Almond Butter

Almond Butter

Nut butters are an essential snack item for the Paleo diet. They have of fair amount of calories, proteins and fats to keep you going between meals. The challenge is finding a way to fit these creamy jewels into your budget when you don't want to spend $11 or $12 per pound for almond or cashew butter at the store....Read More
Blackened Chicken with Blueberry Salsa

Blackened Chicken with Blueberry Salsa

If you go to Maine, you must eat blueberries. This is not optional. I have really enjoyed eating a lot of fruit since I started the Paleo diet, but nothing compares to the blueberries of Maine. We hiked in several different spots in Acadia National Park and everywhere we looked the blueberries appeared. I learned there are basically low bush...Read More
Turkey Burgers with Feta and Basil

Turkey Burgers with Feta and Basil

I know what you may be thinking...turkey burgers just aren't as good as beef. Well, the question is, have you ever filled them with Feta cheese, egg whites and basil? If not, you don't know what you're missing! As you might have guessed, this was Ginny's idea. Her culinary creativity seems to know no bounds. We worked all last weekend...Read More
Mexican Chocolate and Black Cherry Tartlets

Mexican Chocolate and Black Cherry Tartlets

One thing you must always remember when you happen to be married to a man who makes his living talking about reducing food waste: make sure you don't create food waste. So these tartlets were a quick improv so that the leftover dough from the peach and blackberry tart I made didn't go into the trash. It was so easy,...Read More
Fresh Peach and Blackberry Tart

Fresh Peach and Blackberry Tart

When I leave Ginny alone in the kitchen, good things happen. This tart is one of those things. Summer is in full force in northwest Arkansas and the blackberries bushes on the side of our property are bursting with sweet little fruits, just waiting to go into a smoothie or summer dessert. Ginny picked a bowlful of them and set...Read More
Squash Casserole

Squash Casserole

Nothing says summer like fresh squash casserole! This is my first time to experiment with a full vegetable garden. While there have been some casualties, the squash is not among them. It is vibrant and delicious. Check out these blossoms. My next order of culinary business is to make some squash blossom quesadillas. Let's hope there are still some available...Read More
Blackened Salmon With Blueberry Mint Sauce

Blackened Salmon With Blueberry Mint Sauce

Farmers' Market in Fayetteville was bursting with color and flavor on Saturday. I stopped by around 9am for a cooking local class and took a stroll around the market afterwards where some lovely unsprayed blueberries caught my eye. Right next to them was a beautiful green basket of fresh mint. The wheels started turning and I knew what to make...salmon...Read More
Tuna Steaks With Mango Basil Sauce

Tuna Steaks With Mango Basil Sauce

The most crucial piece of this amazing mango basil sauce is....you guessed it...the mangoes! They have to be ripe. I noticed some delightful mangoes in Walmart market the other day and stopped by to give them a test. They were just a little soft under the skin and I could smell their sweet, tropical fragrance when I put them to...Read More
Pavlova

Pavlova

This dessert has become Ginny's obsession. And whatever you obsess about, you become good at. She made this pavlova a few weeks ago for a brunch and everyone was blown away...fresh whipped cream with cream cheese and berries over a baked meringue. What more could you want from life? Maybe someday if her recipe becomes famous people will start saying...Read More
Instant Pot Roast

Instant Pot Roast

Ginny has dialed up her Instant Pot game with this recipe. I have had lots of pot roasts, but this one definitely tops the charts. She used red wine, Worcestershire sauce and balsamic vinegar for the liquid base. The result was a savory delight. She also did some delicious stuffed baked potatoes with cheese, green onions and sour cream mixed...Read More
Mulled Pear and Raspberry Pie with Almond Caramel Sauce

Mulled Pear and Raspberry Pie with Almond Caramel Sauce

This has definitely been the year of baking experimentation for me (Ginny). In life, I'm a pretty play it safe kind of gal. I am still working at the same university that (for some reason) hired me as a young and dumb 24 year old professor. My hair cut hasn't changed since...ok...it's the exact same as it's been my entire...Read More
Chicken With Mexican Mole Sauce

Chicken With Mexican Mole Sauce

I was a much younger lad the first time I saw the Mexican classic movie Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water For Chocolate). Even then, I knew when I saw those women creating beautiful sauces in giant pots I had to make a mole sauce. My culinary skills at the time were at Playskool level, but the dream never died. Today,...Read More
Trout With Herbed Brandy Butter

Trout With Herbed Brandy Butter

Sometimes the best recipes are also the simplest. I love it when this happens! We planned a Mediterranean feast this past weekend and wanted some fish to go with it. Ginny found the freshest steelhead trout of all and we set to work. My sister, Kara, is moving to Alaska soon and I am expecting shipments of vacuum sealed salmon...Read More
Indian Fried Potato Curry (Dum Aloo)

Indian Fried Potato Curry (Dum Aloo)

What do you do with two pounds of potatoes that have been sitting in your veggie basket for weeks??? Turn them into fried potato curry! I am always on the lookout for Indian curries I can do with veggies that will taste great and fill me up. Something about the combination of all those spices and caramelized onions really tellS...Read More
Instant Pot Navy Bean Soup

Instant Pot Navy Bean Soup

The instant pot has quickly become the main cooking instrument in our kitchen. It really does wonders with beans and I always forget to soak them beforehand, but it's not an issue with the Instant Pot. It also allows me to do things like watch an entire episode of the series, Travelers, while it is pressure cooking the beans to...Read More
Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

After a week of eating leftover corn casserole, turkey, dressing and sweet potatoes, we needed something different. Ginny had frozen a rotisserie chicken a few weeks ago and got inspired to make this wonderful chicken pot pie. We still have a bit of sweet potatoes and whipped cream left from "Turkey Day", which will have to find a use for...Read More
Cajun Shrimp and Grits

Cajun Shrimp and Grits

Thanksgiving has come and gone, leaving copious amounts of leftover pies and several extra pounds on my waist. I always feel the need to eat something light and simple after indulging in the rich feast that is Thanksgiving meal. Our house was filled with family and friends, including our newest addition, Felicity. Felicity is our niece. She is six months...Read More
Mexican Tamale Pie

Mexican Tamale Pie

I realized today that my favorite cornbread recipe does not belong to my aunt Mary Lee, it is actually straight out of the Southern Accent cookbook! I have found several gems inside this cookbook since I noticed it on one of Ginny's many bookshelves. What makes this tamale pie recipe and the cornbread are the delicious liquid ingredients: sour cream,...Read More
Blackened salmon with strawberry salsa

Blackened salmon with strawberry salsa

Just the sound of strawberry salsa was enough to make me want to make this! There are so many different ways to do things with fruit salsas. Stay tuned for more of these soon... The local Sam's Club has salmon flown in everyday and it is soooo fresh. I am pretty picky about my fish and this definitely makes the...Read More
Shrimp Tacos with roasted peppers and onions

Shrimp Tacos with roasted peppers and onions

A few weeks ago, we spent the weekend in Hot Springs and dined at a restaurant named Vina Morita downtown. Their chef was trained in Mexico City and makes some of the best creamy rice and tacos I have ever tasted. I ordered the Gobernador tacos, which were spiced shrimp covered with caramelized onions, cream and cheese. After one bite,...Read More
Enchiladas Verdes with Chicken

Enchiladas Verdes with Chicken

Tomatillos are the underappreciated cousin of the tomato. They usually make their appearance hidden away in a green salsa or enchilada sauce at your favorite Mexican restaurant. It's easy to walk past them in the grocery store without realizing what they are.  They look like green tomatoes once they are peeled, but in the produce section, they will be sporting...Read More
Falafel With Tzatziki Sauce

Falafel With Tzatziki Sauce

We spent the weekend at a friend's lakehouse on Beaver Lake and indulged in all the things...barbeque, beer, cliff jumping, just your regular weekend adulting. Fortunately, no one was impaled but the moon did shine brightly at midday. Things have finally begun to settle down at our new house, but every time I look outside a new project starts formulating...Read More
Southern Style Pinto Beans in Crock Pot

Southern Style Pinto Beans in Crock Pot

Nothing says southern comfort for me like a steaming bowl of slowed cooked brown beans with a couple slices of home grown tomatoes. Cooking beans can be a long process if you do the overnight soak method, and honestly, I would rather spend my time listening to the hum of cicadas at night than preparing beans to soak so I...Read More
Catfish Ponchartrain with Wild Rice

Catfish Ponchartrain with Wild Rice

The weather in Fayetteville has finally reached early summer perfection at 80 degrees and sunshine. AND we are about to close on our first home!  Between those two things, we are vibrating back and forth between invigorated and terrified. The feeling of draining your bank accounts to put out a down payment is akin to that moment you are at...Read More
Spiced apple oatmeal

Spiced apple oatmeal

I would highly recommend having neighbors who have apple trees. We came back yesterday to a whole bucket of apples courtesy of our neighbors Cheryl and Bob. It got me dreaming about pies and crisps and early morning oatmeal creations...which took me straight back to remembering that I had never posted my favorite spicy morning recipe. I make this regularly,...Read More