A Spicy Perspective

Easter Rice Krispies Chicks in Nests

Lemonade Rice Krispies Chicks in Cocoa Krispies Nests: Recently I was given the opportunity to participate in a challenge hosted by The Motherhood and Kellogg’s Rice Krispies. As Rice Krispies are my hubby’s favorite cereal, I jumped at the chance to be a part.

Chai Latte Cookies

Chai Latte Cookies

This last Saturday was my final baking day before Christmas. I spent eleven hours baking and baking, until I had enough cookies to fill a plate for many of our close friends–and then some! It was very tiring, but I always enjoy the process of creating homemade gifts. It feels like you’re offering your loved […]

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Grilled Tuna and Avocado Salad

As a child I was enamored by cooking shows. You might remember my favorites. Of course, Julia Child on The French Chef. How could you not love Julia? But I also eagerly watched Wok With Yan, mostly focused on Asian stir-fries and The Cajun Cook, Justin Wilson, who seemed to shove whole garlic cloves into […]

Chai Pani’s Malabar Chicken

Chai Pani, Asheville North Carolina If you had to reinvent yourself…if your family’s future, and your personal joy, depended on a new career choice, what would you do? In the last couple years, many have had to ask themselves this question and resolved that life can be different. No, life can be BETTER than it […]

Dutch Babies with Mulberry-Rhubarb Compote

A Multi-Purpose Meal~ It’s nice to find things that serve more than one purpose. Dryer sheets, for instance, are perfect for softening laundry, freshening stinky shoes and gently scenting the clothes in a packed suitcase. Coffee grounds…not only for your daily cup, but also for flavoring meat rubs and desserts, boosting your potting soil and […]

Steak with Crispy Basil

Pasta Puttanesca with New York Strips and Crispy Basil

Here is a classic BIG-flavor dish that takes a short amount of time to prepare. Pasta Puttanesca, the word puttan means worthless, or throw-away (also slang for hooker) in Italian and several other languages. The dish was named puttanesca because the ingredients were all a chef had left in his pantry one night–just the leftover […]