Category: Food & Entertaining

Fall Flavors 101: Applesauce

Forget pumpkin spice – apples are the flavors of the season! Indulge you seasonal senses by making a homemade batch of fresh applesauce.

Sauteed Corn and Jalapenos

Local summer sweet corn and fresh from the vine spicy jalapenos come together in these decadent but good-for-you seasonal side dish.

Grilled Pizza Perfection

There’s no better way to achieve that crispy and slightly charred pizzeria-style crust than by grilling pizza over a hot charcoal grill. Skip the takeout and head outside this season to make your own world-class pie!

Roasted Carrot, Ginger, and Lemon Soup

Warm and comforting yet vibrant and velvety smooth, this soup has all the elements of an upscale gourmet dish – locally sourced fresh ingredients, a few simple but distinct flavor profiles, and a smack to the culinary senses!

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Freshly-picked sweet strawberries and mouth-puckering of-the-moment rhubarb, come together in this buttery, flakey gluten-free and healthy seasonal pie.

Strawberry Basil Mint Smash

Nothing complements spring evenings in the south better than a beautiful cocktail highlighting fresh-from-the-field berries and herbs. Take advantage of our bountiful and beautiful local strawberries and make this drink tonight!

Spring Salmon with Citrus and Avocado

The salmon may be the star of the show, but take advantage of beautiful springtime produce like beets, avocado, citrus and strawberries to make this easy and elegant dinner.

Near Perfect Pesto

Spring is here! This pesto looks and tastes as green and vibrant as the new season, thanks to lots of basil and parsley. Toss this pungent but oh-so-good raw sauce with pasta, grilled chicken or shrimp.

Gluten Free Pizza Dough

Don’t let wheat allergies stand in your way from satisfying your craving for pizza. With a crispy crust and chewy center, you’ll be indulging in this gluten-free goodness down to the last slice!

How To Roast Any Vegetable

Don’t let this season’s abundance of root vegetables and squashes pass you by. Follow my simple instructions for roasting any vegetable, then prepare your tastebuds to be amazed!

Corn and Quinoa Muffins

Encapsulated within a golden-hued crust (to match the Indian Summer sunsets) fluffy quinoa and crunchy cornmeal grains are delicately held in place by honey and coconut oil, creating a hearty but subtly sweet gluten-free muffin.

Roasted Beet Salad

Ease into fall with this super simple but elegant roasted beet salad.

Roasted Okra, Tomatoes, and Onions

Dispel all your preconceived notions that okra is slimy or can only be served as a greasy fried side. Roasting this delicate vegetable maintains its freshness and brings out it’s natural sugars. A perfect compliment to fresh tuna steaks and high-quality sheep’s milk feta.

Summer Bounty Succotash

Succotash is a quintessential summer side dish. Traditionally made with sweet corn kernels and shelled beans (like Lima beans), my addition of beautiful bell peppers, ripe tomatoes, and fresh herbs takes full advantage of the season’s plentiful vegetable harvest.

Crazy Good Crab Cakes

Crab cakes may seem like a delicacy, but they don’t have to be. Less is more with sweet lump Carolina crab meat, just a few spices, and fresh tarragon and parsley. The perfect, packable meal for dinner and enjoying a Lake Norman sunset.

Honey Mustard Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Local honey and unfiltered apple cider vinegar are thought to have amazing health benefits. I’m combining the two with Dijon mustard, fresh citrus, and herbs in a delicious vinaigrette – great for marinades and dressings!

Spring Peas with Pecorino and Mint

These early spring peas are deliciously sweet and need little accompaniments, but are delightfully satisfying. Enhance their crisp-tender flavor with a shower of mint chiffonade, a drizzle of earthy, lemony, extra virgin olive oil, and some salty Pecorino-Romano cheese, for a super simple spring side dish that comes together in less than ten minutes.

Guilt-free Guacamole

Guacamole is one of the easiest and tastiest snacks to make. It’s also one of the healthiest! The combination of avocados, tomatoes, cilantro, and lime pack a 1-2 taste and nutrition packed punch!

Braised Chicken Sausage, Kale, and Beans over Wild Rice Polenta

I love kale and incorporate it into many meals. If you’ve never tried kale or are new to the kale craze, try this recipe. Combined with chicken sausage, beans, a unique wild rice polenta, white wine, and herbs, you may forget you’re eating something so good for you!

A Southern Newb’s Shrimp and Grits

I may be new to the south, but I’m on a mission to master some definitive Southern dishes. First on the list – a Carolina classic – shrimp and grits!

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