Happy Hour – Hawkeye’s Gin Martini

When you think martini you probably think Bond, James Bond, right?  Shaken, not stirred?  A big, ole, yucky olive? Nope. Nope. Nope.  Absolutely not. I guess I’m a cocktail snob but one of my biggest pet peeves is when I order a martini and it’s automatically assumed I want a dirty vodka martini. When I…

Old Made New, Classics Re-Imagined – Curry Chicken Potpie

I’ve noticed that a lot of the recipes I’m drawn to lately are classics.  I think it probably has a lot to do with the fact that it’s October, there’s a slight nip in the air (between 80 degree southern days), it’s my absolute favorite season that takes me back to my small farm town…

The Holy Grail – Chicken Tikka Masala

I found it!  My Holy Grail! I have been on the quest to find the perfect Chicken Tikka Masala recipe that lives up to my favorite Indian restaurants but it has alluded me.  I’ve made some good tikka but every time has just been slightly underwhelming and I haven’t been able to put my finger…

It’s Not Delivery – Curry Chicken Pizza

Ugh, Monday.  And tax day.  That’s should be against the law or something.  That’s a lot of “ugh” to handle at the beginning of the week!  And I don’t know about y’all but taxes were brutal this year!  Oh the joys of self-employment. 🙂 Making it through this day, or any rough day, calls for…

Meatless Monday – Farro Risotto with Balsamic Mushrooms

I decided several years ago that I was going to give up meat for a month. I was doing it as a part of a fast with my church that asked us to give something up to refocus. I decided on meat and to focus on regaining control over my health. I’ve always been a…

Soup’s On! – Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Spiced Granola

How many times do you catch yourself saying “we should really get together more often” or “let’s do this again real soon” when you’re hanging out with friends?  How many times do you actually follow through?  We all have good intentions but “life” gets in the way and we go months before making plans.  When…

Happy New Year!

Show of hands, who is still on the wagon with your New Year’s resolutions? Anyone? Yeah that’s what I expected. I should make a resolution NOT to make resolutions. Ha! Instead of making resolutions that I’m sure to completely ignore I’ve chosen to make 10 attainable goals for myself in 2013. I also vow to…

Date Night In – Coconut Chili Fried Rice

I miss my hubby.  He’s been gone for a week and a half and will be gone for another week.  I won’t lie, that sucks.  😦  We get into a routine with him being gone every weekend but these long stretches can be difficult.  Thankfully he doesn’t have to do them very often. This is…

Berry Pickin’

Tomorrow is October 1st.  Today’s high in Nashville is 68° and there is a chance of frost this weekend.  You would think I’d be breaking out the butternut squash and making a big pot of soup but no, today I’m reminiscing about summer.  Go figure. For those who know me you will know that I…