Meatless Monday – Spring Pasta

Sometimes I think I could totally go vegetarian and be perfectly happy.  Other times I want a big, fat, juicy steak and I’m not afraid to admit it.  Oh well, I guess I’ll just compromise and do a vegetarian day or two a week, like Meatless Monday. Spring Pasta is the perfect quick, weeknight meal…

Dessert First – Bourbon Salted Caramel Pot de Creme

Happy New Year! Much like trying to decide what my last recipe of 2017 was to be my first recipe of 2018 was a tough choice!  I definitely want it to be a show-stopper and the dessert I made for our New Year’s dinner was definitely that! Making caramel and custard may be daunting but…

Slow-Cooker Sunday – Short Rib Ragu

Slow-cooker Sunday for me doesn’t necessarily mean breaking out the crock-pot.  In this instance it means breaking out a big heavy pot and letting the oven do all the work! I love taking the time to slowly craft a perfect dish on the weekends.  There is something incredibly relaxing about dicing, searing, stirring, and bringing…

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…