The Back Porch in Destin, FL

The Back Porch has been become somewhat of an icon for most people visiting the beach.  Each night throngs of people stroll up from the beach to get a picture in the oversized beach chair and let their children play on the sand while they wait for a table.  And it won’t take long, not … Continue reading

Buttermilk: Ways to use up your quart

Are you like me and eagerly buy the ingredients for a recipe and soon have a fridge full of jars and jugs that have been opened once?  Drives me crazy!  Buttermilk is one of those things.  As a southern girl, I should be able to rattle off a dozen different ways to use up a … Continue reading

Pan-Fried Shrimp With Creole Mayonnaise

These fried shrimp are so yummy!  They remind me of some I’ve had at Carabba’s.  They have an Italian flavor that would also be yummy on Shrimp Parmesan as well.   Pan-Fried Shrimp With Creole Mayonnaise Ingredients 2 1/4 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/2 cup) 1 1/4 teaspoons salt-free creole seasoning, divided 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup … Continue reading

Splat! Coffee n’ such

My sister introduced me to Splat! when she brought me some delicious wedding cupcakes for my birthday. They were heavenly! Almond cake with a yummy fluffy white icing and pearl dragees. Honestly, I am not a fan of the crunchy dragees, but they were so pretty, I forgave the garnish. Even though I admittedly went … Continue reading

Melt in Your Mouth Lemon Bars

My daughter Mary Ashley loves to cook with me, but she prefers baking sweets over dinner every night.  So, because I am a wonderful parent, I bribe her to help me make dinner by agreeing to bake a dessert at the same time.  One night we pulled up this recipe as we were making dinner and … Continue reading

Restaurant Review: Pomodoro’s in Mooresville

Pomodoro’s is an Italian restaurant tucked into a shopping center in Mooresville.  From the outside, the restaurant looks unassuming, but go on inside.  It is actually larger than you would think.  We arrived at 5:30 pm on a Saturday evening and were seated right away.  As we were leaving an hour or so later, there … Continue reading

Roasted Lemon Garlic Herb Shrimp

We love shrimp.  So, here’s another shrimp recipe.  Hope you love it as much as I do.  Serves 2 Roasted Lemon Garlic Herb Shrimp Ingredients 1/3 cup olive oil 1 lemon, zested then half cut into thin slices and other half into wedges 3 -4 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves removed kosher salt and fresh black … Continue reading

Snappy Strawberry Jalapeno Sauce

I have this weird obsession with collecting jars.  Like the Classico pasta jars?  They are so pretty, I hate to recycle them right away.  I also love the fancy smaller jars that olives or spreads come in…anything really, but if it has a different shape I’m in!  Unfortunately, the glass cupboard (that’s where I keep … Continue reading

Recipe: Buttermilk Ranch Cheese Ball

Cheese balls show up on every Christmas sideboard, don’t they?  And no wonder.  They can be made ahead, kept in the fridge and just set out with absolutely no fuss…and they are delicious.  Truly one of the world’s perfect foods.  I enjoy them as a midnight snack with a few crackers, as well.  This one … Continue reading