Pasta Carbonara

Sometimes you just need a big bowl of pasta to get you through.  Tomorrow we are supposed to be experiencing a “Snowpacalypse” in the Carolinas, and I am seriously nervous.  I hate being closed up in the house for too long, and I HATE the thought of losing power and sitting in the dark and … Continue reading

Jia Asian Fusion in Gastonia, NC

Jia is one of my favorite restaurants in Gastonia.  The only problem is it is nearly in Cramerton, so if I’m out shopping on the main drag (read that Franklin Blvd.) then it is kind of a haul.  But, lucky me, my sister is in Cramerton, so I usually stop by pretty often :) The restaurant … Continue reading

Super Soups

As fall weasles its way into the Carolinas, it’s time to start thinking about soup.  Here are a few of my very favorites: Paula Deen’s French Onion Soup INGREDIENTS 8 onions, sliced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/3 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 8 cups beef stock 1/4 cup dry white wine 1/2 teaspoon … Continue reading

Christmas Craft Round-up

I did try a few Pinterest crafts with the kids this year for Christmas.  Cute enough, but not the best I’ve ever done.  The children had fun, though, so worthwhile.  Here’s how my versions stack up to the Pinterest versions: First up is the Christmas Tree Cone.  Here is where the idea came from and … Continue reading

Specialty Chicken

Back in the day, you used to get recipe cards with your bank statements!  At least at the little bank we used in our town of Crestview, Florida.  First Bank of Crestview still sends them out to this day!  Most of us get our statements online to save a tree, I guess, but lucky for … Continue reading

Three Cheese Enchiladas

My people love some Mexican food.  And this specific recipe is very special to me because a long ago friend from Osceola, Arkansas brought it to a church potluck once and I asked for the recipe.  She wrote it out by hand, and photocopied it since there were so many of us who wanted it. … Continue reading

Nan and Bryon’s in Charlotte

Nan and Byron’s is a new restaurant in Charlotte by the folks who brought you 5Church.  I understand that 5Church is upscale (I haven’t visited yet) and they bring the same care for their food to Nan & Byron’s but the prices are pretty amazing.  We arrived at the restaurant, located in the old Vinnie’s … Continue reading

Cooked Custard Eggnog

So, eggnog isn’t everyone’s bag, baby.  I never experienced this dairy-licious delight until I married a good Midwestern born man.  It’s sweet, creamy…and pretty thick.  If you think that will turn you off, you might wanna move along. Still here?  Then, enjoy.  We certainly did. Cooked Custard Eggnog INGREDIENTS 1 quart milk 6 eggs 1 … Continue reading

College Football is Here!!!

Roll Tide, ya’ll!  College Football has returned, thank heavens!  What do we do with ourselves the other 8 ish months of the year?  While college football is severely cutting into my foodie restaurant reviewing experiences, it does give me a chance to do something I love equally well:  Test out new recipes on hungry fans. … Continue reading