Healthy Bruschetta Dip Appetizer

What I’m looking for and what I’m really craving is just appetizers and snacks that are fresh and easy to make and more importantly, healthy!  If I really was honest with myself, I would tell you that I much prefer grazing on a variety of healthy snacks versus having just a big meal. What is really awesome too is making a batch of stuff in the beginning of the week and snacking on it all week. Some foods like this Read More >>

Marinated Steak And Veggie Wraps

You’re going to love these braised steak wraps. The beef is marinated in an Asian inspired sauce that really gives such a delicious zing. Its a very fresh and fun lunch, dinner or appetizer option. I marinated steak cubes in a rice wine vinegar and low sodium soy sauce with some ginger, garlic and a few dashes of cayenne pepper. I like a bit of spice in my life and my food. ( I am a big fan of moderately Read More >>

The Best Beer Batter For Everything

I was expecting some company last weekend and I wanted to make something fun to pass around and dip while we were talking. These onion rings were some of the best I’ve ever had. I love the flavor and love how the beer creates such an airy light batter.  They were very quick to cook. I used peanut oil because it has a high smoke point meaning it will cooperate well when heated to a high temperature. Also, peanut oil Read More >>

Fried Green Tomatoes

I was meandering through a Farmers Market last weekend and I was seriously on the hunt for something different. Something I’ve not had in awhile or something truly new to me. I came across a few things but honestly one that caught my eye was just simply a basket of under ripe green tomatoes.  In the south eastern part of the United States, fried green tomatoes are a very popular food.  Now I don’t have a deep fryer at my Read More >>

Herbed Watermelon Lemonade

This drink was created after I once made a watermelon vinaigrette. I liked the ingredients so much that I made a few adjustments and now I have both the vinaigrette and the lemonade. In this drink, with the natural water in the fruit, ice and with the lemon juice, I didn’t feel like I needed to add any water.  I do sometimes however, add a little bit of white wine and it really tastes great. Sparkling wine would be great Read More >>

Chef Julie’s Cherry BBQ Sauce

There are so many options for you at the store for BBQ sauce. In the summer months when we are outside grilling more, I personally LOVE BBQ sauce.  So many of our favorite brands though include sweeteners that are not awesome like high fructose corn syrup. One way I like to get around that is just to cut down on the refined sugar by using natural alternatives like cherries or you could go with peaches too if you’d like. I Read More >>

Light Veggie Spinach Dip

If you’re going to a potluck party, this is a delicious dip that tastes great as a vegetable dip or is often found with little chunks of sourdough bread for dipping. This will last on a buffet table for a couple of hours and YUM! Bonus..there are a few vegetables in it. You are going to want to use one 10 oz package of frozen spinach and then thaw and drain it very well.  It works the best in this Read More >>