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Strip Steak & Root Veggie Salad with Gorgonzola Dressing

This salad is so pretty to look at with its beautiful hues! It’s just perfect for a Fall meal when the greens are their most tasty. The addition of homemade gorgonzola dressing brings together the beautiful flavors of the strip steak and roasted veggies and is sure to please everyone at the table. There are several steps involved in pulling this all together, but the end result is definitely worth the extra effort! This post contains affiliate links to products...

Seared Ahi Tuna with Black & White Sesame Seeds

Seared Ahi Tuna with Black & White Sesame Seeds

When I visit Charleston, SC I usually leave early in the morning so I can meet the fishing boats as they come in for the morning. I walk down to the docks to see what “The Catch of the Day” is and purchase some of the freshest seafood you can find directly from the fishermen. On this particular morning, I spotted some of the best looking Ahi Tuna I have ever seen! It was a must do for me because...

Greek-Inspired Pasta Salad

Greek Inspired Pasta Salad

This salad packs a lot of interesting flavors into each bite. From the peppery taste of fresh arugula to the salty appeal of Kalamata olives, preserved lemons and feta cheese, there is nothing bland or boring about this dish. Yet, its strong flavors aren’t overwhelming because they are tempered by the satisfying addition of penne pasta and fresh herbs. This robust salad has enough presence to serve as a light, yet satisfying, main course – or it can act as...

Baked Chicken Wings with Honey Mustard

Baked chicken wings are such a great choice for casual outdoor gatherings because they are easy to make and are perfect for eating with your fingers. They are also extremely versatile because they can be tossed with any number of sauces or seasonings. The honey-mustard sauce used in this recipe is delicious! It also pairs beautifully with potato salad or other picnic-worthy side dishes. Don’t they look yummy! Are you ready for the recipe?  Do you have a favorite chicken wing recipe...

Down Home South Carolina Cole Slaw

Down Home South Carolina Cole Slaw

Unlike its creamy counterparts, this Down Home South Carolina Cole Slaw recipe does not contain mayonnaise. The key ingredient to a signature South Carolina Cole Slow is mustard, yep mustard. While this easy-going version is wonderful with Carolina-style BBQ, it is also delicious with my Fresh Off The Grill – Blue Cheese and Avocado Burgers, chicken wings and other picnic or potluck favorites. For best results, soak the red onion in a mixture of 1 part water to 1 part vinegar for 10-15...

Fresh Off The Grill – Blue Cheese and Avocado Burgers

Fresh Off The Grill - Blue Cheese and Avocado Burgers

With Summer coming to an end I’m trying to get as much grilling in as possible before the cold winds of Winter hit. We are entertaining family this weekend so I decided on a classic, satisfy everyone burger. Who doesn’t like burgers, right? There are two things you need for super juicy, flavorful grilled burgers: Fat and seasonings. For the best tasting burgers, choose ground meat with a higher fat content. For example, an 80/20 ground beef is perfect for...

Orange Roughy Foil Packets

Orange Roughy Foil Packets

This post contains affiliate links to products I use myself and personally recommend. If you haven’t tried foil packet cooking, you are in for a real treat! Preparation only takes a few minutes and clean up is a breeze. You can use this method indoors year round, or toss the packets onto your grill to enjoy a light and healthy meal during the warmer months. This recipe uses orange roughy filets, but this technique can be used with any type...

Zesty Peach Salsa

If you live in the South then you probably have a large stash of beautiful Southern peaches. I know I do! I use my stash to make Warm Southern Peach Cobbler and this Zesty Peach Salsa. This Zesty Peach Salsa is absolutely gorgeous! The combination of colors creates a beautiful presentation, while the delicious blend of sweet and spicy flavors makes it a wonderful addition to simply prepared fish, chicken or pork dishes. This one is a keeper, for sure! Tip: Soak...

Salt-Cured Lemons, Tomatoes & Strawberries

This post contains affiliate links to products I use myself and personally recommend. Curing fruits and vegetables with salt is an idea I picked up from Salt Block Cooking: 70 Recipes for Grilling, Chilling, Searing, and Serving on Himalayan Salt Blocks . The book includes several recipes on how to do this, so I decided to test a couple of them. Technique is very important when working with these salt blocks. If you tend to make things up as you...

Dear Mrs. R – Weight Gain & Breakouts? 3 Amazingly Valuable Tips to Know

An Advice Series for Women of All Ages I am so excited to bring you another installment of Dear Mrs. R. I truly value all of my readers and your support has been amazing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! In an effort to protect my readers privacy, I will refer to only a First Name and Last Initial when posting to Dear Mrs. R. So, please do not worry about your confidentiality as it will be protected....