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15 dutch oven recipes

Cold days with that fresh nip in the air calls out for warm comfort food and that means dusting off those Dutch oven recipes! My Dutch oven (it’s really a French oven because of it’s enamel coating) is an essential part of my kitchen and probably my favorite tool. From flavorful soups to tender fall-off-the-bone braises my Le Creuset French Oven is in full use in the fall and winter months. Combined with the fact that it’s made with durable heavy duty cast iron for even cooking and has a lifetime guarantee, my French oven is practically priceless! giveaway Before

duck confit

I’ve never known a girl who loves duck confit as much as my 6-year-old. Of course, who doesn’t love a tender fall-off-the-bone duck confit recipe — it’s just the best thing in the world. For a long time, I’ve made duck confit the traditional way, with a vat of duck fat, but unless one of my amazing friends brings me duck fat (yes, I seriously have friends that do this) I’m out of luck. But thank the stars above, I ran into a this fabulous recipe from Bon Appétit with the best duck confit hack of all time. For this

Bratwurst and Sauerkraut Pretzel Bites

It’s that certain smell in the air. That crisp breeze that tingles your nose and makes the hairs on your arm stand a little higher, fall is officially here. Weekends filled with picnics at the lake, strolls through the farmer’s market, caramel apples at the state fair, lazy sways in the hammock, and a crowded patio with a football game on TV. This time of the year is, by far, my favorite. I’ve had this recipe on my mind for months. A perfect blend of flavors to scream, “Hey people, FALL IS FLIPPING HERE!” For me, it’s officially autumn when


Shut the front door – I love a good pie! So does my daughter, my husband, and our dog the Labradork, Jack, who caused me to trip and send a glorious Key Lime Pie flying through the air only to splatter on the kitchen floor. Sneaky sneaky, Jack. Not too long ago, our friend Jamie Oliver released another brilliant book all about the glory of comfort food. We can’t deny it, comfort food is just one of the best things when the time is right. Jamie’s new book, Comfort Food, has a permanent spot in my cookbook collection. Filled with classics


Ham and Cheese Mini Muffins

4 | October 1, 2014

It’s a battle we know all to well as parents, what to put in the kid’s lunchbox for school. Peanut butter and jelly gets old fast and there’s only so many times you can pull off the cheese and crackers bit. So, I try to be as inventive as I can and that usually means making large batches of pasta salad, freezable bean burritos, and mini-muffins on the weekends. Whenever I stash a couple of these Ham and Cheese Muffins in the resident 6-year-old’s lunchbox, I hear how she had to fend off classmate’s offers to trade —they’re that good. You


You’ve just finished off a fabulous dinner party — appetizers, dinner, desserts, but the night’s not over yet. Treat your guests to a coffee cocktail to cap off an epic dinner party and leave people talking. Whenever Tim, the husband, and I are out we like to extend the evening as long as possible — it’s not too often we’re alone, you know. To make the night just a tad longer and to cap off our tastebuds, a coffee with a splash of something special seems to end the night on a high note. Our favorite end-of-the-night drink on a date is

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Beans on Toast

3 | September 22, 2014

If you ask my child what she wants for dinner, her answer will be a toss up between roasted chicken, salmon, or beans on toast. Before Mia, I had no clue what “beans on toast” was. Till this day I’m still not quite sure how she ever found out about beans on toast as I’d obviously never served it before. Come to find, beans on toast is not a common American meal but a favorite across the “pond.” Maybe she’s been watching too much Jamie Oliver?   We have varying recipes for beans on toast. In the spring/summer, I cream

carrot apple pancakes

Whole Wheat Carrot Apple Pancakes

2 | September 12, 2014

The weekend is coming up and I couldn’t tell you how thrilled I am! It’s my first one off in about 3 months — first day off actually — and I’m looking forward to doing whatever I please. Think we’ll first start off with dinner and a concert tonight (Joe Purdy and Brian Wright). Then I’ll hit the farmer’s market on Saturday while the husband is running 40 miles (wish I was joking), maybe a stroll or canoe around the lake if it’s not raining, and from there who knows. Sad thing is that my daughter is at the ranch

salmon chorizo tomato_2_low

Today in Texas, we’re  anxiously awaiting a “cold” front that should plummet us down to 80 degrees for our highs this week. I’m wearing jeans and a long sleeve shirt to celebrate the coming of fall. Football, leaf piles, pumpkin harvests, sock monkey slippers, and that undeniable tinge in the air makes me deliriously happy. Although, with the prospect of autumn weather bringing autumn produce, I fear it’s now time to say goodbye to summer here. This summer has been an amazing one full of incredible adventures and amazing opportunities. I’m certainly regretful that I didn’t spend much time here on ISMS. I

Overnight Chia Seed Pudding with Cherry Compote

Back-to-school craziness has died down here a bit – just a bit – and with work starting to become more manageable these days, I’m finally getting back here to the blog. In all my sock monkey wearing slipper glory and the pajamas I haven’t seemed to come out of at noon, I’m left in a quiet house wondering how in the heck did my child grow up so fast. One day I’m holding 1 pound of fierce awesomeness in my hands and the next she’s telling me she has a much older boyfriend (6 years old mind you and only two

Raspberry Witbier Cocktail

Raspberry Witbier Cocktail

4 | August 31, 2014

Summer is slowly coming to a close and although I will miss splashes in the water, wildflowers, and sweating indoors, I’m looking forward to cooler temps and enjoying my patio again! We’ve got about one more month of summer-like temps here in Texas before we can dabble in fall’s cool breezes. To celebrate the changing of seasons and kiss summer goodbye, we’ve created a refreshing cocktail to enjoy with our last month of grilling and summer brunches. Combining the flavor of summer raspberries and Witbier, one of my favorite ales to drink in the fall, this beer cocktail is beyond refreshing! Along

Cashew Coconut Blueberry Energy Bites

It’s been a madhouse around here. Between getting my daughter started with her first week of kindergarten and juggling the busy season of my recipe development business I honestly can’t tell you what my name is anymore or which shoe goes on what foot. I’m walking around like a zombie from the lack of sleep — so much so that my 5-year-old daughter lead me to the couch, gave me an ice pack, a magazine, and told me to relax. A martini would have been better but let’s not teach her how to do that until college. Now that’s bad.