Christmas Shenanigans of an Elf!

Christmas Shenanigans of an Elf!

If you have small children and don’t live inside a bubble, you’re all too familiar with the craze known as Elf On The Shelf.  If you have older children or don’t yet have children like myself, my guess is that you too haven’t escaped the elf craze. Elf posts are plastered all over social networking … Continue reading

Prosciutto and Fig!

Prosciutto and Fig!

I recently started a new work schedule allowing more time in the afternoons to plan, shop and prep for meals. Amongst other things. Like afternoon naps. :)  If there is a drawback to my new schedule it would be the ability to catch my top 3 Food Network ladies – Pioneer Woman, Barefoot Contessa and Giada. Generally this wouldn’t be … Continue reading

“Beet It” Salad!

“Beet It” Salad!

Another Instagram inspired dish, “Beet It” Salad, roasted beets with goat cheese and fresh parsley. Although I’m not much a fan of goat cheese, the creamy richness of the cheese is a must with this salad. Absolutely divine. Especially when served warm. But this salad is just as yummy cold.🙂 “Beet It” Salad Fresh Beets (I … Continue reading

Magic Mug Cake!

Magic Mug Cake!

What if I told you that you could have a decadently delicious chocolate cake prepared and baked in 5 minutes? What if I also told you that you probably have all the ingredients to make said cake NOW? Would you run to your cupboards and get to baking? I cannot take credit for this recipe … Continue reading

Carne Asada!

Carne Asada!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!! Not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day which takes place mid September, Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage, pride and the 5th of May (the day after Star Wars Day ~ May the 4th be with you!😉 )! Many find the day a good excuse to indulge in their … Continue reading

Healthy Banana Pecan Ice-Cream!

Healthy Banana Pecan Ice-Cream!

During a time that many of us are trying to eat healthier, I strongly feel we also need a healthy balance. Diets that cut too much of this or too much of that often set one up for failure. You know how it goes, that which we cannot have we want more of. That doesn’t … Continue reading

Morimoto Napa

Morimoto Napa

I enjoyed a wonderful day in the Napa Valley with my friend Tina yesterday afternoon. We started our adventure at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone where we attended a cooking demo by the talented Chef Bobby Childs.  Chef Childs served up our Goat Cheese stuffed Turkey Sliders and Red Pepper-Apricot Relish with a … Continue reading

Raspberry Macarons with Dark Chocolate Ganache

Raspberry Macarons with Dark Chocolate Ganache

I had wanted this post to be a Valentine related post, but due to launching a website for my photography, A.V. Campbell Photography and the fact that my heart-shaped Macarons looked more like big blobs, this post was delayed. But hey, better late than never!🙂 Have you ever eaten a perfectly round, light and delicious … Continue reading

Lemon Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting!

Lemon Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting!

I offered to make cupcakes for a family memorial reception last weekend. Little did I know at the time what I was getting myself into. It wasn’t the act of picking up the necessities, planning the “cupcake menu” or even making the cupcakes that was an issue. It was the storm that hit before the … Continue reading

Savory Parmesan & Black Pepper Biscotti!

Savory Parmesan & Black Pepper Biscotti!

Yep, that’s right, I said savory Parmesan & Black Pepper Biscotti! It’s hard to think about biscotti being anything other than a sweet hard cookie, sometimes dipped in chocolate and often enjoyed dipped in tea or coffee. If you can wrap your mind around the thought of biscotti being savory, this delicious cookie is for … Continue reading