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You Will Love Korean Beef Bulgogi
2021-02-22 15:44
Korean Beef Bulgogi“Tastes like a dish I would order in a restaurant.”My husband and I miss eating in restaurants during this pandemic. Sitting a table with a tablecloth and cand… Read More
Christmas Cocktails
2020-12-22 19:09
White Cranberry MargaritaRecipe source: Elizabeth Van Lierde, margarita looks blue in the photo because I used a blue background. It is actually a clear drink.)White Cranber… Read More
Kitty’s Cosmo ~ Cosmopolitan Cocktail
2020-11-11 22:08
If you live in the South, chances are, in your fabulous circle of friends, there is someone named “Kitty”. Sure enough I have several friends named Kitty and they love Cosmopolit… Read More
Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Cocktail
2020-10-28 19:56
Black Forest Chocolate Cherry CocktailMakes 1 cocktailRim cocktail glass: Place cherry juice (from the jar of cherries that you use for the cherry garnish – I like Tillen Farms Bada Bi… Read More
Halloween Cocktails
2020-10-28 16:38
The Goblin CocktailRecipe and photo compliments of BACARDÍ Superior RumThe GoblinIngredients:1.5 parts BACARDÍ Superior Rum0.5 part Midori Liqueur0.5 part Reàl Coco… Read More
Cameron Hughes Zinfandel + Steak Au Poivre
2020-10-12 19:09
As the weather gets cooler this fall in Southwest Virginia, I am enjoying creating food and wine pairings using the herbs and spices so popular this time of year. One spice I love is pepper… Read More
Kiwi Berry Cocktail
2020-09-28 17:52
Have you tasted kiwi berries? I recently found these cute little berries at our local natural foods co-op. They are sweet and tart and you can just pop them in your mouth – eat the who… Read More
End Of The Summer Rosé Wines
2020-09-10 20:13
Hampton Water RoséBlend: 60% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 15% Mourvedre, 10% SyrahRich and crisp, bursts of red fruit, white peaches and just a touch of white chocolate, with a  long… Read More
Summer Orzo Salad
2020-07-17 12:59
July 19, 2020 begins National Prosecco Week. My Summer Orzo Salad will be the perfect pairing with a chilled bottle of Prosecco!Summer Orzo SaladMakes 6 servings2 cups Orzo4 tablespoons oliv… Read More
Blueberry Lavender Cosmopolitan
2020-07-11 14:36
Blueberry Lavender Cosmopolitan made with Broken Shield Vodka from New Zealand. Broken Shed Vodka is crafted from a blend of two of New Zealand’s purist waters with natural protein whe… Read More
National Piña Colada Day
2020-07-10 18:03
July 10 is National Piña Colada Day! The perfect day to drink a Frozen Maraschino Piña Colada made with Rhum JM Blanc and CLÉMENT MAHINA COCO. Please visit http://www.r… Read More
Fun Rum Rhum Cocktails
2020-07-03 14:50
I was delighted recently with an invitation to a virtual r(h)um tasting happy hour hosted by the fine rum specialists – Spiribam. Ben Jones, Managing Director and Kiowa Bryan, National… Read More
Tomato Water Martini
2020-06-22 20:16
Makes 4 – 6 cocktails.Tomato Water MartiniTomato Water:18 ounces large grape tomatoes (reserve 6 tomatoes for garnish)4 large fresh basil leaves40 black pepper corns1/2 teaspoon saltPl… Read More
Get Your Grill On For Father’s Day
2020-06-11 17:49
This post was originally published on the Behind the Page Blog, The Roanoker Magazine, June, 2020: theroanoker.comFather’s Day evokes many fond memories. Dad trying to relax on his la… Read More
Cherry Lemonade Vodka Slushie
2020-06-03 20:54
One of my all-time favorite beach cocktails!Makes 12 cocktails.Requires freezing the slushie overnight, so make the day ahead.Cherry Syrup:Makes 2/3 cup20 fresh cherries, pitted and cut in h… Read More
National Mimosa Day!
2020-05-14 19:29
Saturday, May 16 is National Mimosa Day! Celebrate with freshly squeezed juices topped with your favorite bubbly. My favorite sparkling wine to make these bubbly cocktails is Mionetto Brut P… Read More
Mionetto IL Prosecco ~ Mango Bellini
2020-05-05 23:06
I love bubbly cocktails and Prosecco adds the best bit of fizz to our favorite libations. I’ve been enjoying Mionetto Prosecco and recently discovered their IL Prosecco DOC. Perfect f… Read More
It Was The Best Of Times ~ Derby Day
2020-04-30 17:14
For the past eleven years we had the “Best Derby Day Gala Ever” right here in the Star City of the South, Roanoke Virginia. Sadly, the Covid-19 caused the cancellation of the&nbs&hell…Read More
2020-04-06 17:31
My favorite prosecco – Mionetto – in a Redbud heart.#Stayathome means I can stay at home and play with my food! I’ve been creating cocktails and cocktail garnishes and taki… Read More
Prosciutto ~ The Perfect Comfort Food
2020-03-17 12:12
Baked Prosciutto is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. Crunchy, salty, crispy, it adds flavor to most any savory dish. It is easy to bake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Pla… Read More
Welcome Vinho Verde Season!
2020-02-26 23:09
Welcome Vinho Verde Season!March 19, 2020 begins the season of Spring and what I like to think of as Vinho Verde Season!  From Portugal, Vinho Verde wines are known as “green wine… Read More
2020-02-24 13:37
Monday, February 24, 2020 is National Tortilla Chip Day! To celebrate I made my friend Mary Ann’s fabulous Buffalo Chicken Dip. As much as I love the thin and crispy Restaurant Style t… Read More
Chocolate School In Belize
2020-02-10 15:44
Evidence of the Maya using chocolate have been found in ceramic pots over 2600 years old.  These pots were used to make a drink using the cacao ground with corn, chili and pepper. … Read More
Winter Citrus Spice Cocktail Recipes
2019-12-31 00:27
Winter Citrus Spice Simple Syrup When the weather outside is frosty, I love a cocktail with warm spicy flavors…cinnamon, cardamon, star anise and cloves paired with bourbon, vodka, or… Read More
2019-11-24 17:54
During the busy holiday season, in between the big fancy meals, I like to have casual suppers with friends. I find that my crockpot is my best friend during the holidays!So much holiday food… Read More
Chesapeake Bay Spicy Guacamole
2019-11-12 20:04
Thursday, November 14, 2019 is National Spicy Guacamole Day! Celebrate with my spicy Chesapeake Bay Guacamole…Clark and Hopkins Chesapeake Bay Pepper Sauce + Gunther’s Salsa Fre… Read More
Spiced Apple Maple Ginger Cocktail
2019-10-31 22:24
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Spiced Apple Maple Ginger Cocktails!Makes 1 cocktail.1/2 cup hard apple cider (I used Bold Rock)1 tablespoon maple syrup1 1/2 ounce bourbon6 drops Dashfire App… Read More
Caramelized Onion Dip Recipe
2019-09-27 14:39
This recipe was originally published in the Roanoker Magazine “Behind the Page” blog. Please visit for more yummy recipes and bubbly!March 14, 2019 is National P… Read More
The Cubano: The Perfect Grilled Sandwich
2019-09-16 13:56
This recipe was originally published in the Roanoker Magazine “Behind the Page” blog. Please visit for more yummy recipes and bubbly!How are you planning to cele… Read More
Cajun 15 Bean Soup
2019-09-04 22:03
As the weather gets cooler, we’ll be ready with lots of soup recipes…here’s one of my favorites:16 servings20 ounce package Hurst’s HamBeen Brand 15 Bean Soup Mix wi… Read More
Very Berry Lemon Drop Martini
2019-09-04 13:37
This recipe was originally published in the Roanoker Magazine “Behind the Page” blog. Please visit for more yummy recipes and bubbly!One of my favorite cocktails… Read More
My Favorite Chili Recipe
2019-08-20 22:43
SLOW COOKER KETO CHILIEven if it’s hot outside, chili is the perfect dish for lunch, dinner or a snack. A little pepper sauce in the chili and some avocado and sour cream on top will c… Read More
Back To School Red Beans And Rice
2019-08-16 20:40
This fast and delicious recipe is for anyone who is experiencing “back to school – who has time to fix dinner” dilemma. There are two secrets to really good red beans and r… Read More
Mango Tango – Fabulous Summer Cocktail
2019-08-14 17:59
This recipe was originally published in the Roanoker Magazine “Behind the Page” blog. Please visit for more yummy recipes and bubbly!Fruit + Prosecco = the perfe… Read More
My Favorite Salad ~ Baby Bok Choy!
2019-08-14 16:07
This recipe was originally published in the Roanoker Magazine “Behind the Page” blog. Please visit for more yummy recipes and bubbly!The first time I tasted this… Read More
When A Bee Sting Is A Good Thing!
2019-08-12 23:47
Bee Sting CocktailThis recipe was originally published in the Roanoker Magazine “Behind the Page” blog. Please visit for more yummy recipes and bubbly!Have you he… Read More
Bec’s Pimiento Cheese
2019-08-01 21:41
A friend of mine just moved from New York to our southern city, Roanoke, Virginia. We took her out to lunch and explained the particular things that a lady must do to be a true southern lady… Read More
Sundowners, Africa’s Cocktail Hour
2019-07-16 20:40
Waking up the lions on safari.On our recent safari trip to Africa our game drives began just as the sun was rising. Sometimes I felt like we were waking up the animals. I loved watching the… Read More
Loving Vermouth ~  Happy Martini Day!
2019-06-19 17:23
Shane Lumpp, Bar Manager, River and Rail Restaurant, Roanoke, VA lights a citrus peel on fire to garnish a cocktail.Today (June 19, 2019) is National Martini Day. My friends at T.W. Hollist… Read More
My Favorite Mushroom Risotto
2019-06-10 22:04
Love Mushrooms! The most delicious mushroom risotto ~ Knorr’s vegetable soup/dip mix adds just the right seasoning to this delicious dish. Easy to make ~ everything goes in the oven an… Read More
Cinco De Mayo ~ Recipes
2019-05-02 13:40
Salpicón ~ Shredded Beef TostadasSalpicón means “hodgepodge” or “medley” in Spanish. These shredded beef tostadas are just like the delicious ones serve… Read More

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