Melissa

italian caprese tortellini salad

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After our long, relaxing, Memorial Day weekend I’m ready to share some new recipes! Here’s one we enjoyed yesterday as part of our picnic lunch. It turned out truly sensational. It’s a combination of traditional caprese salad and tender, cheesy tortellini. My favorite part is the amazing, thick pesto dressing. Seriously addictive and soooo delicious!…

the bee sting {burnt cayenne honey bourbon sour}

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This cocktail is sweet and spicy! We love the depth of flavor that comes from “burning” the honey before we turn it into simple syrup and mix it into our lemony bourbon sour. It’s SO good. Ever been stung by a bee? This is just as exciting and way more fun. The “sting” comes from…

creamy pineapple chicken tacos

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Yum! You are going to love this new taco recipe I created featuring fresh pineapple and pineapple cream cheese. Savory, sweet, creamy and delicious! for 6 creamy pineapple chicken tacos: 6 soft corn tortillas 1 and 1/2 cups warm, grilled chicken breast or thighs, shredded 6 to 8 Tablespoons pineapple cream cheese spread (I used…

patriotic salsa

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With Memorial Day weekend coming up I decided to create a recipe for healthy chips and salsa featuring Food Should Taste Good‘s blue corn chips. I made the salsa with red grape tomatoes and white navy beans for the whole red white and blue patriotic theme. It turned out so delicious, and so pretty too!…

chicken & waffle “tacos”

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The chicken and waffle craving is a very specific craving that nothing else can really fix. They’re not health food, and if you try to make them healthy, they’re just not the same. You’ll just wander around feeling gypped with the original craving anyway. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself eating ‘around’ the…

hawaiian luau teriyaki chicken bowl

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Aloha! This past weekend we decided to have a little Hawaiian luau on our deck. We adore all things Hawaiian, and after making our favorite cold ginger chicken, we decided to try something new. Well sort of new. I’ve been making teriyaki bowl for years and years, but never in a hollowed out pineapple bowl!…

beneath the blossoms ~ a scenes post

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Mother’s Day started with mimosas and brunch at The St. Jame’s Hotel with my sweet Andie and Grace. We sat on the quaint patio at the Veranda and enjoyed sticky caramel rolls, eggs Benedict, and hash browns. With the sun shining brightly overhead, a view of the river, good conversation, and birds singing in the…

milano mule

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We’re making icy, refreshing Milano Mule cocktails this evening for date night on the deck. A Milano Mule is a Moscow Mule with an Italian twist. Instead of vodka, we use the always awesome limoncello. Some people make their mules in a lowball glass, but I think the copper mugs are a must! for one…