Thank you so much for choosing to visit my cooking blog! I hope that you find simple, delicious recipes that you will add to your menus, over and over again, for guests, potlucks, and weeknights with your family. Some of my recipes may or may not include exact measurements.
I promise my best to measure, but be in the habit of tasting and adding ingredients and seasonings that appeal to you. Cooking is about feeling, so it is my desire that you feel what you’re are cooking, instead of reading and following a recipe exactly.
You may like more of an ingredient, or less, than the measurement I suggest. So always have a spoon nearby to taste as you go along. Recipes should be pleasing to you, the cook.
I am very proud of my family and they inspire my cooking. I often get the group text in the afternoon around 3 PM, “What’s for Dinner?” Tom, my husband, loves everything I cook. He enjoys being in the kitchen with a craft beer or bourbon while dinner is being prepared.
Bryant, my son, just graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Sports Journalism. He strongly believes that anytime he is home, it is a special occasion and a grand family meal is in order. Camille, my beautiful red-headed daughter is a student at Troy University and is wonderful to share my kitchen with.
Though most of the time, Tom and I enjoy cooking like the empty-nesters we now are, but when the kids are home, they make our dinners at home the best part of every day.
My precious Cassie, the dog, believes that whenever anyone walks into the kitchen it must be treat time. We go through a lot of dog treats each week.
I enjoy nothing more than cooking a great meal for my family at the end of the day. There is usually a glass of wine involved, and music playing. I even find that the lighting in my kitchen needs to be just right when I cook.
A string of lights above my kitchen cabinets is always plugged in. My family loves our dinner times – it sets the pace for the rest of the night. We can transition from long days to relaxing evenings with the formula of a warm meal, music, lighting, and wine.
My posts will often include a story. I have inherited a great love of storytelling from my dad. And you will see a lot of tomatoes. A tribute to my dad, as he loved tomatoes. He thought about tomatoes, talked about tomatoes, and ate more tomatoes in his life than anyone I know. He did not eat fancy tomato dishes. He ate sliced tomatoes with salt, tomato sandwiches with mayonnaise, and chopped tomatoes on plain lettuce salads.
You may see an unusual number of recipes using gulf shrimp. Raised on the Florida Gulf Coast, I adore seafood, especially the ease and versatility of shrimp.
I am rich with friends so often stories and recipes include Zeta Tau Alpha sorority sisters, tailgating friends, or beloved church friends who are my family. You will find that I have a passion for cooking for friends, cheering for the University of Alabama Football, being on the beach, going to new Birmingham restaurants with friends and spending time with my people.
I hope you enjoy not only reading my blog but making these easy recipes. I hope once your stove is on, and pots and pans are banging, you pour a glass of wine, crank up the air conditioner and find yourself exclaiming, “It’s Hot in This Kitchen!”