• Appetizer

    Roasted Tomato Salsa

    This roasted tomato salsa has been one of my favorite recipes to make this summer! And just think, tomato season isn’t over just yet. From Summer to Fall My tomato plants are still producing. It’s that fun time of the year where summer is transitioning to fall, making this an excellent football party option. Well, besides this pimento cheese. Roasting the vegetables first definitely adds a smoky flavor and depth to the salsa. If you’re prepping for a party, potluck or tailgate, the ingredients can be roasted days ahead. I have roasted the vegetables nearly 5 days ahead and then blended them into salsa when ready. Making the Salsa Cut…

  • Herbed ricotta spread

    Herbed Ricotta Spread

    Herbed ricotta spread is creamy, earthy and so simple to make. It can be used as an appetizer, dip, or used an ingredient in a recipe. This week I used this spread in two dinner entrees! Quick Prep for Herbed Ricotta Spread This herbed ricotta spread is so simple and quick to make. I grabbed some fresh herbs from my deck. I finely chopped them up and added them to a bowl of whole milk ricotta, salt and pepper, and garlic. Because the whole milk ricotta is so creamy and rich, I do not add olive oil to thin it out. I also just whisk it together- no need to…

  • Appetizer,  Sauce

    Asparagus Pesto

    This asparagus pesto is vibrant, healthy, and best of all, fresh. Toss this bright sauce in pasta or use as a topping for appetizers. No Basil? No problem. If you’re like me, you may be most familiar with (and slightly addicted to) the classic basil pesto. Classic basil pesto is also called Pesto alla Genovese. It includes a combination of basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and olive oil. I recently learned that classic basil pesto is most traditionally made using a mortar and pestle. This sent me down a rabbit hole of pesto history that will definitely be shared in an upcoming post. As for this asparagus pesto recipe,…

  • Appetizer

    Pimento Cheese

    Pimento cheese dip is a traditional, southern favorite in my household. It is also easy to make and takes less than 15 minutes to mix together! Pimento Cheese Please My grandfather used to keep pimento cheese in the fridge. It was always store bought but was always the perfect snack. I remember him sharing some with me as a little girl. We ate them on buttery Ritz crackers. My husband’s family also loves pimento cheese. We spend every summer with them at Edisto Beach, SC and pimento cheese is always a go to snack in the beach house. It is cold, creamy and easy to spread on crackers, pretzels or…