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Judging the NC Seafood Festival Chefs Competition

2013 NC Seafood Festival Chefs Competition

Last weekend was one of the greatest experiences of my life! Earlier in the year, I was asked to be a judge in this exciting competition.  For MONTHS I anticipated “the big day” of the NC Seafood Festival Chefs Competition.  I was probably more nervous than the competing chefs!  Once the competition was underway, I [Read On]

My Chick Toolbox

Chick Toolbox

Totally off the subject of food, I know.  This Labor Day weekend I did a few projects around the house, and thought I’d share something that has really made my life a lot easier over the years. The gift that has kept on givin’ was from my mom when I moved away to college at [Read On]

My Ongoing Journey Learning Food Photography


When I first started this blog almost eight months ago, I had NO CLUE what I was doing (and I’m still learning)!  It didn’t take me long to realize that no matter how good my recipes were, if they didn’t look good, it didn’t matter.  We live in a visual world. I started out with [Read On]

Six Months of Blogging & Skillet Cornbread!

Skillet Cornbread

Can anyone tell me what’s wrong with this picture?  Anyone? Well, if it didn’t look like an earthquake had exploded up in it, it would probably be okay.  I knew something was wrong but couldn’t put my finger on it. I was so excited when making this cornbread.  It is my blog’s six month anniversary [Read On]

The Friendly Market


I recently had the *total honor* of being a taste tester for the debut of a new pie launched in the kitchen of my local farmer’s market:  The Friendly Market. Now y’all are gonna flat out wonder why you didn’t come up with this idea when I tell you what it is:  Shrimp & Grits [Read On]


Ziplist Online Recipe Box & Shopping List

Are you getting the most out of your recipe box & shopping list that’s on the blog?  Here’s the skinny:  I recently partnered with ZipList.   ZipList is an online recipe box & shopping list that’s going to simplify your love for collecting recipes & grocery shopping (if you’re not already using it!). ZipList is [Read On]

Dajio Restaurant ~ Ocracoke, NC


If you’ve browsed around the blog, you’ll see from my clams casino post that we frequently visit Ocracoke Island, NC in the summer.  Sometimes we take the ferry; sometimes we take our own boat & anchor out in the harbor or dock at the public docks.  But one thing is a constant:  we always visit [Read On]