Debuting our Fall 2015 Menu

Fall Menu AVA

It’s that time of year again for everything autumnal and yummy. That’s why I’m thrilled to unleash my new fall menu!

Creative, no-tree nut school lunches

School Lunches

Has your kid’s school banned tree nuts in school lunches? Here are ideas to help you keep it fresh and nutritious for your child each day and easy on you!

The 4th Annual Lodge at Old Trail Culinary Competition

4th annual Lodge Culinary Competition

Want to see me battle it out in Western Albemarle for a local Chopped-like cooking competition in September? It all benefits a local cause. Get tickets at AVA now!

My top favorite cooking and food blogs


A list and some descriptors of some of my top favorites cooking blogs. Let them inspire you, too

New summer menu 2015

Summer Menu

After thoughtful perusings of recipes and cookbooks, some experimentation and taste testing, I’m finally ready to unveil my summer menu. Come in to try it!

An experiment in budget eating


Culinary delights don’t have to break the bank. And simple eating doesn’t have to mean low quality. Check out my take on stretching dollars and cooking creatively!

New year’s goals

New Year's Card

Hey, who am I to argue with the artificial “re-set” that the calendar affords us each year? I’m going to go with it and set some intentions for a fabulous 2015. Here are my goals: Goals Food is my passion, my livelihood, and my commitment. So I’m darn sure going to make it fun, too. […]

Summer veggie recipes

Provencal Tomato Quiche

Right now, at the height of the summer, when harvests are bountiful and you can’t eat the tomatoes and zucchini fast enough, there’s nothing better than compiling a list of recipes that will use those things — and more — and then making them and feasting! I am a rabid, I mean rabid, recipe collector. […]