The Hostess with the Mostess I am an empty nester, who loves to cook & entertain. I believe that cooking/kitchen can be used as a tool to help bring families and communities meal at a time.

Collard Green & Black-Eye Pea Soup

Collard greens and black-eye peas are staples in many southern households...combining them together in one soup. Full vegetables and a surprise smoky flavor from the andouille.

Washington Red Apple

The combination of whiskey and apple pucker was a pleasant surprise...its simple, few ingredients and perfect fall/winter cocktail.

Sesame Chicken

This sweet and savory dish is simple to make and budget friendly. Add broccoli and serve over rice or noodles for a complete meal.

Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

OMG...this traditional, Italian influenced soup is loaded with flavor and if you're on a've hit the jackpot. This soup is loaded with tomatoes, herbs,, Italian sausage and more.

Limoncello Moscow Mule

The addition of the limoncello to this classic cocktail adds a nice refreshing twist.

Lemon & Thai Basil Caprese Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
A cool and refreshing dish...the lemon infused white balsamic vinegar added a really nice twist to this classic dish.

Limoncello & Basil Spritzer

This refreshing bubbly cocktail is infused with fresh basil, lemons and the perfect combination of limoncello, prosecco and topped with sparkling lemon water.

Meatless Burrito Bowl

Rating: 4 stars 2
This meatless burrito bowl is packed with flavor; the earthy sweetness of roasted sweet potatoes combined with well seasoned black beans and topped with sautéed poblano peppers, red bell peppers and onions take this dish to the next level of goodness.

Not Your Mama's Collard Greens

This award-winning dish will have your taste buds jumping with anticipation from the moment you see the bright, bold colors of this Collard Green Wrap.” The infusion of fresh collard greens with the earthiness of roasted sweet potatoes, sautéed red peppers and chicken that has been draped in rich, hot and flavorful curry will having you falling in love at first bite.

Baked Beef Queso

Rating: 4 stars 2
Simple and easy queso recipe with ground beef and full of flavor.

Lemon-Basil Whiskey Martini

The combination of fresh squeezed lemon juice and basil take this cocktail to the next level.

Kale Pasta Salad

Rating: 5 stars 1
Great side dish or add shrimp and make it a complete meal. Loaded with your favorite veggies and plenty of flavor too.