Grilled Lemon Chicken Greek Nachos, and the Zesty Flavors of All of Life’s Layers

Grilled Lemon Chicken Greek Nachos, and the Zesty Flavors of All of Life’s Layers post image

Vibrant, beautiful, refreshing spring; it's our Creator's amazing gift of an opportunity to begin afresh, and to add another potentially wonderful layer of experience to our ever-evolving lives. There is a vast array of all sorts of life sprouting up all around us, an abundance of living happening right before our eyes. If we open up our hearts and our souls, we may just get beautifully pulled right into that realm's extraordinary and powerful vortex, get spun around in its glorious light just a little. Spring ... {more please!}

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Dip, and Getting the Flavor Out of Life that You Put Into It

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Dip, and Getting the Flavor Out of Life that You Put Into It post image

Life is a lot like food, isn't it? It is open and ready—eager—to soak up all of the wonderful, amazing flavors that you're willing to infuse it with. And it's been created to do just that. When sweet, roasted red peppers, earthy olive oil, garlic, lemon, and a touch of savory and salty feta cheese are blended generously into a cool, smooth and creamy hummus dip, they infuse it with some vibrancy and a touch of smokiness, which makes for an experience that awakens the palette ... {more please!}

Tortilla Crunch Chicken Strips, and Taking a Big, Crunchy Bite Out of Life

Tortilla Crunch Chicken Strips, and Taking a Big, Crunchy Bite Out of Life post image

Sometimes, what life throws our way can be a bit intimidating and overwhelming, can't it? The things that we say and do to one another can be shocking. The surprises that get sprung on us that are not of the most celebratory variety; the relationships that end; the “hemorrhaging” of money that we didn't expect; the loss of a loved one we didn't see coming; the sickness that we had no idea was in there, hiding... You get my point. And you could probably add to ... {more please!}

Crispy-Baked Chicken Wings, Tandoori-Style, and Balancing The Heat with Something Cooling

Crispy-Baked Chicken Wings, Tandoori-Style, and Balancing The Heat with Something Cooling post image

If you've ever taken a nice, big bite out of something good 'n spicy, and then found yourself quickly reaching for something (anything!) to temper some of that heat, then you've experienced first-hand how important this nifty little concept of “balance” is. I have to admit that now, as an adult, I'm a bit of a heat seeker, a lover of things on the spicy side; but that being said, it doesn't mean that I don't appreciate something to balance out the flames, so to speak, ... {more please!}

Crispy Garlic Chicken & Spinach Egg Rolls, Rolled Together To Make For Something Extra Special

Crispy Garlic Chicken & Spinach Egg Rolls, Rolled Together To Make For Something Extra Special post image

There's nothing quite like Christmas time to place some merriment and child-like joy into our hearts and to bring us together like the beautiful human-kind family that we are. Our hearts become softened, our souls become brighter and more aware, and we look for ways to bring some cheer, love and wonder to each other in order to remind ourselves that we're all wonderfully connected, and that each flavor and color that we individually bring makes for the most divinely delicious bite there is. In a ... {more please!}

Crispy Caprese Meatballs Stuffed With Mozzarella, A Colorful Little Taste of the Holidays

Crispy Caprese Meatballs Stuffed With Mozzarella, A Colorful Little Taste of the Holidays post image

What would you say that the holidays taste like to you? Are they sweet and cool, with a minty flair? Are they spicy-sweet, or rich and creamy? Are they savory and herby, with a little hint of salty? The holidays, for me, are exquisitely all of the above. And the potential for magic during the holidays most certainly becomes apparent in all of the wonderfully different foods we love to partake in, each containing their own delicious pizzaz. The holidays wouldn't be the same without all ... {more please!}

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Puffs, The Perfect Little Golden Morsels For The Holidays

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Puffs, The Perfect Little Golden Morsels For The Holidays post image

The weeks before Christmas are all awash in shimmering celebrations and gatherings. It's a big and joyful part of this chilly and cozy holiday season, one that creates warmth in our hearts and gets us into that beautiful mindset of giving and sharing. Many of us enjoy small office parties, small neighborhood get-togethers, or festive school gatherings that implore us to get creative and offer up one another something delicious to nibble on that's both special and a little unique, and to warm our bellies and ... {more please!}

Garlic and Rosemary Pull-Apart Rolls with Asiago Cheese, and Indulging with Joy and Abandon

Garlic and Rosemary Pull-Apart Rolls with Asiago Cheese, and Indulging with Joy and Abandon post image

When I think of all of the fabulous food that is so much a central part of the Thanksgiving Day celebration, I get a sort of warm feeling in my belly, and a child-like excitement that we can partake in all of those wonderful goodies so whole-heartedly and with such sheer glee! Thanksgiving is a time to get together in the spirit of gratitude, love and remembrance for the gifts that we have in our lives; it's a time to ease the mind and dive freely ... {more please!}

Hot Roasted Butternut Squash & Spinach Dip, A Warming Comfort On A Cool Fall Evening

Hot Roasted Butternut Squash & Spinach Dip, A Warming Comfort On A Cool Fall Evening post image

Evenings in the fall are quite a magical time of the day for me. They remind me of what it must feel like to enter into a fairy realm, where the golden-purple light twinkles ever so softly, and the slight haze creates an almost dream-like blur of anything in the distance. Fall evenings are my favorite time to go for a walk in one of my husband's and my favorite near-by neighborhoods, the kind of neighborhood where the people get into the spirit of the season ... {more please!}

Oktoberfest Potato Skins, and Finding Good Reasons to Celebrate a Little

Oktoberfest Potato Skins, and Finding Good Reasons to Celebrate a Little post image

As we get into late September and then into October—into the autumn—I feel myself come alive a little more. I feel my colors become a bit more vibrant in the autumn, and my enthusiasm for simple festivities increase. Perhaps it's the promise of cooler weather, and of the holiday season just around the corner; of a fresh, crisp breeze that, in the evenings, brings a slight chill, and that gets my excitement going. Or perhaps it's the simple fact that the sun sets earlier, and earlier ... {more please!}

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