Pomegranate Chicken with Halloumi, Tomatoes, and Peppers

Pomegranate Chicken with Halloumi Cheese, Tomatoes, and Peppers

Skip To RecipeNOTE: I’m super excited to announce that I was picked the winner of the Sassool Grocery Challenge! Read the official announcement here. A big “Thank you!” to Mounir Saleh and the Sassool team for choosing my dish to be featured in both Sassool locations for the month of January! A few weeks ago I was invited to Sassool Mediterranean Cafe in Cary, North Carolina to visit their new grocery and retail section, and pick out a few items using a complimentary $25 gift card. Then using at least three items from the Sassool market, develop a delicious recipe to be entered in the Sassool Grocery Challenge, where I will be competing against eight other Triangle-area bloggers. Mounir Saleh (the owner of Sassool) will create and taste each dish and select his …

Southern Comfort Food for the Holidays Featuring The Produce Box

Southern Comfort Food for the Holidays Featuring The Produce Box

Skip To RecipeMy family and I have lived in the South now for nearly six years. We started off moving to Virginia, then Alabama, and finally North Carolina, where we have lived for the past four years. The South is a truly unique place. People have their own way of doing things (if someone is using a turn signal, they are most-likely NOT born in the South), their own way of talking, and their own way of cooking. I’ve run across so many–almost foreign to me–recipes and ingredients native to the South I’ve been a little intimidated to try something new. Especially in the grocery store. I’d hate to buy a giant bag of something, like kale or collard greens, and then have them go to waste because I didn’t …

Get Into the Woods! Discover the Forest

I’ve always loved the outdoors. Growing up in rural Iowa, if you weren’t into outdoor activities there wasn’t much for you to do! I have fond memories of summer vacations playing at town parks, swimming at the town pool, riding bikes all over town, and when I was a little older, riding my brother’s dirtbikes and quads, going camping and boating at the lake, attending 4th of July fireworks and having big family reunions at state parks. Our best family trip ever happened when I was about 7 or 8. My parents took us on a road trip out West for summer vacation. We packed up my dad’s dually truck with a big cooler of food and drinks, hitched up the camper and headed towards Montana to visit my Uncle Bill and …

"Go outside and have fun!" Come home when the street lights come on.

Go outside and play!

Do you remember the “good old days” when you were told first thing in the morning to “go outside and play” and you played with your friends until the street lights came on? Go outside, play and have fun with your kids! Before you know it they are going to be grown and living on their own and you won’t have the opportunity any more.

Walk for UNC Children’s at Midtown Park in Raleigh on November 4

I’ve always been a big supporter of charity walks. Starting in elementary school I participated in more March of Dimes walks than I can count. Then after my sister-in-law died of breast cancer I took part in three Komen 3-Day for the Cure walks. When my friend Elaine was diagnosed with, and later died from, leukemia I walked several Light the Night walks for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It might sound strange to others, but walking for charity is something that makes me feel less helpless against something that I have no control over. So when I was asked to be on the UNC Children’s Digital Advisory Panel, and to participate in the Walk for UNC Children’s, I didn’t hesitate to say “yes!” (It’s nice to have a more …

Farmer's Market Fresh: North Carolina Pork

Farmer’s Market Fresh: North Carolina Pork

Skip To RecipeBefore having kids, one of my favorite things to do on a Saturday morning was to get up early and run to the farmer’s market to pick up some fresh, local produce. I bought baked goods, flowers, eggs, and of course, fruits and veggies. But I never once thought about purchasing meat from the farmer’s market. To be honest, I don’t even know if it was offered back then (jeez, I feel old now). But when I was given the opportunity to visit the Piedmont Triad Farmer’s Market last week, I learned that the farmers have more to offer than just fresh, local produce! Not only did I find all sorts of North Carolina grown fruits, veggies, herbs, and flowers, but fresh, locally-raised meat, as well. I grew up …