Bar-B-Q(ueen)

My summer time vibes are REAL, QUEEN! I love to host #PatioParties and fire up the grill. It’s an extension of the kitchen lezzbehonest, of course I love it.

Had friends over for a BBQ on our deck. Kids played while the adults adult’d. Lovely evening! We had surf and turf. Spoiler alert, it was amazing!

I Heart Cooking

You could say I’ve loved cooking all my life. I love the connection. I love that you make a memory with the person you’re cooking with and how that memory bonds you together forever. It’s intimate. Cooking tells you things about yourself you wouldn’t know otherwise. My earliest memories with my grandma’s involved cooking, baking, or preparing a meal together. My grandmothers cooked with me and encouraged me in the kitchen at a very young age. They instilled confidence and curiosity, my fundamental building blocks in the kitchen.

Din-Din to Go-Go

So I’m making my girlfriend dinner and I couldn’t be more excited! I LOVE to cook, bake, EAT, and film the occasional #pretendcookingshow. The meal I’m making my gf has to taste fabulous and look gourmet! After all, presentation is EVERYTHING, Queen! Some staples in my meals on wheels repertoire are chocolate chip cookies, rosemary and currant scones (recipe from my FAVE cookbook Ovenly) , and HUGE brightly colored salads.

I can’t stress it enough, if you don’t have a cast iron skillet…RUN don’t walk! It’s a must have kitchen tool. I will not cook my steaks in anything else. The rest of this fancy feast includes roasted shrimp on skewers, roasted red potatoes with red onion and chives, and a sprinkling of curly parsley a top it all (I prefer it to flat parsley, but to each her own).

As you know, I’m obsessed with stationery and all things GEEK, so naturally I have a personal embosser with gold stickers and cellophane bags in bulk! Tie up the bags with some adorable ribbon and your baked goods Showed Up & Showed OUT! #FAF