Happy Birthday!

My cousin’s birthday was a few weeks ago and I offered to do the catering for the party.  The birthday girl just wanted apple pie, so I had free-rein to decide what kind of cupcakes to make for the other kids at the party. They were expecting about 15 kids.  After consulting friends on whatRead more

Quinoa & Black Bean Casserole

My friend, Becky introduced me to this recipe.  A delicious, healthy and filling casserole that also happens to be vegetarian!  This will definitely become a staple in our house. Quinoa Black Bean Casserole Serves 8-10 Adapted from here  1  1/2 cups cooked quinoa 2 (15oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed 2 large sweet potatoes,Read more

Miniature makes it better

I have to say that one of my favorite kitchen tools is my mini-muffin pan.  There’s just nothing as cute as a mini little bite of something.  That said, I was instantly drawn to these Mini Ham and Cheese Quinoa Cups.  These are like mini quiches, but without the decadent crust.  The quinoa (a highRead more

Fat Tuesday

SCL fell on Fat Tuesday, so someone requested a pancake dinner.  Since pancakes happen to be a specialty of mine, I was happy to oblige.  Our meal consisted of pancakes, egg casserole, and fruit salad.  Unfortunately, I had absolutely no idea how to estimate enough fruit salad for 20 people and ended up with WAY tooRead more

I love puns

Since week two of the School of Christian Living (SCL) catering gig was on Valentine’s day and because I like puns (and a good theme), I came up with some awesome names for all the dishes. We had Heartwarming Chili, You Still Romaine in my Heart Salad, Don’t Break My Corny Heart Cornbread (even better because I usedRead more


Since no catered event is complete without a little something sweet, I made these Orangies. My friend, Annie introduced me to these AMAZING bars.  They’re decadently delicious and refreshing. Orangies Makes 24 bars Adapted from Paula Deen’s Orange Brownies 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups sugar 1 tsp salt 1 cup (2 sticks) butter,Read more

Spaghetti and Veggieballs

Woke up (too early for a Saturday) thinking about my grocery shopping list for the day.  I’m catering for my 8-year old cousin’s birthday party tomorrow, and don’t want to forget a thing.  It’s going to be quite the event.  More on that later. First, let’s talk about my first catering gig.  On Tuesday nightsRead more