With more than 770,000 followers on Pinterest, Holly Ledingham is an influential social media player. Her “Fabulous Food and Drinks” board currently features more than 1,500 pins of delectable treats that she uses to find ideas for feeding her family of six, as well as her North Georgia friends, who also love a cocktail or two. When she isn’t entertaining, Holly spends time gardening, hiking, kayaking, and serving as president of a women’s monthly social group in her mountain community.
Food just seems to look, smell, and taste better when it’s baked in a cast-iron pan. Summer Corn and Cotija Cheese Dip exceeds all my cast-iron fantasy foods. It’s the perfect party dip to serve straight from the iron beauty you bake it in. Even better, the ease of the recipe, short list of ingredients, and minimal prep and cooking time (only 30 minutes total) will blow your mind. Summer yellow corn shines bright in this recipe, and its sweet flavor heightens when mixed with scallions, garlic, [... more]
The produce section of the grocery store offers many kinds of brightly colored squash in all shapes and sizes. One you don’t hear much about is the spaghetti squash. (When cooked, the inside of this squash resembles—you guessed it—spaghetti. Thus, the name.) You might wonder what in the world you could possibly make with such a thing? Well, for starters, this recipe for Southwestern Stuffed Spaghetti Squash. A Mexican-style mixture of garlic, red onions, jalapeños, bell pepper, black beans, corn, and spaghetti squash fills the hollowed-out squash [... more]
I can’t get enough of seasonal tomatoes. I’m enticed by their vibrant red color and their incredible flavor, especially if they’ve been picked at their peak. Ripe tomatoes steal the show in a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. For a healthier twist on a traditional BLT, try this BLT Chopped Salad recipe. Lime vinaigrette drizzled over bacon, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and the unexpected avocado, corn kernels, plus crumbled goat cheese combine to create the most delicious BLT I’ve ever tasted.
How do you like your asparagus prepared? Oven-roasted, steamed, grilled, pickled, sautéed, microwaved, deep-fried, blanched, or broiled? The options seem endless and each is delicious in its own right. I am excited to share with you another tasty option: Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus. Adding that one extra ingredient to this green veggie spear will elevate the flavor and turn it into a favorite finger food. Trim an inch from the end of the asparagus and cut prosciutto strips in half. Wrap the thin slice of meat around the spear, [... more]
The corn dog is a fair food favorite. In a moment of weakness, we devour it and then sit on the Ferris wheel questioning what we’ve just done. What was really in that thing? How many calories did I just consume? Why did I just eat that, again? Don’t be too hard on yourself—we’ve all been there a time or one hundred. I have good news: You can now have your corn dog and eat it too! Try making these Healthy Mini Corn Dog Muffins at home. [... more]
Something amazing happens when onions cook in a saucepan with melted butter for a long period of time. They transform from your average vegetable into something savory. Caramelizing onions begins the process of making one of my all–time favorite recipes: French Onion Soup. If you enjoy the bold flavor as much as I do, then you’ll love French Onion Cheese Bread. This recipe gets an unexpected makeover that not only looks great but also tastes great too. So forget your spoon. Biting into a piece of this [... more]
Water, we can’t live without it, so why not make it as fun and flavorful as possible. Weather you drink fancy bottled water, filtered water from the fridge or straight from the tap, you can pour your water of choice into a pitcher for a party or a single glass for you and add a fresh combination of ingredients to liven it up. Here are three refreshing ideas to try the next time you need to quench your thirst, such as lemon with cucumber, strawberry with basil, [... more]
This delicious recipe for Graham Cracker S’mores Cookies puts a sweet twist on the traditional campfire treat. Graham crackers, the base of this dessert, line a baking sheet, then scoops of homemade chocolate chip marshmallow cookie dough top the crackers. After the cookies bake in the oven for a bit, Hershey’s chocolate squares (logo up) are sprinkled on top before baking a little longer. You can enjoy these beautiful golden brown s’mores cookies any time of the year—and without smelling like a campfire! Photo Source: The Girl [... more]
Let’s get real: Sometimes your typical loaf of bread gets boring! A delicious alternative, Cherry Bread With Cherry-Almond Glaze has a beautiful pink hue and offers a refreshing sweetness your run-of-the-mill bread lacks. Light, fluffy, and moist, this bread is perfect for a decadent Sunday brunch or as a snack alongside a large glass of milk. Small chunks of maraschino cherries throughout the bread hint at its rich cherry flavor. The icing on the cake, or in this case, bread, is the warm cherry-almond glaze made of [... more]
Have you ever been at the farmers market, glanced at the sticks of rhubarb next to bulbs of fennel, and wondered, “What in the world could I do with that?” I sure have. One thing I definitely wouldn’t have thought of was, “Wow, that would make an incredible cocktail,” but here it is! In Rhubarb Fennel Fizz, the rhubarb adds a tart tang and a pretty ruby color to the homemade sweet syrup. The fennel infuses a mild licorice flavor into the gin. Now the true magic [... more]
Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Orange Segments is the prettiest salad I have seen in a long time. In this recipe fresh beets are perfectly roasted in the oven until tender. When they have cooled you will need to peel off the skin to reveal the magnificent deep crimson red beet that has been hiding beneath. Simply dice into small bite size cubes to use for the bed of this salad. Just before you are ready to plate the salad, lightly toss the cubed beets with [... more]
Canned beans are a staple in most pantries—all you need to access this pre-cooked protein is a handy-dandy can opener. If you’re wondering what to do with those cans of cannellini beans you’ve had sitting around for a while, try this easy recipe for Roasted Fennel and White Bean Dip. The baked fennel has a surprising mild licorice flavor, which pairs perfectly with the white beans. Other intense flavors come from the lemon, garlic, fresh herbs, and grated parmesan that all blend together in the food processor. [... more]
At your next party, wow your guests with an impressive appetizer: Sweet Potato Tart with Garlic Chili Oil. Everyone will be mesmerized by its beauty and amazed by the unique use of this brightly colored potato. Goat cheese and a layer of baked sweet potato slices tops the puff-pastry crust. After the tart comes out of the oven, you brush it with a homemade garlic chili oil and then garnish with parsley. Serve this crowd-pleasing appetizer to your guests while it is still warm.
It’s time to unite two timeless breakfast favorites: Rice Krispies treats and delicious, buttery pancakes. The surprising crunch of crispy rice cereal and the sticky sweetness of mini marshmallows combine with light and fluffy pancakes to create a tasty and filling breakfast that will bring out the child in everyone. To top it off, a browned butter syrup blends the flavors of salted butter, brown sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. The kids will come running when they find out about this unexpected treat!
On these last few winter days, don’t reach for a can out of your pantry. Instead, try this recipe for Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup. It’s not only hearty and satisfying but also good for you. The base of this soup includes sautéed onions, garlic, seasonings, diced tomatoes, and vegetable broth. In lieu of heavy cream, the recipe calls for plain Greek Yogurt, which gives the same richness as cream without all of the fat. For added flavor and texture, use cheese tortellini which pairs perfectly with the [... more]