around the house, home decor, in the kitchen, kitchen decor

Painting Kitchen Cabinets: Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations Kit

I'll do another post on the entire kitchen, but the painting is enough to necessitate its own post. I've hated my 90s kitchen cabinets the camouflage with the hardwood floor for quite some time. The prior owners added the peninsula and replaced the countertops with granite, but they left the early 90s cabinets. I didn't… Continue reading Painting Kitchen Cabinets: Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations Kit

main courses, pasta, seafood

Lobster Ravioli

Usually I'm the person who wants to get in and out of the grocery story as quickly as possible. I know what I want, I know where it is, and that's that. Yesterday was one of those days when I felt like exploring everything, so naturally I ended up with a live lobster in my… Continue reading Lobster Ravioli

appetizers & snacks

Buffalo Chicken Dip

I first made this a couple of years ago, and it's probably the most requested thing for me to bring to parties (or serve as an appetizer when I'm having a party). It's really simple, but always a hit. If I'm taking it to a party, I will usually just wait to bake it until… Continue reading Buffalo Chicken Dip

appetizers & snacks, main courses, pork

Pulled Pork BBQ Biscuit Sliders

Yesterday was a very cold day, and I wanted some comfort food. I didn't feel like chili, and I wanted another excuse to use my Le Creuset braiser. This is another recipe you could adapt to a dutch oven or slow cooker. Fair warning - remember that I grew up in Charleston, SC, so this barbecue… Continue reading Pulled Pork BBQ Biscuit Sliders

beef, main courses

Braised Short Rib Risotto

When my mom was in town for Christmas last year, she ordered this braised short rib risotto when we were out for dinner one night. I tried a bite and it was amazing. Ever since then, I've wanted to try to replicate it at home, and I've also been wanting to use my new Le… Continue reading Braised Short Rib Risotto

in the kitchen

Low-Budget Food Challenge: Wrap-Up

So I failed at the low-budget food challenge. Feeding America will be getting a donation for all of the times I cheated. On day 2 or 3, I started to realize some of the mistakes I made that made it harder. But what the reinforced even more was that shopping on a very small budget… Continue reading Low-Budget Food Challenge: Wrap-Up

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Low-Budget Food Challenge: Day 1 Recap

It's the end of day 1 of my 7-day low-budget food challenge. Spoiler alert: I already cheated, which means I add $5 more to my donation to Feeding America. Strangely, I woke up hungry. I've never been a big breakfast eater, so this was a little odd for me. I was planning to have a… Continue reading Low-Budget Food Challenge: Day 1 Recap