(Photo provided from Macy’s Culinary Council and used with permission)

If you’re in or near the San Diego area and are a fan of Top Chef, there’s an exciting free event happening next weekend at Macy’s Home store in Mission Valley.

Chef Stephanie Izard  (the first female winner of Top Chef)  will be demoing some of her award winning dishes and there will be samples for the audience to taste. The event is sponsored by Macy’s Culinary Council and will take place on July 25, 2015 at 12 PM. The event is free and you can reserve your spot at  http://stephanieizardmissionvalleydemo.eventbrite.com.

In addition to tasting samples, you can also get a book signing with her!


Lüke is one of several John Besh restaurants located in New Orleans. During our trip earlier this year, we stopped in for an early brunch with two other friends.

Eggs in a Jar

I was immediately drawn to this dish when I saw the name of it. Luckily my dining companions were equally curious. This was the highlight of our meal. It is also what inspired me to make my Creamy Cheese Grits with poached eggs and hollandaise.

These cookies and cream ice pops have a creamy milk base mixed with crushed Oreos.

I adore cookies and cream flavored sweets if you haven’t yet figured it out. I buy the Costco-sized boxes of Oreos because I go through so many making these recipes. Speaking of Oreos, I really am curious about the new Oreo thins. I haven’t tried them yet but they are on my shopping list!

It’s supposed to be hot this weekend making these cold popsicle treats perfect for staying cool. I’m so ready for the weekend. The other night, I had one of my recurring nightmares where I’m still in school and completely unprepared for an exam.