Dairy-free Chicken Pot Pie

24 Mar



Chicken Pot Pie



I have been doing the dairy-free thing lately due to my daughter’s needs; no milk, no butter, no cheese.  There have been plenty of times when I want to eat certain things but I have to come up with simple alternatives to cut out or replace the dairy factor.  I have eaten chicken pot pie maybe 3 times in my entire life but for some unexplainable reason, I really felt the urge to make me some chicken pot pie.  I figured I already had all of the ingredients on hand and this dish would be a great way to use them.  This is the recipe I came up with.


Chicken pot pie:

4 chicken breasts, on the bone
3 carrots, diced
4 celery stalks, sliced
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 cup peas
1 potato, cut in small cubes
1 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups almond milk
1 egg, for egg wash



Pot pie crust:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup coconut oil
8 tablespoons cold water

♦  Add flour and salt to a bowl.
♦  Mix in the coconut oil.  I used a potato masher but a fork would work well also.
♦  Add in the water and mix everything together until it forms a ball.  Wrap the ball in plastic wrap and place into the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.


1. Preheat oven to 400º.
2. Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil and bake until cooked through, about 20 minutes.
3. Allow the chicken to cool. Remove the chicken from the bone, remove the skin and cut the chicken into bite-size chunks.
4. In a large pot heat the olive oil and sauté the onions, garlic, carrots, celery and mushrooms. Season the vegetables with salt. Once the vegetables are soft, whisk in the flour and allow it to cook for a couple of minutes just until the flour starts to slightly brown. This will cook off that raw flour flavor.
5. Whisk the almond milk into the pot. Bring the heat up to a light boil and then reduce to a simmer. The roux you created with the olive oil and flour will allow the filling to thicken.
6. Add the thyme, potatoes, chicken and lastly, add the peas.


Chicken Pot Pie
7. Turn off the heat and transfer the pot pie filling into a large casserole dish.
8. To roll out the pie crust, flour your surface and start to roll from the center outward. Roll until the crust is about 1/4 inch thick.
9. To easily transfer your crust, roll it around the rolling-pin and carefully unroll it out on top of the casserole dish.


Chicken Pot Pie
10. Use the egg wash as a glue to help the crust stick to the sides of the dish. Brush the top of the crust with the egg and make small slits on top of the crust to allow any air to escape while cooking.
11. Cook the pot pie for 60 minutes, covering it with foil for the first 30 minutes to make sure the crust does not burn. Allow it to cook uncovered for the remaining 30 minutes to brown the crust.




Chicken Pot Pie




With love always, 

The Refined Palate


Shake It Up

17 Mar






Making “milkshakes” has been my new favorite thing to do.  These shakes take about 3 minutes to make so when you are pressed for time they are perfect.  The ingredients are entirely interchangeable, just pick what you like and blend.  This particular shake has peanut butter and cocoa powder in it.  I make this when I feel like having a little something sweet and it really is a great alternative to other sugar-filled options.


What you’ll need:

1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon natural raw honey

Place all the ingredients in the blender and puree until completely smooth.


Other delicious combinations include:

Bananas & peanut butter
Bananas & cocoa powder
Strawberries & cocoa powder


*  If you are using ripe bananas, omit the honey.  The ripe bananas are naturally sweet enough on their own.

*   You can also make one with 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of honey as a great alternative to chocolate milk.  This is a great after-school pick-me-up for kids.

*  Any fresh fruit can be used to make a smoothie.  Just take out the cocoa powder and peanut butter from the ingredient list and replace with the fruit of your choice.  Papaya is one of my favorites.







Love Always, 

The Refined Palate

Xristina Miros ©2014

Coconut Crusted Chicken

3 Mar

Coconut Crusted Chicken with a Pineapple & Thyme Reduction
served with
Jalapeño & Cilantro Couscous

Coconut Chicken

I had two of my best girlfriends over for dinner the other night and I wanted to make them something special.  On my trip to the grocery store, I didn’t really have any particular ideas in mind.  It was one of those trips to the store where I find myself browsing the aisles looking for inspiration.  I was in the health food aisle when I came across a bag of unsweetened coconut flakes and I just knew that was the starting point of a great recipe.  This is what I came up with for a night in with the girls.

Coconut crusted chicken:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Egg wash, 1 egg beaten with a splash of water
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tablespoons olive oil


Coconut Crusted Chicken

♥  Preheat oven to 400°.
♥  Get two plates, one for the flour and one for the coconut flakes.  Season both with salt.
♥  Make the egg wash in a bowl.  Season with salt.
♥  Season the chicken on both sides with salt.
♥  Place the chicken into the flour first and then transfer it to the egg wash making sure to coat the whole surface.  Place the chicken into the coconut flakes directly from the egg wash.  Transfer the coated chicken to a clean plate or cutting board and repeat the process until all the chicken has been coated.
***  The previous step can be done ahead of time.  Place the crusted chicken in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook it.

♥  Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a sauté pan.  Brown the chicken on both sides to form a nice crust.  The temperature should not be too high because the coconut will burn.
♥  Place the browned chicken in the oven to finish cooking, about 10 minutes.

Pineapple-thyme reduction:

12 ounces pineapple juice, 2 small cans
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 clove garlic, minced

♥  Add pineapple juice to a hot sauté pan.
♥  Add the minced garlic and thyme and allow it to reduce.
♥  Season with salt and serve.

***  I added the thyme because it adds a nice earthy flavor to balance out the sweetness of the pineapple juice.  Thyme also has natural citrus notes which go nicely with this recipe.

Jalapeño & cilantro couscous:

Couscous, follow the cooking instructions
Coconut milk, use in place of water in the couscous
1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

♥  Cook the couscous according to the instructions, using the coconut milk instead of any broth or water.
♥  After cooking, add the raw jalapeño and cilantro.  Season the couscous with salt and pepper.
***  The jalapeño will not make the couscous spicy as long as all the seeds and white ribs have been removed.  My friend’s 3 year old son ate it.

The idea behind this recipe was to add a little bit of tropical sunshine to those of us stuck in the cold winter months.  It is something that is so easy to make, especially being that most of it can be done ahead of time and couscous literally takes 5 minutes to cook.  Try it with some butterflied jumbo shrimp and switch out the couscous for basmati rice for a simple change.  You can also add a fruit salsa if you want to freshen things up.  This recipe is simply a base.  Use your creativity to come up with something special.

The Refined Palate

Xristina Miros ©2014

“Day 2 Dish”

24 Feb


Chimichurri Lamb Chops




After my previous recipe, I had a healthy portion of chimichurri left over in the refrigerator.  I always try to  use leftovers in a new way so I decided to use the chimichurri as a marinade this time around.  I happened to have some lamb rib chops in the freezer ready to defrost, but you could literally use anything.   The chimichurri already has the makings for a great marinade which means I didn’t have to do anything and I still got a delicious meal from it; the ideal situation.  I chose to make zucchini and string beans as an accompaniment to the lamb but again, you could use anything you have in the house.  The idea of this meal is to keep it simple with things that are already on hand.


What you’ll need:

Leftover chimichurri sauce
Lamb rib chops, or anything you fancy
Your choice of side

My sides:

2 large zucchinis
1/2 pound string beans
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced

Lamb Rib Chops

Lamb Rib Chops


Place the lamb in a pan and add the chimichurri

Place the lamb in a pan and add the chimichurri


♦  Preheat oven to 400°.

♦  After allowing the meat to marinade for at least 30 minutes, pat them dry of the chimichurri and season with salt.  Drying the lamb from the marinade will help the lamb get a nice brown crust which wouldn’t be possible with too much moisture.

♦  Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a sauté pan.  Add the lamb chops and sear them on both sides.

♦  Once the lamb is nicely browned, place them in the oven to cook them through.  About 5 additional minutes for medium temperature.

♦  Blanche the string beans; boil them in salted water for about 4 minutes and transfer them directly into ice water to stop the cooking process.  This will leave you with bright green string beans that still have a slight crunch.  Toss the string beans with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and add the thinly sliced raw onion.  Done.

♦  Sauté the zucchini in 1 teaspoon of olive oil and allow it to slightly brown before adding the garlic.  Once the garlic is added, turn off the heat and season with salt and pepper.  Also done.


Chimichurri Chops



Chimichurri Lamb Chops



Love Always 

The Refined Palate


Xristina Miros ©2014

Not your average rice & beans

20 Feb

Rice and Beans

I love rice and beans.  Rice and beans are one of my favorite go-to dishes because they are so simple to make.  Making rice and beans is a great way to feed an entire family and it is the perfect example of how to stretch a dollar.  I especially love dealing with rice and beans when I don’t feel like doing much in terms of cooking.  Having a newborn at home, I am always looking for ways to save time.  These are both things that don’t need a lot of prep work and once they are on the stove working, you can let them do their thing until they are cooked.  There really isn’t much to it but as always, I like to put my own spin on things.

Lentils with Yellow Rice

For the lentils:

16 ounce bag of lentils
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 cups water
Black pepper

1.   Sort out the lentils to make sure there are no pebbles or rocks.
2.  Place the lentils and bay leaf in a pot of cold water and bring to a boil.
3.  In a separate sauté pan, heat the olive oil and sauté the onions, red pepper
and garlic.  Once the vegetables are soft, add the tomato paste and cook for
an additional 2 minutes.  Transfer the vegetables into the same pot as the
4.  Add the oregano and allow everything to cook together on medium-low heat until the lentils are
cooked through and some of the liquid has evaporated.
5.  Season with salt and pepper and add the white wine vinegar.

* * * Whenever working with beans of any kind, wait until the end to season with salt.  Adding the salt in the beginning will disrupt the cooking process and not allow the beans to fully soften.

*  Use any leftover beans the next day by adding them to scrambled eggs and potatoes.  It’s a true breakfast of champions.

For the rice:

1 cup brown rice
2 cups water
1 small yellow onion, diced (you can use some of the onion you already chopped for the lentils; cut it once, use it twice)
1 teaspoon annatto seeds
2 tablespoons olive oil

1.  Heat the olive oil over low heat.  Add the annatto seeds and allow them to just
come to a bubble.  This will flavor and color the oil used to make yellow rice.
Be careful not to overheat the olive oil.  This will cause the seeds to burn and
the oil to turn green.
2.  Sauté the onions in the annatto oil until slightly softened.
3.  Add the brown rice to the onions and oil and let the rice toast for about 1
minute before adding the water.
4.  Add the water and allow it to come to a boil and season with salt.  Reduce the
heat to low and cover the pot until the rice is fully cooked.

I served my rice and lentils with a seared skirt steak and chimichurri.  You can find the recipe for both of these in one of my past posts Meat Eaters Anonymous.

Rice and Lentils

x o x  The Refined Palate

Xristina Miros ©2014

Roasted Chicken Roulade

14 Feb


1.  a dish cooked or served in the form of a roll, typically made from a flat piece of meat, fish, or sponge cake, spread with a soft filling and rolled up into a spiral.
2.  the word roulade originates from the French word “rouler” meaning “to roll”.

Chicken Roulade

So it all started on another one of my missions to use my mother’s fleet of farmers market vegetables.  The beets were up.  They were next in line and I figured I could do something fairly quickly with them.  Beets are another one of those things I probably should have kicked and screamed about when I was a child but I was always delighted to have them at the table.  Beets are fairly sweet and nothing goes better with sweet than salty.  As a Greek, nothing is more perfect for that salty aspect than feta cheese.  In my opinion, beets and feta cheese go naturally together.  I wanted to use the entire beet including the greens so I thought I could do a play on a spinach pie filling with the beet greens acting as the spinach, duh!


4 chicken breasts; butterflied and pounded thin
6 beets; peeled and detached from greens
1 small red onion; diced and sautéed
8 ounces of feta
2 tablespoons milk

Prune & Balsamic Glaze (optional):

1/4 cup dried prunes; chopped
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup of water from boiling the beets

Why eat beets?

Besides the fact that they are perfectly sweet and delicious, they are extremely nutritious.  If you are not usually one for the beets, maybe these interesting facts can sway your opinion.

♦  Beets cleanse the body.  They purify the blood and can prevent various forms of cancer.

♦  Beets help your mental health.  Beets contain betaine which is used to treat depression.  Beets also lower your blood pressure.

♦  Beets were around long before viagra.  The Romans were one of the first to use beets medicinally as an aphrodisiac.

♦  Beets are loaded with many vitamins and minerals.  Fiber, iron, potassium, magnesium, vitamins A, B & C, folic acid and beta-carotene are just a few.  Beets are especially beneficial to pregnant woman as the vitamin B and iron are supporters of new growth cells and as we all know folic acid is extremely beneficial during pregnancy.

Preheat oven to 350°.

1.  Boil a large pot of water

2.  Clean your beets by peeling the skins and separating the green tops from the bulb.

3.   Salt the boiling water and quickly blanche the beet greens.  After 2-3 minutes, place the beet greens in a bowl of ice water to shock them and stop the cooking process.  In the same water, add the beets and boil until fork tender.  Save the beet water for the balsamic reduction.  (I usually like to roast my beets but I was pressed for time and this was much faster.  If you would like to roast your beets, keep the skins on and add them to a pan with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Roast at 400° for about 25 minutes or until soft.  Peel the beets after they have cooled.)

4.  You can either slice the beets into discs or cut them into cubes, whichever you prefer, and dress them with extra virgin olive oil.

5.   Transfer your beet greens to a cutting board and coarsely chop.

6.  Add the feta cheese to a bowl and mix with the milk to form a smooth consistency.

7.  Add the sautéed red onion and beet greens to the feta cheese mixture.

8.  Season the filling with salt and pepper.

9.  Butterfly your chicken breast and pound it flat until it is about 1/4 inch thick.  Season the breast on both sides with salt.

10.  Place a generous portion on the one end of the chicken and gently roll it closed.  Fasten the closing with two toothpicks to keep everything neatly closed.

11.  In a hot sauté pan, heat olive oil and brown the rolled chicken breasts on all sides.  You want to get nice coloring on the outside of your chicken to build the flavors even more.

12.  Once the chicken is browned on all sides, transfer to the preheated oven to finish the cooking process.  About 15 additional minutes.

13.  Remove the chicken from the oven, transfer to a cutting board and allow it to rest for 10-15 minutes before removing the toothpicks and slicing it.

Roasted Chicken Roulade

For the sauce:

1.  Add the balsamic vinegar to a smoking hot pan.

2.  Allow it to boil then bring the heat down to a simmer and allow the vinegar to reduce by half.

3.  Add the dried prunes and leftover water from boiling the beets.  This water has a lot of flavor and is a great way to tie the beets into the sauce.

4.  Season the reduction with salt and spoon over top of the sliced chicken.

* The reduction should be a thick almost syrupy consistency.

Serve the chicken on top of the dressed beets and enjoy!


The Refined Palate ♥
Xristina Miros ©2014

Balsamic Glazed Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts

13 Jan

Brussel Sprouts

My mom always buys a bunch of vegetables from the local farmers market and I am forced to figure out what to do with them all because whether I like it or not, I have been named my family’s personal chef.  Pretty great gig huh?  Well, considering I work for free, it’s a good thing I love doing it.  My mom used to make brussel sprouts all the time when I was a kid.  It’s another one of those weird things that children are supposed to loathe…not this child.  I loved brussel sprouts then and I love them now.  Brussel sprouts are great because they are so versatile.  Just put a little imagination into it and you can come up with something really special.


1 pound brussel sprouts
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 small red onion, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Preheat oven to 400°.

Clean the brussel sprouts by removing any of the yellow outer leaves and cutting off the stems.  Slice each brussel sprout in half.  Cutting the brussel sprouts in half gives them more surface area to help them brown.  Remember, brown food is good food.  On the stove top, heat the olive oil in a sauté pan.  Add the brussel sprouts to the hot oil.   Just let the brussel sprouts sit and let the pan do the work.   They will form a nice crisp.  Once the brussel sprouts have a nice color to them, add the onions, garlic and balsamic vinegar.  Season with salt and pepper.  Turn off the heat immediately and transfer the pan to the oven to finish the cooking process.  Allow the brussel sprouts to cook for an additional 10 minutes.  Remove from the oven and serve.  These are just so good and so simple to make.  They almost have a candied feeling to them from the caramelization of both the brussel sprouts and onions.  The slight crispy bite paired with the acidic sweetness of the balsamic vinegar and red onions are a perfect match in food heaven.


Xristina Miros 2014©


9 Jan


One of the things I used to miss most about living in the New York City area was New York style Chinese food.  I love me some good Chinese take-out but I find that it can still be a tad sketchy leaving many of the ingredients to be questioned.  Even if only the best ingredients are used, there tends to be too much sugar, cornstarch, grease and most likely, the dreaded MSG.  I haven’t ordered Chinese take-out in years because I have mastered the art of Chinese “fake-out” at home.  I love having control over what goes into my food and by doing it myself I don’t have to wonder if that’s really chicken…



4 pork chops, cubed; I like to use the blade chop but really any type of pork chop works.  I sometimes use boneless country pork ribs.
1 red pepper, cubed
2 carrots, thinly sliced
2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
1 bunch green onions, 1 inch slices
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
2 garlic cloves, grated
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon cooking oil

1.  Combine the pork, ginger, garlic and soy sauce in a bowl.  Place in the refrigerator while you prepare the vegetables.
2.  Heat the cooking oil in a large sauté pan.
3.  Brown the pieces of pork on all sides.  The meat should have a delicious caramelization.  After the meat is browned, remove it into
a separate bowl.
4.  In the same sauté pan, add the carrots, celery and bell peppers.  You also want these to get deliciously browned but maintain their
texture.  Remember, this is a fast process so you want to keep the heat high while working quickly.
5.  Add the green onions.
6.  Add the pork back into the sauté pan with the vegetables.
7.  Mix in the sweet and sour sauce.
8.  Garnish with raw green onion.
9.  Serve over brown rice.

Sweet & Sour Sauce

1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons ketchup; I know it sounds gross and I’m usually not big on ketchup but trust me, it works.
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup mirin
2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 5 teaspoons water; yes, we do need some cornstarch after all.

1.  Combine the ketchup, vinegar, soy sauce and mirin in a bowl.
2.  Whisk the combined ingredients together.
3.  Heat a saucepan and pour the mixture in.  Bring to a boil.
4.  Pour in the cornstarch slurry and continue to stir until the sauce thickens
5.  Turn off the heat and toss the sauce in with the cooked pork and vegetables.



x o x o   The Refined Palate™

© Xristina Miros 2014

Missing Persons Report…

3 Jan

Oh where oh where have I been?!  Let’s start by saying I have been a tad busy lately, busy being pregnant and welcoming my sweet baby girl into the world.  It has been a hectic few months and I guess you could say my blogging took a back seat.  My strange aversions to food also made my time in the kitchen shrink to, umm, almost none.  I am more than thrilled to say that my sense of taste is back in full swing and I have returned to the kitchen.  I must say I was a bit terrified at the thought of my palate never going back to normal.  After all, that is a blessing I truly cherish.  Here is something simple for all of us to reconnect.  Twice baked potatoes…who doesn’t love those?  If you don’t, you probably shouldn’t be reading this anyway.  Twice baked potatoes always remind me of when I was a child and my aunt, by marriage (well, not anymore…awkward?),  used to make a rocking version.  This is my first ever twice baked potato so I will also walk you through things you could do differently.


4 russet potatoes
4 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Black pepper

Preheat oven to 400°

Twice Baked Potato

Slice the tops off

Twice Baked Potato

Scoop out the filling

Transfer the mashed potatoes back into the skins

Transfer the mashed potatoes back into the skins

and voila...

and voila…

Ok, ok, here is the run down…

Thoroughly wash the potatoes, scrubbing off any dirt.  Place the potatoes on the rack in the center of the oven.  Leave the potatoes to bake for about an hour until they are cooked through.  Remove the potatoes from the oven and cut off the tops. Using a towel or oven mit, gently scoop out the insides of the potato into a separate bowl.  Make sure to leave a little filling in the potato so it does not collapse into itself.  Mash the potato and mix in the sour cream, nutmeg and 3 tablespoons of butter.  Season with salt and pepper and transfer back into the potato skins.  Now, I know I absolutely hate sour cream and would usually never use it, but in this case, I made an exception.  You could also use Greek Yogurt if you are not a lover of sour cream.  Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and brush the top with the remaining tablespoon of butter.  Bake the potatoes for an additional 15 minutes until they are warmed through and the cheese has melted.  All that is left to do is enjoy this delightful rendition of mashed potatoes.  Oh, and next time you see mashed potatoes at the dinner table you can tell them I said, “you’re basic!”

Things you can do to make these even more fun:

- add scallions
- add bacon
- add roasted garlic
- add fresh horseradish (serve with prime rib, boom!)
- top with caramelized onions and feta cheese

Yours truly…

you already know

Sister(and Brother)hood of the World Bloggers Award

18 Feb




After a long and stressful day, I logged into my account only to find the most pleasant surprise.  Alison of “Happy Domesticity” had nominated me for the “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award”.  This was such an unexpected gesture and I am fully appreciative of the support and recognition.  Here is what she had to say:


“The Refined Palate” is a blog that reminds me of a glossy magazine.
And it inspires me, as do all the blogs I have listed here.
This blog has beautiful photography, beautiful recipes.
There is so much to say about this blog, discover for yourself what I mean.
The recipe I am most craving from here at the moment is: http://therefinedpalate.com/2013/01/17/ew-broccoli/
Simple but so delicious!

Here are the rules for the award:

1. Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.

2. Answer 10 questions.

3. Include the award logo within your blog post.

Here are the 10 questions:

  1. What is your favorite color?  I love the color green.  In my opinion it symbolizes a free-spirit, creativity, light-heartedness and it also just so happens to be the same color as most of my favorite herbs.
  2. Your favorite animal? My favorite animal is Charlie, my 3-year-old pit bull.  She is my best buddy and never fails to put a smile on my face.  I wish for one day to rescue all the pit bulls in the world and end breed-discrimination.
  3. Your favorite non-alcoholic drinks? I love me some club soda, water and unsweetened iced tea.  I never really understood the term “unsweetened iced tea”. Wouldn’t it just be regular iced-tea since you can’t really unsweeten something if it was never sweet to begin with??  Mind blown…
  4. Facebook or Twitter? I just can’t get into Twitter.  As for Facebook, I just like posting photographs.
  5. Your favorite pattern?  I love simple clean elegance with a little funk thrown in the mix.
  6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents?  I love giving.  That’s part of the joy of cooking.  I love giving people happiness through food.
  7. Your favorite number?  86,400.  The number of seconds in a day.  Use yours wisely.
  8. Your favorite day of the week? This is an odd question.  I would say any day that I really made the most of.  I love any day I get to spend with my baby niece and nephew.
  9. Your favorite flower?  I love orchids and daisies.  They both scream freedom and have a peaceful quality about them.
  10. What is your passion? This is a no-brainer.  Food, food and food.  I love to cook, eat, work in the kitchen, write about food and read about food.  Anything involving gastronomy and I am instantly hooked.  It is therapy.


And just because I can, I am adding one more question:


Why did you start to write your blog?

This last question is one that Alison added and I think it is the perfect question.  I started my blog because I love to spread joy through my food.  I wanted others to be able to take part in the same things I was enjoying so much at home.  I love writing, I love photography and I love cooking so food-blogging was a natural progression for me.  It continuously inspires me to create.


Here are the Bloggers I nominate:

1. Alison of “Happy Domesticity” was gracious enough to nominate me and I am sending a nomination back her way, not just because she nominated me, but because her take on traditional recipes and hearty comfort food is taken outside the box.  Alison has a great variety of desserts and savory dishes.  Originally from Ireland, Alison now resides in Canada and I love how her cultural influences play a huge role in her cooking style.  The next recipe I would love to try: “OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!” JAM TARTS.  Just the title alone should make you want to try them!

2.  “Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide: A how to for everyone and everyone” was the very first blog I started following.  I absolutely adore this blog because the variety in types of food is so immense, there is always something to please everyone.  The photos provided show you the cooking process step by step; something that is helpful for those not completely familiarized with the world of cooking.  Not only does this blog offer delicious and creative recipes, it also provides exciting new drink ideas for those interested in an adult beverage once in a while.  Although this blog doesn’t qualify under “sisterhood”, I just had to include him.  Greg’s wife does make frequent appearances throughout the blog and I just love how they work as a duo.  Do yourself a favor and check out his blog.  The next recipe I would love to try: ” Stuffed chicken with prunes and feta“.  My little Greek insides are just going crazy for this one!

3.  My next nomination has to go to “The Southern Lady Cooks”.  I really appreciate this blog because being a “Yankee”, I’m not exactly an expert on southern cooking but this blog is definitely a good place to start.  Just browsing through it will make your mouth water.  I love how The Southern Lady stays true to her Kentucky roots and this is displayed all throughout the blog.  The recipe I would love to try next:  “Mashed Potato Biscuits”.  Shockingly enough, I have never experimented in biscuit making.  this will be my first go!

4.  “City Hippy Farm Girl” is a blog I just recently came across.  I absolutely love the idea behind this blog.  I often consider myself a city hippy chick so I can definitely identify with the viewpoint.  I absolutely love farm-fresh sustainable foods and this is what “City Hippy Farm Girl” is all about.  If you love simple and healthy foods, I recommend checking out this blog for some inspiring ideas and beautiful photographs.

The Refined Palate

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