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Delight in the refreshing botanicals of this cranberry, gin and lavender martini. Welcome spring by sipping a cocktail with a light, floral essence. 0

Lavender Martini with Cranberry + Gin

There’s something about the impending arrival of spring that makes me want to craft cocktails that taste and/or smell like flowers. So when I spotted this fancy-looking lavender simple syrup at the liquor store, I knew I was destined to make some sort of lavender martini in short order. My bar setup at home is pretty simple. We’ve got a decent selection of staple spirits on hand like gin, vodka, whiskey, and rum. Also, we keep a few supporting flavors like peach schnapps, cointreau (and triple sec—similar flavor; lower price point), chambord, creme de cacao, and creme de menthe, etc. My...

With a pantry full of spices, why buy a ready-made steak seasoning? Try this recipe if you're looking for a DIY version that kicks steak sauce to the curb. 0

Williams Steak Seasoning {DIY with Fresh Spices}

I admit it. I love A1 sauce… And for some reason, Rob always gives me a hard time about using steak sauce. I guess the steak seasoning in this house needs to get a little more creative than salt + pepper. Enter me and my pantry full of spices. I do not have a spice rack. I have a spice section. It includes 2 shelves, 16 magnetic jars affixed to the back of my pantry door on silver trays, and a wooden board full of decorative jars containing this and that. With that much kitchen real estate dedicated to my herbs and...

Nashville Hot Chicken Lettuce Cups with Overnight Pickles is the perfect recipe when you need a Whole30 compliant version of this delicious spicy appetizer. 0

Nashville Hot Chicken Lettuce Cups with Overnight Pickles

Rob and I lived in Music City for over 6 years, and yet somehow we never discovered the phenomenon that has become Nashville Hot Chicken. I don’t get it. And Rob is the biggest fanatic of spicy food I’ve ever known. So, I really don’t get it. How could this have happened? Disbelief aside, I experienced Nashville Hot Chicken for the first time at a Louisville-based restaurant in Indy. (Wild Eggs, for those of you thinking it must have been KFC…) Yeah, this chicken packs a punch. I ate my first piece of Nashville Hot Chicken in about 5 installments...

Hosting a party and want to serve small plates? The key is to choose a couple more involved recipes and fill in the rest with simple small plates. 0

13 Inspirations for Simple Small Plates that Hardly Require a Recipe

We’re in the thick of Super Bowl party season, and the menu planning is well underway. People love to serve small plates and appetizers at parties—especially a Super Bowl party. I do it, too. But I’ve also gotten myself into a jam a few times by picking too many small plate recipes that are incredibly involved. I’ve learned that the key to doing this kinda party right is to pick a couple of more involved recipes and then fill in the rest with really simple small plates. I’m talking ideas that are so easy they hardly require a recipe. I first introduced...

Smoky Chicken & Poblano Chili is Whole30 compliant, packed with delicious flavor, and loaded with healthy veggies. This is how to do Whole30 chili justice. 0

Smoky Chicken & Poblano Chili in the Ninja Cooking System

It dawned on me the other day that I’m becoming a serious poblano pepper pusher. Maybe I realized it as I scarfed down a second helping of Smoky Chicken & Poblano Chili, I dunno. But I’ve written quite a handful of recipes containing poblano lately. Probably because it’s just a solid, robust and delish flavor. I want to put poblanos in everything! The poblanos definitely worked their magic again in this chili. I originally developed it to be a Whole30 compliant chili recipe since beans and pasta may normally show up in a bowl at my house. At first, I thought these recipes would...

Our recipe for Whole30 Baked Tuna Cakes with Dijon Sauce is a low cost, flavorful dinner option—also perfect for low carb menus! 0

Whole30 Baked Tuna Cakes with Dijon Sauce

My husband’s girlfriend (Paula Deen) has a recipe she calls Faux Crab Cakes. I’ve loved that recipe for years because it’s so quick and easy to make—and perfect for low budget weeks. Plus, the taste is great. Surprisingly, the recipe contains no butter at all. But Paula’s recipe doesn’t quite fit into a Whole30 lifestyle on account of the breadcrumbs and frying in oil. I decided to fix that—and I developed this recipe for Whole30 Baked Tuna Cakes with Dijon Sauce. We typically enjoy our tuna cakes with tartar sauce, which is also difficult to find in a Whole30 variety without spending...

This Whole30 compliant salad is cheese-free and delicious as can be. Grapefruit, fennel and hints of Asian influence give these greens all the flavor they need. 0

Mixed Greens Salad with Fennel & Grapefruit {Whole30 Compliant}

Before we get into this recipe for Mixed Greens Salad with Fennel & Grapefruit (which I’ve made Whole30 compliant by omitting any kind of cheese), I want to ask for a quick follow on Facebook. We’re a small blog trying to go big, and social media is a great way for you to share the Dish-y recipes you love! I usually write salad recipes to stand in as a side dish, and this one follows suit. Now, you could easily double any of these salad recipes and throw some protein on top, like grilled chicken or salmon. Then you could call it a...

The Medieval Times dinner shows may be a little silly, but they serve up a wickedly delicious Medieval dinner. Perfectly seasoned roasted meats and vegetables that you can eat with your hands! 0

Roasted Medieval Dinner ♛ {Whole30 Compliant}

I’m looking at the picture of my Whole30 compliant Roasted Medieval Dinner, and I just realized that I put a glass of wine in the setting. Oh well! That’s because I’ve been making this meal long before I knew what Whole30 even was. I guess I get bonus points for developing Whole30 recipes with my eyes closed, right? I’ve actually been making this meal since 2013. It was shortly after I returned from a business trip to Orlando that I became obsessed with replicating the meal I had at one of those silly Medieval Times dinner shows. I’d never been...

My signature seasoning blend is perfect for poultry, potatoes and vegetables—but I also use it for salmon, pork and casseroles. You'll love the savory flavor of this all-purpose seasoning! 0

Williams House Seasoning {All-Purpose Seasoned Salt}

Everyone needs a go-to house seasoning blend—something you can put on anything and everything to add some quick flavor and a special touch to basic meals. Growing up, I remember my dad reaching for Lawry’s Seasoned Salt a lot. I also remember it turning canned green beans into a much more flavorful vegetable I actually liked to eat. Lawry’s adds a simplistic flavor, but some flavor is better than none! I’ve used it many times as a base, adding other seasonings on top of it to spruce it up. Even though the ingredient list is pretty ambiguous (i.e. “salt, spices.” Yeah,...

Sweet & Spicy Reaper Smoked Turkey Breast gets its heat from dried Ed's Carolina Reaper chile peppers. It's a fantastic fiery treat for your holiday feasts. 0

Sweet & Spicy Reaper Smoked Turkey Breast

I got in trouble with my brother-in-law a couple months ago. The first time I made something delicious with my garden-grown Carolina Reaper chile peppers, I didn’t invite him. So, I needed to redeem myself. A smoked turkey breast at Thanksgiving might do the trick, I thought. I was correct. In my defense, I hesitated to share my first creation (chicken wings) due to the outrageous heat level of these chiles. Ed’s Carolina Reaper packs the hottest punch of all chiles in the world. We’ve grown ghost chiles, and these things can be lethal. I just didn’t know how the wings would turn out,...