Lemon Blueberry Almond Bites

Featuring a blueberry almond crust topped with a light lemon cream,
these Lemon Blueberry Almond Bites make for a great summer dessert!

Featuring a blueberry almond crust topped with a light lemon cream, these Lemon Blueberry Almond Bites make for a great summer dessert! How in the heck is it already mid-August?  Forget June and July.  Where did March go?  I feel like I was just shoveling snow yesterday, and now the temperatures are already starting to think about heading downhill again.  I guess that’s what happens when a Southern boy moves North.  The winters get longer and longer every year.  Ah well, I’m still planning on making the most of the warm summer days that we have left!Continue Reading »

Grilled Peach and Ricotta Flatbread

Grab some fresh peaches and toss ’em on the grill!  This Grilled Peach and Ricotta Flatbread makes for one awesome summer meal!

Grab some fresh peaches and toss 'em on the grill!  This Grilled Peach and Ricotta Flatbread makes for one awesome summer meal!It’s funny how some memories just stick with you.  We were in Nashville visiting my sister recently.  Her daughter (our niece) is almost 16 months old, so she spends her days toddling around the house pulling things out of drawers and feeding beans to the dog.  But my sister pointed out that Blakely will likely not remember anything about our visit.  That’s crazy, but so true.  Those hours spent pushing her in her little car-shaped stroller.  Those hours splashing in the pool.  And, yes, those hours of toddler wailing.  All will be forgotten by the time she gets older.Continue Reading »

Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad

This Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad is loaded with all of your favorite Greek salad toppings…and it’s perfect for summer picnics!

This Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad is loaded with all of your favorite Greek salad toppings...and it's perfect for summer picnics!Back before I started writing Spiced, I taught high school Latin for a couple of years.  I truly love the language, and I do miss teaching.  But that’s not what this post is about.  This post is about the part-time job I had coordinating cooking classes for a local kitchenware store.  By day, a Latin teacher.  By night, a cooking class coordinator.  It was a fun gig for a while, and I got to meet a lot of chefs from local restaurants.  Continue Reading »

Raspberry Crumble Bread

Loaded with fresh summer raspberries, this Raspberry Crumble Bread can be served for breakfast or dessert…or both!

Loaded with fresh summer raspberries, this Raspberry Crumble Bread can be served for breakfast or dessert...or both!Raspberries are my wife’s favorite berry.  Hands down.  No questions asked.  She goes straight for the raspberries whenever they show up in our fridge.  So when we moved into our house several years back, one of the first things we did was plant several raspberry bushes along the back fence.  We went to a local nursery and did our proper research.  We planted one variety of raspberry that produces fruit in mid-summer and another that fruits in the Fall.  We figured that would lead to having plenty of berries during the warmer months.Continue Reading »