Adventures & Travel Tips

Illinois Artisanal Cheese – Marcoot Creamery

Illinois Artisanal Cheese – Marcoot Creamery

Firefly Grill Field Trip Last week I took a road trip with Firefly Grill’s (owners/chef) Kristie & Niall to Greenville*, IL.  This sleepy town is home to an Illinois artisanal cheese maker: Marcoot Jersey Creamery.  It didn’t take us long to realize this was indeed […]

Things to do in Knoxville – Travel Log

Things to do in Knoxville – Travel Log

Knoxville – Tennessee’s Hidden Gem Ok, so Knoxville isn’t exactly hidden considering it’s right off two major highways 40 and 75 and nestled on the Tennessee River on the east side of Tennessee, but it is certainly a gem and there are so many things […]

Aruba Rocks Ceviche: How to Make Ceviche

Aruba Rocks Ceviche: How to Make Ceviche

Jump to recipe: Ceviche I love ceviche but I’ve always been a little scared to make it.  I mean, come on… raw fish?  There are some things you just don’t mess with.  However when Deb and I went to Aruba we stayed at the Riu […]

How to Find Morel Mushrooms in Illinois

How to Find Morel Mushrooms in Illinois

Jump to recipe: Sous Vide Chicken Breast with Morel Mushroom Sauce Being a novice morel hunter myself, I sat down with Firefly Grill’s own Dean Samuel (Kristie’s dad) and chatted with him about how to find morel mushrooms here in the midwest.  Gray, white, and […]

Pimento Cheese Sandwich & a Golfer’s Guide to the 19th Hole

Pimento Cheese Sandwich & a Golfer’s Guide to the 19th Hole

Jump to recipe: Pimento Cheese Sandwich I’ve always associated Pimento Cheese with Texas.  Why?  I have no idea, except maybe because my mom used to always make it when I was a little girl and she’s from San Antonio.  It wasn’t until Jerry introduced me […]

Discover Durnstein, Austria on the Danube and an Apricot Tart Recipe

Discover Durnstein, Austria on the Danube and an Apricot Tart Recipe

Jump to recipe: Apricot Tart Recipe A couple years ago, Jerry and I took an AmaWaterways river cruise down the Danube.  I had never taken a cruise before so I really had no idea what to expect.  I was blown away!  If you like to […]

Hungary’s Paprika and Piri Piri Chicken

Hungary’s Paprika and Piri Piri Chicken

Jump to recipe: Piri Piri Chicken Recipe Piri piri chicken originates from southern Portugal.  Although variations of it abound, the common elements found in most recipes are: hot pepper (piri piri or bird’s eye chili), citrus, oil, and red pepper.  For me, I can’t think of […]

Blueberry Watermelon Salad and Yellowstone National Park

Blueberry Watermelon Salad and Yellowstone National Park

This summer Jerry, Carver and I went to Yellowstone National Park.  It was absolutely stunning, a surprise at every turn.  However, when it came to deciding what recipe to pair with this adventure, I have been at a loss.  Although the tourist shops have discovered […]