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#ad I'm kicking off my summer with @GuinnessUS Extra Stout, paired with suya spiced grilled lamb skewers! #Suyaspice, or #yaji, is a Nigerian staple made with ground peanuts, cayenne, ginger, garlic, pepper, and other spices. The smooth, rounded bittersweet notes of Guinness Extra Stout, with notes of coffee and caramel make for perfect sips in between bites of the spicy grilled lamb. You can find my suya spice recipe on the blog, which is great for seasoning lamb, beef, or chicken. Serve it up with a simple tomato salad on the side for an easy summer snack or light dinner.  #kitchenistasundays #kitchenistadiaries #suyalamb #lambskewers #summercooking
What’s for brunch this weekend? If you think you’re strictly #teamsavorygrits, I might have a dish to convert you... my Peaches & Grits recipe is in the #kitchenistadiaries Volume 1 ebook! (Link in bio to purchase at thekitchenista/ Make it this summer while peaches are in season, and be sure to use good quality stone-ground grits.  #brunchathome #brunchinspo #breakfastinspo #georgiapeaches #grits
#ad: Satisfying my cravings for steak with a hearty summer salad drizzled with a chili lime vinaigrette. In my latest blog, I wrote about how including @bountypapertowels as part of the prep process helps create a dry surface for searing steaks. Learn how to cook those thick rib eyes or NY strip steaks using the #reversesear method or #sousvide. Both leave plenty of time to gather salad ingredients while the steak cooks. #Linkinbio for more! #QuickerPickerUpper #kitchenistadiaries #steaksalad #glutenfree
Dessert last night! Coconut black #ricepudding, #grilledpineapple, toasted coconut, coconut cream. Rice pudding recipe is on @epicurious and very easy to follow. Was def worth the trip to the Asian market to pick up a bag of Thai black glutinous rice. #kitchenistadiaries #dinnerparty
Last night was amazing, yet bittersweet - my last official dinner party in Virginia before moving out to Detroit next month. Joined by my close friends, former clients and family, we dined outside and enjoyed a lamb-centric menu. (This event doubles as a contest for @fanoflamb, so look out for more on that later!) Our "Baaad & Boujee" menu included grilled lamb kebabs with coconut curry sauce, watermelon gazpacho shooters, lamb tallow cornbread + hibiscus honey butter, honeydew melon & fennel salad, smoked jerk leg of lamb, plantain hash, pickled cabbage and carrot slaw, and a coconut rice pudding with grilled pineapple. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everybody who came out, I enjoyed everyone's company as always, and it was the perfect sendoff!

Check out my IG stories for more details on how the party came together, and later this month I'll be sharing a few recipes from the night. #kitchenistadiaries #dinnerparty #dinnerparties #americanlamb
No time like the present to indulge by hooking up a fried #softshellcrab sandwich! Add some spicy mayo, lettuce and tomato and you’re in business. Recipe in my ebook, #kitchenistadiaries Volume 1! #linkinbio
Buttermilk brined, slow-roasted chicken basted with spicy honey butter, #jollofrice, fried plantain, roasted okra. #kitchenistadiaries #kitchenistasundays #winnerwinnerchickendinner
We celebrated #nationalcheeseday in the best way possible, with #macandcheese of course. Y’all get a new recipe, so everybody’s wins today! My pimento mac and cheese is made with extra sharp cheddar (flavor base), Muenster (stringy cheese effect), and #Butterkäse (crazy creaminess.) Read the post to learn why Butterkäse is a cheese worth seeking out! Just like the #pimentocheese spread, it's studded with sliced pimiento peppers. I also included Vidalia onions. Makes for a perfect side to compliment bbq meats in the summer, so bring it to your next cookout! Recipe is live at #kitchenistadiaries, #linkinbio.
Rest in Power to a legend. Leah Chase inspired a whole new generation of women in the kitchen. It was an honor to hear her wisdom in person last fall in NOLA. (Forever grateful to @carolinaqnola_phd for facilitating our group’s private event at Dooky Chase Restaurant.) She will be missed but never forgotten. ❤️
A deluxe breakfast sandwich is calling your name this weekend. Recipe in The #KitchenistaDiaries Volume 1. #yolkporn #brunchathome #eggsandwich
Seafood cravings have been real this week! I made #searedtuna salads for lunch today, with watercress, avocado, edamame, cucumber, radishes and cashews. Fresh tuna was dusted in my lemon pepper blend and quickly seared on all sides, very easy. The dressing was made with @essentialtablejam’s Thai Chili Tequila Jam. (Remember the one I used for a chicken stir fry sauce?) It’s super versatile. Raven enjoyed her kid-sized portion, which she refers to as her “sushi salad” LOL. Recipe is posted on my blog now! #kitchenistadiaries #lunchideas #searedtunasalad
Steak tips, mushroom rice pilaf and steamed broccoli for dinner! Used flap meat steak in a soy/Worcestershire/mustard/garlic/sherry vinegar marinade. Steak’s medium inside, turned out tasty. Wanna play with the marinade proportions and timing but happy with the first round! #kitchenistadiaries #steaktips