Beer Cheese

1 lb. Sharp Cheddar (good quality, shredded…NOT FROM A BAG!!!)
2 8 oz. Cream Cheese (can use Light)
1/2 to 3/4 of a Wheat Beer of Choice
2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
2-4 Cloves Garlic
1 tsp. Dry Ground Mustard (Coleman’s)
Salt and Pepper to taste

2 Tbs. Horseradish
Dash Hot Sauce
Handful of Chives, Garlic Chives or Parsley to Garnish

Sourdough Pretzels
Snap Peas

1. Soften Cream Cheese.
2. Grate Cheddar Cheese.
Using a Mini Food Processor:
3. Add Garlic, Salt and Pepper. Pulse to Mince.
4. Add Chives. Pulse to combine.
5. Add Cream Cheese. Pulse to combine.
6. Add Shredded Cheddar. Pulse to combine.
7. Add Worcestershire, Ground Mustard (Horseradish & Hot Sauce, if using). Pulse.
8. Add 1/2 Bottle of Beer. Pulse until nice, spreadable consistency. Adding up to 3/4 of the beer if needed.
9. Scoop into Serving Dish and CHILL until ready to use!

* Can make a day ahead of serving. Remove from Refrigerator about a half hour before serving.
** This dip IS freezable up to 3 months.
*** Serve Garnished with Whole Grain Mustard and Chives or Scallions

Southern Tomato Pie

Southern Tomato Pie

Summertime, Summertime, Sum-Summ-Summertime!!!

 Absolute perfection in two words: Tomato. Pie.

Sweet, Juicy, Ripe & Plump. Little colorful bursts of heaven.

Easily grown with a HUGE variety: Heirloom, Big Boy, Chocolate Cherry, Yellow Pear… these delightful tomatoes serve up spectacular dishes from snacks and apps all the way to the main course!

Savory Sweet Southern Tomato Pie

Savory Southern Tomato Pie


As Elegant and Lip-Smackin’ Good as this dish is,it is surprisingly,fabulously, summertime-tasticly, super simple to make!  Thank the Summertime Gods for smiling down on us with ripe, juicy tomatoes-a-plenty!  Here’s a tasty solution for what to do with your overabundance!  Lemme Break it down for ya.

This is what it looks like right before popping into the oven.

This is what it looks like right before popping into the oven!

Now, first things first.  Slice up those juicy plump tomatoes and lay them out on a couple layers of paper towels. Sprinkle them with Salt.  DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!!!  If you do, you will have a watery pie…and NO ONE likes a watery pie!  It’s best to let them sit out for at least a half hour on the paper towels.  Then, be sure to blot the topside as well with a paper towel before layering!  I only had a few gorgeous red tomatoes, but mixing up heirloom and different varietals in this recipe is always a plus!

Salt Tomatoes to Release Excess Moisture

Salt Tomatoes to Release Excess Moisture


To simplify tonight, I even used a pre-made piecrust and just jazzed it up a little.  Karified it! 🙂

Savory Rosemary Crust

Savory Rosemary Crust

Press a little fresh Chopped Rosemary and Coarse Ground Black Pepper into the unthawed pre-made piecrust lightly with your fingertips.  Bake 400 10-15 mins until just brown, or per instructions.

Rosemary Black Pepper Crust

The aromatic Rosemary will make your Kitchen smell divine!


While this is baking in the Oven, you want to go ahead and make your Shallot/Cheese Mixture.  Here’s whatcha need:

Shallots, Garlic, Chiles

Shallots, Garlic, Chiles

Finely Chop Shallots, Garlic and a few Chiles to taste!

Kitchen is starting to smell AMAZING!!!

Kitchen is starting to smell AMAZING!!!

Cook the garlic just a minute or two until fragrant, be careful not to burn it or it will turn bitter!

Gather Your Ingredients

Gather Your Ingredients


You can keep this super simple and just use Mayo and Cheddar Cheese, but…who are we kidding…When have I been know to do that?!?!?!  This is gonna be SO MUCH BETTER!!!

Add Ingredients to Garlic and Shallot Mixture

Add Ingredients to Garlic and Shallot Mixture

Horseradish, Duke’s Mayo, Herbed Goat Cheese, Shaved Parmesan, Lemon Zest, Salt & Pepper

Leave Mozzareall

Do NOT add Mozzarella, Chiles and Lemon Juice yet!

Fresh. Basil.

Toss is a few handfuls for Freshly Torn Basil

Next, Mix to combine cheeses.  The Shallots should still be warm, which will make this step easier.  Use Lemon Juice to thin out the mixture.  Depending on the size of your lemon, you will need about 1/2 to  the whole lemon.  I had a large lemon and only needed to use half!  You don’t want your mixture runny, just a thick but spreadable consistency.

Spread a THIN Layer onto your pie crust

Now, Let’s start assembling this Tomato Pie!

Start by spreading a THIN LAYER of the cheese and shallot mixture onto the bottom of the Pie Crust.  This extra step will help in keeping the bottom crust from getting soggy!

Layer your Delicious Tomatoes

Layer your Delicious Tomatoes

Next, add a Layer of Tomatoes

Cheese/Shallot Mixture & Fresh Mozzarella

Goat Cheese/Shallot Mixture & Fresh Mozzarella

Dollop the Goat Cheese Mixture and tear some Mozzarella on top the Tomato Layer

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 Repeat if needed:

<— Tomato Layer

Cheese Layer —>

Absolutely Gorgeous!

Absolutely Gorgeous!

Finish Pie with Goat Cheese & Mozzarella.  Top with Shredded Parmesan, Fresh Basil, Chiles & EVOO.  Season with Salt & Pepper.

Oh My, now THAT'S A PIE!

Oh My, now THAT’S A PIE!



Pop in the Oven and Bake.


Fresh Out of the Oven!

TIP: Do NOT serve Immediately!

TIP: Do NOT serve Immediately!

As hard as this will be…..LET THE TOMATO PIE COOL for at least 15 mins.  It needs to set!!!

Best served warm with lightly dressed mixed greens

Best served warm with lightly dressed mixed greens

For a quick, healthy side….serve with leafy greens.  I dressed mine super simple and it was perfect.  Squeeze the last half of the lemon over Greens. Drizzle 1 tsp EVOO.  Season with Salt and Pepper. Toss. Serve.


Southern Tomato Pie

1 PreMade Pie Crust

2 Sprigs Rosemary, chopped

Coarse Black Pepper

2-4 Ripe Tomatoes, sliced

Handful Basil, torn


2 Shallots, minced

2 Garlic Cloves, minced

Chiles or Jalapeño, minced (to taste)

1/3 Cup Duke’s Mayonnaise

2 T Horseradish

8 oz. Herbed Goat Cheese Log, crumbled

1/2 Cup Shredded Parmesan, divided

4 oz. Mozzarella, torn & divided

1 Organic Lemon, juice & zest

Sea Salt

Fresh Ground Pepper

*Preheat Oven 350.  Slice Tomatoes and place on paper towels.  Sprinkle with Salt and allow to drain.  Set Aside.  Next, take pre-made Pie Crust and sprinkle with Rosemary and Coarse Black Pepper.  Press lightly with fingers into crust.  Bake according to piecrust instructions until just browning.  Remove from Oven and let cool.

*Meanwhile, Add 1 T EVOO to small Sauté Pan and sweat Shallots, Chiles, s&p about 3-5 mins until translucent.  Turn down heat to Med-Low.  Add Garlic and cook 2 mins more.  Stirring some so you don’t burn the garlic! Next, add your Dukes Mayo, Horseradish, Goat Cheese, 1/3 Cup Parmesan, Lemon Zest, Torn Basil, Lemon Juice, salt & pepper.  Mix to combine.

*In Cooled Savory Pie Crust, spread a THIN LAYER of Goat Cheese Mixture on the bottom.  Add a Layer of Tomatoes.  Then a Layer of dollops of Goat Cheese Mixture and Torn Mozzarella.  Add another Layer of Tomatoes.  Top with Goat Cheese Mixture, Torn Mozzarella, Torn Basil, and a few fresh chiles.  Drizzle with 1 T EVOO and Season with Salt & Pepper.

*Bake 350 for 30 Mins or until top is brown and bubbly!

*Let cool for 15 mins before serving!



  • Substitue ANY cheese you like.  Swap the Goat Cheese for Feta.  Use Shredded Mozzarella if you need to.  Swap Parmesan for Asiago. Really, anything goes here.
  • Even if you DESPISE MAYONNAISE… REALLY REALLY REALLY need it for this recipe.  I cut it down to a super small amount.  I PROMISE you won’t even know it’s in there.  My hubby HATES mayo, and he LOVED this!  Trust me.
  • If you want to make your own crust….go for it!  Add the herbs in at the end as its coming together!  Using a pre-made pie crust that you roll out…no worries.  Simply add the Rosemary and Pepper on top and press it in with your fingers or a rolling pin before you lay it in the pie plate.
  • For the Love of All Things Soggy…..DON’T FORGET TO SLICE, SALT & DRAIN YOUR TOMATOES.  I can not emphasize this enough.  That’s the last I’m gonna say about that…
  • If your Crust Starts to get to brown, use a pie crust shield or some foil around the edges to prevent burning!
  • Experiment with different types of tomatoes.  The result is sure to be Gorgeously Delicious!!!


And that’s that.

My Version of Southern Tomato Pie, Baby.

Enjoy! Kari











Amazing with PORK

Amazing with PORK


So, this one is for my wonderful brother, Rhett, who thinks that the name of this marinade is fantastic. Or ridiculous. Or fabulous…..or completely ridiculous. Mostly just ridiculous. (but i think deep down he secretly thinks it is absolutely fabulous!!!!)


Allegro Original Marinade
Worcestershire Sauce
Soy Sauce
Garlic (fresh if possible)
Dijon Mustard and/or Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Sea Salt
Coarse Ground Black Pepper
(Local Honey, Organic Honey or Agave if you want it a bit sweeter)
*Fresh Scallions (if I have them on hand)


Guess what….I don’t have measurements.  I did list them in order of largest quantity used.  I make more or less depending on the amount of food marinading and more/less of particular ingredients (i.e.. horseradish, garlic) depending on what protein I am using and what company I am entertaining.


Let’s say a basic recipe would be:

1/2 cup Allegro

1/3 cup Worcestershire Sauce

3 T Soy Sauce

5 Cloves Fresh Garlic

2 heaping T Horseradish

2 heaping T Dijon Mustard (or Grainy)

1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

salt and pepper to taste

honey, agave  1-3 T optional

Scallions, greens and white

mix it all together and pour, or just toss in the ingredients as you go!

Simple as that!

*try and marinade overnight or at least 4 hours*


Marinade the chop at least a day ahead. Tender and delicious. Almost steak-like.

Marinade the chop at least a day ahead. Tender and delicious. Almost steak-like.


Delicious on Beef as well!

Delicious on Beef as well!


cuz sometimes you just have to cook inside

cuz sometimes you just have to cook inside in your Cast Iron❤️


Dinner Time!!!

Dinner Time

You can really use

it on a variety of

different proteins.

Choose your Favorite!

Hope you enjoy as much as we have over the years!!!!