Author: ANNiE

Hi, I'm Marianne Hines. Most call me ANNiE. The nick is short and sweet and not at all like me. I’m 5’11” and happiest when there's sand between my toes, when I'm dirty, windblown, and adorned with the debris of whatever project I'm working on. I build, design,and create in many forms. I’ve spent most of my life in the Northwest. Twelve years ago I came to the southeast for love, that love is now my husband. I love London and Paris for the art, food, and architecture. I love Spring and Fall, mountains, untouched snow, the smell of a horse’s mane, the sound of paper dry leaves under foot, birds singing, reef snorkeling, flea market hunting, and cooking for friends who love to eat, to be loud, and to laugh.

Golden Fruit and Nut Granola

Golden Fruit and Nut Granola

It’s taken a few experiments to get my granola both yummy AND healthy.  For the most economical choice, use a combination of peanuts and raisins, with honey as the sweetener.  For the most luxurious, choose Pistachios, and Dried Cherries, with…

Lemony Double Mustard Potato Salad

For summer fare, a great potato salad is must-have dish. Paired with a burger or cold chicken and your beloved will be happy happy! I’ve used two varieties of mustard, one for its brightly pleasing color and the other for…

Grown Up Macaroni Pasta Cheese

One of my first cooking memories is cracking open a box of Kraft Mac n’ Cheese and standing on tip toe at the stove to stir it. My gourmet version then was the addition of chopped up hot dogs. Now,…

Savory Beef Fried Rice

A belly-warming toss-together meal or side dish made from leftover cold rice, a few veggies, and a little beef.  The seasonings are of great importance when there are so few main ingredients.  For a change up, sub out the beef…

Zesty Fresh Tomato Black Bean Salsa

A mouth pleaser that’s bursting with fresh tomatoes, sweet corn, and savory beans. Use this salsa as a dip for chips, or a topper for tacos, tortillas, baked fish and chicken.  You can dial down or up the heat factor…

Herb Olive Oil Dip (for Bread)

This speedy little herb and oil dip takes only moments to whip together and when served with fresh bread looks and tastes extraordinary.   Have a little cheese, some cold meat, a glass of vino and BRAVO…a meal! 1/2 tsp. Italian Blend…

Italian Cheese Stuffed Beef Meatballs

Who doesn’t love moan-inducing stuffed balls of juicy meat that burst with melting cheese! They’re baked not fried so require no time slaving over a spattering pan. These baked meatballs are tasty tossed with pasta, stuffed in a sandwich, as…

Mushroom Alfredo with Penne for Two

Mushroom Alfredo Penne Pasta

In the mood for a romantic sup for two? This meal is a wiz to toss up. If you have the time, make your alfredo sauce from scratch first. I have an excellent recipe on this site. But if time…

Shredded Potato Pancake for One

Shredded Potato Pancake for One

This super simple dish makes an excellent quickie breakfast, lunch, or late night snack for one.   If you want it to go a little farther use a griddle pan, and divide the batter into four.   The little ones make a…

Mushroom Egg and Cheese Brunch Burrito for One

Brunch Burrito

In the mood for a little sumthin’, just for one? I whipped this burrito up for brunch. If you’ve got a morning-after-the-night-before visitor, double the recipe and serve it in bed with a handful of fresh strawberries or a few…