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.

Poached Eggs over Mushrooms on An English Muffin Bed

Poached Eggs over Mushrooms on An English Muffin Bed

Sometimes the simplest foods give the most pleasure. Brilliant yellow broken yolks dribbling over savory mushrooms with a drizzle of truffle oil sinking into the English Muffin holes…sublime! 2 Eggs 1 English Muffin 4 Mushrooms, washed and quartered Splash of…

Chicken Mushroom and Onion Pot Stickers

Potstickers with Soy and Wine Dipping Sauce

I love pot stickers, love, LOVE, love them.  I love them AMOST as much as I love sushi and sushi makes me moan in a manner unbefitting of a lady.  I swear there lives deep inside my soul an Asian…

An Italian Classic Baked Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan Ingredients

This simple yet tasty dish takes very little time to assemble.  While it’s baking and making the house smell like an Italian Stallion’s dream, beautify yourself.  He’ll know why this house is HIS home.  And darlings…it goes both ways.  Give…

Zucchini Bikini Soup

Zucchini Bikini Soup

It’s a thrifty meal that’s not only satisfying but exceptionally low in calories.  If you start making healthy choices NOW, you’ll be ready come summer to slip into that itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikini. Splash of Olive Oil 1 Large…

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Mug Cake for One

Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf Mug Cake for One

This mini cake baked in the microwave takes nearly no time at all and very few ingredients. I’ve made it with less sugar and oil than most yet it’s still moist and sweet. It’s only a slightly sinful treat for…

Creamy Caramelized Cauliflower Soup

Cauliflower Soup

For the best benefits, eat it a la nude. But if you wanna be naughty, toss grated cheese or drizzles of cream on top. If you wanna be a whole lotta naughty, add droplets of walnut oil… I’m not saying…

Pasta with Tomato Vodka Cream Sauce

This deceitfully simple sauce is so voluptuous that you’ll want to bury your face in the bowl.  Of course you won’t, but ya’ just might lick it! 1/2 lb. Spaghetti or Fettuccini (for 4 servings) A Splash of Olive Oil…

Fragrant Pho Soup with Beef

Pho Soup

This is my version of a Vietnamese concoction that’s a do-it-yourself feast where diners add their own garnishes to a spicy meat broth.  This soup has a complicated mix of sweet and savory spices that’s beyond invigorating.  It’s a bowlful…

Mind-Blowing Shrimp Fettuccine

  Cream Based Shrimp Pasta Sauce I’ve dubbed my pasta dish, mind-blowing because well it just is!  The sweet pink shrimps paired with a smooth as silk cream sauce, thickened with cheese, is sublime.  Strap your head on when you…