I’m a food blogger based in Mobile, Alabama who derives an obscene amount of pleasure from cooking and eating. I love to entertain and I’m particularly proud of the brunches and dinner parties I’ve hosted. My favorite hobbies are recreating dishes I’ve had in restaurants, “tweeking” recipes, and participating in Tuesdays With Dorie and The Daring Cooks/Bakers’ challenges.

I am also the Food Examiner for Mobile. If you like what you see here, take a peak at my Examiner page!

What is my philosophy on food? For me, food should be a combination of comfort and stepping outside of your comfort zone. There is something about preparing a meal that’s soothing and we all have our go-to comfort foods (mmm…chicken & dumplings), but I think food should also take you on an adventure. I may not be able to travel to the Mediterranean at a moment’s notice, but I can certainly trick my mouth into thinking we’re there.

I admit it…I’m a Food Network addict. There, I’ve said it! I would love to audition for The Next Food Network Star, but I have a lot more to learn first. My favorite Food Network stars are: Giada De Laurentiis, Rachael Ray, Nigella Lawson, Tyler Florence, and Bobby Flay. I especially enjoy Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Drives, Giada’s Weekend Getaways, and Rachael Ray’s Tasty Travels. Food and travel, does it get any better than that?

I hope you’ll try some of my recipes, but please email me first if you want to use my photos or original post(s) as I do not subscribe to the “it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission” school of thought. I hope you enjoy your visit here and come back soon! Feel free to leave a comment or email me at eclecticconnoisseur@gmail.com.

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