RECIPE | Gambas al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp Tapas)

My husband and I recently took a trip down to the South Carolina Lowcountry for our one year anniversary. We stayed at the darling Rhett House Inn in Beaufort, SC, and had one of most amazing dinners ever at Old Bull Tavern.


old bull tavern | beaufort, sc

Everything we ate was amazing that night, but our absolute favorite was a shrimp appetizer in a garlicky, sherry broth served with grilled baguette. We haven’t been able to stop thinking about it! So, when we got home, I messaged the restaurant and asked for the recipe — or at least a point in the right direction.

Super simple … look up any Spanish recipe for Gambas al ajillo

So, we did!

Here’s the recipe I used, and it was amazing. Enjoy!

Gambas Al Ajillo


    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1 1/2 lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined
    • 4 -6 garlic cloves, minced ( more if you are a garlic lover)
    • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes ( to taste)
    • 4 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped
    • salt
    • fresh ground pepper


  1. In a wide, shallow sauté pan over high heat, warm the Olive Oil and the Butter; add the Shrimp and Garlic and sauté quickly for about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the lemon juice, paprika, pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste. Adjust seasonings to your liking.
  3. Transfer to a warmed serving dish, sprinkle with the parsley and serve at once.

RECIPE | Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets

Happy Super Bowl Sunday, ya’ll! It’s the most wonderful time of the year for football fans. Tonight we’ll watch the Seattle Seahawks battle the New England Patriots. While I’m sad my beloved Carolina Panthers aren’t in the Big Game tonight, I’ll be cheering on the Seahawks and Richmond’s hometown hero, Russell Wilson. Russell was a few years behind me at Collegiate School, so it’s a big night not only for Seahawks fans but also for Collegiate Cougars and Richmonders alike!

We’ll be heading out in a few hours to a Super Bowl party. My husband has made his famous corn & black bean salsa (or Redneck Caviar as I like to call it. Here’s the recipe!) I decided to try a recipe I saw on Pinterest that I’ve been dying to try for months: Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets and Honey Mustard sauce. The original recipe is from the amazing Chunguh at Damn Delicious blog. Head on over for her story on making these delicious nuggets and some great photography!

I doubled the ingredients to serve a larger crowd, but you can easily halve the recipe for a smaller group.


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RECIPE // 5 Game Day Tailgate Recipes

Game Day Recipes

Football season is here! Make sure you’re prepared at your next tailgate by making one (or a few!) of these fan favorites.

1. Paula Deen Sausage Balls

2. Ham & Swiss Sliders

3. Homemade Chik-fil-A Nuggets

4. Our favorite chili recipe

5. Charleston Cheese Dip

Enjoy! What are your favorite game day foods?

Want even more? Check out She Wears Many Hats’ 50+ Tailgate Recipes.


RECIPE | Southerners’ Favorite: Charleston Cheese Dip!

9d8a6f052919d958ddd5decdaa022e67H e l l o!In the South, cooking and food aren’t just a necessity to sustain life. In the South, cooking and food are a way of life. And there’s nothing us Southerners love more than the combination of a few of our favorite things: Duke’s mayonnaise, bacon, cheese, and good ol’ fashioned Ritz crackers.

That’s why today’s recipe — a favorite of my family and our Southern friends — is sure to wow your guests at your next gathering until the very last, bottom-of-the-bowl-scraping drop.

Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit, look what recipe’s on the blog today: Charleston Cheese Dip! My mom’s friend made this delicious dip at an engagement party for my husband and me in April, and it was also served at our wedding! However, it is also perfect for a summer BBQ, watching college football on Saturdays, or if you’re just in the mood for something cheesy and delicious. Enjoy!Untitled

Total Time: 
25 min
10 min
15 min
10 servings

Charleston Cheese Dip - Big Hit as Appetizer for a Crowd


  • 1/2 cup Duke’s mayonnaise
  • One 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • 8 butter crackers, crushed, such as Ritz
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Corn chips, crackers or bagel chips, for serving



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the mayonnaise, cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, green onions and cayenne pepper. Transfer the mixture to a shallow baking dish, such as a 9-inch pie pan. Top the mixture with the cracker crumbs and bake until heated through, about 15 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and top with the bacon. Serve immediately with corn chips, crackers or bagel chips.




Recipe | Watermelon, Green Onion & Mint Salad



Hot summer days in Richmond getting you down? You’ve got to try this deliciously refreshing (and healthy!) Watermelon, Green Onion and Mint Salad from bon appetit. Super easy – super delish.


  • 5 cups 3/4- to 1-inch cubes seeded watermelon
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped seeded deveined jalapeño chiles
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar


View Step-by-Step Directions

  • Combine watermelon, green onions, mint, parsley, and chiles in large bowl.
  • Whisk oil and vinegar in small bowl to blend. Pour dressing over watermelon mixture; toss to coat. Season salad generously with salt and pepper.

Recipe | Strawberry Fields Chicken

Strawberry Limeade, Water Grill

On Saturday, my friend Kendree and I had a late brunch at the Water Grill in Carytown, which was a surprisingly charming experience. Between serving blueberry mini-muffins in the breadbasket to my shockingly sweet yet tart Strawberry Limeade (with bits of fresh strawberries floating throughout), it was all-in-all a great brunch.

Since my strawberry limeade experience, I’ve been inspired to try something different with strawberries in the kitchen. So last night, it was Raspberry & Walnut marinated chicken breast on a bed of sauteed mâche, sliced strawberries, onions and minced garlic. It was beautiful and tasty– a winning combination. I’ll definitely be making my “Strawberry Fields” Chicken again!

Pre-sauteed: strawberries, mâche, onions and minced garlic

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