Spicie FoodieSpicie Foodie is a blog penned by me, Nancy, a 30 something year old woman with a passion for all things food and photography. 

As a child I avoided the kitchen and my Mother’s constant (failed) attempts to get me to learn to cook. Over the years I finally gave in and taught myself how to cook. This blog is my culinary adventure leading me to learn and experience it all. My favorite foods or those I crave the most are spicy flavorful dishes, I guess it’s only natural being that it’s in my blood. You will find a range of spicy dishes from Mexican, Indian and Thai cuisine, as well as a range of less or non spicy dishes from all over the world. Spicy or mild my recipes are all healthy, fresh,  delicious, and guaranteed to spice up your kitchen and help lead a healthier life.

The recipes you will find on Spicie Foodie are my own creations or results of my experiments. All of the recipes are tested and tasted in my kitchen. (If you are unsure of any ingredients please check with your Doctor to make sure there is no adverse or allergic reactions.) You will also find “Recipe Reviews” which are reviews of recipes from either the few cookbooks I own, different online resources, and/or  fellow foodie bloggers. Another feature you will find are “Spotlight On” articles highlighting nutrition and health benefits of many kitchen ingredients. My main goal with Spicie Foodie is to not only share what I have learned but also show you how to cook healthy and delicious meals without adding unwanted or unneeded fat and calories.


All of the photography found here is shot by me. (If I feature photos shot by others they are credited as the photographer.) I am a professional and have loved photography for many years. No tricks, no fakes, no elaborate photoshopping is done on my photos. My style is simple, simple props and simple lighting —it’s about the food after all. I’m a loyal Pentax user, I use a DSLR camera and occasionally a point and shoot. When natural light is not available I use one artificial light source.* Photography tutorials can be found under the Photography page.*



In October 2012 my photography, Yummy Pics: A Food Blogger’s Guide to Better Photos, was released. It is meant as a guide for understanding photography basics, making the camera work for you, as well as improving your food photography skills. The book can be purchased by clicking on the image below, and you can read the book’s specs here, Yummy Pics, Food Photography for Bloggers.

Yummy Pics: A Food Blogger's Guide to Better Photos, Photography eBook by Spicie Foodie

My first Cookbook, An Epiphany of the Senses (An Eclectic Recipe Collection Guaranteed to Awaken Your Senses) was published in October 2010 and is now on sale at Amazon.com. (International buyers can order your copy here.) The recipes are all my own creations and the majority of  have never been published. All of the photography in the cookbook was also shot by me.

An Epiphany of the Senses Cookbook, Spicie Foodie

Along with An Epiphany of the Senses, Calendars featuring my photography and recipes are also available for purchase.

Spicie Foodie 2011 CalendarSpicie Foodie 2012 Calendar

In 2010 I was also chosen by Foodista to be included in their cookbook, Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook. As of October 2010 the cookbook is available for purchase on Amazon.com . My recipe, Luscious Thai Chicken Pineapple Curry, can be found on page 90.


As of May 2011 I have been a featured columnist for Honest Cooking, The FOOD Magazine. My column is called Mexico On My Plate. As the title indicates it is a food column on the cuisine of Mexico.

For additional publications please refer to the Press page.



© Copyright 2009-2014 Spicie Foodie and Nancy Lopez-McHugh. All rights reserved

All recipes, articles, blog post, content, and images (*unless otherwise stated*) are the sole property of Spicie Foodie and Nancy Lopez-McHugh. They should not be used without prior written consent. Recipes should not be pasted onto Social Media websites, i.e. Pinterest, Facebook, Google+ etc. Unauthorized reproduction is strictly prohibited. Without exceptions, violators will be pursued and prosectued to the fullest extent of the law.


Thank you for stopping by! Do you have a suggestion or question for me? Post a comment, use the contact form or email me at spiciefoodie ( @ ) gmail.com

Welcome to my virtual kitchen! ¡buen provecho! – bon appétit! – Guten Appetit!-Buon appetito! वादिष्ट खाना (Svādiṣṭ khānā) -Dobrou chuť! Приятного аппетита! (Prijatnogo appetita)


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1 Gayle October 15, 2011 at 1:13 PM

So glad I stumbled on your wonderful website this morning…beautiful photography and delicious-sounding recipes! Look forward to trying some. Have a blessed weekend from Port Townsend, Washington.


2 Spicie Foodie October 16, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Thank you and you too :)!


3 Carol Lovett February 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM

I signed up!


4 Spicie Foodie February 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

I’m sorry to what?


5 Michelle March 14, 2012 at 4:29 AM

Amen for this food blog. I am a native Californian living in Tunisia and am lost without my favorite Mexican food. I try desperately to recreate my favorite flavors. Thank goodness it is such a natural cuisine. I have a hard time finding essentials though and was led here by your ‘tortillas with yellow corn meal recipe’. Living here, you must do everything from scratch, from having your corn and spices ground, to roasting all of your veggies. I will be checking out the rest. When I was in Paris I did find a small store in the 10eme (I think) that sold Mexican products exclusively. Very expensive, but I was able to get my green chicken enchilada fix. They had pureed tomatillo there and chips. It was all very exciting. Haha. Thanks again for sharing your discoveries.


6 Mar May 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Me encanta tu blog! No solo las recetas sino también la fotografía, espero aprender algo de tus recetas y tutorials :)


7 Spicie Foodie May 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Gracias Mar:)


8 Ains September 26, 2012 at 4:01 PM

I stumbled upon this blog when I searched for Portobello steak. I drooled when I saw the photos! They’re absolutely amazing (even though you taught yourself how) and I would like to bookmark your site for future pegs/references. Have an awesome day, senora! :) Much love from the Philippines!


9 jane beal December 27, 2012 at 2:31 AM

I am unable to find a co[y of your book about ‘Senses’?
Any ideas?
Brussels sprounts recipe converted my guests to a love of the beautiful and tasty little things.
Thank you, Jane


10 Spicie Foodie December 27, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Hi Jane,
You can purchase a copy here, http://www.lulu.com/shop/spicie-foodie-and-nancy-lopez-mchugh/an-epiphany-of-the-senses/paperback/product-14677823.html There is also a digital version.

Glad to hear you enjoyed the brussels sprouts recipe. :) Thanks!


11 Dedy Oktavianus Pardede / Dentist Chef January 24, 2013 at 3:18 PM

hi nancy, i’m so amazed with your photograph..
i can taste your passion through out your food pictorial
thx for such an inspiration on my food photograph


12 Spicie Foodie January 25, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Thank you Dedy!


13 Christine March 4, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Hi! Just wanted to let you know that I tried your recipe for the Greek Yogurt and it worked so well! I let mine incubate for about 10 hours or so and then let it sit and drain for 5. I love how thick it got! I can’t wait to try to make it again! Thanks for a super recipe that’s easy to understand. I’ve never tried making yogurt before and I”m glad I started with your recipe.

I was wondering though, have you tried your recipe without adding the powdered milk? I think I’ll try leaving it out next time just to see what happens.

Thanks again!


14 Spicie Foodie March 5, 2013 at 1:39 AM

Hi Christine,

That’s fantastic and congratulations on making your first homemade yogurt.

No, I haven’t made it without the powdered milk. But the reason I use it is to give the yogurt more “fat” or really creaminess. You could sub it with cream? Let me know how it comes out without the powdered milk. Thanks!:)


15 Eileen Cuisine April 26, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Wow, let me tell you I love your blog! This is the first time I’ve heard of it and I am amazed by your talent and recipes. I can’t wait to try your photography insights and recipes.


16 Spicie Foodie April 26, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Thank you and welcome to Spicie Foodie Eileen!


17 Nari May 9, 2013 at 9:29 AM

First stumbled on your pinterest page. I was intrigued by the name. What a wonderful journey you seem to be having. Beautiful presentation!


18 Spicie Foodie May 10, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Thank you Nari!:)


19 Jina @ Soy & Ginger May 25, 2013 at 6:01 AM

Nancy, your blog is beautiful and I can’t wait to try some of your recipes :)
I’m a loyal Pentax user as well. People can go on about Canon/Nikon, but I’ve learnt so much from my humble k-x! What camera/lens combo do you use most? I’m thinking of upgrading soon…


20 Spicie Foodie May 27, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Hi Jina,
Welcome and thank you! Ah, that’s great and always a pleasure meeting a fellow Pentax user. I mostly use my 50mm lens and occasionally a 28-70 zoom. Thanks for stopping by.:)


21 Shaya June 13, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Awesome Blog, loved your pics and drooled and intrigued by the beauty of it!!! Am a fan for life… Just bookmarked u…. Just thought of saying Thank you for sharing the good work!!! Have a nice day!!


22 Spicie Foodie June 13, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Thank you Shaya!


23 Catheie Tendo August 13, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Hey there, i love photography, this is really good work. Thank you for sharing ur ideas n good work.

Much love from East Africa, Uganda


24 Spicie Foodie August 14, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Hi Catheie, Thanks so much!:)


25 carla aguilar August 28, 2013 at 11:13 PM



26 Kelly September 6, 2013 at 8:38 PM

I am 44 yrs.old and just starting to cook! My kitchen has a wonderful spice cabinet that has inspired me! Please help me with recipes!!!


27 Kelly September 6, 2013 at 8:41 PM

I am interested in your recipes! The comments on your blog are great!


28 Angie October 15, 2013 at 4:53 PM

I just came across your website and wow!! It’s very impressive! I love the design and your photography is sharp. I’m definitely interested in trying some of your vegan curries and reviewing them on my site: http://veganrecipreview.com


29 susan January 26, 2014 at 10:01 AM

This is a great blog! Can’t wait to make the millet side dish recipe to accompany my coconut-encrusted tofu with pear salsa tonight……your recipe was exactly what I was looking for!


30 Spicie Foodie January 26, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Thank you Susan. Enjoy the millet.


31 Leesa Garcia February 13, 2014 at 2:31 AM

FABULOUS blog with amazing photos and recipes!

I just stumbled upon your blog this a.m. BRAVA to you!
I am also an expat in France. One thing I LOVEEEEE about
living in Europe is the easy access to so many amazing

Thanks for all the work you put into making your blog so spectacular.



32 Ashley @ My Midwest Table February 14, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Wow, Nancy! I just had a chance to explore your site a bit, and I am loving everything! So many wonderful recipes and beautiful photos. Can’t wait to see what you make next!


33 Prash @ YummilyYours March 14, 2014 at 7:22 PM

You have the most amazing photographs ever! I am completely floored! Following your board on photography on pinterest


34 A. R. Trevino May 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Thank you so much, I do look forward to continue following your blogs on Honest Cooking.


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