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)


  1. Gayle says

    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. Michelle says

    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.

  3. says

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

  4. says

    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!

  5. says

    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

  6. Christine says

    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!

    • says

      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!:)

  7. says

    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.

  8. says

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

  9. says

    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…

    • says

      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.:)

  10. says

    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!!

  11. Catheie Tendo says

    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

  12. Kelly says

    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!!!

  13. susan says

    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!

  14. says

    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.


  15. A. R. Trevino says

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

  16. says

    Just found your blog while hunting for a decent (and do-able) recipe for Bramboračka…and stumbled upon quite a few gems! *Love* your potato recipes!

  17. Ruben Avitia says

    Hi, first I Thank you for such of beautiful pictures and for all your recipes of all this tasty food. then, I’m working in the Marketing business and I’m very interested in your photos some of it. I think your work is very, very professional !! I just love it. so let me know anything about pricing, and also about pricing for taking especific kind of pictures. Again Thank you Nancy for all.

    Ruben Avitia Aka Mark & Lutzen.

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