Italian Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

Italian Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

Are you a Drumette or a Wingette? I’m 100% a drumette girl! Why? Less mess and more meat. If you’re doing it right you can take down a mini-drumstick in one bite. Yeah...I got skillz.
These are great for a change up from the typical hot wings and no deep frying required, I fired up the Weber and grilled these guys in 30 min!

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Easy Berry Fruit Compote

Easy Berry Fruit Compote

I needed a last minute dessert. And by ‘last minute’ I mean dinner was served the dishes were cleaned and then it dawned on me, ‘I should serve a dessert’. Fruit compote to the rescue! This would be a good one to print or bookmark for those dessert 911 situations.

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Quick and Easy Beef and Broccoli with Farro

Quick and Easy Beef and Broccoli with Farro

Beef and broccoli is a classic and a household favorite in my kitchen. Super simple to make and comes together in 30 minutes or less. I swap the rice for farro because it’s packed with all sorts of good-for-you nutrients. Check it out and let me know what you think!

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Rosemary Lemon Ricotta Cheese Spread

Rosemary Lemon Ricotta Cheese Spread

YUM! Creamy cheese, yes please! Inspiration for this appetizer comes from one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Knoxville, Emilia. Since I can’t eat out every night and I’m betting Chef Matt wouldn’t divulge his recipe I had to come up with one of my own.

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Antipasto Salad

Antipasto Salad

So many flavors and so many colors this light Italian salad is one of my favorites. This salad pairs really well with most main courses and the ingredients are readily available all year-round, making this salad on of my go-to’s!

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Chex Cereal Muddy Buddies

Chex Cereal Muddy Buddies

Not only does this recipe come from Chex™ but so did all the ingredients! Back on July 4th I made a Chex™ mix snack with pretzels and M&M’s and white chocolate. I made little snack packs for my family to enjoy at the movies and they LOVED it, like really really enjoyed it….

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Easy Shrimp Boil Foil Packets

Easy Shrimp Boil Foil Packets

These quick and easy shrimp boil packets would be a great addition to your summertime and fall outdoor grill menu. Give them a try and tag #DeSocioInTheKitchen, I’d love to see how they turn out and your feedback on the recipe!

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Sausage Jalapeño Poppers

Sausage Jalapeño Poppers

I know these look basic but I assure you they are anything BUT ordinary. My friends and family can’t get enough and neither will your party guests. No matter how many poppers are made there will NEVER be one left, I’m not kidding, LOL! People will literally grab them off the cookie sheet as you take it out of the oven.

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Puerto Rican Guava Pinchos de Pollo (or Chicken Kabobs)

Puerto Rican Guava Pinchos de Pollo (or Chicken Kabobs)

Let me start by saying I LOVE all things guava - pastries, jam, juice and of course bar-b-q sauce. I first found out about Guava bbq sauce about 11 years ago when I started traveling to Puerto Rico with my husband. They have guava everything and I’m in heaven eating it all up. These pinchos de pollo are no stranger to my belly!

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Italian Panzanella Salad

Italian Panzanella Salad

This salad! I can’t get enough of it! It’s all the best things summer has to offer. Fresh herbs, bright and ripe veggies, of course bread and the icing on the cake is mozzarella cheese!

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Garden Fresh Pesto

Garden Fresh Pesto

I love summertime because all the fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs are readily available. And I’m lucky enough to have an herb garden in my backyard that grows the most bountiful herbs, they pretty much beg to be picked and thrown into a summertime recipe. Which in turn, makes for amazing pesto!

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Chicken Curry with Mekhala

Chicken Curry with Mekhala

Woohoo! I found a truly authentic Thai curry paste. And I was so excited to find out it’s made in Chaing Mai, Thailand, where Mike and I visited! It is a small, woman owned, sustainable company sourcing only local ingredients.

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Weeknight Pork Tenderloin

Weeknight Pork Tenderloin

Growing up we didn’t eat a lot of pork tenderloin so it wasn’t on my radar until much later in life. And there’s something about a ‘tenderloin’ that seems elevated or fancy. And in my head, fancy food translates into “takes a long time to prepare.
However, pork tenderloin doesn’t take long at all.

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Beer Battered Fried Sage Fritter

Beer Battered  Fried Sage Fritter

This is a unique one, I know. But you gotta trust me when I say it’s soooo good! The sage leaves turn into the best savory chips you could ever imagine. I haven’t met any yet, that didn’t like them.

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Chex Mix Trail Mix

Chex Mix Trail Mix

Need a last minute 4th of July snack? I got you covered! I whipped up this red, white and blue Chex trail mix snack in minutes. My family and I are headed to movies this year so thought a sweet snicky-snack after dinner would be fun! Happy Birthday America!

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Meatloaf, Italian Style

Meatloaf, Italian Style

I was challenged by a friend to make a meatloaf. I had never made meatloaf before but I’ve never met a food challenge I wasn’t willing to try!
With nothing to loose I set out to make this classic homemade dish. To me, a meatloaf was nothing more that a giant meatball. And being part of an Italian family, meatballs are something I DO know a lot about!

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Beer soaked Bratwurst with Onions and Peppers

Beer soaked Bratwurst with Onions and Peppers

In honor of Father’s Day we’re making beer bratwurst! I wanted to surprise dad with a hearty meal but I also wanted something different than steak and mashed potatoes, so Bratwurst and German Potato Salad are where I landed.

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Grilled Romaine Salad

Grilled Romaine Salad

If you know me, you know I’m not big on vegetables so I’m certainty not a huge fan of salads. Unless of course there are any of the following: a fabulous dressing, lots of toppings (i.e. olives, cranberries, nuts, cheese, potato salad, etc, etc) and/or it’s grilled! Grilled romaine is so good and I was always ordering it at restaurants but one day I thought, I really need to make this at home so I could eat it more often, so I set out to make grilled romaine

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Strawberry Sandwich

Strawberry Sandwich

I started making these at least 6 years ago to take to a boot camp class I helped instruct. They were the perfect little snack to refuel after a heart pumping workout. These delectable little sandwiches had fallen off my radar until I needed to make something that would be fun for kids, in their lunch box or after school.

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Authentic Anchovy Caesar Salad Dressing

Authentic Anchovy Caesar Salad Dressing

I know, who makes their own salad dressings with all the perfectly yummy options at the grocery? I don't, unless we're having Caesar and then it's a yes, yes, yes to all these perfectly paired ingredients in this amazing recipe.

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