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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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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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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Gambas al Ajillo aka Spanish Garlic Shrimp

Gambas al Ajillo aka Spanish Garlic Shrimp

Gambas ala Ajillo which basically translates to garlic shrimp is a standard at any restaurant in Spain. I understand why because it’s so dang delicious, and they set it on fire and who doesn’t like a little flair!

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Pandan Leaf Chicken

Pandan Leaf Chicken

The Pandan Leaf Chicken is a common Thai appetizer but one I had never heard of before. When my husband and I were in Thailand learning this recipe it put a huge smile on my face, it was the perfect dish to kick off our culinary adventure.

I know this one looks unique and requires a special trip to the Asian market, but I promise you, this dish will not disappoint. The flavors are out of this world. The aroma from the pandan leaf is infused into the chicken along with the marinade and it creates this perfect umami of flavors in your mouth!

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Last Minute Quick and Easy Appetizers

Last Minute Quick and Easy Appetizers

I love to entertain and I’ve been known to spur of the moment, last minute invite people over without giving much thought to what I’m going to serve or if I even have time to run to the grocery.
So I keep these handy-dandy recipes close by for just such occasions!

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Keto Friendly Zucchini Skins aka Zucchini Boats

Keto Friendly Zucchini Skins aka Zucchini Boats

Why eat potato when you can have Zucchini Skins!

I love it when my husband says ‘What are you making now?’ Then he proceeds to eat it all and ask me to make it again and finishes his thought by adding a ‘hua, that was actually really good.’😜

I’ve been working on a few healthy, Keto friendly recipes for an upcoming cooking class. I think these Zucchini Skins with cheese, bacon and sour cream will make the cut

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Pumpkin Pie Dip

Pumpkin Pie Dip

I pulled this one out of the vault. I started making this dip maybe 10 years ago, I had kind of forgotten about it until a friend asked me for the recipe last week. It got me thinking, you know, that was a really popular dessert dip. So I carved a little pumpkin as a serving dish and whipped up a batch.

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Southern Fried Okra

Southern Fried Okra

Get out a deep pot and the oil because we’re frying up a southern staple, FRIED OKRA!

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Mango Peach Salsa

Mango Peach Salsa

This is the most simple recipe, so easy but so tasty. There's something about mixing fruits and vegetables together that just works. I guess it's like a chocolate covered pretzel...sweet and salty,  it's a time when all the taste buds get to participate!

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Tomato Gazpacho with Garlic Cream Sauce

Tomato Gazpacho with Garlic Cream Sauce

Who loves soup but won’t eat it in the summer because it’s too hot (the soup and the temp outside)? 100% raising my hand over here! What’s a girl to do? She makes a cold soup, a nice yummy gazpacho!

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Veggie (or shrimp) Spring Rolls

Veggie (or shrimp) Spring Rolls

I don't know why but I think these little bundles are just too cute. Plus, they are unique, easy to make, fresh and a fun way to get veggies in your diet! And very colorful!

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Rose Endive Tartlets

Rose Endive Tartlets

My main course came together quick and easy today which allowed me to whip up these cutie-patuie rose tarts.

I love a fancy food that's not at all difficult to make and these pretty little appetizers/side/starters fit the bill. They take no time at all and only require 4 ingredients. 

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Watermelon / Tomato /Basil Salad

Watermelon / Tomato /Basil Salad

Can you tell I’m on a ‘fruit salad’ kick!

If ever there was a fruit that said summertime it would be a tie between watermelon and backyard vine ripe tomatoes! I simply can not get enough of either this year.

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Puff Pastry Asparagus Parcels

Puff Pastry Asparagus Parcels

Quick, minimal ingredients, very few dishes to wash this savory flavorful appetizer could easily become a go-to party favorite. I made about 25 parcels for Easter Brunch and I'm pretty sure they were gone as soon as they hit the table. 

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Zucchini Tart

Zucchini Tart

When I was in France back in July of 2017 I learned to make this tart at a cooking workshop. Since returning home I've probably made it 20x. It's THAT good and THAT easy. 

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Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

Obviously, there really isn't much to this recipe but I thought it was worth a post b/c I rarely see many Caprese salads made with anything except red tomatoes. 

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Celeriac Velouté aka Celery Root Soup

Celeriac Velouté aka Celery Root Soup

I know what you might be thinking... Celery has a root and you can cook with it, and it's good? Who knew, right? I didn't. I don't even like celery, I can't stand it. And I don't really care for bacon either but somehow, someway this becomes a soup I thoroughly enjoy. This is why I will eat anything once. I sincerely have FOMO when it comes to food. I can't bare the thought that I might miss something spectacular.

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Caps full of Crab!

Caps full of Crab!

What to know about this one...easy-peasy. The ingredient list is long but take a look, you probably have most of it in you pantry and fridge already.

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Spanish Stuffed Olives

Spanish Stuffed Olives

What a fun appetizer this is!  Mike, my husband, and I went to Spain in 2016 and ate our way from Barcelona to Marbella, to Seville and Madrid. Olives, olives and more olives, I love them so I was in heaven...

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