Authentic German Potato Salad

Authentic German Potato Salad

I really like German potato salad because there’s no mayonnaise. Not that I have anything against mayo but sometimes you crave something a little lighter. The other thing I like about this potato salad is you can serve it hot, chilled or at room temperature, making this a perfect option for picnics and parties.

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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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Tilapia Fish Tacos with Avocado and Peach Salsa

Tilapia Fish Tacos with Avocado and Peach Salsa

Fish tacos are great for those spring and summer time parties. because they are nice and light to eat on hot days. I don’t know about you but I hate to put on a bathing suite right after eat a giant cheese burger.

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Asparagus and Tomato Farro Salad

Asparagus and Tomato Farro Salad

This is a great side dish for any season. Farro is readily available at most grocery stores and it’s basically a blank slate, allowing you to add in a multitude of veggies and cheeses regardless of the time of year and what’s in season. And it’s especially good for outdoor picnic’s because there’s no mayo to spoil in the heat.

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Mexican Street Corn

Mexican Street Corn

Corn, Cheese, Mayo... does it get any better?! HA! Probably for some but this is where Chrissy Teigen and I align perfectly. :) This recipe is from her first cookbook “Cravings” and I could easily eat 4 ears all myself, it's just so good. I wish I had known about this dish sooner in life.

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Chorizo and Seafood Paella

Chorizo and Seafood Paella

While in Barcelona I took a (very authentic) cooking class. For example, we cleaned a cuddle fish and I now know all about ink sacks, intense, lol! We made probably 6 Spanish dishes but the highlight of it all was the paella. It’s not complicated but it is a little bit of a process. Slow and low is the name of the game.

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Chicken Stuffed Avocados - Keto Friendly

Chicken Stuffed Avocados - Keto Friendly

Chicken Stuffed Avocados are an easy, healthy meal that takes minutes to prepare, and they come together really quick if you have leftover chicken or pick up a rotisserie chicken when you're at the grocery. Perfect for lunch, dinner or even a snack, these chicken stuffed avocados are great for meal prepping. Keep in an air tight container and they will last all week.

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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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Baked Eggplant Parmesan Stackers

Baked Eggplant Parmesan Stackers

Eggplant Parm’, easily one of my favorite dishes. However, I’ve only been eating it for the last 9 years. Eggplant wasn’t a vegetable my family cooked with but after meeting Mike (my very Jersey-Italian husband) and his mom I quickly developed a liking for this classic Italian dish.

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Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs with Goat Cheese Polenta

Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs with Goat Cheese Polenta

This dish may take several hours but the effort is minimal and the flavor is huge. The beef becomes so tender not only does it fall off the bone but it melts in your mouth. The silky smooth sauce has so much depth of flavor that when it mixes with the polenta it pulls the entire dish together. Your belly and the people you serve it to will thank you.

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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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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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Ginger Lemonade Cocktail

Ginger Lemonade Cocktail

Looking for the perfect party cocktail? Look no farther, this light and refreshing beverage will have everyone saying ‘yumm, ‘I’ll have another please’.

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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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Chicken Piccata with Shallot

Chicken Piccata with Shallot

You've got to give this one a try. It sounds and looks fancy but it's really not, it's actually pretty easy. The whole thing (including sides) comes together in about 45-60 min, even less after you've made it a few times.

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Shrimp and Polenta with Slow Roasted Tomatoes and Spinach

Shrimp and Polenta with Slow Roasted Tomatoes and Spinach

Sometimes you just need a meal that sticks to ribs but not necessarily to your hips. Now I'm not going to say this recipe will help you lose weight but honestly, if you keep your portion of grits within reason it's really not too bad. There's no cream or butter, just a little goat cheese mixed into the grits with a side of protein and vitamin-rich spinach along with oven roasted tomatoes.

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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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TOMATES FARÇIES ‘À LA PROVENÇALE’ aka Stuffed Tomatoes

TOMATES FARÇIES ‘À LA PROVENÇALE’ aka Stuffed Tomatoes

On this very day, one year ago I was flying back from Médoc, France where I spent the better half of a week learning French cuisine (and we may have had a little wine). So I felt this day needed a little celebrating, and what better way to celebrate the anniversary of a culinary adventure...make something I picked up while in France.

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