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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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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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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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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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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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 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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