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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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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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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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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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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Blood Orange Chicken With Olives, Leeks and Onion

Blood Orange Chicken With Olives, Leeks and Onion

I've been on a chicken kick lately. Probably because my husband and I have been trying to eat a little healthier and because chicken is easy. Chicken is like a blank slate or canvas, you can throw almost anything in with it and it's going to turn out pretty good.

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Sea Scallops With Cauliflower Purée And Capers

Sea Scallops With Cauliflower Purée And Capers

This recipe is one of my all-time favorites. I love scallops anyway but it's something about this dish that elevates the experience.  The mix of sweet from the orange and the savory of the capers all together atop silky smooth cauliflower, it really is perfection on a plate.
 

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Laos Chicken Khao Poun Soup

Laos Chicken Khao Poun Soup

I can't say that I have one favorite food because I LOVE soooo many. But one of my favorite types of food is without a doubt anything Asian, like Thai, Vietnamese, Laotian, Chinese, Japanese and probably more I've yet to discover.  So when I was introduced to Sticky Rice Cafe in Knoxville, TN I was instantly hooked.  And this soup has become a mainstay in my house! 

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Pork Chop with Apples and Onions

Pork Chop with Apples and Onions

I’ll start by saying my husband said: "these are the best pork chops I've ever had." And proceeded to ask when I would make theme again before he even finished his plate.

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Cast Iron Skillet Pizza Chicken

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza Chicken

I LOVE a one-pot meal. The fewer dishes to wash, clean and put away all the better. You'll need a 12 inch skillet or a little larger, cutting board, knife and spoon....that's it!

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Sesame Chicken with Red Pepps and Shrooms

Sesame Chicken with Red Pepps and Shrooms

This recipe comes together really quick and uses minimal dishes. 1 Cutting board, 1 small bowl, 1 large pan and 1 small pot...great weeknight meal!

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Shrimp and Asparagus Orzo with Sun Dried Tomatoes

Shrimp and Asparagus Orzo with Sun Dried Tomatoes

Fresh, light and comes together quickly. A great summer dish for a crowd or a couple. :)

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