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!Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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!Read More