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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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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Meatloaf, Italian Style

Meatloaf, Italian Style

I was challenged by a friend to make a meatloaf. I had never made meatloaf before but I’ve never met a food challenge I wasn’t willing to try!
With nothing to loose I set out to make this classic homemade dish. To me, a meatloaf was nothing more that a giant meatball. And being part of an Italian family, meatballs are something I DO know a lot about!

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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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