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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Danish Ebelskivers with Jam

Danish Ebelskivers with Jam

Now I may not be the foremost expert on Danish food but I do know how good their ebelskivers are! Ebelskivers are traditionally served as a dessert because they are pretty sweet. Think pancake, but better. Better because they are little round popper-shaped pancakes filled with your favorite jam, chocolate or fruit and they can be handheld. I love dunking them in maple syrup!

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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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Easy Meyer Lemon Tart

Easy Meyer Lemon Tart

I LOVE lemon everything! So when I saw this recipe circulating around my Instagram account I knew I had to try it. It looks so refined yet you literally throw everything (including the lemon rind) into the blender, mix and you’re done. It doesn’t get any easier!

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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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Cinnamon, Sugar, Ginger Pear chips

Cinnamon, Sugar, Ginger Pear chips

Pear Chips for the WIN over sweet snack cravings!
I love pears anyway so it’s no surprise that I gobbled these right up! They are my late night, TV watching snicky-snack when that sweet craving sneaks up on me. Pears are naturally sweet so you don’t have to add much sugar, which is good, because lately I’ve had a wicked sweet tooth. haha!

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Coffee and Chocolate Energy Bites

Coffee and Chocolate Energy Bites

What goes better together than coffee and chocolate? Nothing! Well except maybe chocolate and red wine, LOL! Anyway, I posted on my Instagram stories that I was making these energy bites and the DM’s started flooding in (thank you friends) so as soon as I was finished I wanted to get this recipe on the blog. I made 4 batches and after a few tweaks in the first batch I feel comfortable sharing the recipe. Enjoy!

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Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

Looking for a quick, easy, delicious and tart key lime pie recipe? Well, you have come to the right food blog! This recipe only requires a few ingredients, comes together fairly quickly (except for the squeezing of all those little limes, ha!) and has that mouth pucker, eye squinting tartness that every key lime pie needs.

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Last Minute Quick and Easy Appetizers

Last Minute Quick and Easy Appetizers

I love to entertain and I’ve been known to spur of the moment, last minute invite people over without giving much thought to what I’m going to serve or if I even have time to run to the grocery.
So I keep these handy-dandy recipes close by for just such occasions!

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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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Healthy Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Healthy Fruit Smoothie Bowl

It’s a new year and for many of us that means new goals for life and our body. Weather your goal is to loose weight, add muscle, drink less or maybe it’s simply to make better choices, it all starts from the inside out. This smoothie bowl is a great way to start the day and it sets you up for successful eating all day.

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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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Cranberry Spritzer

Cranberry Spritzer

Refreshing and goes down easy…maybe too easy. LOL! This is a super fun, quick to make and delicious Christmas Holiday drink, that will keep everyone warm all night.

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Pumpkin Pie Dip

Pumpkin Pie Dip

I pulled this one out of the vault. I started making this dip maybe 10 years ago, I had kind of forgotten about it until a friend asked me for the recipe last week. It got me thinking, you know, that was a really popular dessert dip. So I carved a little pumpkin as a serving dish and whipped up a batch.

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CycleBar Brunch Menu

CycleBar Brunch Menu

I love to spin at CycleBar, the cycle star instructors, the atmosphere, the heart-pumping rides and the amenities keep me coming back. Everyone who works there is so kind and genuine you immediately feel welcomed into the studio.

So when they accepted my offer to cater their brunch ride, I was pretty excited. This would be the first time I cooked for complete strangers. I’ve catered plenty of dinner and showers for friends and family but this was the first time I had the courage to put myself out there.

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Bountiful Berry Cobbler

Bountiful Berry Cobbler

Does anyone not like berry cobbler? Not me, I love the stuff! In fact, I’ll take a berry dessert over a chocolate one any day. As far back as I can remember I’ve loved cobbler, there’s just something about it’s that good for the soul.

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Spinach Muffins

Spinach Muffins

These protein rich spinach muffins are helping my husband and me make good breakfast decisions this week. The feta makes a rich flavor, spinach and egg helps keep us full and the thyme gives it a nice fresh taste.

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