All posts in "Entrees"

Sicilian Chickpeas with Escarole and Caramelized Onions

By admin / September 14, 2017

A big warm bowl full of creamy chickpeas tossed with wilted escarole, caramelized onions and raisins is the perfect meal when the season is changing. The raisins sounded weird to me but they offer this dish little pops of sweetness that counters the bitter greens and nutty chickpeas perfectly. Sicilian Chickpeas with Escarole and Caramelized […]


Spaghetti Squash with Feta

By admin / August 15, 2017

If you crave pasta but are trying to cut back a bit and choose healthier options, you have got to try this recipe! My dear friend, Deb, made this at a recent backyard get together.  I’ll tell you, if I didn’t know better I would believe I was eating an angel hair pasta dish. The […]


Layered Cobb Salad

By admin / July 11, 2017

Looking for a salad to bring to a BBQ? This salad is perfect! You can start making this salad the day before. Make the vinaigrette and the salad components, like the hard-boiled eggs, bacon, and chicken, the day before and store them in the refrigerator. The salad can be prepped and assembled up to several […]


7 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes For Special Occasions

By admin / June 12, 2017

There are times that you just want to create a slow cooker recipe for a special occasion. You don’t want your typical stew or curry that you make on a normal weekday. You want something healthy but delicious; something that your guests or your family crave for every time, there’s a birthday, anniversary, or a […]


15 Minute Coconut Curry Noodle Soup

By admin / June 6, 2017

This is a nice recipe for curry lovers.  This soup recipe is quick and easy to make and can be served as an appetizer or as an entree. Give this super flavorful recipe a try.  15-minutes and you will have a Coconut Curry Noodle Soup that rivals your favorite Thai restaurant. Click next to get […]


Dianne’s Zucchini Squares

By admin / June 5, 2017

Once again, thank you Dianne! I had these Zucchini Squares at a backyard bbq last week and had to have this recipe! Dianne cut these zucchini squares into bite-sized pieces and it proved completely addictive. I will definitely be making this recipe. I think that these squares would be great to have in the fridge for those […]


Brazilian Shrimp Soup

By admin / June 4, 2017

I will admit that I don’t know anything much about Brazilian food, but this recipe caught my eye. Everything about it sounds delicious. The ingredient that surprised me most about this recipe is the coconut milk. I didn’t know that coconut milk was used in Brazilian cuisine. I haven’t yet tried this recipe, but I […]


Slow Cooker Honey Apple Pork Loin

By admin / May 18, 2017

This is a really quick and easy meal to set up. The great thing about this meal is that once it is set up, you simply pop it into the slow cooker and walk away. This is particularly nice because on a warm day you are not heating up the house. Apples and pork are […]


Rice with Zucchini

By admin / May 17, 2017

This rice dish can be served as a main course or as a side dish. The recipe can be made “meatless” by exchanging vegetable broth for the chicken broth. You can also add diced chicken if you are looking to make this dish more substantial. See the recipe by clicking next below. 


Zucchini Taco Roll-ups

By admin / May 4, 2017

This is a great recipe for Mexican lovers who are looking to lighten things up a bit. No taco shells, no corn chips and no flour tortillas in this recipe. Zucchini is what makes this recipe “healthier.” Want to shave even more calories from this delicious recipe, replace the ground beef with ground chicken or […]


Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

By admin / May 1, 2017

Looking for a light and healthy, flavorful appetizer or spring dinner? This recipe will do it. These delightful Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps bring together fresh and spicy flavors with a delightful texture. Make sure that the iceberg lettuce you use is chilled and very fresh. It will make the difference between good and great Thai […]


Pan-Seared Cod in White Wine Tomato Basil Sauce

By admin / April 20, 2017

Cod is a healthy fish very low in calories. It is the perfect fish for when you are looking to watch your weight or drop a few pounds. This recipe takes this light flaky fish and adds low calorie, high impact flavor. Quick to make, this is a perfect indulgence when you want something healthy for […]


Bucatini Carbonara

By admin / April 18, 2017

A few good quality ingredients make this gourmet Bucatini Carbonara pasta dinner. Shallots, garlic, and fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese along with the creamy sauce which delivers the delightful smokiness of pancetta with a hint of salt make this an unforgettable treat. See this recipe by clicking next below.


Island Pork Tenderloin

By admin / April 13, 2017

This recipe is a classic pork tenderloin with a twist. The ingredients in this recipe bring me back to being in the Caribbean. Cinnamon, cumin, chili powder, brown sugar…Different, but somehow really a nice change to the norm. Check out his recipe by clicking next below.


Scallops with Lemon-Basil Sauce

By admin / March 24, 2017

Here’s a simple recipe for sea scallops that allow the scallops to be the star. No fancy ingredients in this recipe. I like to serve this over angel hair pasta, but it can just as easily be served over a bed of greens for a light and healthy lunch. Check out the recipe by clicking […]


Mexican Chicken Soup

By admin / March 17, 2017

Everyone loves chicken soup and everyone has a family recipe. Basic chicken soup is great but sometimes I like to change things up and make my chicken soup really flavorful. This recipe for Mexican Chicken soup is a recipe full of flavor. It serves as a meal because it is really hearty. I love it. […]


Hot Texas Wiener Sauce for Chili Dogs

By admin / March 1, 2017

Being from Jersey, Hot Texas Wieners are a thing. I grew up going to the Hot Grill on Lexington Avenue in Clifton. Once you’ve had those hot dogs, nothing will compare. The Hot Texas Wiener Sauce recipe below is the closest I’ve come to replicating the Hot Texas Wiener from my childhood. The recipe appears […]


Confetti Beef Tacos

By admin / February 27, 2017

This has got to be the easiest, most family friendly meal ever. These Confetti Beef Tacos are inexpensive to make and are quick and easy. They are perfect for the busy weeknight dinner. Feel free to change out the meat. I’ve used ground turkey or ground chicken. Both work just as well. As far as […]


Lynne’s White Meat Chili

By admin / February 23, 2017

This recipe for White Meat Chili is probably the best chili I’ve ever had. I love using pork/turkey vs. beef. It offers a different flavor and texture. It is loaded with 4 varieties of beans which offer delightful texture and huge flavor. Thank you, Lynne, for sharing! White Meat Chili Recipe Ingredients 1 medium Vidalia […]


Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Sauce

By admin / February 9, 2017

This delicious pork tenderloin with mustard sauce dinner is perfect for a weeknight dinner. Few ingredients and easy preparation will have dinner on the table in 1/2 an hour. I like this served with egg noodles, but if you have a mashed potato fan, that works perfectly with this recipe. To see the recipe, click […]


Roasted Pork and Potatoes

By admin / January 31, 2017

Whenever I’m in the mood for comfort food I’m brought back to Sunday afternoons at my grandmother’s house. Dinner was served in the middle of the afternoon and the kitchen always had something wonderful in the oven. William Sonoma’s roast pork loin recipe reminds me of a dinner my grandmother might have made. Simple, comfort […]


Chicken Taco Cupcakes

By admin / January 26, 2017

Hand-held chicken taco cupcakes are great to serve as an appetizer or as a fun meal. Kids love these! If you prefer, these work well with beef instead of chicken. You could even use shrimp or ground turkey. The best part is that you can add whatever toppings you like or let everyone add their […]


Shrimp Quesadillas

By admin / January 23, 2017

Shrimp Quesadillas make a very nice appetizer or entree. They look pretty on a platter and can be made in a variety of ways. This recipe includes sun dried tomatoes which make this recipe a bit different. Alter ingredients in to make it perfect for your family…or have everyone make their own quesadilla. Owning a […]


Chicken Scampi

By admin / December 13, 2016

I made this last night for dinner and was really stunned by how delicious this chicken scampi turned out. I have never made a scampi without lemon but interestingly, I didn’t miss it. The rich, creamy sauce, onions, and tender chicken served over angel hair pasta made this a recipe that was fit for entertaining. […]


Parmesan Honey Pork Roast

By admin / December 8, 2016

The slow cooker makes life so much easier and I often use it, but I have never used a slow cooker for a holiday meal. Having said that, I will tell you that this Parmesan Honey Pork Roast may be my first exception. I am considering making this for my Christmas eve dinner. This recipe […]


Creamed Turkey

By admin / November 29, 2016

With lots of turkey left-overs, I went in search of new ideas and recipes. This one stood out. Creamed Turkey is similar to Chicken Ala King and equally good. It is a great way to use up that leftover turkey. Serve in a bowl with a nice crusty bread or do the traditional chicken ala […]


Honey Glazed Apple Cider Shrimp

By admin / November 28, 2016

These snappy shrimp will melt in your mouth. Sometimes the best recipes have the fewest ingredients. This is one of them. It is the combination of ingredients that makes this dish so delicious. I like to serve these shrimp over jasmine rice, but you can easily make an argument for serving them over angel hair […]


Spaghetti with Broccoli Rabe and Salami

By admin / November 17, 2016

I came across this recipe from Rachel Ray while watching her show on tv. She has been creating recipes with 5 ingredients or fewer (except for “pantry” items). This was one of those recipes. I made this last night and have to say that it is a keeper recipe. Surprisingly simple to make and really […]


Cheesy Potato Pancakes

By admin / October 11, 2016

Talk about a versitile recipe! These Cheesy Potato Pancakes are always a hit and can be served as a snack, an appetizer, a meatless meal, main entree, or as a side dish. You’ll want to make sure to make a lot as they do become addicting. I like to serve them with sour cream, but […]


Hawaiian-Style Hot Dogs

By admin / September 27, 2016

Hot dogs get a makeover in this recipe featuring grilled hot dogs that sit in a sweet and savory bun with honey mustard and a delicious, crunchy topping that will make these dogs a family favorite. What’s not to like about these Hawaiian-style hot dogs topped with a delicious pineapple salsa and honey mustard? Give […]


Shrimp Creole

By admin / September 21, 2016

Thicker than a gumbo but filled with all the flavors of southern cooking, the tomato-based shrimp creole is definitely comfort food. Served over piping-hot rice and packed with spices (and a bit of a kick), shrimp creole is a favorite in New Orleans. How can you make it your own? How long you simmer it […]


Lasagna Soup

By admin / September 12, 2016

Lasagna is one of our favorite pasta dishes, but it can be a hassle to make, considering you have to cook the noodles and prepare all the different layers individually. Thankfully, it’s easy to get the classic lasagna flavors we love in an easy, one-pot soup that’ll have you coming back for more! Filled with […]


How to make Perfect Steak

By admin / August 22, 2016

How many meat puns does it take to drive the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen mad? It doesn’t steak a lot. But luckily, cooking the perfect steak doesn’t steak much either (sorry): All you need is good seasoning, perfect timing, a hot pan, a little patience, and a beautiful steak. Watch food director Carla Lalli Music […]


Gnocchi with Ricotta

By admin / August 21, 2016

I’m kind of new to Gnocchi. I bought it recently (because it was on sale) and was very surprised to find that I really liked it. I wondered how it had taken me so long to find this treasure. Since I’d never made gnocchi at home, I went in search of a nice simple recipe. […]


Stuffed Lobster

By admin / August 12, 2016

This recipe will not be for everyone. It does require you to use live lobsters. However, if you are okay with that, this is a great recipe. I don’t often post recipes that cost a fortune, but this one really got me. The ingredients are costly but the fished dish is a gourmet treat. Beautiful […]


5 Ingredient Roasted Tomato Tart

By admin / August 12, 2016

Garden tomatoes are being picked faster than I can use them. They are sweet and delicious so I am always in search of new recipes that showcase these delightful tomatoes. I found this simple 5 ingredient Roasted Tomato Tart recipe on Rachel Ray’s website. It is the perfect recipe for this time of year. The […]


Chicken Alfredo Roll Ups

By admin / August 5, 2016

If you love fettuccine alfredo, you are going to love these Chicken Alfredo Roll Ups. This is a nice recipe to serve to guests because portions are made during preparation. This rich and creamy, rich alfredo sauce combined with chicken and bacon all rolled into pasta make this irresistible. Watch the video below to see […]


Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini

By admin / August 4, 2016

I came upon this recipe while in search for a side for my grilled chicken. These ingredients are almost always in the house and put together they make a delicious dish. This Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini can very easily be made as an entree by adding some cubed chicken breast. Ingredients 2 – 9 ounce […]


Grands Sausage Calzones

By admin / July 31, 2016

I don’t often take short cuts when it comes to cooking, but I do make an exception with this recipe for Grands Sausage Calzones. First, let me say that Grands biscuits are awesome! This Grands Sausage Calzone recipe is amazingly good and as easy as 1, 2, 3! If you love calzone and want to […]


Fall Off The Bone Pork Ribs

By admin / July 30, 2016

Ribs BBQ season should be year round. BBQ pork ribs are a summer favorite and I make sure to stock up on pork ribs when they go on sale because everyone loves them. I am always in search for the next great BBQ pork ribs recipe. I came upon this Fall Off the Bone Pork […]


Sticky Pork Ribs

By admin / July 28, 2016

I can smell Gordon Ramsay’s sticky pork ribs as I watch this video. I absolutely love this recipe!! Ginger, honey, soy, rice wine, garlic…OMG. These are ribs you can really sink you teeth into. These ribs will be on my dinner table very soon!


Asian Pork Tenderloin

By admin / July 22, 2016

I make all kinds of Asian dishes. Most often my recipes are for a stir-fry. Once in a while I am in the mood for a more traditional meal but I really have a hankering for Asian flavors. This recipe for Asian Pork Tenderloin is perfect for those times. It satisfies my Asian craving because of […]


Slow-Roasted Pork Belly – Gordon Ramsay

By admin / July 15, 2016

You have to check out this Gordon Ramsay video showing you how to slow roast a pork belly. Pork belly is an inexpensive, super-moist cut of meat. Slow-roasting really locks in the flavours, and the end result will be a delicious crispy delight perfect to share with family and friends. Source: Youtube


Creamy Tomato Alfredo Linguine

By admin / July 14, 2016

Tomatoes add a great twist to this Fettuccine Alfredo. Fresh tomatoes can be used if you are preparing this in the summer when the markets are full of vine ripe tomatoes. I sometimes add a good handful of chopped, fresh basil as a garnish instead of the parsley, and a shake or two of hot […]


Spinach Artichoke Ravioli Bake

By admin / July 13, 2016

This is a quick and easy recipe for a delicious spinach artichoke ravioli bake that can be prepared in moments and serves ten. It is a perfect recipe for that summer gathering when you are looking for a meal that isn’t grilled or picnic-like. Sometimes it is easiest to just pop something in the oven. […]


Zucchini Shrimp Scampi

By admin / June 7, 2016

Shrimp Scampi is one of my favorite shrimp dishes. I usually serve shrimp scampi over angel hair pasta. I love this recipe for Zucchini Shrimp Scampi because it delivers that great scampi flavor but has far fewer calories. You will need a “spiralizer” so that you can create your spaghetti-shaped zucchini. A spiralizer is inexpensive and can […]


Perogi Stromboli

By admin / May 6, 2016

Here is the Polish twist on a favorite Italian classic. Perogi Stromboli brings together two delicious foods. Creamy mashed potatoes and sweet caramelized onions fill this delicious Stromboli pizza dough. This could be the newest comfort food. I like to serve Perogi Stromboli with sour cream for dipping. Ingredients 1 pizza dough 3 cups Mashed […]


Cream of Asparagus Soup

By admin / April 30, 2016

Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 leek, cleaned and thinly sliced 1 clove of garlic, chopped 1 1/2 pounds asparagus, woody ends broken off and cut into 1-2 inch pieces 1/2 cup frozen peas Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional) Kosher salt and black pepper to taste 4 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth […]


Tuna Patties

By admin / April 29, 2016

I love this recipe because these tuna patties can be made when I have almost nothing in the house. Served with a salad or on a potato roll with a fresh sliced tomato and a bit of tartar sauce, these tuna patties make a nice light meal. Or, serve as an appetizer before dinner. Click […]


Chopped Asian Chicken Salad w/ Ginger-Marmalade Dressing

By admin / April 12, 2016

Chopped Asian Chicken Salad with Ginger-Marmalade Dressing doesn’t really sound any different from other Chopped Asian Chicken Salad recipes, but it tasted different. This recipe is not only super tasty, it is fun to eat because of all the textures and it is healthy! Ingredients For the Ginger Marmalade Dressing: 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar  3 Tbsp […]


Spicy Thai Chicken salad – Lahb Gai

By admin / February 25, 2016

Lahb Gai is a popular Thai salad dish that originates from the eastern part of Thailand. This particular dish can be eaten alone or with rice or salad greens, cilantro and green beans (offering crunchy texture). The spice level of this dish should be altered based on your personal taste. I like it spicy, but you […]


Honey Lime Tilapia

By admin / February 16, 2016

Tilapia is light, flavorful and simply a delicious and inexpensive fish. Served with salad and a fresh vegetable, this Honey Lime Tilapia recipe is healthy and is actually family friendly. Ingredients 4 Tilapia fillets 2 tablespoons lime juice (approximately 1 large lime) Zest of 1 lime 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 1/2 tablespoons honey 1/2 […]


Classic Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing

By admin / January 26, 2016

I finally found a recipe for Classic Thai Peanut Dressing that tastes like I get when out in my favorite Thai restaurant. I’ve been looking for this recipe for a long time and am happy to share it. This dressing is great with as a simple salad as simple made up of iceberg, red onion, […]


Chicken in Red Curry Peanut Sauce

By admin / January 19, 2016

Here is another recipe for Thai lovers. The chicken can be replaced by shrimp, beef or pork. Other vegetables such as sugar snap peas, carrots, etc. may be added as desired. Ingredients 1 can Coconut milk 1/2 green pepper,sliced 1/2 red pepper, sliced 1 sweet onion, cut into bite sized pieces 2 tablespoons red curry […]


Thai Shrimp Noodle Bowl

By admin / January 10, 2016

This recipe for Thai Shrimp Noodle Bowl is a copycat recipe for Panera Bread’s Thai Shrimp Noodle Bowl. I love the simplicity of this recipe. It is easy to make and does not require a huge time commitment. The combination of these simple ingredients make a delicious meal or first course option. Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds medium […]


Brian’s Pad Thai

By admin / January 9, 2016

  Some of my best Asian recipes come from my son, Brian. This Pad Thai recipe is as good as anything I’ve ever had out at a restaurant. This one is a keeper! Ingredients 8 oz. dried rice stick noodles 1/3 cup tamarind concentrate 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons fish sauce 2 tablespoons rice or […]


Brian’s Asian Meatballs

By admin / December 17, 2015

This is another recipe my son, Brian, found which I had to share. He and I made this last night and it was delicious. I used turkey but you can use any ground meat depending upon the texture and taste you prefer. We served this as a meal and so I made Jasmine rice and […]


Coconut Macadamia Nut-Crusted Mahimahi with Tropical Salsa

By admin / December 1, 2015

This is the ultimate in indulgence. A great piece of mahi mahi encrusted in macadamia nuts and coconut. The refreshing pineapple salsa is the perfect topping for this fresh, healthy fish entree. Ingredients 1 1/4 cups chopped pineapple 1/2 red onion, chopped 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 2 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut 2 tbsp fresh […]


Grandma’s Stuffed Cabbage

By admin / October 27, 2015

This was my grandmother’s recipe for Stuffed Cabbage.  I love this recipe because it uses few ingredients and tastes awesome. The Campbell’s condensed tomato soup makes this recipe a bit different from others you might find. My grandmother used ground beef for her Stuffed Cabbage. I prefer using ground turkey. Using turkey makes the texture […]


Ham and Swiss Casserole

By admin / October 22, 2015

If you are looking or quick and easy meal to serve the family on a week night, this Ham and Swiss casserole will fit the bill. The prep work is super easy.  Pop it in the oven, take a breather, and serve this to the family. They will love it. Ingredients 1 package (8 ounces) […]


Tomato and Sausage Risotto

By admin / September 29, 2015

Tomato and Sausage Risotto makes a delicious meal when you are in the mood for something Italian but want a change from pasta. Fresh ingredients are the key to making this creamy risotto worthy of a meal served when having guests. Directions 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes in juice 1 tablespoon olive oil 3/4 […]


Perogi Lasagna

By admin / September 21, 2015

If you love perogis, you will love this recipe for Perogi Lasagna.  This is one of those comfort food recipes perfect for the family on a cool evening. Ingredients 12 lasagna noodles 1 stick butter 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 cups of onions, finely chopped (about 5 onions) 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese […]


Crab Stuffed Zucchini

By admin / August 6, 2015

Zucchini is plentiful at this time of year and I am always in search of creative new ways to enjoy it.  Crab Stuffed Zucchini is a pretty indulgent way to prepare garden fresh zucchini.  The tomatoes and cheese give this recipe an Italian-like taste, but the crab – ricotta stuffing make it comparable to a delicious […]


Zucchini Lasagna

By admin / July 31, 2015

Ingredients 1 lb lean beef 3 cloves garlic 1/2 onion 1 tsp olive oil salt and pepper 28 oz can crushed tomatoes 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil 3 medium zucchini, sliced 1/8″ thick 15 oz part-skim ricotta 16 oz part-skin mozzarella cheese, shredded (Sargento) 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano 1 large egg Directions Preheat oven to […]


Tortellini with Bacon and Peas

By admin / June 30, 2015

The secret ingredient in this indulgent, creamy tortellini with bacon and peas is cream cheese. The cream cheese gives this dish an Alfredo-like creaminess which is countered by the delicious crunch of bacon and the pop of sweet peas. Mushrooms can be omitted, but they offer yet another flavor and texture element.  I love recipes that, […]


Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas

By admin / June 24, 2015

Ingredients 3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 4 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tablespoon cumin 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 diced tomatoes, drained 8 green onions, chopped 1 (7 ounce) can diced green chilies 1/4 cup lemon juice 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided 10 large […]


Stuffed Zucchini

By admin / June 16, 2015

Zucchini is fresh at this time of year and really plentiful.  With that in mind, this recipe for Stuffed Zucchini makes for a light summer meal.  Meat can be used or eliminated from this recipe.  I often choose to use ground turkey because I like its texture, but beef works well too. To serve as […]


Spicy Asian Chicken Cutlets

By admin / June 6, 2015

These Spicy Asian Chicken Cutlets are designed for those who like it fiery. You can adjust the spiciness by adding less sriracha sauce and ground cayenne. I love this recipe because it can be set up ahead and then quickly broil and serve.  I like to serve my Spicy Asian Chicken Cutlets with jasmine rice, but […]


Beef Stew

By admin / May 27, 2015

Started by cutting the beef in cubes.  Then make the corn starch seasoned with salt, pepper, sage, oregano, and basil. Then coat the beef cubes in the corn starch.  This is a bit messy, but not too bad to clean up. Next, add the beef to your pot with which has been heated with a few […]


Cold Italian Bow Tie Salad

By admin / May 26, 2015

Pasta salad is one of those things that lends itself to variety.  I like this Italian pasta salad with mozzarella cheese but sometimes I switch it out for a sharp provolone and add some garlic for a high impact flavor. Ingredients 2 cans diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces each drained) 2 cups bow tie pasta ½ teaspoon […]


Tortellini with Chunky Beef Sauce

By admin / May 26, 2015

This recipe for Tortellini with Chunky Beef Sauce will take you back to your childhood.  It tastes like Grandma’s tender beef stew served over tender tortellini.  What a  unique change of pace from the ordinary red sauce or Alfredo sauce typically served over tortellini. This is one of those recipes that would be great for serving to […]


Sweet & Spicy Dry Rub for Ribs

By admin / May 21, 2015

The key to making delicious ribs is in the method. I like to begin with a dry rub which coats and permeates the meat with a sweet, spicy, smoky flavor so that as they cook long and slow in a low-heat oven the flavors from the rub are infused into the ribs. After 2 1/2 hours […]


Risotto-Style Pasta Peas & Mushrooms

By admin / May 14, 2015

Risotto-Style Pasta, Peas & Mushrooms is a nice alternative to a traditional risotto.  Using basic elbow macaroni, this risotto style pasta dish delivers the benefits of a creamy risotto – with a twist. Ingredients 3/4 oz. dried porcini or dried shiitake mushrooms 2-1/2 to 3 cups homemade or low-salt chicken broth 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil […]


Crock Pot Mac & Cheese

By admin / May 13, 2015

This easy Crock Pot Mac and Cheese recipe is perfect to serve as a side for a summer BBQ or picnic.  One of the nice things about this recipe is that the crock pot can easily be brought to the table to serve from.  An added benefit is that the crock pot will keep the […]


How to smoke ribs using a gas grill

By admin / May 11, 2015

I love smoked ribs and usually make them in a Weber grill.  I am planning a graduation party and will not have a Weber grill but I really want to make BBQ / smoked ribs.  With that in mind, here are directions for smoking ribs using a gas grill. Grilling on indirect heat. Ribs are […]


Meatloaf Cupcakes

By admin / May 11, 2015

Meatloaf cupcakes make for a fun family dinner.  These meatloaf cupcakes can be topped and served with mashed potatoes or served alongside mac and cheese cupcakes.  Any way you serve these meatloaf cupcakes will be a hit. Ingredients 1 pound ground beef 1 cup crushed saltine crackers or breadcrumbs 1/2 cup minced onion 1/2 cup […]


Mexican Layered Salad

By admin / May 7, 2015

εε A layered salad is an easy way to turn a salad into a main course.  This Mexican layered salad includes all the flavors of a great Mexican dish – in one bowl.  If you are looking to serve this salad as an entree and would like to include meat, simply add cubed chicken breasts […]


Salmon Burgers

By admin / May 6, 2015

Ingredients 1 pound salmon, diced 1/4 cup onion, chopped 1/4 cup scallions,chopped 1 teaspoon lemon juice Salt and pepper Olive oil Hambuger buns Lettuce Red onion, thinly sliced Mayo 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil 1 garlic clove 1/4 cup mayonnaise salt and pepper 1 teaspoon lemon juice Directions To make the burgers: place the salmon, […]


One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole

By admin / May 6, 2015

A One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole makes for a delicious meal with very little cleanup.  Ever notice that the work involved in making dinner sometimes is more laborious in the cleanup phase?  I love a great meal and don’t mind the work involved in creating it, but I don’t enjoy the cleanup! Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive […]


Lime Cilantro Beef Fajitas

By admin / May 5, 2015

Lime Cilantro Beef Fajitas – Simple and delicious.  Instead of using the packaged fajita mix (which is good), sometimes I like to create my own beef marinade.  I love the lime / cilantro combination.  The lime tastes great and has the benefit of naturally tenderizing the beef and the cilantro packs a fresh flavor. I […]


White Beans,Tomato and Andouille Sausage

By admin / May 4, 2015

White Beans,Tomato and Andouille Sausage was today’s lunch.  These are the things I had on the shelf and in the refrigerator and this is what became of those ingredients.  The only indulgent, not-so-healthy ingredient is the andouille sausage. Ingredients 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 links (about 8 oz.) Andouille Sausage 1 medium onion – cubed […]


Chicken Enchilada Casserole

By admin / May 3, 2015

I have never eaten an enchilada, but I am serving Mexican on Mother’s Day and this Chicken Enchilada Casserole recipe caught my eye. I’m not sure I am going to like the corn tortillas, but I am going to give it a shot.  I suppose that the corn tortillas could be replaced by flour tortillas, but […]


Grilled Moroccan Chicken

By admin / May 2, 2015

Grilled Moroccan Chicken – A nice twist on our everyday American grilled chicken and …a healthy choice.  I serve this delicious Grilled Moroccan Chicken with couscous or jasmine rice and a green salad. Ingredients 1 tablespoon minced garlic 2 teaspoons paprika 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon salt 1⁄4 teaspoon turmeric 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper […]


Mexican Manicotti

By admin / April 28, 2015

With Cinco de Mayo coming, I am looking for new recipes.  I love Mexican and like coming up with new ideas.  This recipe for Mexican Manicotti is a nice twist on Mexican Lasagna. Both are delicious, fun to make and make people happy.  Serve with your favorite tequila beverage! 🙂 Ingredients 1 lb lean ground turkey […]


Mexican Lasagna

By admin / April 28, 2015

With Cinco de Mayo coming up, I am looking for fun Mexican recipes that are delicious, kid friendly and easy to make. This Mexican Lasagna fits that bill. This recipe is easy enough to double if you are planning on having a crowd of people.  Served with Margaritas!  That will ensure that everyone has a […]


Zucchini Scallion Cakes

By admin / April 27, 2015

Zucchini is coming into the markets and soon will be found at local farm stands.  These Zucchini Scallion cakes make a nice light vegetarian dinner or lunch or can be served as an appetizer.  Serve with your favorite dipping sauce or a bit of sour cream. Ingredients 1 medium zucchini, grated ( about 1 1/2 […]


Blackened Grouper

By admin / April 21, 2015

Grouper is a delicious, firm, white flaky fish that tastes great blackened.  I am heading to Florida later today and I am planning to order Blackened Grouper at Frenchies in St Pete, one of my favorite outdoor cafes. Serve this blackened grouper with a salad or with rice. Ingredients 1 tablespoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon garlic powder […]


Sesame Ginger Chicken

By admin / April 20, 2015

I love ginger! This Sesame Ginger Chicken is about THE easiest Asian meal I’ve ever prepared! Drop everything into your slow cooker or crock pot, walk away and come back to dinner!  Serve over rice or noodles and enjoy. Ingredients 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs 1/4 cup low […]


Kim Chee Fried Rice

By admin / April 19, 2015

Ingredients 1 cup chopped kim chee 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp hot pepper paste (gochujang) 1 sweet onion, sliced 2 cups cooked rice, cold left over rice is best 1 tsp soy sauce 2 green onions sliced sesame oil for drizzling toasted sesame seeds for garnish Directions Heat your pan to medium high heat, […]


Lemon-Garlic Lamb Chops with Minted Couscous

By admin / April 16, 2015

Grilled Lamb Chops with lemon and garlic fall into the completely indulgent category.  I’ll admit, I don’t often buy lamb chops, but sometimes when I am in the mood for a real treat, lamb chops make their way into my kitchen.  Fresh lemon, garlic and mint makes this recipe really pop. Ingredients 12 3/4-inch-thick lamb […]

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