I have a thing for kabobs. You too? There’s no limit to what you can thread on a wooden or metal stick and the magic that happens when it’s grilled is almost indescribable. Last week my local Meijer had pork tenderloin on sale buy one get one free. Who can resist a BOGO sale even though it’s usually just the two of us at the table these days. That’s why freezers were invented, right? So I ignored my husband’s raised eyebrows when he saw me removing several pounds of pork from the shopping bags and zeroed in on how versatile pork is and how it’s often overlooked for more popular chicken. A little teriyaki sauce, some rum ~ oh yes.I.did. ~ fresh pineapple and lime and we were well on our way to these Grilled Teriyaki Rum Pork Kabobs.
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I don’t know where my days go. Do you? So often I’ll look at the clock and realize it’s noon ~ or 3 or oh shoot. What’s for dinner? The point is (I swear I have one) many of us lead hectic lives so if I tell you I have a delicious, game-changer of a recipe that goes from stove to table in just 20 minutes will you read on? Spanish Shrimp and Rice won’t pick your kids up from soccer practice or fold that last load of clothes in the dryer ~ it’s not magic ~ but it is a tasty meal made completely in ONE PAN ~ that’s right – one pan and just 20 minutes to tender shrimp, flavor infused rice in a rich, robust, tomatoey sauce with a hint of lime, black beans and avocado.
Today started as many do in our house with my husband asking shortly after breakfast, “what’s for dinner?”. When I said Margarita Chicken Fajitas his response was “on the grill”? (this is a guy who loves his grill). Of course, wherever the chicken is cooked, it’s a pretty safe bet he’ll slather it in (a) buffalo sauce or (b) barbecue sauce. I have witnessed him blanket a beautiful herb-roasted chicken, baked to such a perfect golden brown it could almost be considered art in buffalo sauce.
I’m an accidental gardener ~ if I plant it and grows, it’s an accident. My oldest daughter has a green thumb that I’m pretty sure she got it from my husband. Every year we plant tomatoes, a variety of peppers and some other veggies that my husband meticulously cares for. They yield more tomatoes than two people could ever go through. I’m in charge of flowers and herbs. Every year flowers die off and need to be replaced and the herbs do okay, but the basil usually flourishes into a big, beautiful plant with the most amazing aroma and taste. There’s plenty for daily use in sauces, pizzas and caprese salads and a surplus that practically begs to be turned into Basil Spinach Pesto. If you aren’t growing basil you can still buy it practically everywhere and this recipe is spoon-licking good.
We’re a pizza-loving household and even though we don’t always agree on toppings, we always enjoy it homemade, hot out of the oven. I thought by now we had grilled everything from hot dogs to jalapenos; steak to potatoes, until I realized we had never grilled pizza ~ probably because I didn’t know how and it seemed intimidating. So when we finally had a sunny, warm day in the middle of the wettest spring I can remember, I decided to roll up my sleeves, fire up the grill and learn how to How to Grill Pizza.
It feels like it’s been raining for 40 days and 40 nights straight. The kind of weather that demands a warm, cozy blanket and comfort food like meatloaf and mushroom gravy or this Easy Chicken Pad Thai ~ rice noodles and tender chicken pieces bathed in a spicy Asian sauce with fresh lime and cilantro along with bean sprouts and garnished with chopped peanuts. Tonight I’m opting for Pad Thai because I have a knack for turning a simple meal like meatloaf into a sink full of pots and pans; something I’m just not in the mood for. Easy Chicken Pad Thai is cooked completely in just one pot. I already have my sweatpants on; chances are good it’ll be a Netflix night.
Well, I’ve gone and done it. I turned one of my favorite appetizers, Chicken Salsa Verde Dip into an actual meal. I don’t mean an appetizer that I eat as a meal something I *may* or *may not* have done. Salsa Verde Enchiladas are rolled tortillas filled with deliciously seasoned pork Carnitas I made the other day in my slow cooker (don’t you just LOVE a 2 for 1 meal?!) slathered in an easy, creamy sour cream-salsa verde sauce then topped with as much cheese as I feel like because that’s just one of the perks of cooking at home, then baked until they’re all golden and gorgeous with gooey melted cheese and lightly crisp edges. No Carnitas? No problem. Pick up a rotisserie chicken from wherever you shop for a delicious option.
Mexican and Italian happen to be two of my favorite cuisines so I’m always eager to tackle a new recipe in either department. Our youngest daughter recently spent a month in Los Angeles, where I’m told you can find some of the best Mexican food other than well, Mexico. She raved about the Carnitas that up until now I had never tried, but I knew this had to change. I wanted an easy, everyday version ~ real food for real people. This Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas checks all the boxes.