Beef Kabobs

beef kabobs ~ marinated, skewered beef, peppers, mshrooms and onions

Dinner | August 6, 2018 | By

Beef Kabobs ~ steak and vegetable kabobs marinated in simple, everyday ingredients to lock in delicious, bold taste. Grill with bell peppers, onions and mushrooms for a complete meal on a stick. 

It’s hard to believe we’re post 4th of July and Labor Day is fast approaching. Seems like only yesterday I flagged down the ice cream truck for a sweet treat. Wait ~ that was yesterday . . . and many other warm summer days. 

Before we start buying Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer and indulging in pots of spicy chili while we root on the home football team, let’s fire up the grill again for these tender, juicy Beef Kabobs. Otherwise known as a meal on a stick.


Tomato Galette

Tomato Galette ~ sweet summer tomatoes baked with tangy goat cheese, fresh basil and thyme wrapped in a buttery, flaky crust.

Dinner | August 2, 2018 | By

Tomato Galette ~ sweet summer tomatoes baked with tangy goat cheese, fresh basil and thyme wrapped in a buttery, flaky crust.

If I were cooking for the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond I’d make this Tomato Galette. It’s simple, rustic and as down to earth as she is. You could add a salad if you’d like, but Ree and I would need nothing more with it than a glass or two of sangria.   

I met the Pioneer Woman at a food blog conference a couple of years ago and even though I’m pretty sure she doesn’t remember me or our 45 second conversation I remember her warmth and that she’s actually as beautiful as she is on TV. In fact, I imagine us BFF’s, sitting on her wrap around porch, sharing recipes, food blogger war stories and of course, this Tomato Galette.

Later we’d catch one of the gorgeous sunsets I’ve seen in photos on her blog. A girl can dream, right? But the fact remains that if we ever met up on her ranch, we’d be eating something as perfectly imperfect as this Tomato Galette because that’s the kind of BFF’s I imagine we’d be.


Healthy Taco Salad

Healthy Taco Salad ~ greens + chipotle seasoned ground meat, beans, avocado, corn, tomatoes & cheese + a 5 ingredient salsa verde Greek yogurt dressing.

Dinner | July 11, 2018 | By

Healthy Taco Salad ~ lettuce, chipotle seasoned ground meat, black beans, creamy avocado, sweet corn, fresh diced tomatoes, bell pepper and sharp cheddar cheese plus a simple 5-ingredient Salsa Verde Greek Yogurt Dressing.

When my youngest daughter was in elementary school her two favorite lunchroom meals were Popcorn Shrimp and Walking Tacos.

Popcorn Shrimp was the tiniest shrimp you could imagine with a thick breading, fried and served with ketchup. The Walking Taco started with a mini bag of Fritos topped with seasoned ground beef and the sort of warm, gooey “cheese” that requires air quotes to describe. The whole meal was served inside the actual Fritos bag. 

I’ll admit, letting her buy these meals didn’t earn me Mother of the Year Award but overall, she was a healthy eater, loved fruit and would try most foods. She’s still the same way and since this Healthy Taco Salad is her brainchild I think Walking Tacos days are behind her.

The salad dressing recipe is my own creation ~ an accomplishment for someone whose best salad recipe before this one involves potatoes and full fat mayonnaise and you guys, this dressing is good.  

Healthy Taco Salad hits every flavor note from the crispy lettuce to the tangy, Salsa Verde Greek Yogurt dressing and everything in between.


Honey Sriracha Grilled Shrimp Salad

Honey Sriracha Grilled Shrimp Salad: slightly sweet, mostly spicy grilled shrimp + corn-avocado salad with a simple 3 ingredient cilantro-lime dressing.

Dinner | June 24, 2018 | By

Honey Sriracha Grilled Shrimp Salad ~ slightly sweet, mostly spicy grilled shrimp plus a sweet corn-avocado salad with a simple 3-ingredient tangy cilantro-lime dressing that pairs perfectly with the sweet corn. Make both the shrimp and salad ~ or either ~ for a great summer dinner, appetizer or light lunch.

Do you remember your hairstyle from the 80’s? Mine involved big hair and lots of spray to achieve the look. I *may* have even carried that look and my giant can of hairspray into the 90’s.

You’re probably wondering where I’m going with all this talk of hair so here it is: not only do hairstyles need updating, but blog posts, too. I didn’t write the original Honey Sriracha Grilled Shrimp Salad recipe as long ago as the 80’s, but you’ll have to trust me when I say while the recipe remains rock solid and unchanged, the photos were in desperate need of a refresh. 


Butter Chicken Recipe

butter chicken recipe ~ overhead photo of yellow tumeric indian style rice topped with creamy butter chicken. serve with any rice or naan bread

Dinner | June 16, 2018 | By

Butter Chicken Recipe is creamy, loaded with authentic Indian flavor and simple to make all in one pan. Serve it up with a side of rice, a simple Chickpea Tomato Salad or just some warm naan bread.

What a surprise to hear about Anthony Bourdain’s death. Famed chef, world traveler, TV celebrity and master storyteller who told it like it was with phrases like “ass-burning Szechuan”. A man who seemed to have the world by the tail took his own life leaving much behind, starting with why.

Like many, I enjoyed watching him on TV explore food and places in the world I may never experience. He inspired a generation of foodies to travel and step out of their comfort zone like I did with this recipe, creating dishes that bring joy and love and transport them to places around the world. 


Grilled Lemon Garlic Chicken Kabobs

Grilled Lemon Garlic Chicken Kabobs ~ marinated chicken, bright colored bell peppers and red onions skewered then grilled to golden, garnished with lemon wedges and served with pita bread.

Dinner | May 12, 2018 | By

Grilled Lemon Garlic Chicken Kabobs ~ lemon, garlic, oregano, olive oil ~ simple ingredients marinated with boneless chicken breasts and grilled for delicious Greek style flavor.

These kabobs kick off grilling season for us and are on repeat all summer. Sunshine, skewered food, more time outdoors and a delicious meal on a stick that’s a must-make. The simple, Greek-style ingredients in the marinade lock in the really robust flavor. The whole meal can be on the table without ever touching a skillet. Game on.


Spring Panzanella Salad

Spring Panzanella Salad ~ golden, toasted whole grain bread cubes, fresh asparagus, tomatoes, artichokes + other seasonal vegetables lightly dressed in an easy homemade red wine vinaigrette.

Dinner | April 30, 2018 | By

Spring Panzanella Salad ~ golden, toasted whole grain bread cubes, fresh asparagus, tomatoes, artichokes and other seasonal vegetables lightly dressed in an easy homemade red wine vinaigrette.

Turns out stale bread isn’t just for feeding the birds. It’s actually just the kind of bread you need for panzanella salad including Spring Panzanella Salad ~ golden toasted bread cubes, fresh seasonal vegetables and shaved parmesan cheese, flavored with an easy homemade vinaigrette.

The first time I tasted Ina Garten’s panzanella salad recipe was about 10 years ago at a book club meeting and I’ve made it many times since.  Ina’s recipe was a jumping point for this Spring Panzanella Salad. To bring a bright, spring flavor I added fresh asparagus and some artichokes, swapped out her French bread for a hearty multigrain for texture and even more flavor and shaved some parmesan cheese into the salad for zest.

Bread and cheese ~ whatever the question, it’s always the answer.


Ground Beef Tacos

Ground Beef Tacos ~ bold, spicy Mexican flavored ground beef tacos with chipotle peppers. An easy recipe, perfect for tacos, enchiladas or nachos.

Dinner | April 22, 2018 | By

Ground Beef Tacos ~ bold, spicy chipotle flavored ground beef tacos from scratch. Also perfect for enchiladas or nachos and ready in under 30 minutes.  

When it comes to sharing recipes, sometimes I overlook the obvious, like these Ground Beef Tacos. Who doesn’t love a good taco (except maybe my grandkids who are in that ‘suspicious food’ state of toddlerhood). Crunchy or soft but always loaded with spicy meat, lettuce, cheese and fresh salsa.

You’ve probably made tacos using a packaged dry seasoning mix and if you’re happy with that, don’t rock the boat.

But I’m guessing since you’re reading this, you know in your heart of hearts there are better tasting tacos out there. If you’re also wondering (a) what’s actually in that seasoning package and (b) why your homemade tacos don’t taste as good as the ones in your favorite Mexican restaurant, I urge you to give this recipe a try.


Chili Lime Chicken

Chili Lime Chicken ~ tender, juicy chicken breasts exploding with bold flavor, topped with an easy sweet-spicy fresh pineapple salsa. Stove to table in under 30 minutes!

Dinner | April 7, 2018 | By

Chili Lime Chicken ~ tender, juicy chicken exploding with bold flavors, served with an easy sweet-spicy pineapple salsa.

We’re home from vacation and while it’s great to be home, let’s just say a teenage boy couldn’t have eaten more than I did while I was gone. Ugh.

The goal is to get back into the swing of things, starting with eating better and saying a hard NO to a midafternoon Rumrunner. Don’t judge me. It’s one of the best beach drinks around.

Anyway, it’s 30° today with a light dusting of snow on the ground, so I made this Chili Lime Chicken in a skillet. If it’s warmer where you are you can certainly fire up the grill and do this Chili Lime Chicken proud.


Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

or until the sauce thickens.

Dinner | February 24, 2018 | By

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie recipe for the ultimate in comfort food. Golden buttery, flaky crust loaded with tender bites of chicken, potatoes, carrots and peas and a creamy chicken flavored sauce.

I grew up on Homemade Chicken Pot Pie ~ not the kind you’re seeing here, but the mini ones from the freezer section of the grocery store. They were also baked to a golden brown and filled with chicken and veggies ~ some I liked (corn and potatoes); others (carrots and peas) I passed along to the family dog camped out under the dinner table. 

Today I love all the veggies that make up the rich flavors in this Homemade Chicken Pot PieIt’s a million times better than the frozen one. Seriously, a comfort dream dinner.