Spring is in the air! Well, kind of. I mean, we’ve had a couple of really warm days lately and the trees are getting confused, but I think we’re still supposed to get more snow later this week. I’m just going to ignore it. Snow or no snow, it doesn’t really matter because the warm days we’ve been blessed with have gotten my taste buds ready for all of the fresh and light that spring and summer have to offer. Read more...(934 words, 11 images, estimated 3:44 mins reading time)
One of the greatest things I’ve learned along my food blogging journey is that there are some spectacular cooks floating out there on the interwebs. I’m thankful that my platform here has connected me with many of these talented folks, and in turn, they inspire me to bring some of their amazing creations into my own kitchen.
My friend, Peter, posted this salmon recipe on his beautiful blog, Feed Your Soul Too, and as soon as I saw it, I knew I needed to try it out. (Thanks, Peter!!) Over the past couple of years, I have easily fallen in love with Za’atar. Za’atar is a flavorful, Middle Eastern spice blend. It lends so much vibrant flavor to everything I’ve managed to sprinkle it on. Everything from simple hummus to this tasty salmon. Read more...(728 words, 10 images, estimated 2:55 mins reading time)
Before I get into the heart of this recipe, let me just state that this tomato-onion-garlic-basil concoction is delicious on pork chops. It would be delicious over chicken, or delicious over fish. It would be delicious served over sliced baguette as an appetizer, spread on a pizza, or delicious simply eaten out of the pan with a spoon (I’m guilty). If you haven’t guessed yet, it’s really good stuff.
And it is so simple and fresh, and perfect for a busy back to school weeknight. Read more...(637 words, 9 images, estimated 2:33 mins reading time)
With the 4th of July right around the corner, I’m pretty sure a lot of you are in BBQ menu planning mode. If you’re thinking of throwing a macaroni salad into the mix, this is your guy. This salad is delicious, and fresh, and so easy to throw together. There’s something about a good BLT that just makes people’s hearts sing. So, turn that sandwich favorite into a scoopable summer salad, and you’ve got a winner!
First, I cooked a pound of macaroni noodles in a big pot of salted water.
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I was so excited when my friends at Tuttorosso got in touch with me about their holiday promotion this year. In the spirit of the season, they are “Celebrating the Sauce”, with amazing Sunday-dinner-type special recipes, as well as the most important ingredient needed for dinner…YOU!
Tuttorosso has recently launched a beautiful new website, full of ideas and recipes to inspire all of us year round, not just during the holiday season. As a special gift to their Facebook fans, they are hosting a month-long Facebook promotion called “Celebrate the Sauce”. Everyone who enters will have a chance to win one of 1,000 Tuttorosso aprons, heirloom wooden spoons and one fabulous grand prize, a Martha Stewart Cookware set! Just head over to Tuttorosso’s contest page to check out the details. Read more...(796 words, 9 images, estimated 3:11 mins reading time)
I love it when I run across a meal that my whole family enjoys, is easily adaptable, AND I can throw together at a moment’s notice with stuff you can always find in my pantry and fridge. This is one of those meals. This sauce is incredible, so deliciously tasty that you’d think someone had spent hours on it. In reality, it takes just a few minutes of prep time, and a little bit of slow cooking in the oven. Read more...(755 words, 9 images, estimated 3:01 mins reading time)
As I was getting ready to begin this post, it dawned on me that I seem to have a thing for tomato pies in the summertime. I’ve posted a couple of different versions, and here is yet another. I can honestly say that this one, right here, may be my favorite…so far, at least. Not that the others aren’t delicious, but this one was really something special.
There is nothing like summer sweet corn, and no tomato ever tastes as good as a homegrown, summer tomato. Put both of those together, and you’ve got some summer magic! Read more...(1148 words, 10 images, estimated 4:36 mins reading time)
When Winter comes along, there are some sacrifices we all must make. One of these sacrifices is often a decent tomato. We’ve all had that crummy tomato. Whether it’s the pale, pithy, icky tomato thrown on a restaurant sandwich in January, or the tomato that looks like it might just be OK, but has absolutely no flavor.
Winter tomatoes are often the pits.
Sometimes, however, amazing tomatoes sneak their way into the winter tomato bin at the grocery store, and that’s exactly how it came to be that I made this appetizer for a book club meeting I went to last week. Read more...(548 words, 8 images, estimated 2:12 mins reading time)
Ah, the “After Holiday” season is now upon us. We are all bloated, and overfed, over-wined, over-cheesed, over-cookied, and sporting a couple of extra pounds. We’re ready to banish rich food from our lives for at least a little while, right? This simple, slow cooker stew is not only hearty enough to get you through a “polar vortex” (assuming you can get to the store), but also healthy enough to make you feel good, and refreshed, as you start the new year.
I started by prepping my potatoes, onions and garlic. I diced up a pound of red potatoes, skin kept on, chopped up an onion and minced up some garlic. Read more...(652 words, 9 images, estimated 2:36 mins reading time)
One of my favorite summer soups is cool, fresh Gazpacho. It really may be the most refreshing summer food out there, and the fact that it’s good for you certainly doesn’t hurt. I try to make a batch at least once a summer, and this summer had gotten away from me before I’d had a chance to! Last summer, I experimented with a Southwestern Gazpacho (click here for the recipe), and it was delicious. In fact, just rereading the post has made me think I need to whip up another batch of that soon. This summer, however, I ran across a new recipe for a different twist on my usual summer favorite. As you know, I like twists, so I gave it a go. Read more...(749 words, 7 images, estimated 3:0 mins reading time)