A simple idea that I gave a try and will regularly insert for a quick meal or snack idea. This would also be a great dish to take to a party. You could use store bought dough or a canister but I made the dough using the same pizza recipe as we used for previous pizzas (Thai Chicken, Tomato Mushroom Pesto, Grilled Crab Pesto) Continue reading
I had some extra summer squash or good ol yellow squash around and wanted to incorporate it into a hearty dinner somehow. Usually I would just saute it and serve it on the side, but I have done that too many times and it is sort of boring. This was a quick and easy way to use something as simple as squash in a new and tasty way.
I am so glad my taste for kale has returned, because it is such a delicious green and so healthy too! One of my favorite ways to have kale is in a cold salad, believe it or not. If I am feeling lazy, I’ll massage my torn-up kale pieces with some lemon juice, olive oil, salt/pepper and parmesan cheese. It’s quick, easy and quite tasty. Massaging the dressing into the leaves helps them wilt slightly and become much more palatable. This is a great option and all, but if I am truly inspired and have the ingredients on hand I make a fresh caesar dressing, which works perfectly with the kale and holds up to it’s bolder flavor and texture.
Posted in Appetizers, Salads, Sauces, Vegetarian
Tagged anchovies, anchovy paste, bon appetit, cesar, chicken, dressing, garlic, kale, kale caesar salad, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, recipe, salad dressing
Good ol cliche Pad Thai. What can I say, it is darn good despite being the most cliche and possibly Americanized Asian dish. Eileen is much more skilled in Asian cuisine (Curry is one of her specialties) than I am but I was inspired to give this old favorite a try. I looked up some recipes and sort of used them as a basis and tailored it to my taste.
Posted in Asian, Seafood
Tagged bean sprouts, chili oil, cilantro, crushed peanuts, fish sauce, garlic, Ginger, Green onion, lime, pad thai, peanut butter, rice stick, Rice wine vinegar, seared scallops, sesame oil, Thai Basil
Garlic Parmesan Wings are one of our most popular posts. Go figure. I tried to take that concept and apply it to the idea of a Buffalo Chicken Dip with roasted garlic and jalapenos, and a wing sauce base. Debuting at the Superbow – uh I mean big game this easy and deeply tasteful dip was a great success.
Posted in Chicken, Dips
Tagged clay coyote cooking pot, cream cheese, dip, garlic, jalapeno, melted butter, mozzarella, parmesan, provolone, roasted, roasted chicken
We got some new toys for Christmas that we did not ask for but were very glad to receive – an electric pressure cooker and a deli slicer! This is the first of many possibilities that these new pieces will lead to. They both debuted on this dish which is mostly inspired by Travel channel type shows about Chicago Italian Beef Sandwiches like Al’s. I have never been to Chicago but would love to visit and seeking out one of these sandwiches would be one of my first stops. These toys made this a really quick and easy dish because we had the right tools!
Posted in Beef
Tagged au jus, Beef, beef broth, bottom round, chuck roast, deli slicer, easy, electric pressure cooker, garlic, meat slicer, onion, pepper, provolone, quick, red pepper flakes, salt
I was going to call this a white lasagna but as you will see there are plenty of ingredients that are not white. Alfredo sauce was involved and I called on a previous recipe (which we featured twice) of ours for that. I won’t say that this was that difficult, but it did take a while which was well worth it because it was “one of the best things I made in a while.” That was an actual quote from Eileen about this great dish and I think she was right!
Posted in Casserole, Sauces
Tagged alfredo, basil, butter, carrots, cream, garlic, homemade, Italian, lasagna, mushrooms, parmesan, pasta, provolone, recipe, sausage, spinach, tomato, white lasagna
Don’t you just feel healthier looking at this photo? We had some herbs leftover from various recipes and I thought I’d make a yummy, fresh green goddess dressing. I searched the internet for a recipe and it turns out there are seemingly hundreds of variations out there. I basically combined several recipes to cater to the ingredients I had and the style of dressing I was looking for.
Another use for versatile and reasonably priced tuna steaks! This was a tuna steak that was seasoned in taco spices, grilled, shredded, and placed on a lettuce leaf taco. Late summer tomatillos led to a fresh green salsa type sauce on top and sauteed fajita veggies brought together the many tastes from a similar family that don’t usually overlap.
Posted in Seafood
Tagged cilatnro, garlic, green salsa, grilled, lettuce leaf, onion, pepper, romaine, sauteed fajita veggies, sour cream, taco, tomatillos, tuna steak
A few things are going on here (1) squeezing in mild autumn grilling, (2) using CSA thyme and kale, and (3) grilling cheese for the first time though I have wanted to for quite a while. I got some bone in pork chops in order to use some thyme that was nearing its end and also my mom gave me a package of havarti grilling cheese. Throw in some CSA kale and another fall themed meal easily came together!
Posted in Pork
Tagged autumn, easy, garlic, grilled, grilled cheese, havarti, kale, quick, sauteed, serrano, thyme