Category: main dish

chicken noodle slop

      Quite possibly the worst name ever… but my kids named it so what do you do? I’m open to other names. I made this a while back- in an attempt to get the nutrition of homemade bone broth and chicken soup into my two year old who just cannot eat…

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white BBQ sauce

The BEST white barbecue sauce you’ll ever try…

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cozy casseroles and happy endings

Who doesn’t love a warm hearty casserole? It’s like a hug from grandma after a rough day…. Casseroles are up there on my favorite comfort food lists. Right next to tacos and sushi. Have you ever wondered why salads aren’t comfort food? What exactly makes food comforting? Hmmmm. Anyway… just a odd little…

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Deconstructed BLT salad with raspberry pomegranate dressing #stashtearecipechallenge

And this is another entry into the #StashTeaRecipeChallenge. Using the tea as a flavor base for my dressing, made this simple salad stand out. The complex flavors behind the pomegranate and raspberry married perfectly with a light splash of vinegar and oil and creamy sour cream . The slight sweetness off set the…

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A Good Cuban… sandwich, that is

I love a good Cuban… warm and toasty, buttery and savory. Living in sunny soflo, (south Florida) there is a vast array of Cuban restaurants and bakeries. Back in my college days, my morning routine consisted of  the 24 hour Cuban restaurant walk up window for some Cuban toast, (flaky crusty bread spread…

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summertime…..traveling chicken pot pies

Summertime… and this summer, well… it’s different. I haven’t been all over the internet like previous summers, planning an epic-super-mom-of-the-year–crafty-life-pinterest-worthy- summer-bucket-list. I’m not sure why. Maybe because keeping a toddler, 10 year old  and a baby entertained when it’s 92F outside can be as daunting as crossing the Sahara. Or, maybe it’s because…

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dinner and a drink, #steviva #sweetandeasy

I was recently allowed to opportunity to participate in the Steviva Brands Sweeteners Blogger Recipe Challenge. Of course, I accepted the challenge before a few big unexpected  events in our  life happened; a hurricane and a newborn baby. Life has a way of saying “surprise” at just the precise time. And, during the…

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lobster rolls and summer 101

Lobster Rolls: quintessntial summertime-beachy food. You know how some foods relate to seasons and situations? For instance; pumpkin spice and Fall, peppermint and Winter? For me; summertime has a slew of flavors , from the sweet summer fruit in season to buttery salty lobster rolls, and refreshing  sweet sun tea and lemonade. The…

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cajun boiled peanuts

Boiled peanuts are a Southern thing, or so I am told. I know nothing different than boiled peanuts. Sure, there are roasted, salted, honey roasted and candied. But: I know boiled. Raw “green” peanuts  boiled in a spicy, salty broth… Cooked peanuts take on a different texture than traditional roasted; they are nutty…

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Meatless Monday: Smothered Burritos

 These are what’s for dinner tonight. Vegetarian burritos, smothered in a spicy tomato and green chile sauce and gooey melted cheese. This meal will make you look forward to leftovers, too- because it makes a lot. You’re welcome. Two dinners in one, woo-hoo.    I realize there is a lot of Latin foods…

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paprika and peppercorn shrimp with spicy sesame sauce

This is one of those recipes that you want everyone to try. Seriously,  folks -when I made this I was very tempted to run to all of my neighbors and have them try a bite ! Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough of it to go around. (Sorry, everyone!) Succulent shrimp sautéed in a buttery…

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butter chicken and other adventures

  Butter Chicken~ (n) : A savory, spicy concoction of Indian spices in a creamy coconut sauce, that makes me wonder why it’s called butter chicken since there really is not that much butter in it to merit a word in the title of the recipe. Mmmmm, Butter Chicken. It took me close…

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Mexican chicken and dumplings

A dish that will break you out of the routine

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Spanish spiced roasted turkey

Note: This is a sponsored post, however the opinions expressed are my own. A while back, I had the opportunity to feature Rioja wine in a festive appetizer, I created a festive little Caprese bite that is the perfect accompaniment to a holiday meal. Caprese bites with a rioja wine reduction glaze This…

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Swiss, caramelized onion, ham and leek quiche

I’m continuing the French theme this week with this rich, creamy and savory quiche. It’s funny how many people I know that claim they don’t like quiche…. then they love it. For example: Me (to my 8 year old): “Let’s make a quiche to go along with our French studies” My 8 year…

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chicken and yellow rice

Chicken and yellow rice~ sans the yellow dye A few months’ ago, my mother gave me stacks of old cookbooks. In the stack of dusty and tattered bindings were titles ranging from diet fads of the 70’s (grapefruit diet, anyone?) to more modern gems like Nigella. But.  the diamond in the bunch was…

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spicy chicken dumplings

Years ago, I was blessed with the opportunity to visit Chicago, courtesy of Kenmore. And… with that trip I was able to take a culinary tour with two of my best food blogging friends, and we went to Chinatown and had Dim Sum. Ever since that trip, I crave those little tasty morsels…

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fresh pasta with lemon pepper butter sauce

Creamy, buttery and tangy… Oh yes. Let’s pretend it’s springtime and bite into this savory concoction.

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steamed BBQ pork buns

I have been craving these for years. YEARS. The last time I had one was during my trip to Chicago. Not sure why it has taken me this long to satisfy this craving, maybe I was just waiting for a influx of BBQ pork to head my way…

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grilled lemon thyme kabobs

Kabobs are the ultimate in traveling meals. You have your veggies and protein all in one convenient skewer, and you can eat it with one hand. I guess the only danger involved is that stick. Kabobs should have a warning label: Not intended for children under the age of 5. Because those sticks…

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