Cheesy Chicken and Pasta Bake

Most people I know are busy.  Like really busy.  Baseball season for the kiddos is in full swing which means practice several evenings a week, or there's swim team, or dance, or music lessons, or karate... or all of the above!  And that doesn't include the PTA meetings or work functions or.......whew.  So a lot of nights we all have to choose between eating out or not eating.  And eating out is fine but it can add up and often times is not as healthy.  But what do you do when you don't ... Continue Reading

Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken with Creamy Leeks

It might not quite be corned beef and hash but this prosciutto wrapped chicken with creamy leeks topped with fresh green chives could be a new alternative for St. Patty's Day...or any weeknight for that matter.  Just what that sneaky leprechaun ordered!  Things are changing and it's fun to start new traditions along with the tried and true...like green beer. The crispy, salty prosciutto gives the chicken a nice texture and flavor but my favorite part is the creamy leeks because that's ... Continue Reading

Sweet and Spicy Chicken

Nothing could be easier than this three ingredient sweet and spicy chicken.  It's honey, Sriracha, and oranges.  I like to use clementines this time of year (in the Mandarin family) but really you can use any kind you can find. The great thing about this recipe is you can feed a crowd or cut it up and put it on skewers as a fancy appetizer.  Either way it's a winner.  The key is to marinade for at least a couple of hours but that's the hardest part about it.  Other than that it's a cinch ... Continue Reading

Tea Sandwiches

These tea sandwiches are perfect for any crowd and any occasion when it comes to easy entertaining.  There is a vegetarian version and a meat version so you can have all the bases covered and they both have a scrumptious herbed butter on the bread that resembles the classic watercress tea sandwiches served in England.  Perhaps best of all is that this is one of those easy, no-cook recipes but still looks fancy for entertaining.  These tea sandwiches can be part of a brunch, bridal shower, ... Continue Reading

Pork Chops with Apple, Onion, & Bacon

Pork and apples are a classic combination.  And why not add a little more pork to your pork with bacon?  These pork chops will be a new Fall favorite for you because they are super moist from brining them in apple cider and herbs and then there is this AMAZING punch of flavor on top of the pork chop from the onion, bacon, and apple mixture - all cooked down with some bourbon and brown sugar.  Yes, bourbon.  Even if it's not your drink of choice it really is the perfect addition to this ... Continue Reading

Kid friendly BBQ Chicken

This kid friendly BBQ chicken is not just for kids but for anyone who loves BBQ sauce but hates spice.  If I try to sneak in even a little bit of spice into my BBQ sauce my kids will call me out on it right away. Guaranteed.  I've tried. So this time I decided to make my own BBQ sauce that has the sweetness and tanginess that makes BBQ so delicious, and the chicken so tender, but eliminate any hint of a kick.  Yep. No chili peppers.  Typically I love to add chipotle peppers in adobo sauce ... Continue Reading

Pulled Pork Tacos with Fried Plantains

Slow roasted pork tacos....tender, juicy and fork tender.  Is there anything better?  Really?  Yes, there is.  These tender pulled pork tacos with perfectly golden brown fried plantains (think not sweet bananas) topped with a crisp carrot and cabbage slaw and a slightly tangy, creamy sheep's milk feta cheese.  I mean...there is a reason this taco is my most requested dish when I entertain.  Seriously just the perfect bite. So here's the lowdown on this awesome taco.  The pork can be ... Continue Reading

Beef Short Rib Mini Tacos with Pickled Radish

Looking for that great appetizer that will make you look like a chef?  This is that kind of a dish.  It's not a traditional taco with Mexican flavors.  It's has more of a hearty beef flavor to it from the slow cooking process with wine and herbs and tomato paste.  By itself it's not spicy at all.  But I definitely recommend serving it with an array of toppings including the pickled radish.  When you serve something as rich as slow cooked beef you need something to cut through that ... Continue Reading

Flank Steak Fajita Roll Ups

Flank steak makes a wonderful fajita because it's a flavorful cut of meat that isn't too expensive and, when cooked right, it's super tender.  I really like to marinate the steak as long as possible, at least for a few hours, but overnight is even better.  The steak is the star of the dish here, closely followed by the sweet peppers and onion and the creamy Garlic Parsley Spread so it's important to get the cooking of the steak right.  Cumin is a classic flavor with fajitas but if you ... Continue Reading

Pork Tenderloin with Dijon Honey-Maple Sauce

My family loves pork tenderloin for dinner.  And it's relatively easy and inexpensive to make so I love it, too.  But what makes it memorable meal versus an okay meal?  In my opinion there are three simple but key steps to making a great dish.  First is really marinating the pork first, for at least a few hours, to let those flavor seep in.  In the marinade below I used a variety of flavors, some of which were used in the sauce as well.  Second, you want to really get a crust on the ... Continue Reading