Rosemary Skewered Shrimp with Blistered Tomatoes and Brown Butter Vinaigrette

Rosemary Skewered Shrimp with blistered tomatoes and brown butter vinaigrette may be a mouthful to say but every little bit of this sentence will make sense to you when you take your first bite.  I have to admit, I went fancy on you this time.  I've been publishing a lot of easy weeknight meals or 'unfussy' recipes but every once in awhile you need something in your arsenal that takes just a little bit more effort and has that 'wow' factor.  And I think this dish has it.  You will get ... Continue Reading

Balsamic Rosemary Chicken Skewers and Cipollini Onions

Balsamic Rosemary Chicken Skewers and Cipollini Onions....is there anything better than that?  Balsamic acts as a tenderizer so you get this really tender, flavorful chicken that turns a nice golden brown color on the grill or in the skillet.  My kids actually LOVE this recipe for chicken.  I added the Cipollini onions because they are small and could be easily skewered to make a really cute presentation of chicken and onions.  Same with the lemon slices.  Your guests can remove the lemon ... 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

Back To School Party

Why not kick off the school season the way we do the summer with a back to school party to get the kids excited?  It doesn't have to be big.  Just your kids and one or two friends that maybe they haven't seen over the summer or a new friend who may be in your class next year!  The more important thing is to involve your kids and make it fun and easy by serving a few kid-friendly favorites and letting them help.  I grabbed a roll of white wrapping paper and let them make the sign, which ... 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

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Pineapple

These sweet and spicy grilled pineapple skewers may be the easiest recipe I've ever posted.  But easy doesn't mean it's doesn't bring the wow factor with the flavor.  I made a super fast glaze for the pineapple by combining honey, Sriracha sauce, and soy sauce.  That's it!  Brush some one before you grill it, a little more while grilling, and the last little bit after.  The honey gives it that sticky sweetness you want and the Sriracha adds a little heat.  The soy sauce brings the balance ... Continue Reading

Super Bowl Bites – Pancetta Wrapped Shrimp, Paprika & Pepper Jack Cheese Dip, and Candied Pecan Crostini with Gorgonzola & Honey

Looking to wow your guests with a super bowl menu that is both delicious and a little bit sophisticated?  This one has it all.  It’s perfect for a gathering of both sexes – a little something for everyone.  If you are having a larger crowd you can certainly double or triple the recipe to meet your needs.  And if you want something more substantial to round out the menu I’d recommend a slider bar.  Mini burgers served on slider buns or brioche rolls and then an array of fixins’ so ... Continue Reading

Greek Chicken Pitas with Fried Onion Rings

If you haven't tried marinating meat in Greek yogurt, you must.  It's similar to the idea of marinating in buttermilk.  The yogurt is tangy and thick and gives a coating to your chicken that tenderizes it and keeps it extremely moist during the cooking process.  By adding in a lot of spices like cumin, oregano, onion, a little paprika and lots of garlic you get this really wonderful, flavorful chicken that will surprise you.I happen to love a good Gyro but ... Continue Reading

Parmesan Breadcrumb Chicken Bites

When I entertain I often am cooking for adults and kids both.  And one thing I've noticed is that when I make fancy little bites of food for the grown up crowd the kids want to eat what we have,  even though they might not exactly like all the flavors or spice.  So I started making these little Parmesan breadcrumb chicken bites and serving them with fancy little bamboo fork skewers and now I can't keep the grown ups away from the kids food!If you were going ... Continue Reading

Blue Cheese Wedge Salad Skewers with BBQ Chicken

Continuing on with the idea of lighter appetizers I decided to try to put a wedge salad on a skewer.  I love buttermilk blue cheese dressing and making your own gives this dish a fresh quality to it.  My friends and I recently got together for a night of cooking, which we try to do once a month, and one them brought a blue cheese wedge salad with sliced radishes on it for a garnish.  That little bit of color and added crunch really made the salad, I thought, ... Continue Reading