For the longest time, my family celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a feast of corned beef and cabbage. I’ve been trying to reduce my intake of red meat so this year I chose to make a really simple and flavorful cabbage soup in the spirit of the holiday.
With the exceptionally cold nights we’ve been having, nothing could be more satisfying than a warm medley of goodness. This recipe began as a simple split pea soup and turned into a gratifying thick and hearty stew.
Strolling through a farmer’s market recently, I had some random memories of taking my cousins to see the Disney/Pixar film, Ratatouille, several years ago. The star was a cute rat that also happened to be a chef. I realize it was just an animated movie with a very imaginative plot … but I remember being pretty impressed with the cooking scenes nonetheless. As the movie title suggested, ratatouille was a highlighted dish. While I looked through the veggies in the market, my whimsical state of mind lead me to creating this recipe.
There’s a great Mexican place near me with a mouthwatering menu. Unfortunately, I’m limited to what I can order due to my sensitive stomach. One of the options that I normally steer clear of are the chimichangas since they are deep-fried and contain lots of cheese. Instead of continually depriving myself, I figured out a way to prepare them at home without having to suffer from any unpleasant side effects. Continue reading
I just found out about a new line of simmer sauces and was fortunate enough to obtain some free samples. Since I love playing with food, it was exciting to test the varieties and see what unique and tasty dishes I could come up with, including this one! Continue reading
A classic chicken Cordon bleu is thinly pounded chicken breast wrapped around ham and cheese, breaded and then pan-fried. However, I wanted to try my own spin on the dish by using some Latin-inspired flavors and baking it in the oven. Continue reading
I was in the mood to make a meal inspired by Latin, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. When I opened my kitchen cabinet and saw the can of chickpeas (or garbanzo beans), I decided that would be my starting point and then all of the other pieces fell into place! Continue reading
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to throw together my own version of a shepherd’s pie (also known as Cottage pie). It’s not that I don’t like the traditional version of this meat pie with mashed potato crust, I just wanted to have fun adding some flare! Continue reading
I had a lot of fun with the slow cooker while visiting my parents over the past few weeks. Before I left, we made sure to try this aromatic poultry dish from my Crock-Pot daily calendar. Continue reading
Here’s a great slow cooker chili recipe that’s kicked up a notch with Mexican-style diced tomatoes and seasoning. Another find from my Crock-Pot daily calendar! Continue reading
With Chinese New Year approaching this Friday, I figured I’d share a recipe I found which was linked to Chinese cuisine. When researching, I noticed most preparations for sweet and sour chicken were deep-fried. However, this recipe won me over as it only used just enough oil for a quick sear! Continue reading
Hi there, it’s Jesly! I’m back, guest blogging about another recipe that my entire family loves! I found this on allrecipes.com a while ago and make this soup at least once or twice a month. Not only is it great for dinner, but it’s perfect for lunch as well. I was inspired to make it the other day due to the freezing weather we’ve been having.
The lower the temperature drops outside, the more of a reason I have to give in to my soup obsession. There’s nothing better than warming up with a large bowl of tasty goodness on a wintry day, especially when the soup is thick and rich like this one! Continue reading
I tried a slightly different take on the common Monte Cristo sandwich for brunch. Rather than using ham, turkey and either Swiss or Gouda; this sandwich contains bacon, turkey pastrami and Colby Jack. Continue reading
I’ve made whole chicken in the slow cooker before but never attempted roasting one in the oven. TJ asked me to try it out so I found a really simple recipe to follow from the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten. Continue reading
It started with a couple of bell peppers and the desire to use up some chorizo I had in the freezer. I went to the manufacturer’s website for recipes and found this one. I’m going to give myself credit for attempting this dish, although let me forewarn you that it is certainly not one of my prettiest. Continue reading
Garlic chicken is one of my top picks when dining at an Asian restaurant. My friend shared this recipe on Facebook and it looked so simple that I definitely wanted to try it out myself. Continue reading
There is a common pasta dish that I enjoy getting at most Italian restaurants made with chicken and broccoli rabe. I wanted to make a similar dish using Italian chicken sausage and broccoli crowns that I had on hand. All I needed was a little direction, which I happened to find in this delicious recipe! Continue reading
My family and I went on a whitewater-rafting trip this past weekend to celebrate the end of Summer. With the change of seasons, I noticed that a lot of restaurants were promoting chili specials. I decided to jump on the bandwagon and make some myself when we returned home! Continue reading
Even though Fall is upon us now, the Summer taste of BBQ chicken doesn’t have to disappear. This is a quick and easy crock pot dish that can be enjoyed all year long. Continue reading