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This Summer Salad with a Citrusy Kick Is Simple Perfection

This Summer Salad with a Citrusy Kick Is Simple Perfection

With Spring coming early for many of us we are starting to think about our garden plans for the growing season. Well make sure you plant plenty of kale, cauliflower, broccoli and summer squash because this will be a Summer salad you will serve over and over again. There is nothing more fulfilling than visiting your garden and picking the freshest vegetables possible for your dinner menu. Without question, the addition of the salt-cured lemon slices to this recipe is what elevates it from...

Appetizers Anyone? Caramelized Onion & Mushroom Pastry Bites

Appetizers Anyone? Caramelized Onion & Mushroom Pastry Bites

Are you as crazy about appetizers as I am? I just love eating little morsels of deliciousness. Mr. R and I are known to visit a restaurant just for the wonderful appetizers they offer. One such restaurant served up their version of these super tasty bites and I just had to recreate them at home for one of our appetizer weekends. These savory puff pastry bites hit all the right notes with sweet caramelized onions, marinated Portobello mushrooms, Applewood smoked...

Prosciutto Baskets Stuffed With Cheese & Pistachios

Prosciutto Baskets Stuffed With Cheese & Pistachios

Super Bowl game day is almost here and if you’re like me I really try hard to find special appetizers to serve … not your run of the mill cheese and chili dip at my house! These elegant Prosciutto Baskets are stuffed with a creamy cheese filling and topped with crunchy pistachios for a little extra texture. These appetizers look a lot more complicated than they actually are. The trick is to use prosciutto that is sliced thin enough to manipulate, but...

Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Inspired By Mexico

I have always been a lover of mushrooms … mushrooms of all kinds but I have to say my favorite mushroom is the Portobello mushroom. Portobello mushrooms can be used in so many different ways … sauted, grilled or baked … geez you name it and they can do it. I especially love grilling a Portobello mushroom and eating it like you would a hamburger. In fact, I rarely eat regular hamburgers anymore I always opt for a juicy Portobello mushroom burger these days....

Homemade Taco Seasoning Is Super Easy Just Take A Look

Homemade Taco Seasoning

I don’t know about you but I would much rather make my seasoning blends than buy those in the packets. They turn out so much better and you can control the amount of salt and heat. Maybe I just have a few control issues but taking just a few extra minutes to mix up a seasoning blend can really bring a dish to a new level. Take this Homemade Taco Seasoning for example. This Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe only takes...

Cucumber Noodles with Pesto

Cucumber Noodles with Pesto

This super easy cucumber recipe is a great way to savor the delicious, natural flavors of fresh cucumber, basil, garlic, and toasted pine nuts. Cucumber Noodles with Pesto is great on its own, as a lovely side dish, with your favorite cut of meat or topped with shrimp or salmon. I love to make a batch of this to keep in the refrigerator for a refreshing yet filling lunch. It also pairs nicely with my Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps especially on those days when you’re looking for...

Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps: Easy Lunch Idea

Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

I’m always trying to come up with some super easy lunch ideas. When you work from home, having to take a break from a project your working on just to make yourself lunch usually equates to skipping lunch all together or snacking on something we all know we shouldn’t be snacking on. That is why I make it a point to take a few hours on Sunday to do prep work in the kitchen for weekday lunches and suppers. Cutting...

A Fresh Basil Pesto You Must Try!

Fresh Basil Pesto

This versatile, no-cook sauce can be enjoyed with many of your favorite pasta, fish, chicken, soup, or vegetable recipes. While the modern technique, as outlined in the recipe below, calls for making pesto in a food processor to combine the ingredients it produces a very homogenized final result. In Italy, the more authentic approach would be using a mortar and pestle. The mortar and pestle approach, however, does result in more distinct flavors but can be time consuming. I have to say it really does make a...

Daikon Noodle Soup with Mushrooms & Onion

Daikon Noodle Soup with Mushrooms & Onion

Did you do a bit of over-indulging this holiday season? I know I did! So, I decided I would share my all time favorite recipe to help detoxify your body and aide in digestion. This wonderful soup contains daikon root which is a mild-flavored winter radish popular in Japanese cuisine.  Here, Daikon root takes center stage because it is the perfect choice for detoxifying your body and with its high concentration of Vitamin C it’s the perfect partner for your immune...

Tuscan Bean Dip with Pita Chips

Tuscan Bean Dip with Pita Chips

I have family coming through this weekend for the holidays so I will be hosting a wonderful dinner for them. I haven’t seen my family in quite a few years so it’s exciting to reconnect especially during this time of year. On that note, I am planning what to serve for this joyous occasion and I thought my Tuscan Bean Dip with Pita Chips would be a perfect appetizer for this soiree. This delicious Tuscan bean dip is quick and easy to make and I...