Chicken Andouille Sausage Gumbo

chicken andouille sausage gumbo pot

New Orleans is a melting pot for extravagant culture, exuberant energy, live music and it’s incredible food! I traveled there a few years back for work and I didn’t know it at the time but when I had my first taste of delicious gumbo, I was hooked! It immediately became my favorite dish from Louisiana. While I was there I had to try the various types of gumbo from each restaurant in The Big Easy!… 

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Guinness Corned Beef Stew

Guinness Corned Beef Stew

I can’t believe St. Patrick’s Day is almost here again. Last year I made baked honey mustard corned beef but this year, I asked Jason how he wanted to celebrate his Irish heritage and he suggested a corned beef stew. I always wanted to try a recipe with beer, so I thought this would be the perfect way to make traditional boiled corned beef more interesting! This Guinness corned beef stew has layers of flavor while the meat and vegetables are incredibly tender. There is a nice richness to the stew liquid. You don’t have to worry about dry, stringy and tasteless corned beef with this recipe!… 

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Lasagna with Meat Sauce

lasagna with meat sauce

Sometimes for dinner you just want a simple and comforting meal. When my husband came home from work and saw me building the lasagna layers, he was so happy! Jason grew up with an amazing mom who loved to cook from scratch and she created the most delicious and elaborate Italian suppers. So for Jason this lasagna with meat sauce recipe is one of those familiar meals that I like to surprise him with every now and then. … 

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Fried Squash Blossoms Stuffed with Ricotta

Fresh summer squash blossoms

The summer season yields not only delicious summer squash, but mother nature produces wonderful bright orange edible blossoms. You can typically find these eye catching blossoms at your local farmers market, I purchased mine at a recent visit to Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market…. 

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Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Apricot Ginger Glaze

spicy grilled shrimp served with salsa and polenta

Summer is here and it’s time to dust off the grill! My local market was featuring beautiful and succulent jumbo shrimp which is a perfect quick and easy protein to cook on the grill. Shrimp is already so flavorful with little to no extra seasonings, but I decided to infuse some sweet and savory flavors…. 

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Grandma’s Italian Meatball Recipe

Italian Meatball Recipe

On our wedding day, I made a very special vow to my husband…

“I promise to always nurture, listen, comfort, and feed you, making sure to cook your grandmother’s famous meatballs at least once a month.”

It may seem like a silly promise, however my husband Jason’s love for his Grandma’s Italian meatball recipe always brings him a sense of comfort and happiness. For me to be able to recreate a dish that he loves is really important to me. When he walks through the door at the end of a long day and smells fresh tomato sauce and meatballs broiling in the oven, his big smile is priceless!… 

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Japanese Eggplant Salad

Japanese Eggplant Salad

Japanese eggplants are elegant and beautiful to serve, they can also be cooked a variety of ways. My dear friend Kaui has an incredible green thumb and graciously gave me some eggplants and tomatoes from her garden. I knew exactly what recipe I wanted to try with the generous gifts from my friend. I had been eyeing a Japanese eggplant salad recipe from Terra: Cooking from the Heart of Napa Valleyby Chef Hiro Sone of Terra Restaurant. The umami and pungent flavors from the marinade and dressings are highlighted in Chef Sone’s recipe.  This Japanese eggplant salad has multiple components, but I promise, the flavors are what you can expect to taste when dining in Japan!… 

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Roasted Lemon and Herb Chicken

Roasted Lemon and Herb Chicken

Nothing is better than a home filled with the smell of fresh herbs and roasted chicken; it is intoxicating. I was in the mood for a little comfort food, so I gathered some of my favorite root vegetables like sweet potatoes, fennel, onions, celery, carrots, and some summer ingredients like sweet white corn and heirloom tomatoes. These vegetables would be the “nest” for the roasted lemon and herb chicken…. 

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Greek Style Chicken Skewers and Hummus

Greek Style Chicken Skewers and Hummus

Greek food is one of my favorite cuisines because the ingredients are simple, fresh and you can find a lot of healthy options. I always marinate the meat before I cook it to infuse some flavor; typically with fresh herbs, lemon juice and olive oil. Hummus is one of my favorite dips because you can add extra flavors you enjoy like roasted red pepper, garlic, avocado, or just keep it classic. For a light and quick meal, I created Greek style chicken skewers and hummus with a fresh heirloom tomato salad…. 

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Seasonal Heirloom Tomato Salad Recipe

Seasonal Heirloom Tomato Salad Recipe

If you love tomatoes, then summer is your season! I am always excited to see when heirloom tomato varietals make their appearance at farmers market or grocery stores. Initially I was attracted to their myriad of color, inside and out, the individual shape and the appearance of each tomato; it is the tomato with the most personality! As I begin to learn more, I select carefully based on what flavors I am craving. One of the best ways to enjoy these rare summer fruits are in a classic seasonal heirloom tomato salad recipe…. 

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