• Breads,  Brunch,  Recipe's

    Pineapple Banana Upside-down Banana Bread

    Pineapple banana upside-down banana bread is not your typical banana bread. It’s more like a cake than a bread but I call it bread since it is baked in a loaf. Plus, it sounds better to say that I ate bread for breakfast instead of saying I ate cake! This rainy, fall weather has given me the baking bug. Along with a craving for something sweet to pair with a warm cup of coffee or tea. So, what is it that makes this banana bread so amazingly good? Is it that it is chalked full of chopped pecans, coconut and pineapple? Maybe it’s that caramelized glazed banana, pineapple and pecan…

  • Condiments,  Featured,  Mexican,  Recipe's,  Sauces and Dips

    Taco Tuesday! Ole! Guacamole

    Taco Tuesdays would not be complete without a delicious, fresh guacamole. And Pico De Gallo. Since you are already making fresh salsa, why not use it to make your guacamole as well. Two birds, one stone, Right?!? When i’m cooking I like to make things that have multiple uses. Not only does it make cooking easier and less time consuming (because, who wants to spend more time in the kitchen after a long day at work?), but it also helps prevent waste. Don’t get me started on the food waste thing! Lol! Anyway, back to the guacamole recipe. First, prepare the Pico De Gallo using the recipe below. Then, take the avocados…

  • Condiments,  Mexican,  Recipe's,  Salsa,  Sauces

    Pico De Gallo

    Pico de Gallo, also known as salsa fresca or salsa cruda, is a fresh tomato salsa made of fresh ripe tomatoes, onions, chili’s (jalapeno, serrano or habanero), cilantro, lime juice and salt. This traditional Mexican staple is perfect for chips, tacos, fajitas and more. Serve this yummy salsa at your next game day get together, taco party or anytime, really. Add shrimp and/or avocado for a special treat! To make, I start with fresh, ripe roma tomatoes. I use romas because they are a bit firmer than other tomato varieties, they hold their shape and don’t become mushy in the salsa. Cut the tops off of the tomatoes and then cut…

  • Simple Weeknight Chili
    Beef,  Featured,  Mexican,  Recipe's,  Soups,  Uncategorized

    Simple Weeknight Chili

    Fall  has definitely arrived. That means football, basketball and a big pot of chili! Simple weeknight chili is perfect for a quick weeknight meal or game day get together. It’s quick and easy to make, so you won’t have to spend hours in the kitchen. But so flavorful and delicious, people will think you did! I tried several different kinds of beans for this recipe, and my favorite is a combination of pinto and black beans.   To make, heat olive oil in a large skillet and saute’ the onions and garlic until tender. Then add the ground beef to the pan and brown, stirring frequently, until cooked through.  …

  • Autumn Broccoli Salad
    Recipe's,  Salads

    Autumn Broccoli Salad

    Mmmmm, I just love salads. If you have been reading my blog for very long, you will notice that I post quite a few salads on here. Salads aren’t just for summer! And this Autumn Broccoli Salad makes the perfect side dish for all of your fall/winter delights. Pair this sweet, savory, crunchy salad with everything from roasted meats to soups, stews and chili. This would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving table as well. To make this simple and delicious salad, I start with 2-3 broccoli crowns. Wash and dry the broccoli, then cut the off the florets (into bite sized pieces) and place in a large bowl.…

  • Tomato, Avocado and Sweet Onion Salad
    Recipe's,  Salads,  Veggies

    Tomato, Avocado and Sweet Onion Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

    This Tomato, Avocado and Sweet Onion Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette is so fresh and yummy with sweet summer heirloom cherry tomatoes, Creamy Avocado and Sweet Summer Onions. Can you believe summer is almost over? Pretty soon it will be pumpkin everything! I will miss the sweet, juicy tomatoes of summer, as they will soon be replaced by those flavorless look alikes. Just look at these gorgeous beauties! I love the vibrant colors of these organic heirloom cherry tomatoes. And, bonus, they were on special this week! I decided the best use for these little jewels, would be to showcase them in a salad. Along with some creamy avocado, sweet…

  • Recipe's,  Salads,  Veggies

    Power Greens Salad with Roasted Beet, Orange and Avocado

    This Power Greens Salad with Roasted Beets, Oranges, Avocado and Walnuts is so yummy! And Healthy.  With it’s sweet juicy oranges, tender roasted beets, creamy avocado,crunchy walnuts and fresh greens tossed in a tangy vinaigrette, what’s not to love? The power greens are a combination of baby kale, baby chard and baby spinach. They’re called power greens because they are packed with antioxidant (cancer fighting) rich nutrients. The Roasted Beets are also a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. They are low in calories, high in vitamins, can help regulate blood pressure, reduce inflammation and more. And Avocados are loaded with heart healthy fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals. And contain more potassium…

  • Condiments,  Mexican,  Recipe's,  Sauces,  Veggies

    Orange Pico De Gallo

    This Orange Pico De Gallo is is a great way to use up those summer tomatoes. It goes great with all of your grilled meats, especially seafood. I originally created this recipe to go with Chili Lime Shrimp Street Tacos With Orange Pico De Gallo And Avocado Crema but it is wonderful as a refreshing salsa with chips as well. Try it with grilled shrimp or scallops, fish tacos, grilled salmon, grilled pork loin or chicken. Top your favorite chicken taco salad, grilled steak nachos or a juicy spice rubbed grilled Tri Tip. Yum! Serve this yummy and refreshing salsa at your next taco night or mexican themed party. Don’t forget the…

  • Recipe's,  Sandwiches

    Summer Heirloom BLT Sandwich

    Summer Heirloom Tomato BLT Sandwich: Juicy ripe heirloom tomatoes, pancetta bacon, baby lettuces, creamy avocado, egg aioli and fresh basil leaves. Yum! Summer’s bounty is in full swing. One of my favorite things about summer, besides sunshine and longer days, are those fresh juicy summertime tomatoes! So flavorful and juicy. They are amazing on their own, sliced and sprinkled with a bit of salt and pepper. And they make the best BLT sandwiches! My inspiration for this sandwich, not only came from the gorgeous heirloom tomatoes that I keep seeing, but also from a sandwich that I had a few years back at a little coffee shop in town. It…

  • Recipe's,  Salads,  Uncategorized

    Really Good Caesar Dressing

    Mmmmmm… Caesar Salad. Who doesn’t love a good Caesar salad? Crisp Romaine, crunchy croutons and fresh parm all tossed with that lemony, garlicky goodness. This classic salad is one of my favorites. It contains the simplest of ingredients but the flavors in that dressing add a beautiful complexity that sets it apart from any other salad out there. This recipe is adapted from a recipe that we used at The Riverplace Hotel many years ago. It is super simple and delicious! The key is to use good quality ingredients: Extra virgin olive oil, fresh squeezed lemon juice, fresh garlic and Sherry Vinegar. Start by placing anchovies, garlic, egg yolk and whole egg…

  • Recipe's,  Wine

    Wine Wednesday: “Pinot Noir Granitas aka Semi Frozen Wine Magic” and more…

    I think I probably subscribe to about a million food and wine sites. I love it, ok? Don’t judge. I get so many emails everyday that I have become a master at bookmarking things to come back to later. But this one I just knew I had to share right away. It may have been the title of the email that compelled my to open it right away. “pinot noir granitas aka semi frozen wine magic”.  Hahahahahaha…. They had me at Semi Frozen Wine Magic! This post came to me from a site called Wine Awesomeness. How could I not subscribe to a site with a name like that??? Anyway,…

  • Pasta,  Recipe's,  Salads

    Lemon Basil Pasta Salad With English Peas

    Lemon Basil Pasta Salad with English Peas is a perfect dish for those hot summer days. I make up a big batch and then serve with grilled meat or fish.     Don’t feel like cooking after a long day at work? Toss in some shredded rotisserie chicken from your favorite grocery store deli for quick and easy meal. Or serve alongside some simple cold cuts, cheeses and crusty bread. Yum!     This salad is not only delicious but is also super simple to make. Not much prep involved here. And the only cooking required is the pasta. But let me tell ya, it is so yummy (I could…