• 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.  …

  • 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…

  • Appetizers,  Entertaining,  Featured,  Italian,  Recipe's,  Uncategorized

    Olive Crostini with Fresh Mozzarella

    I recently had these Olive Crostini with Fresh Mozzarella at a friend’s little birthday gathering and they were so yummy that I could not stop popping them in my mouth! I was not the only one indulging in these yummy little bites either. They were the hit of the party! Actually everything they served was delicious, but these were my favorite. And so simple and easy to make. First, slice up some Baguette and drizzle with good quality extra virgin olive oil. Toast until lightly browned. Spread each of the toasted breads with Olive tapenade and then top with a slice of fresh mozzarella. Place the Crostini bake in the…

  • Entertaining,  Mexican,  Uncategorized

    5 Festive Recipes For Cinco De Mayo

    Cinco De Mayo is just a few days away! Do you have a plan to celebrate? Any celebration that features tacos is alright by me! Here are a few recipes to make for the festivities. Enjoy and Salud! Spicy Roasted Green Chili Salsa Click here Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salad Click here Chili Lime Shrimp Street Tacos Click here Slow-cooker Pork Carnitas Click here CHICKEN SHAWARMA TACOS WITH CUCUMBER AND HEIRLOOM TOMATO PICO DE GALLO Click here

  • Featured,  Fish and Seafood,  Recipe's,  Uncategorized

    Spicy Shrimp and Andouille Sausage

    Derby Day: Spicy Shrimp and Andouille Sausage for the win! Serve up this simple and flavorful dish at your upcoming derby party or any day for that matter. Yum! Well, now that it’s almost May, I think that spring has finally arrived! What a crazy year of weather! I’m sooooooo looking forward to a nice long stretch of sunnier and warmer days. Looking ahead at the calendar, I noticed that May 5th is not only Cinco De Mayo but also Derby Day. I thought it would be fun to throw some Derby Day recipes into the mix. Will you be watching the races? Having a Derby party? What type of southern delights will…

  • Food and Wine,  Travel,  Uncategorized,  Wine

    Wine Wednesday: Fairsing Vineyard

    A couple of weeks ago my friend Antoinette and I took a trip out to wine country. She needed to deliver some flowers and a thank you card to the owner’s, Mary Ann and Mike at Fairsing Vineyard. The week prior, Mike, had rescued her after getting her car stuck in the mud just down the road from the winery. When she asked if I would like to go with her, well…… of course I said yes! Road trip, girl time and I get to taste wine. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon? Fairsing Vineyard is about a 40 minute drive from Beaverton (Portland suburb), where I live.…

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    Sargento Cheese Chopped at Home Challenge

    So proud that my SOPES WITH BLACK BEANS, CHICKEN, CREMA AND TOMATO SALAD made it to the @SargentoCheese Chopped at Home Challenge! Vote now. Please vote for my dish at the link in this post. I need as many votes as possible to win. Thank you! You be the Judge! Vote for your favorite entries to help select the finalist. The entries with the most votes will receive a big boost in their judging scores. You may vote up to five times per day. Please Vote daily thru June 13rd. Thanks in advance!    

  • Asian,  Chicken,  Recipe's,  Rice,  Uncategorized

    Kitchen Table Memiors: Thai Fried Rice

      Oh, how I love Thai Cuisine! My very first experience with Thai food was in the second or third grade. I was at a Blue Birds/Camp Fire Girls meeting and this wonderful lady from Thailand came in as our guest speaker. She taught us how to make Kow Pad (Thai Fried Rice). I had never had anything like it before, it was so simple and yummy! I have since had many wonderful Thai dishes but there is nothing like that first experience as a child trying something exciting and new. I like to make this anytime I have some leftover cooked rice.     Kow Pad (Thai Fried Rice) 1…

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    Kitchen Table Memiors: Beef Bourguignon

    It was in my Mother’s kitchen that my great love affair with food and entertaining first began. She was, and still is, an amazing cook. Gathering inspiration from her many magazine subscriptions, cookbooks and recipes swaps with friends and relatives. No, there was no Google or Food Network back then and the only Chefs that I can recall on television at the time were Julia Child and Justin Wilson (Comedic Cajun Chef). My mother enjoyed cutting out recipes and entertaining ideas from her favorite magazines (Sunset, Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle and Woman’s Day) and pasting them in a big scrapbook to have for a  later day. It was…