≡ Menu

Scallops with Vegetable Confetti

Scallops with Vegetable Confetti

On our last night in Rome, we asked the hotel manager for his recommendation of a great Italian restaurant, hopefully nearby.  We were not disappointed!  I ordered Scallops with a fresh vegetable relish. From my first bite, the memory of its veggie-healthy deliciousness has stayed with me.  I have loved the combination of fresh, raw vegetables in a light olive oil dressing, complementing the delicate seafood flavor of the scallops ever since that time.

Another thing I love is that it is such an easy gourmet dish that can wow family and friends.  It is prepared in minutes, and looks so beautiful on the plate.  It is low in calories and high in nutrition—and awesome in flavor!  And easy and quick to fix—6 minutes!  Unbeatable!    [click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Juicier Chicken and Veggie Kabobs

Chicken and Veggie Kabob

I love so many things about chicken kabobs, and I really appreciate the chicken when it is juicy, not dry. And that’s what you have here friends. Add some herbs to make it more flavorful, and some veggies, and before you know it—you have a delicious, colorful, healthy meal.

Another thing I love about chicken kabobs is that you can cook them inside on a grill, or outside on a grill. Your choice. However, I prefer the additional smoky flavor you get when you cook them outside, plus you don’t have to heat up your kitchen. If you grill them inside, then those herbs you add become extra important for flavor.

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Decadently Chocolate Banana Crepe

Chocolate Banana Crepe

Calling all chocolate lovers and banana lovers too, those who need an easy quick chocolate fix—one that is gourmet too! Let me shine the spotlight on Ganache (gah-nash!). Ta-daaaa!

It is an oh-so-quick-and-easy heavenly ooey-gooey melted chocolate that can have as light or as deep a chocolate flavor as you like. If you combine it with a fruit like Banana—oh my! Two of my favorite dessert combinations in one.

Wrap a thin little crepe all around the chocolate Ganache and banana like a blanket to hold in all that thick river of chocolate goodness.  Then drizzle more chocolate Ganache over the top.  Forget the entree, let’s just have dessert!

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Refreshingly Minty Mojitos

Refreshingly Minty Mojitos

One Summer day I read about Mojitos in a magazine, but had never heard of them before. They sounded so delicious with mint, rum, and lime. I turned the page though and forgot about them. Then early in October we went to Disney World in Orlando, a childhood dream come true for this adult.

One evening we went to City Walk, a tourist mecca of boutiques and restaurants—some of them with famous names. We decided to go into the fun sounding “Latin Quarter” Restaurant, and I spotted “Mojitos” on the menu. I described them to Mac, so we ordered one for each of us.

These incredibly refreshing drinks arrived in a glass filled with ice and little sprigs of mint. Perfect for that evening. And now easy to make at home!

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Creamed Pearl Onions and Green Peas

Creamed Pearl Onions and Peas

I love onions; Mac will tell you that! Surprisingly enough, it has been a revelation to me in the last few years how yummy pearl onions are. Add green peas and a creamy sauce– oh heavens it is good. And easy.

So why, if I love onions, as I profess to do–why have they been this newish thing? Well, it’s because I only tried them frozen and thrown into the pot in their frozen state. No more! I didn’t like their mushy texture nor flavor fixing them that way. It definitely didn’t bring out their best as I have discovered.

But now I know how to make them taste sooo good and I’m going to share the little discovery with you!

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Tender Chicken Tenders

Tender Chicken Tenders

What do you plan on fixing when your six year old grandson is coming to spend time with you, and you know he is kind of a picky eater? Well, you plan on fixing his favorites that’s what! And our grandson LOVES chicken nuggets and chicken tenders.

We decided that they would have to be tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, besides being the tastiest he had ever had. We knew how to do it, and how to give it an extra surprise of sweetness—honey! We did a practice run, and patted ourselves on the back. These turned out so tender and delicious, with a light hand of homey herbs. The drizzle of honey really sent it over the top!

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Easy Marinated Vegetable Salad

Easy Marinated Vegetable Salad

This salad is an old-time family favorite that is good all Summer long, and all year long really. It is a delicious combination of fresh as well as canned veggies in a sweet and (only a little) sour dressing. It makes a great Potluck or picnic recipe, and can be put together in a flash!

You will love how the diced bell pepper, celery, and onion, give this salad a fresh garden-y kind of taste. The sweet and sour dressing does magical things in your mouth that will make you want more. What? More salad? Yep. I recently took it to a family gathering, and Uncle Joe pronounced my vegetable salad “Addictive!” Thank you Uncle Joe! (Hold everything while I pat myself on the back.) Oh! And thank you Carolyn!

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Burgundy Mushrooms from Steak and Ale

Burgundy Mushrooms

I still recall eating at Dallas’ first Steak and Ale Restaurant, and extravagantly ordering their Burgundy Mushrooms with my steak. The occasion called for a special steak restaurant. Later, looking at the menu, I decided on a 6 ounce filet Mignon, and then spotted the Burgundy Mushroom side dish. I ordered it too, throwing financial caution to the wind! And it was so deliciously worth it! It has now become a favorite to serve with steak.

The preparation of the mushrooms is easy and surprising. Mushrooms are usually sauteed, but not in this recipe. Here they are boiled! Yes, you saw that right. When I first found the recipe, I couldn’t believe it either, but they are boiled not sauteed! The mushrooms are then added to a Burgundy wine sauce. Simply scrumptious!

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Weekend Belgian-Style Waffles Treat

Belgian-Style Waffles

Want to wake up to wonderful Belgian-style Waffles for your weekend? Perhaps you have been at the state fair and found yourself drawn to them like a magnet. Inside you are wishing you could have this amazing treat at home. And the good news is, you can! You can use a regular or a Belgian waffle maker. These waffles have the perfect balance of sweetness and richness just like the real Belgian Waffles. Light, flavorful, and easy enough to make, that your kiddos can do it.
When the weekend finally arrives, Mac and I enjoy waking up on Saturday morning and fixing a special breakfast together. What makes it more fun is to have a grandson here cooking in the kitchen with us. What makes it even better is if that grandson is exclaiming how yummy it is! Warning: Waffles with a high delicious factor!

[click to continue…]

{ 1 comment }

Fruited Pork Tenderloin Medallions

Fruited Pork Tenderloin Medallions

I need to let everyone know that I am out of my “chicken cooking rut” and am so excited to share my new found love with you, Pork Tenderloin Medallions! Hungry for something that you can cook in about 30 minutes and is easy, that looks and tastes scrumptious AND fancy too? And let’s not forget inexpensive? In other words great for family, and fantastic for company.

Now this is Pork Tenderloin Medallions with slices of Granny Smith apples and onions, and will satisfy everyone with its savory and sweet combination! This is so–and looks–every bit of Yummy, with the beautiful sauce it makes.

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }