Main Course Recipes

Turkey Taco Zucchini Boats

  Aside from having a name that sounds like the title of an old Grateful Dead concert tour, these turkey taco zucchini (or "Zuk" if you love abbreviating like I do) boats are fun and oh so tasty. Weeknight summer dinners are all about simplicity, beauty, and the use of the freshest ingredients.  Zucchini is… Continue reading Turkey Taco Zucchini Boats

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Main Course Recipes, Seafood Recipes

Steamed Clams and Shrimp in Beer Infused Broth

  Lazy summer Sundays revolve around food.  That's just a cardinal rule, (don't ever break it). Where should we go for brunch?  What should we make for dinner?  A walk to the ice cream shop for dessert?  At the risk of sounding too "foodie-philosophical," it's always about the next meal for me.  Summer Sundays just… Continue reading Steamed Clams and Shrimp in Beer Infused Broth

Main Course Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

Mushroom Risotto

  I woke up Saturday morning thinking about what I was going to make for dinner.   8 am ... I was thinking about dinner (per usual).  A quick tidying up of the apartment, and off to the farmers market.  Boyfriend, coffee, and dog in tow (still thinking about dinner). The second I gazed upon… Continue reading Mushroom Risotto

Main Course Recipes

Spinach and Ricotta Turkey Meatloaf with Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles)

Here I go again.  Overhauling one of Grandma's classic recipes.  I just can't help myself. Grandma's consists of ground beef, a pack of onion soup mix, and a ketchup-brown sugar glaze.  I lightened it up, and increased the flavor (sign of the times).  Mine has ground turkey, spinach, ricotta, parmesan, onion, garlic, herbs and spices.… Continue reading Spinach and Ricotta Turkey Meatloaf with Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles)

Crock Pot Recipes, Main Course Recipes

Lubia: Lebanese Stewed Beef, Tomatoes, and Green Beans

  My dear grandmother just turned 95 years old.  A trip to Florida was in order! I love listening to my grandma's stories.  Especially when they involve family history and traditions.  My grandma learned to cook from her Lebanese mother-in-law.  After my grandparents wedding, a crash course in Lebanese cooking quickly ensued.  Lubia was grandpa's favorite… Continue reading Lubia: Lebanese Stewed Beef, Tomatoes, and Green Beans

Appetizers, Main Course Recipes

Chicken Caesar Salad Flatbread

  If a chicken Caesar salad wrap is on the menu, they're ordering it.  This is an unwritten dining out rule for my sisters.  Also proper protocol for the girls is purchasing Haagen-Dazs caramel cone ice cream whenever the opportunity presents itself.  If you are unfamiliar with this amazing ice cream flavor, go buy it now.  After you read this… Continue reading Chicken Caesar Salad Flatbread

Main Course Recipes

Lebanese Meat Stuffed Grape Leaves

  Grandma never measured anything out.  Mom learned from Grandma. The best family recipes aren't documented.  There's no written recipe to reference when daring to recreate those most nostalgic childhood meals.  A little bit of this, a little bit of that...and somehow it always turned out perfect.  As is the case with my mom's stuffed… Continue reading Lebanese Meat Stuffed Grape Leaves