Chicken Salad with Grapes, Almonds, and Tarragon Dressing

  Chicken salad is so subjective.  Everyone thinks of something a little different when they hear those two words. Everyone has their favorite way to prepare it.  I wouldn’t dare claim this recipe as “the best” or “the greatest.”  I’ll be political here.  What I will tell you?  This is the way I like itContinue reading “Chicken Salad with Grapes, Almonds, and Tarragon Dressing”

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 favoriteContinue reading “Lubia: Lebanese Stewed Beef, Tomatoes, and Green Beans”

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes and Feta

  I enjoy Spring cleaning. Yup. I’m one of those people. If you cringe at that thought … well, I declare you unorganized!  But, you’re still allowed to enjoy this spring dish. I know a “less than 20 minute meal” has become a cliche/semi-marketing term, but it applies here. So, take a break from theContinue reading “Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes and Feta”

Cucumber, Whipped Feta, and Sun-Dried Tomato Bites

  Are you looking for an easy, festive, and unique appetizer to serve at your holiday party?  Of course you are. Everyone is!  Well,  look no further.  Cucumber, Whipped Feta, and Sun-Dried Tomato Bites are here! The whipped feta is the star of this dish.  I could eat it by the spoonful!  I love theContinue reading “Cucumber, Whipped Feta, and Sun-Dried Tomato Bites”

Spinach Basil Lemon Pesto (Nut-Free)

  Pesto is so versatile.   With just a few basic ingredients,  you can easily make fresh pesto.  I love to use pesto as a flavor booster in many recipes.  I add it to soups, vinaigrettes, and marinades.  I use it as a sauce on homemade pizza and to top grilled meat and veggies.  IContinue reading “Spinach Basil Lemon Pesto (Nut-Free)”

Orecchiette with Italian Sausage and Broccoli

  Looking for a quick, satisfying weeknight pasta meal? Here ya go.  A wonderfully light and flavorful sauce is created by combining Italian sausage, loads of fresh garlic, shallots, red pepper flakes, chicken broth, Parmesan cheese, and fresh herbs.  When the pasta is added to the saute pan, it absorbs some of the sauce.  ThisContinue reading “Orecchiette with Italian Sausage and Broccoli”

Basil Pesto Chicken Pasta

  Basil pesto chicken pasta is the perfect weeknight summer dinner. Fresh basil pesto combined with cherry tomatoes,mozzarella, chicken, arugula, and short cut pasta; this couldn’t be easier to prepare. In this recipe, I used my simple homemade basil pesto and a store bought rotisserie chicken.  If you have a little extra to prepare, roastContinue reading “Basil Pesto Chicken Pasta”

Greek Quinoa Salad

  Quinoa is an ancient seed from South America. When cooked, it takes on a mild nutty flavor.  Although it is technically not a grain, it cooks similarly and can be substituted in many recipes if you’re looking for a healthier alternative.  Quinoa is rich in protein, potassium, iron, and other essential vitamins and minerals.Continue reading “Greek Quinoa Salad”