Chorizo Potato Tacos

This is delicious 4 ingredient taco, that is definitely worth the read. I love chorizo and all the spiciness that sausage delivers and if you haven’t checked out my ground chorizo recipe yet, get on over there. This dish was inspired because I have my own garden fresh potatoes and I visited Tendercrop Farms over…

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Yogurt Marinated Chicken Gyro

Tonight’s dish is inspired by my husband having food envy because his British friends WhatsApped him their Doner Kebab from the local Fish Fry shop in Newcastle, England πŸ˜‰ A Doner Kebab is seasoned meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie and has inspired similar dishes such as the Greek gyro and Mexican al pastor, check…

Crispy Buffalo Wings

I love chicken wings πŸ˜‹ My version falls off the bone and is super crispy even though they’re cooked in the oven. Chicken wings are the perfect snack for game time. Some of my other favorites include Muffuletta Pinwheels, Nachos, Buffalo Chicken Dip, and Reuben Wontons. What I love about buffalo chicken wings are the…

Chargrilled Oysters

Chargrilled Oysters are a NOLA favorite. David and I fell in love with these when we visited New Orleans a few years ago and after visiting, we challenged ourselves to try to recreate the chargrilled deliciousness we experienced in the Big Easy and this recipe is spot on. These oysters are up there with New…

Vietnamese Meatballs (Bo Vien)

Pho Bo Vien is my absolute favorite pho ❀ What’s better than a piping hot bowl of beef bone broth, meatballs and noodles, topped with chopped cilantro and green onions? In my opinion NOTHING. This is a dreamy bowl of comfort and DELICIOUSNESS πŸ˜‹ As you may remember, I made scratch Vietnamese Instant Pot Beef…

Black Trumpet Mushroom Risotto

Not only did A&J Installation create us a beautiful newly remodeled shower, but I also received forged dehydrated black trumpet mushrooms while the work was happening, talk about know your customer πŸ˜‰ Enough about my gorgeous bathroom and onto the BLACK TRUMPET MUSHROOMSπŸ„ Craterellus cornucopioides, aka the black chanterelle, black trumpet, trompette de la mort…

Spinach & Lemon Hummus Pasta

This pasta is so creamy and delicious, thank you so much Feel Good Foodie for the inspiration. What pulled me into this dish was Yumna’s video that visually displayed the deliciousness of the recipe. I tried this last week after seeing the video and it’s super to make and has a creamy Mediterranean flavor. This…

How to Make Pesto from Scratch

Pesto is one the best sauces on earth and today I’m sharing my secrets to create this classic dish with you ❀ Don’t miss out on this freshness. Here’s my secrets: 1. I start by toasting my pine nuts, this brings out the nuttyness. 2. I add my basil after I’ve blended the other ingredients….

Corn and Leek Bisque

Tis the season for sweet corn 🌽 Over Labor Day weekend we paid a visit to Viel Farm because they have some of the best sweet corn on the seacoast. Fun fact about Viel Farm in Rollinsford, NH, they’re celebrating 100 years of business.  Talk about a milestone  Corn is a super versatile ingredient; corn…

Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff is comfort food at its finest ❀ Since fall seems to be upon us and I had leftover flank steak, fresh mini bellas, sour cream and egg noodles; stroganoff seemed like the perfect Sunday meal. The fall is the perfect time for comfort foods like my Homemade Cheeseburger Helper, Mac & Cheese (I’ll…

Marinated Grilled Flank Steak

This Marinated Flank Steak recipe is so simple to make and packed with flavor. This dish is inspired by a meal my dad always prepared in the summer months which included Nana’s potato salad and corn on the cob ❀ This flank steak would marinade for at least two days, if not more. My dad…

Chili Lime Grilled Chicken

It’s Labor Day weekend and you know what that means, grill time with friends ❀ This marinade, OH SO DELICIOUS and super easy to create. Yes, I know marinade chicken is nothing special, but this one is AMAZING πŸ˜‹ with it’s lime zest, soy sauce and chili garlic and it completely hits the 5Β universal taste…

Sweet & Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

Summer is the time for light and refreshing meals and I always find that lettuce wraps hit the spot on warm days, like my Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps did a few weeks ago with my own garden greens πŸ˜‹. Today’s spin features ground beef, since we had burgers with the fixin’s, including butter lettuce, over…

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps taste better than any restaurants (i.e. PF Chang’s) and you need them in your recipe repertoire, trust me! Plus, they can be ready in 20 minutes πŸ‘ I was inspired to create this dish for 3 reasons: We have an overabundance of lettuce ready from our garden and lettuce wraps…

Beer Butt Chicken

My favorite way to prepare a chicken is roasted with garlic butter and wine, but in the summer, Beer Butt is always our go-to. The beer can method steams the inside of the chicken and the result is juicy delicious chicken πŸ˜‹, making it a favorite in our household. We’ve been known to smoke or…

The Perfect Grilled Cheeseburger

Last Sunday I saw Jim Gaffigan’s segment on Sunday Morning about cheeseburgers being in “grave danger” and it prompted me to reflect on my own cheeseburger consumption πŸ€” I am with everyone out there, I love a great sloppy cheeseburger; but Jim might have a point. As he stated, “To put it bluntly we need…

Salsa Verde Pulled Pork Enchiladas

This is a winner for sure and one you need to hold onto because it’s super easy to make; and it’s enchiladas stuffed with pulled pork and red onion, smothered with green chiles and salsa verde πŸ˜‹ Please do not be intimidated by the red onion, green chiles or salsa verde because this dish offers…

Smoked Pork Shoulder

Low and slow, is the secret to all great smoking. We love smoked meats (i.e. beef brisket, pork butts, pork ribs) and have even experimented with salmon πŸ˜‹. Sadly, when smoking meats, we are often challenged with the patience of low and slow because we typically start the smoking mid-day. Anywho, in this post, I’ll…

Shakshuka

Shakshuka, aka Shakshouka, a traditionally a North African dish of eggs poached in a delicious sauce that combines tomatoes with onions, garlic, chili peppers and spices like cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and nutmeg. My spin will combine some of those spices and I’ll also plan to add sumac, which is a tangy Middle Eastern spice; and…

Birthday Mexican Fiesta

No better way to spend a birthday πŸŽ‚ then poolside with family and friends and I was lucky enough to have that, this weekend! I wanted to plan something special since we were entertaining and as I was searching Pinterest for inspiration and I came across a taco bar. VoilΓ , the evening was masterminded featuring…

Maine Lobster Mac & Cheese

Today I’m featuring a creamy delicious Mac & Cheese my brother made over the weekend. But this ain’t your standard Mac & Cheese, this has a lobster cream sauce and succulent lobster meat to amp up the classic comfort food. While the recipe below features what my brother used for pasta and cheese, you could…

Chicken Tikka Masala

This Chicken Tikka Masala is deliciously creamy and flavorful and it is very easy to make, if you have some time! Indian food is a favorite for David and I struggle with our local Indian Restaurants because we’ve been spoiled with UK Indian in our many travels across the pond. Yes, we can get Indian…

Taco Tuesday with Homemade Taco Seasoning

It’s Taco Tuesday and since we have ground beef in our fridge, it’s Ground Beef Tacos for this Taco Tuesday! I LOVE TACOS and boy can I make delicious tacos; Korean Short Rib Tacos, Tacos Al Pastor, and my Carnitas Street Tacos which I NEED to post. But tonight it’s simple Ground Beef Tacos since…

American Chop Suey

American Chop Suey is a comfort food classic for sure, with it’s beefy, tomatoey, elbow macaroni goodness πŸ˜‹ I remember my mother making Goulash when I was young, which is essentially American Chop Suey and on Mother’s Day; a throwback was necessary. I don’t remember the meal being a favorite when I was young because…

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp is an absolute favorite in our household. However, these aren’t grilled or served in BBQ sauce. These are prepared in butter sauce flavored with Louisiana Hot Sauce, Worcestershire, creole spice, lemon and white wine, so tasty! Typically you see BBQ Shrimp served with bread so you’re able to scoop up all…

Antipasto Tortellini Pasta Salad

I was looking for ham leftover inspirations and came across antipasto pasta salad and was immediately intrigued by the thought of pasta and pickled italian goodness (i.e. olives and pepperoncini peppers). Of course, I always throw my own spin on the recipes I see and tonight I’m sharing that spin! I hope you enjoy and…

Pineapple Ham Fried Rice

What do you do if you have leftover Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham and pineapple, you make Pineapple Ham Fried Rice, of course πŸ‘. I love ham leftovers because you’re able to make lots of yummy dishes and this dish is no exception, enjoy. This recipe can be prepared in 30 minutes and it serves 4…

Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham

I’ll admit, I’m not a fan of ham; but if you season it the right way, it can be pretty fabolous. This year for Easter, I used the Instant pot to warm-up the ham since my Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes were in the oven. The Instant Pot is great because it concentrates flavors and for this…

Moroccan Chicken and Onion Tagine (Djej Besla)

You know me, I find inspiration with foods from other cultures. Chicken and Onion Tagine or Djej Besla has its root from Morocco. I was first introduced to this dish by a friend years ago and I was completely blown away by the spices, acid and brightness from the dish. I had dinner with this…

Homemade Chorizo

How do I love thee, let me count the ways…Boy, does chorizo take sausage to an entirely new level, with it’s spice and acid. I fell in love with chorizo after spending a Thanksgiving with friends in Reno, NV. This trip was back in 2011 when I was really starting to experiment with new flavors…

Korean Short Rib Tacos with Apple Kimchi Slaw

Korean Short Rib Tacos with Apple Kimchi Slaw are a match made in heaven with so much umaminess! Check out my Korean Short Rib recipe for creating a yummy short rib ragu, but instead of adding the shredded meat back into the stock for the ragu, just introduce enough stock to provide the shredded short…

Korean Short Rib Ragu with Pappardelle

Thank Nyesha Arrington for this inspiration ❀️! When I was searching Tastemade for some new cooking inspirations, I came across her Short Rib Dumplings and I was immediately drawn in because she focused on recreating one of her grandmother’s Korean recipes. My grandmother definitely influenced my love for delicious food and I remember many Sunday…

Dinner at Sonny’s Tavern

Sonny’s Tavern is hands down one of our absolute favorites in Dover, NH. It’s the ultimate gastropub, serving up amazing cocktails, beers, and delicious food. Sonny’s could easily be in NYC, with it’s inventive cocktail menu and chic ambiance; and we’re lucky to have such a gem in our town. Mark Ryan, is Sonny’s very…

Spicy Peanut Pork Noodles

In case you don’t know yet, I ❀️ Asian food. I’ve been craving spicy noodles and since I knew we’d have pork leftovers, an Asian dish worked it’s way into our weekly plan this week. I credit this meal to Blue Apron. Back in 2017, David and I did Blue Apron for about 1 year….

Tacos Al Pastor (aka Mexican Style Pork Tacos)

Get ready for this taco deliciousness! This recipe offers heat, acid, freshness and umami πŸ˜‹ I saw Tacos Al Pastor on a Tasty video and I felt the need to recreate the dish because it reminded me of a gyro or shawarma cooked on a vertical rotisserie. Meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie always entices…

Scotch Pies

This is my first time trying to make Scotch Pies and I’m super excited to tackle this for my Scottish husband on his birthday πŸŽ‚. A Scotch Pie or Mutton Pie is a small, pastry meat pie filled with mutton (i.e. lamb) or other meat. The pies are often served at Football games and at…

Tom Kha Gai (Thai Chicken Coconut Soup)

Tom Kha Gai (aka Thai Chicken Coconut Soup) has it’s orgins in Thailand and this home chef LOVES finding inspiration from other countries. As you may know already, I love food and cooking programs and this dish has been featured on multiple programs highlighting amazing Thai food. What I love about Thai food is the…

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Since I have homemade chicken stock and we had more snow ❄️, it’s time for delicious chicken noodle soup. But this isn’t your standard cold and winter classic, this is kicked up with some great spice and cream πŸ˜‹ I consider this a simple crock pot meal! Cut up some fresh vegetables. I’m using scallots…

Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

This is a guilty pleasure recipe, for sure, and soooo delicious. However, if you cut your portions small, you’ll feel less guilty πŸ˜‰ I love creating this meal before a weekend because it makes for incredible brunch on Saturday or Sunday with a poached egg πŸ₯š Two, this casserole tastes even better the next day!…

Italian Gravy

Italian Gravy is slow cooking wonderfulness. However, you need time to allow the flavors to come together and thankfully, I have that today because I’m enjoying a day off! My gravy recipe is inspired by my many work visits to New York and lucky for me, my work colleagues shared their secrets to great Italian…