Heading to Savannah πŸ‘

We are off to Savannah, Georgia and I couldn’t be more excited to visit a new city and sample their local cuisine (e.g. fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, pralines and of course those juicy peaches πŸ‘). The forecast is looking warm, which is likely to shock us since summer heat has been slow to…

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Microgreens

Microgreens are one of those magical ingredients because they’re visually appealing and add freshness and texture to a dish. Since I planted Mesclun Greens in the last week of May, I’m looking for inspiration to use some of my microgreens. How have you used them, chefs and foodies, how have you loved them? For garnishing…

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…

Mexican Black Bean & Corn Salad

This is a light refreshing salad with AMAZING flavors πŸ˜‹ and so easy to make. Just defrost frozen corn, chop up some fresh veggies and cilantro; voilΓ  a salad that pairs wonderfully with tacos, grilled chicken or burgers. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups of grilled corn or frozen corn 1 can of black beans, washed 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…

These are a few of my favorite “Eats” & “Treats”

It’s my birthday weekend and I’ll be spending it in great company for fiestas πŸŽ‰; therefore, my Saturday post is focused on a few of my favorites recipes and posts with the condition that nothing would mean more to me on my birthday then to know what you have loved on my site, please and…

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…

Food Reflection/Prep/Plan: Summer Week 1

What a week! My garden went in, the pool is blue, and the inspirational juices are flowing heading into summer! I’m most excited for my tomatoes and greens. The chili verde tomatoes are a hybrid from Wentworth Greenhouses and are magical. We use these tomatoes in salsa verde and gazpacho. The Lemon Plum, Grape and…

Homemade Mustard

Summer is here and that means grill season! I prefer to makes my own spice blends and condiments, like Chimichurri Sauce and Kimchi. Today’s feature is a nice simple condiment, Mustard. I’m ashamed to say, this is my first time making this condiment because it is so easy to make. Thanks Tasty for the inspiration!…

Memorial Day Eats and Treats

It Memorial Day weekend and time for some throwbacks to my dishes that are great for entertaining because Jackie’s Eats & Treats can entertain πŸ˜‰ If you’re responsible for a poolside/campside/fireside munchie, I might suggest the following: Queso Fundido – This is crowd-pleaser and will turn heads with it’s crispy chorizo and cheesy goodness. Ham…

Summer Kick-off and Craft Beer

This week’s prep, planning and reflection will be focused on SUMMER 🌞. Oh summer, I have missed you and whenever you’d like to arrive, I’m ready πŸ‘. All jokes aside, this has been a rough spring in New England, but I’m hopeful since this is the unofficial summer kick-off weekend and the weather seems to…

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…

Homemade Taco/Chili Seasoning

Tacos and Chili, two classics prepared in most kitchens on regular rotation. When I’m making both, I prefer to make my own versus buying a seasoning package from the store. That’s because no additives are included, I know the spices used, I can control spice levels and add additional spice based on my likes. I…

Weekly Plan/Prep and APAHM Reflection

This month is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) and this week’s plan, prep and reflection is in celebration of APAHM.Β  May honors the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the US and that’s what I plan to do in this blog, celebrate their delicious food. I LOVE Asian food…

Throwback Thursday – Sonny’s Tavern & The Lemon Meringue Cocktail

David and I kicked off the week, with a visit to one of our favorite spots in Dover, NH; Sonny’s Tavern ❀️ and of course with a visit to Sonny’s I decided a throwback to my Lemon Meringue Cocktail was needed. Two, it’s Thirsty Thursday friends. We’ve considered Sonny’s our local spot since they opened…

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…

Weekly Plan & Prep – Mother’s Day Inspiration

Last week I featured a recipe from my nana’s kitchen, Herbed Rice Pilaf, and this week as I prep, I’ll turn my attention to one of the classic comforts from my mother’s kitchen, Goulash, aka American Chop Suey. This is definitely a comfort food with it’s beefy, tomatoey, macaroni goodness. I’m sure many of us…

Herbed Rice Pilaf

I was looking for inspiration as I was planning for the week and I decided to head into my childhood cookbook to see what would catch my eye and my Nana’s Herbed Rice Pilaf immediately brought me back to her kitchen ❀️. As I’ve mentioned before, I was my grandmother’s sous chef on a Sunday…

Kimchi Tots

Throwback Thursday πŸ˜‰, to some loaded tots we made a few weeks back. These aren’t your standard tots because they are loaded with cheese, my Kimchi and a * Kimchi Aioli 🌢️, so yummy and the prefect Friday night tidbits! Simply make some tater tots and when they’re almost done and crispy, add some cheese…

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…

Cinco de Mayo & Nana Inspired Weekly Plan & Prep

Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow and we love mexican food, so my chorizo will definitely make a debut in the form of a Mexican Street Taco tomorrow evening. We’ll be making some margarita too because after a weekend of mulching, why not! Here’s our Newman’s Own Limeade Margarita recipe. Second plan – In the summer,…

Jackie’s Margaritas

Just in time in Cinco de Mayo here’s my Margaritas recipe.  This margarita recipe has the right balance of flavor, making the perfect margarita!  It’s super easy to make and even easier to remember because it’s equal parts of the main ingredients (i.e. tequila and limeade)!  Plus I add fresh lime juice, which evens out…

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…

Jackie’s Italian Dressing

This dressing is a delicious dressing with a creamy component, without the cream and extra calories. Use this dressing on salads, including my Antipasto Tortellini Pasta Salad. You can also use it as a marinade. Ingredients 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 2TBS water 2TBS of lemon juice 1 small shallot,…

Ham & Kimchi Fried Rice

Last week, I was VERY thankful for my leftover Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham and Kimchi since I had Bluegrass Soy Sauce and Red Boat Fish Sauce arrive on my doorstep! I’m was so excited to try this soy sauce after reading Edward Lee’s cookbook, Smoke and Pickles (and since drafting this post, he just won…

Weekly Reflection & Plan

This past week was full of ham inspired dishes and I documented each dish because I amazed myself with the deliciousness of each meal and how far you can stretch ham leftovers. HOLD ONTO THIS POST IF YOU HAVE A HAM LEFTOVERS AFTER A HOLIDAY MEAL!!!! Sunday Easter Instant Pot Pineapple Honey Ham & Creamy…

Ham & Cheese Biscuits

Oh, the deliciousness of a Pillsbury biscuits and the many yummy things you can stuff or roll into one; Apples and Brie, Pepperoni and Cheese, Buffalo Chicken dip, the list is endless. Tonight is Ham and Cheese for us since we have leftover ham. Biscuit recipes are easy peasy, just stuff, pinch and bake, my…

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…

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Bacon

I’ll apologize for not posting this recipe for your Easter celebration, but I wanted some photos of the cheesy goodness for my post. I love scalloped potatoes and on this Easter, that was the side dish for our Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham. However, this isn’t your typical scalloped potatoes, it has layers of creamy cheesy…

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…

10 Week Reflection and Easter Plan

Funny reflection from last night, WordPress and Facebook do a great job providing bloggers with stats related to reach, engagement, likes and views. It’s actually amazing insights because I can see what readers and fans are enjoying and it also makes me giddy because I’m really enjoying delivering my content. Anyways, yesterday evening while sitting…

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…

Cheddar Jalapeno No Knead Bread

There is nothing better than fresh made bread. No Knead is a great easy bread to bake since there’s very little that needs to be done to create perfection; just a few simple ingredients and the time to allow the bread to ferment. This recipe and inspiration is courtesy of Jim Lahey from Sullivan Street…

Weekly Plan – I’ve hit double digits with my Food Blog

Can you believe it, its been 10 weeks of food blogging for me πŸ˜‹! Boy has time flown ✈️ by and I’m really enjoying sharing my weekly plans with you and what’s inspiring me each week ❀️ This week is inspired by a visit with a friend and reminiscing about a yummy chicken dish she…

Kimchi

After a week of cooking with Korean Short Ribs, I was drawn to create my own Kimchi. This is inspired from attending a cooking school with with Edward Lee years ago at Stonewall Kitchen with my mother. Thank you Edward Lee and Smoke & Pickles for the recipe guidance and inspiration! I love pickles and…

Ooey Gooey Queso Fundido

This dip definitely hits the spot with it’s ooey gooeyness. It has heat, creaminess and crispy bits of chorizo on top; making it a delicious afternoon/party treat. Yesterday we joined my brother, who’s a professional chef, for a maple beer boil and I needed to bring my game πŸ˜‰. Since sausage and beer is perfect…

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…

Weekly Plan

Well if I can be honest, nothing is planned for this upcoming work week outside of two treats, Queso Fundido and Homemade Kimchi. My brother has a maple beer boil planned for this afternoon with some friends and since we’ll be joining the festivities I’ll need to bring something delicious to eat πŸ˜‹. Beer boil…

French 75

It’s Friday and cocktail time! A French 75 is one of my favorites ❀️. The cocktail is made with gin, champagne, lemon juice, simple syrup and garnished with a lemon twist. I love πŸ‹forward cocktails and this drink offers smooth, bitter and sweet notes; making it very drinkable! According to wiki, the history of the…