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shrimp cakes

Shrimp Cakes

When it comes to whipping up a delicious, hassle-free meal, shrimp cakes are the way to go. So if you’re hosting a casual summer gathering or simply looking for a quick and satisfying weekday dinner option, these flavorful shrimp cakes are sure to impress just about anyone. Shrimp cakes offer a stress-free culinary adventure for […]

beef with broccoli

Beef With Broccoli

Beef with broccoli reminds me of my childhood. My mom never made it from scratch, but we ordered it often when we ordered Chinese food and it remains, to this day, a favorite. And while this beloved Chinese-American dish graces the menu of almost every Chinese restaurant I’ve been to over the years, I never […]

crispy beef and lentils

Crispy Beef And Lentil Bowl

This is a perfect Buddha bowl to me. I mean seriously, what’s not to love about flavorful, crispy beef and lentils?  Truth be told, I can’t claim credit for this incredibly wonderful bowl, but I had to share it, because I absolutely adore it. This recipe is lightly adapted from a new cookbook called, Flavors of […]

Chicken with orzo

Skillet Chicken With Orzo And Pesto

Skillets are amazing things. Considered trendy now, they have been an intricate part of kitchens for many years. The first known use of cast iron cookware dates all the way back to the Han Dynasty in China, around 220 A.D.  By the 16th century, casting techniques became widespread in Europe, and quickly thereafter this versatile […]

Tuscan tortellini soup

Tuscan Tortellini Soup

This is a new(ish) family favorite. The best part, it pleases all. My husband and I love soup and my kids love pasta. The marriage is perfect. This Tuscan tortellini soup is a fantastic slow-cooker meal that is mostly effortless. A tomato-based soup is a great go-to option for me year-round. Tomatoes provide a great […]

macaroni and cheese

Macaroni And Cheese

Let’s talk about macaroni and cheese. It’s not health food, but it is a much-loved comfort dish that has been around for a long time. Kids love it, and grown-ups love to hate it–but only because they typically love it themselves and can’t resist it. To be honest, what’s not to love?  It’s indeed comforting. […]

oven braised pot roast

Oven-Braised Pot Roast

I don’t think I fully appreciated a good oven-braised pot roast until I turned 40. It’s a great thing. Pot roast is a generic term for browned meat cooked with vegetables in a covered pot.  It began appearing in cookbooks in the late 19th century. But this cooking method known as “braising” (or slow cooking in […]

spinach stromboli

Whole Wheat Spinach Stromboli

This is my spinach Stromboli, and it is tasty. To clarify some confusion, Stromboli and calzones are not the same thing. Both Stromboli and calzones are pizza derivatives. Both use either pizza dough or Italian bread dough (which involve similar ingredients) to achieve a similar goal: a small handhold pizza roll.  The differences come from […]

shaking beef

Shaking Beef

Shaking beef, also known as “Bò lúc lắc”–meaning sautéed dried beef–is a French-inspired Vietnamese dish that my entire family loves. The Vietnamese name translates to “shaking beef,” which is the main cooking method for this incredibly easy and tasty dish. Historically, beef was once considered a luxurious delicacy in Vietnamese cuisine. Beef was often reserved […]


Lamb Kofta With Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce

I have always loved lamb kofta but, surprisingly, I have not made it very often until recently.  A trip to Iceland put lamb back on my radar–one of my sons, who does not eat fish, ate lamb almost every night while we were there. When we returned, I started looking for ways to add more […]

chimichurri sauce

Pan-Seared Filet With Chimichurri Sauce

A good friend of mine from college loves Chimichurri sauce.  The last time we were together, she ordered it as a side to a dish that didn’t come with it.  That didn’t matter, it just worked.  I have always loved this simple sauce myself, when made right, but had forgotten about it over the years. […]

Shepherd's pie

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s pie, or “cottage pie” as it’s also known, is a meat pie with a mashed potato topping.  It can be made in numerous ways.  Traditionally, Shepherd’s pie is made with ground lamb or mutton, and Cottage pie is made with beef.  The vegetables used also vary.  Carrots and onions are the most common, but […]


Sole En Papillote With Tomatoes Capers and Olives

Looking for something different to make? Preparing fish or any other food “en papillote” is simply French for fish “in paper”.  It is considered a moist heat cooking method where the food is placed in a folded and sealed pouch and baked in an oven. Most often this is done using parchment paper; but in […]

bucatini pasta with shredded broccoli

Bucatini Pasta With Shredded Broccoli, Crispy Bacon And Lemon

Pasta is an incredible thing.  I love that there are a million ways to make the same type of pasta taste quite different.  And if I am being honest, I could eat pasta every day.  I could live in Italy and eat homemade pasta for every meal.  But neither of those options is reasonable.  When […]

honey-lime shrimp

Honey-Lime Shrimp

This is one of the busiest weeks of the year.  And this is one of the easiest meal options I know.  This takes only minutes to cook.  This time of year, especially with the holiday prep, who does not need an easy meal option?  If you like shrimp, keep reading.  I am a shrimp lover […]

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