Banh Mi on a Bun Hot Dog Topper

Banh Mi on a Bun Hot Dog Topper

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When we grilled a whole chicken a few days ago, I asked Dino to throw on a pack of hot dogs at the end to save for dinner the following evening. I wanted to try out one of the ideas from an awesome column on fun, healthy hot dog toppers that add less than 100 calories from the newest issue of Cooking Light. Continue Reading →

Tomatillo Pico de Gallo

Tomatillo Pico de Gallo

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To go with our Cilantro and Lime Fish Tacos with Cilantro and Lime Crema for New Year’s Eve, I made this pico de gallo. It’s pretty easy to put together, but you need to toast some cumin seeds and grind them as well as clean and seed some tomatillos. Continue Reading →

Za'atar

Za’atar

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I was planning to make a side dish tonight that called for Za’atar, which is a Middle Eastern spice mixture that I didn’t have on hand. I was planning to substitute sumac, but then I figured I might as well see if I could find a recipe to make my own blend. Continue Reading →

Toasted Spice Guacamole

Toasted Spice Guacamole

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When the folks at ProCook asked me to try out some of their kitchen goodies, the first thing I wanted to get my hands on was a good mortar and pestle. We have had one for years, but it’s not very sturdy. So when I saw this gorgeous Chocolate Marble Pestle & Mortar on their site, I just knew it would be perfect. Continue Reading →

Grilled T-Bone Steaks with Dill-Horseradish Mayo

Grilled T-Bone Steaks with Dill-Horseradish Mayo

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What do you buy for the birthday boy who doesn’t want anything? Farm fresh BEEF. Yep. I picked up two gigantic T-Bone steaks from a local farm for Dino’s birthday meal, because steak isn’t something we eat very often, so it’s a real treat when we do. These beauties were over a pound each, and my goodness – they were phenomenal! Continue Reading →

Slow Cooker "Roasted" Garlic

Slow Cooker “Roasted” Garlic

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Since “roasting” beets in the slow cooker was such a success, I thought I’d try out “roasting” garlic. This worked out really well, too! The house smelled amazing while it was cooking away, and the garlic tasted just like it does when it roasts in the oven, but I didn’t have to heat up the house! Continue Reading →

Argentine Chimichurri Sauce

Argentine Chimichurri Sauce

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I made a trip to Trader Joes to stock up the freezer with goodies, and I decided to check out the steak selection while I was there. I picked up some top sirloin and decided to do something simple with it for dinner. I was going to make an herbed aioli, but then I remembered that I hadn’t made a chimichurri sauce in ages. I love it, and as long as everyone is eating it, the bad breath is totally worth it. Continue Reading →

Pickled Jalapeños

Pickled Jalapeños

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I made these pickled jalapeños a few months ago, but hadn’t actually prepared a meal to use some of them until tonight. This is a simple recipe to put together, but woaaaaah are they spicy. I definitely have a weird spice meter, because for some reason, I can eat serrano peppers with no problem, but jalapeños tend to be too spicy for me sometimes. But Dino likes jalapeños, and he agreed that these were crazy spicy. The flavor is good, but you definitely get hit with a wall of heat right off the bat. So enjoy these at your own risk! Continue Reading →

Raw Sweet Corn and Tomato Salsa

Raw Sweet Corn and Tomato Salsa

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I wanted to make a salsa with some of the things I had hanging out in the fridge to go with tonight’s dinner. I love how sweet fresh corn is this time of year – so good that you can eat it raw. So I combined it with some tomatoes and a few other things for a nice, refreshing salsa. Continue Reading →

Creamy Avocado Dressing

Creamy Avocado Dressing

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The avocados at the store this week were pretty sad. They were all rock hard, and I didn’t want to wait for them to ripen. But then I noticed that the bags of avocados were in better shape, so I picked one up. The first thing I did with them was to make this dressing Continue Reading →