If you’ve never made your own salsa, it’s time you step out and give it a whirl. Not only is fresh salsa super easy to make but it tastes much, much better than the jarred stuff. Plus, you’ll be the star of the party when you walk in with a bowl of this fresh, smoky • Read More »
Farmers’ Market QuesadillasSeptember 21, 2011 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Main Dish, Mexican, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Snack, Southwestern, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian.
One of the things I love about September is the potpourri of ripe veggies available at farm stands and farmers’ markets. Last week, I visited my local farm stand and purchased all the makings for these tasty quesadillas that are stuffed and garnished with a medly of fresh corn, chile peppers, summer squash and tomatoes. The quesadillas • Read More »
Roasted Tomato Salsa (Salsa Quemada)September 7, 2011 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Dip, Mexican, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sauce, Snack, Vegetable, Vegetarian.
This salsa rocks! If you’ve never made fresh salsa before, I highly encourage you to make a batch of it. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to whip up and how delicious it is! Of course, starting with top quality ingredients (vine-ripened tomatoes) is key to a good salsa, while dry roasting the veggies in a pan • Read More »
Blue Cheese-Grilled Chicken over Balsamic TomatoesAugust 24, 2011 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Chicken, Grilling/BBQ, Main Dish, Quick Cooking, Recipes.
One of the beautiful things about summer is the abundance of fresh-tasting recipes like this one for Blue Cheese-Grilled Chicken over Balsamic Tomatoes. It’s super easy to make and a great way to feature those sweet, vine-ripened tomatoes. If you don’t like blue cheese, a good substitute would be slices of fresh mozzarella. Serve the grilled • Read More »
Pico De Gallo SalsaJuly 19, 2011 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Appetizer, Condiment, Dip, Mexican, Quick Cooking, Sauce, Snack.
Homemade salsa is super easy to make and waaaaay better than most you’ll buy at the grocery store. Plus, you can make it exactly how you like it (spicier, milder, more lime, etc.). Whip up a batch of this salsa, buy the best tortilla chips you can find and invite some friend over! Homemade salsa is • Read More »
Summer Minestrone with PestoNovember 14, 2010 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Italian, Main Dish, Recipes, Soup/Stew, Vegetable.
I got together with a group of girlfriends from my bible study on Friday to organize a friend’s garage. The friend we were helping is a mom of two young boys and her husband has been in the hospital for several months awaiting a heart transplant. Needless to say, it’s been a difficult season for this family, so a chilly, overcast November day was • Read More »
Ranchero Beef StewNovember 6, 2010 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Beef, Comfort Food, Recipes, Soup/Stew.
Beef stew is always a favorite at my house. Sometimes I like to change it up by making Ranchero Beef Stew, a Spanish-inspired dish that features beef simmered with carrots, green chilies, tomatoes and green olives. It’s hearty, filling and and a nice change from traditional beef stew! The recipe states that the stew only needs • Read More »
Grilled Chicken with Creamy Pumpkin Mole SauceOctober 18, 2010 | By andrea | 9 Comments | Filed in: Chicken, Grilling/BBQ, Mexican, Recipes, Southwestern.
I love trying new recipes and am intrigued by “twists” on classic dishes. For this reason, I wanted to try out this recipe for Spicy Grilled Chicken with Creamy Pumpkin Mole Sauce. Mole (pronounced mō-lā) is a type of sauce (or dish based on these sauces) that uses chili peppers as the common ingredient. Many moles • Read More »
Zucchini CaponataSeptember 6, 2010 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Condiment, Dip, Italian, Recipes, Side Dish, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian.
If you’re looking for a way to use up some of that summer zucchini, try this recipe for Zucchini Caponata. The combo of zucchini, tomatoes and olives makes a great topping for grilled bread or a quick, fresh sauce for cooked pasta. I bet it would also be really good as a topping for grilled chicken • Read More »
Dry-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Fire-Roasted Tomato SauceAugust 20, 2010 | By andrea | 5 Comments | Filed in: Grilling/BBQ, Main Dish, Mexican, Pork, Recipes, Summer.
This Mexi-inspired recipe will please most tastes (sans vegetarians). The lightly seasoned pork has good flavor without being dominated by the rub, which is a combo of paprika, brown sugar, chile powder and allspice. After I put the rub on the pork, I put it back in the fridge for a few hours while I • Read More »