Charred Corn Salsa over Grilled Cumin Steak

Corn salsa with a little char makes the perfect cumin steak topping!

Charred corn salsa is light and flavorful!  It’s the perfect topping or the perfect dip! I know some people go nuts over a good steak.  I am not one of those people.  In fact, I couldn’t tell a good steak if it hit me in the face.  Part of this is due to my upbringing.  My mom was a thrifty chef and only bought meat sitting in the clearance section of our grocery store.  This usually meant that our meat was very tough and extremely chewy. … Continue reading →

Easy BLT Pizza Recipe

Tis BLT Pizza recipe is so easy and quick, you’ll forget all about your favorite take out!

This easy BLT pizza recipe will have you saying so long to take out! I announced to my family that I was NOT going to cook on vacation.  By definition, vacation means to take a break.  If cooking and cleaning are my job, I should NOT be doing them on vacation right?  Right.  No cooking, zilch, zip, nada. Yes, I poured milk for cereal and made sandwiches, but not once did I turn on the stove or the oven.  No mixing, no stirring, no serving. … Continue reading →

JalapenoTurkey Burger

Thick turkey burgers topped with poblanos,,jalapeños and spicy cheese!

Lots of smoky flavor and melted cheese in this moist, Jalapeño Burger!    It finally happened; our grill bit the dust.  We came home from vacation a couple of weeks ago and found the bottom had literally fallen out of our grill.  My husband cleaned up the mess while I did carthweels around him.  It was a good grill, it was just very, very old.  It hadn’t certainly seen better (cleaner) days.   I’m so happy to have purchased a new … Continue reading →

Grilled Chicken Recipe with Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Grilled Chicken breast coated in Jamaican Jerk seasoning

 This grilled chicken recipe is flavored with a simple Jamaican jerk seasoning.  The perfect way to put a little zing into your dinner!   I have a love hate relationship with dinner.  I love to cook, but I don’t enjoy those chaotic nights where I’m scrambling to find something to cook.  I love serving home cooked meals to my family, but I hate trying to please each individual palate.  Some nights all the decisions make my head spin. … Continue reading →

BLT Tortellini Salad

BLT tortellini salad comes together so easily! It’s made with a simple Greek yogurt dressing and has lots of fresh tomatoes!

This post has been sponored by SocialStars #WalmartProduce.   I’m honored to be partnered to bring you these tasty recipes! This tortellini salad is tossed with a Greek yogurt dressing, bacon, lettuce and tomato!  Perfect BBQ food! There is nothing quite like a homegrown tomato is there?  I remember plucking juicy beef steak tomatoes right from my mom’s garden when I was a kid.  I’d bite right into them like they were apples.  I’d sprinkle a … Continue reading →

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Ham, Pineapple and Cheese

Sweet and spicy ham and pineapple grilled cheese!

Pineapple takes center stage in this spicy grilled ham and cheese! I cannot pinpoint exactly when I decided to added a little sweetness to my savory dishes.  But I’ve certainly become obsessed with it.   In the past several months I've combined smoky pork with the sweetness of pineapple, plump blueberries with basil,  and tart cherries on pizza.  And I’m just getting warmed up!  I think by combining the sweet and the savory all in one dish, … Continue reading →

Antipasto Salad with Feta Vinaigrette

A simple antipasto salad with two kinds of olives, roasted red peppers, artichokes and a tangy feta vinaigrette

This antipasto salad is perfect for those warm summer nights when it's too hot to cook!   This vibrant salad has lots of olives, bell peppers, artichokes and topped with a tangy feta vinaigrette! There’s a book called The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.  I’ve never read it, I’m not really sure what it’s about, but I sort of have a story about a traveling dress.  It all started about 50 years ago.  My mom had just given birth to my sister … Continue reading →

Bahn Mi Hot Dog

The hot dog grows up! This twist has fresh veggies and a spicy Sriracha mayo!

These Bahn Mi hot dogs are for those of us who have outgrown ketchup and mustard!  Instead these dogs are topped with veggies and a spicy Sriracha mayo! I’m not a huge fan of hot dogs.  I’m not sure I ever was a fan actually.  I think it’s a texture thing.  Which is the same reason I don’t like bologna.  I also don’t like bologna because I cannot really tell what kind of meat it really is.  It’s a bit scary to me. The only time I eat a hot … Continue reading →

Caprese Italian Sausage

A Caprese salad is the perfect topping for grilled Italian sausage!

 Caprese salad makes the perfect topping for spicy Italian sausage! The first time I had a Caprese Salad I was on my honeymoon in Mexico of all places.  I remember it was actually part of our very first meal there.  Clearly it was memorable because that is the only thing I remember eating the entire week!  But that Caprese salad, ah that WAS good!  The soft, silky mozzarella, the fresh, thickly sliced tomatoes, the brilliant basil and … Continue reading →