Spinach and Artichoke Patty Melt

Creamy spinach and artichoke dip piled high on top of a thick patty melt! www.lemonsforlulu.com

A creamy spinach and artichoke spread makes the perfect topping for a patty melt! I spent way too much time pigging out on spinach and artichoke dip when I was younger.  It’s all TGI Friday’s fault.  As soon as they opened a location close to home it became a regular hang out for me and my friends.  We couldn’t afford much beyond a drink and appetizers, namely their spinach and artichoke dip!  Oh my gosh, was that good!  It was the perfect … Continue reading →

Meatless Meals: Veggie Oven Melt Sandwich

A meatless meal heaven: veggie melt sandwich! www.lemonsforlulu.com

Meatless Meals couldn't be simpler with this oven baked veggie melt sandwich! I try to serve the family a meatless meal once a week.  I'll be frank, it's not all for dietary reasons, sometimes I'm just plain cheap.  I'll be picking nice plump chicken breasts at the grocery store when I decide I don't really feel like spending an extra $10 on more carnivorous food.  So I head back to the produce in search of vegetarian options. This is how … Continue reading →

Avocado BLT

The new BLT with crisp bacon, creamy avocados, garlic mayo, arugula and sundried tomatoes! www.lemonsforlulu.com

A fresh take on a classic sandwich!  This avocado BLT is sure to be a hit!  I have had some of the best BLT sandwiches while on vacation.  Incidentally, both have been in the south and both have held fried green tomatoes.  I make a pretty tasty  fried green tomato myself, but it’s a lot of work, causes a lot of grease to splatter.  It has to be a pretty special occassion for me to make them.  What do I do when I’m short on time but craving a … Continue reading →

Greek Vegetarian Sandwiches

Vegetarian Sandwiches with a Greek flair! Inside you’ll find hummus, veggies, feta and tzitziki sauce! www.lemonsforlulu.com

These vegetarian sandwiches have lots of Greek flavor and are so simple and delicious!  They are light on meat but definitely NOT light on taste!  When I was in college there were three Greek restaurants on campus.  All were seedy dives but in different ways.   One was literally a hole in the wall, that was carry-out only.  It had the best Gyro's in town.  The second place was dine in and had a varied … Continue reading →

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Ham, Pineapple and Cheese

Sweet and spicy ham and pineapple grilled cheese! www.lemonsforlulu.com

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 →

Caprese Italian Sausage

A Caprese salad is the perfect topping for grilled Italian sausage! www.lemonsforlulu.com

 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 →

Smoked Sausage with Chow Chow Slaw

Grilled smoked sausage with a tangy sweet chow chow slaw! www.lemonsforlulu.com

 Grilled smoked sausage topped with the tangiest homemade chow chow slaw! One of my favorite local events is a big Oktoberfest in the city.  It happens every year in September.  Lots of cream puffs, draft beer, and the world’s largest chicken dance.  That right there is worth putting up with Portalets!  It wouldn’t be any German festival without lots of German sausage piled high with sauerkraut!  Sausage and kraut is about the only German food … Continue reading →

Chorizo Turkey Burger


 This pumped up turkey burger is blended with spicy chorizo, pepper jack cheese, cool avacados and fresh pico de gallo!     I am not a big fan of the phrase “man food."  What does that really mean anyway?  The phrase would imply that men eat differently than women.  I would like to argue that point.  Men may eat more, but do they really eat differently?  I eat steak.  I eat pork, burgers, wings, and bacon.  And get this, I even grill … Continue reading →

Fajita Grilled Cheese

A spicy kicked up Fajita grilled cheese sandwich! www.lemonsforlulu.com

Fresh peppers, onions, mushrooms and avocados combine with spicy Jack cheese for a kicked up Fajita Grilled Cheese! I’m utterly addicted to spicy food.  There isn’t a food out there that I don’t think would be better with a little heat.  Heck even chocolate tastes better with a little chili powder.  Am I totally alone in this train of thought?  I didn’t think so.  It’s not really my fault.  I blame my parents, who were spicy food addicts … Continue reading →