Meat-Free Friday: Spicy Shrimp with Green Beans

My husband loves Chinese food and always wants to order take-out, but I don’t really like it (unless its raining for some reason). It’s always so heavy and sticky and sweet. Not my thing. When it comes to Asian, I definitely prefer Thai or Indian. Once in a while though I’ll make something Chinese at […]

Spicy Gumbo with Andouille and Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Gumbo is one of my favorite soups. There’s just something about it that’s so delicious. I’m not a fan of canned soups at all, but I will on occasion eat canned gumbo because that’s how much I like it. This recipe is way better than canned though. It’s very spicy (you can reduce the cayenne […]

Country Ribs with Beer and Mustard Glaze

I love barbequed ribs, but making them always seemed very intimidating – they have to cook for so long on the grill and I’m always convinced that I’ll burn them to a crisp. The barbeque braising recipes in the most recent Fine Cooking magazine caught my eye because they start and finish on the grill, […]

Summertime Salad: Steak, Berries and Goat Cheese with Apricot-Balsamic Vinaigrette

This salad was excellent. The berries were very juicy and sweet and the herbs on the goat cheese were full of flavor. I warmed the cheese in a pan, which gave it an extra creamy texture. It would also be great to encrust the cheese in nuts before warming it (I think pecans or walnuts would work well). Overall, this had a nice balance of sweet and savory and the whole thing was filling without feeling heavy.

Meat-Free Fridays: Rigatoni with Cream Sauce and Eggplant Balls

Those may look like normal meatballs, but I promise the closest thing in there to meat is eggplant. I really like to make these as a meatless alternative. The texture is very similar to a regular meatball (not at all like the frozen vegetarian meatballs you can buy) and they stay nice and moist. They […]

Pollo Fundido and Tropical Smoothie

I’m not sure what it is about pollo fundido that so fun. I think it’s the name! Or these cheese. Either way, this is a great dish. This time we went with a Tex-Mex approach, which was a nice change from the more traditional approach to Mexican that we normally take. The beans and corn […]