Heirloom Tomato Greek Salad

Heirloom Tomato Greek Salad

I had quite a few smaller heirloom tomatoes so I decided to make a salad by adding some cucumber, onion, feta, and kalamata olives to the tomatoes then tossed them with some of my leftover Fran’s Vinaigrette. I let...

Brie and Mango Pepper Jelly Crostini

Brie and Mango Pepper Jelly Crostini

Since it has been so hot here recently we have been having a lot of smorgasbords for dinner. Usually a rotisserie chicken or deli meats with veggies, fruits, cheese, olives, pickles, etc. Last night I decided to switch it...

Pasta Carbonara with Bacon and Peas

Pasta Carbonara with Bacon and Peas

When I think of simple comfort food, I think of this dish. There’s something so comforting about this pasta with the salty bacon, creamy Parmesan cheese, and sweet pop of the peas. It takes less than 15 minutes to...

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Heirloom Caprese Salad

I recently picked up some beautiful heirloom tomatoes and decided to keep it simple and make a caprese salad with them. I drizzled the tomatoes and mozzarella cheese with good olive oil then seasoned with sea salt and freshly...

Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream Pie

Our good friend had a birthday on Tuesday and he requested homemade coconut cream pie for dessert. I cheated a bit by using a premade pie crust but the rest was homemade. I adapted a recipe I found on...

Roasted Green Beans with Shiitake Mushrooms and Garlic

Roasted Green Beans with Shiitake Mushrooms and Garlic

I have been loving shiitake mushrooms lately and had a serious craving earlier this week. I decided to roast some green beans with shiitake mushrooms and garlic for a simple yet tasty side dish that paired beautifully with the Shrimp...

Shrimp Stir Fry with Asparagus and Grape Tomatoes

Shrimp Stir Fry with Asparagus and Grape Tomatoes

I had my son in mind when I made this dish. He loves seafood and he loves anything with soy sauce. I picked up some fresh shrimp from our grocery store along with asparagus and tomatoes and I decided...

Sesame Garlic Basmati Rice

Sesame Garlic Basmati Rice

I wanted to serve rice as a side dish to our Asian flavored meal. I decided to sauté the garlic and rice in sesame oil and a bit of butter before cooking it Рmy kitchen smelled amazing while...

Quick Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Quick Refrigerator Dill Pickles

My daughter is a huge lover of dill pickles and of course her favorite kind are nearly 5 dollars a jar! I saw a recipe on A Couple Cooks that looks so quick and simple I just had to...

Chicken Chopped Salad with Avocado, Grilled Corn, and Extra Sharp Cheddar

Chicken Chopped Salad with Avocado, Grilled Corn, and Extra Sharp Cheddar

We’ve had 90+ degree weather all week long which means I don’t feel like cooking. I picked up a rotisserie chicken from the store along with a couple ears of corn to make a hearty salad for dinner. I...