Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback Potato

As a Midwesterner, I love meat and potatoes.  The combination is amazing!  However, sometimes it gets hard to spice up the combo.  I discovered that the Swedes have been spicing up their potatoes for years.  They fan out the potato and bake it making a mixture between a baked potato and a thick cut chip. … Read moreHasselback Potatoes

Lemon Garlic Grilled Chicken

Chicken is a great meat for grilling.  Chicken is a blank canvas just waiting for you to add a few ingredients to make it pop. This recipe is one of those simple yet extraordinary dishes.  It takes 10 minutes to prep, 1-4 hours to marinate and 16-25 minutes to grill.  Then there is the flavor.  The lemon, garlic and rosemary make this simple dish pop with little to no sodium. This is a great dish.

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Herb Roasted Chicken

Herb Roasted Chicken

Sometimes a little visit to the store will inspire you.  In this case it was a brief encounter with a roaster chicken at the local Food Lion.  I was strolling through the aisles looking for some inspiration when I saw it.  A $2 chicken.  It immediately hit me.  Time to make a roasted chicken!  Dana … Read moreHerb Roasted Chicken

Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes

Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes

I love potatoes. The fabulous tubers are always on my mind when it comes to side dishes. I was looking through my portfolio of recipes and realized that I have never roasted potatoes. That has to change. So I diced up some potatoes, chopped up some herbs, minced some garlic and made some of the … Read moreGarlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes

Chicken, Spinach and Tomato Pasta

Chicken Spinach Tomato Pasta

I like to keep fresh produce lying around, but it spoils so quickly.  So I have determined a few ways to keep fresh produce on hand but have it last as long as possible.  First tip, cherry tomatoes.  They keep for a long time and you can use them for everything from sandwiches to pasta. … Read moreChicken, Spinach and Tomato Pasta

Szechwan Beef Stir-Fry

Szechwan Beef Stir-fry

I am always looking for new ways to cook beef.  I have made stir-frys’ in the past but none of them were Szechwan.  What is Szechwan Cuisine?  Well Szechwan means originating from the Sichuan Province of southwestern China.  I is known for  bold flavors, particularly the pungency and spiciness resulting from liberal use of garlic and chili peppers¹. This stir-fry … Read moreSzechwan Beef Stir-Fry

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

The other night I was struggling to think of something to make for dinner.  Then I saw this photo on SavorySights and I wanted stuffed peppers. So I modified the recipe a bit and created a stuffed pepper that was amazing.  It was tasty and filling and best of all, easy to make. Stuffed Peppers – (adapted … Read moreStuffed Peppers

Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower

I love cauliflower!  So this recipe is right up my alley.  Roasted cauliflower with the dark crispy edges.  Low in fat and if you use low-sodium soy sauce, low in sodium too.  Amazing!  It is the perfect side dish for any meal.  I paired it with a few NY Strip steaks and some baked potatoes. … Read moreRoasted Cauliflower

Quick Chicken Stir-Fry

Chicken Stir Fry

The other day I wanted something quick to eat.  Nothing screams fast, like stir-fry.  So I decided to go and see what looked good at the market.  I found some broccoli and bell peppers.  Plus, Dana loves water chestnuts so I added a can of those.  To be honest, they are my favorite part too.  A Stir-fry does not have to be complicated.  A little garlic and ginger and you can make almost any veggie taste awesome.

Chicken Stir Fry

Overall this stir-fry took 12 minutes from start to finish.

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Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Last week I made a pot roast and it needed a few sides.  So I searched the internet to find a couple of sides to serve along with the roast.  One was the Roasted Cauliflower that I posted about last week.  Today I am posting about some exquisitely creamy, garlic Parmesan mashed potatoes.  So tasty and full of flavor.  They honestly take no more time than regular mashed potatoes so if you have a choice, I would always make these.

Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

I shaved some slices of Parmesan onto the potatoes for this shot.  It is unnecessary, but added yet another punch of cheese flavor to the dish.

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Eggs Baked in Roasted Tomato Sauce

The other day I was reading the December issue of Food and Wine and I came across this recipe and I had to try it.  Roasted tomato sauce and eggs.  So simple yet I had never even thought of trying it.  Although it takes a bit to make it, the tomato sauce can be made ahead of time so that you can make a quick and easy dish.

Eggs baked in roasted tomato sauce
Eggs baked in roasted tomato sauce

Serve with some toasted slices of baguette and you have a great breakfast.

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