Caramelized Onion Dip
This caramelized onion dip will bring tears to your eyes and put  a smile on you face.   It goes particularly well with sweet potato chips, but pretzels, pita chips, carrots or crostini would all go equally well!   Make it a day ahead and let the flavors meld for the most awesome experience! Enjoy! Onions should cook for about 20 minutes […]

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Quick Hamburger Buns
These buns are quick and easy…even if you don’t bake, you can make these!  They taste so much better than the ones you buy in the store.  Making sliders or really big burgers and just can’t find the right size bun?  No problem!  You now have the flexibility to create any shape or size  bun you want.  With an extra kick of […]

Quick Hamburger Buns


Pickled Onions
This is a great backyard grilling condiment that you wont want to be without!  So many uses!!  Pickling onions takes all the bite out and leaves you with nothing but goodness.  You can top off sandwiches, burgers, tacos, grilled cheese, hotdogs, pulled pork, wraps, salads, pizza, bagels with cream cheese and lox, nachos and not to mention…vodka martinis! CLICK HERE FOR SOME TIPS ON MAKING GREAT […]

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Crunchy Chinese Chicken Salad
This crunchy and super flavorful salad has you covered on those hot evenings when the last thing you want to do is cook!  There really is nothing better than this salad’s refreshingly cool crunch and burst of Asian flavors…except  maybe the fact that you don’t have to slave over a hot stove to make it!  Enjoy! Print Crunchy Chinese Chicken Salad […]

Crunchy Chinese Chicken Salad


Best Ever macaroni and cheese
Ahh, Mac and Cheese…the side dish for ALL seasons.  Seriously, what other side dish can stand up to it?  In the Winter it’s creamy warm goodness rivals the best of comfort foods.  In the Summer, no barbeque is complete without it!  Kids love it, adults love it…what’s not to love?  Make it homemade and you will blow minds! My go to mac and cheese […]

Best Ever Mac and Cheese


Octoberfest Bratwurst Sandwich
Everyone knows how much I LOVE Octoberfest!  In honor of the occasion I present part two of my celebration of one of the best festivals ever!  This awesome Bavarian tradition started in 1810 and goes on for 16 days every year, starting in mid- September and going through the beginning of October.  More than 6 million people take part in it every year. This recipe is […]

Octoberfest Bratwurst Sandwich



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There is just something about vine ripened summertime tomatoes…they make the most amazingly fresh and flavorful dishes.  You already know that my tomato growing skills are incredibly pitiful so off to the Farmer’s Market I go, every Saturday, in search of my next tomato inspiration.  You can definitely still find good tomatoes there, so make the most of them! It’s hard to believe […]

Summertime Tomato Panzanella (Italian Bread Salad)


Devon's Pulled Pork and Slaw Waffles
Just  a couple of weeks ago the family headed down to So Cal for the Water Polo Junior Olympics…during our travels we always make a point of trying fun and different food.  On this trip we were introduced to our new favorite chain restaurant…Bruxie.  Imagine your favorite breakfast or lunch fixin’s  sandwiched between the most amazingly light and crispy waffle you […]

Devon’s Pulled Pork and Slaw Waffles


Grilled Buttermilk Chicken
Just like buttermilk brining the Thanksgiving turkey, marinating grilled chicken in buttermilk gives the same awesome result.    Succulent, flavorful chicken that can’t be beat!  You can use any cut of chicken, but this time, my kids requested drumsticks, so drumsticks it was!  Marinate for up to a day, and feel free to season with your favorite spice rub or bbq sauce […]

Grilled Buttermilk Chicken



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  Let’s kick taco night up a notch!  Variations of this recipe have been a staple in my cooking repertoire since college.  It is so quick, so easy and so tasty.  I’m sure everyone has a “taco salad” recipe in their family cook book, but why not take it to the next level and serve it in a tortilla bowl to make it […]

Fiesta Taco Salad Bowls


Steakhouse Blue Cheese Dressing
I am the first to admit that I haven’t always been a fan of blue cheese dressing.   That was, until one special dinner out,  when in all its glory, it was served  atop a cold, crisp wedge of iceberg lettuce, sprinkled with little crunchy bits of bacon heaven and placed before my husband.  I had never before seen something so thick,  yet so creamy…and […]

Steakhouse Blue Cheese Dressing


Grilled Tandoori Chicken
This is a perfect recipe for backyard  grilling on a hot summer day, and this dish is all about FLAVOR!   This is the juiciest and most flavorful chicken that I have ever had.  I found this recipe years ago in Fine Cooking Magazine and unlike most recipes, I haven’t changed a single ingredient!  It’s got an  exotic flavor very different from your everyday barbequed […]

Grilled Tandoori Chicken



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With summer weather comes the search for fun, tasty and easy recipes to complement whatever you’re cooking on the grill.  I am always looking for ways to add an unexpected twist to my go to dishes, making summer cookout season one of my favorite times to  cook.  Sometimes one little twist is all it takes to turn a good dish into a fantastic dish.   This is exactly what happens […]

Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad


Chicken Souvlaki 2
Grilling season is once again upon us!  It’s one of my favorite times of year.  Marinated meats sizzling on the grill, the aroma so incredible that you can almost taste it…there’s nothing better!  When my family was recently in Greece, we had the opportunity to enjoy lots of great Greek grilled meats.  The combination of lemon and herbs that flavors this Chicken Souvlaki is a […]

Chicken Souvlaki


Lemon Garlic Aioli
Aioli…oh, so many uses!  I made this one to go with my Grilled Artichokes.  Though the artichokes are fantastic by themselves, this will take them over the top.   Aioli can be served with pretty much everything… burgers, shrimp, crab cakes, grilled veggies, eggs, crudités and even French fries.  So quick and easy to make, if you haven’t had aioli, especially with artichokes, you have got to give […]

Lemon Garlic Aioli