Better-than-Takeout Chicken Fried Rice

When someone says Italian food,  you think pizza, pasta, risotto, olive oil, pesto, mozzarella etc.,  right? When I lived in Italy, I consumed all of the above, day after day.   It was delicious and admittedly a tad monotonous #firstworldproblems.  My darling roommate, K, wasn’t as concerned with ingesting as much authentic Italian cuisine as I was: enter chicken fri-ri (as the Italians called it.) K … Continue reading Better-than-Takeout Chicken Fried Rice

Fitzy Blends: Drink Your Vegetables

I am so happy to introduce a new guest blogger, one of my dear friends, Fitzy.  Fitzy’s real name is Ashley but she will always be Fitz or Fitzy to me.  Fitz and I met our freshman year of college but it wasn’t until we lived together in Florence, Italy our sophomore year (with eight other Duke girls) that we became fast and forever friends. … Continue reading Fitzy Blends: Drink Your Vegetables

Boozy Honey-Jalapeño Chicken

I’ve been on a cooking with alcohol kick lately (Whiskey Steak, Tipsy Turkey Chili)  and this dish joins the ranks.  Simmering the chicken in a beer, honey and jalapeno concoction made it tender and flavorful.   I used jalapeños from a jar which cuts the heat a bit but feel free to go fresh and dial it up.  I served with a heaping side of salad greens dressed … Continue reading Boozy Honey-Jalapeño Chicken

Cowboy Cooking {Giveaway} {Giveaway Closed}

In 2003 I worked as the cook on my Aunt Abie’s ranch in Pinedale, Wyoming.  Planning and cooking 3 meals a day for about 30 people (without a dishwasher!) taught me so much about cooking and kitchen management. My favorite time of day on the ranch was 6am when I would share the kitchen with Abie and my cousin Sally.   We would watch the … Continue reading Cowboy Cooking {Giveaway} {Giveaway Closed}

Coco-Loco Chicken Strips with Sweet and Spicy Sauce

I’m from the South where frying food is completely acceptable, even encouraged.  Don’t be daunted by the idea of frying; it is just like sauteing with a little more oil! This recipe will blow you away – it is sweet, salty and crunchy.  You don’t have to take my word for it,  this is currently Joe’s favorite dinner, knocking off Prosciutto Wrapped Stuffed Chicken for the … Continue reading Coco-Loco Chicken Strips with Sweet and Spicy Sauce

Tipsy Turkey Chili

Beer makes everything better so I dipped into Joe’s beer stash to create this flavorful turkey chili.  He didn’t complain and it also made for perfect weekend leftovers.   To buy: 1 can each of black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and cannellini beans, all drained  1/2 onion, diced 3 pounds ground turkey salt and pepper 1 small jar jalapenos, drained 1 tablespoon cumin  1 … Continue reading Tipsy Turkey Chili

Parker and Otis: A Happy Place

Parker and Otis is one of my favorite places in downtown Durham for a coffee, a quick meal, the perfect card, a unique bottle of wine or a gift for a foodie.  Here is their blog, Second Helpings and some pictures that demonstrate why it is a special place! At Parker and Otis, local isn’t just a buzzword and every breakfast is prepared with eggs from Latta’s Egg Ranch … Continue reading Parker and Otis: A Happy Place

Salmon with Lime- Maple Glaze and Spinach Rice

This recipe was inspired by the Epicurious: Asian Salmon Bowl with Lime Drizzle.  Besides being delicious and easy to prepare, salmon is high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D. On  a side note, one of the worst movies I’ve seen lately (and I’m a big fan of Emily Blunt) was Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.  According to Greg Quill from the Toronto Star: “The withering political … Continue reading Salmon with Lime- Maple Glaze and Spinach Rice