Chipotle Glazed Pork Chops

This is spicy way to cook pork chops in less than fifteen minutes. You’ll love the way the smoky flavor of the adobo sauce combines with honey and balsamic to make a delicious glaze.  I used the leftover sauce for the next few days as a marinade for shrimp and a spicy dipping sauce. Whip up some delicious Crock Pot Carnitas with the remaining chipotle peppers.  We … Continue reading Chipotle Glazed Pork Chops

Grilled Salmon and Peach Summer Salad

The Fresh Market had some really nice salmon yesterday and perfectly ripe peaches arrived this week in my CSA so I decided to combine the two in a lovely summer salad.  The peaches are lightly grilled to bring out their sweetness and everything is tossed in a cilantro lime vinaigrette like this one from Epicurious.  You can make this ahead of time and store in the … Continue reading Grilled Salmon and Peach Summer Salad

Herb Salt

I’ve been trying to take advantage of summer’s bounty before it’s gone, making and freezing roasted tomato sauce and loads of herb salt.  On Sunday I made four kinds of herb salt straight from the pots on my deck including cilantro, rosemary, parsley and basil.  I was inspired by the recipe here at Bon Appetit but used fresh herbs as in this recipe from The Splendid Table.Infusing herbs into salt … Continue reading Herb Salt

Easy Weeknight (Lightened Up) Shrimp Po’ Boys

Since I found this recipe for shrimp ceviche at the Durham Cookbook Rodeo this summer it’s been the only way I wanted to make shrimp but the other night I decided it was time to change things up and make a lightened up version of a fried shrimp po’ boy.  A traditional New Orleans po’ boy (or poboy, po-boy, poor boy, whatever you prefer) is a … Continue reading Easy Weeknight (Lightened Up) Shrimp Po’ Boys

Artichoke-Basil Chicken and Broccolini

This is a great recipe if you’re tired of pesto but have a garden full of basil.  (That said, if pesto is your thing check out these recipes.) This simple weeknight dinner will take you less than 20 minutes from start to finish.  All you need to do is sauté the chicken, toss it in a quick pan sauce and stir in some flavorful artichoke hearts and sweet basil. … Continue reading Artichoke-Basil Chicken and Broccolini

Asian BBQ {in your Crockpot}

For years I made BBQ pork tenderloin in my slow cooker using this tried and true recipe but I decided to switch things up this week after coming across this recipe from The Food Charlatan.  This is now our absolute favorite way to make slow cooker pork BBQ; it was so so so good! It’s just as easy as my original recipe with a few more ingredients. … Continue reading Asian BBQ {in your Crockpot}

Takeout Fakeout Kung Pao Chicken

My “fakeout takeout” recipes like Crockpot Cashew Chicken and Sesame Chicken are some of my most popular posts so I’ve got a new one for you today! Today’s recipe is an addictively delicious way to make chicken and vegetables thanks to the combo of salty, sweet and spicy flavors.  I used a big wok to stir fry everything but a regular pan will work just fine too. … Continue reading Takeout Fakeout Kung Pao Chicken

Super Simple (Light on the Mayo) Chicken Salad

I’m not a big fan of mayo so I’m always skeptical of chicken salad and the like but this version (inspired by the ever popular Foster’s Market Tarragon Chicken Salad) is delicious and perfectly light on the mayo. It has grapes and apples for sweetness, pecans and celery for crunch and a creamy chive dressing to top everything off.  It will keep well for several days, so … Continue reading Super Simple (Light on the Mayo) Chicken Salad

Fresh Tomato and Corn Salad

This recipe is adapted from Papa Spuds, a cool local company that has been my go-to this Spring and Summer for fresh produce, meats and baked good (the oatmeal raisin cookies are insane.) Fresh Tomato and Corn Salad is everything I like about summer dining.  There’s no need to turn on the oven and you can’t beat fresh sweet corn just out of the fields and herbs from … Continue reading Fresh Tomato and Corn Salad