Sundried Tomato and Basil Meatloaf

We’re officially snowed/iced in for the near future so I’m taking advantage of the cozy time inside to finally post a new recipe.  Since I hit the second trimester, (I’m pregnant with a baby girl due in May!) I’ve been craving cheeseburgers and hot dogs.  It was so out of control last week that I vowed to stop going through the Cookout drive-thru and to … Continue reading Sundried Tomato and Basil Meatloaf

Blackened Sirloin with Pickled Onion and Bell Pepper

This is a simple spice rub that uses ingredients probably already in your cabinet.  The tangy quick-pickled onion and pepper are a nice complement to the savory flavors of the steak.  We made a meal of it with spinach artichoke and cauliflower gratin of sorts.   What to buy (serves 2): 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon brown … Continue reading Blackened Sirloin with Pickled Onion and Bell Pepper

Guacamole Taquero {Tomatillo Guacamole}

I’ve been on a big salsa kick (Chiltomate anyone?) and I think of this one as if guacamole and salsa verde had a baby! The smooth, creamy avocados balance the tomatillos’ acidity to make a delicious salsa and topping for grilled meat.   I found that it tastes best the day it’s made, but the acidity from the tomatillos will keep it from discoloring as quickly as most … Continue reading Guacamole Taquero {Tomatillo Guacamole}

Ten-Minute Tandoori Chicken

I don’t have a tandoor oven but I’ve found this is a good way to replicate the traditional Indian dish at home.  I’m calling it ten-minute-tandoori because that’s all the time it will take (or less!) to mix your spices into an overnight marinade for your chicken and pop it into the oven the next day. The chicken will have awesome flavor from the yogurt and blend of spices. … Continue reading Ten-Minute Tandoori Chicken

Cauliflower, Artichoke and Spinach Dip and a GIVEAWAY from La Terra Fina! {Giveaway Closed}

Today is officially the last day of summer which means football is back!  Admittedly I’m new to the world of football since I met my husband, a diehard Bengals fan, three years ago.  However, I’ve always been a fan of tailgating and tailgating/game watching food. Everyone, whether they’re watching football or not, loves a good dip and today’s hot, baked cauliflower artichoke dip won’t last long at your … Continue reading Cauliflower, Artichoke and Spinach Dip and a GIVEAWAY from La Terra Fina! {Giveaway Closed}

Chiltomate {Roasted Tomato Habanero Salsa}

We escaped to Wrightsville Beach this weekend for a couple of nights so I made a bunch of stuff we could throw in a cooler for snacking on the beach.  I had a number of tomatoes from my CSA delivery earlier in the week so I roasted them with an onion and some hot peppers to make some Chiltomate.  Chiltomate is a recipe native to the … Continue reading Chiltomate {Roasted Tomato Habanero Salsa}

Carmelized Spicy Green Beans

Fresh green beans are one of my favorites because they’re so versatile.  My CSA was loaded with beans this week, sweet onions and tiny spicy peppers so this recipe was born.  The soy adds a saltiness, brown sugar a sweetness that caramelizes beautifully and the pepper provided a nice hit of spice.  Of course I was chopping peppers without any gloves and had burning hands/eyes/parts … Continue reading Carmelized Spicy Green Beans

Simple Pork Ramen with Vegetables

It has been a wonderfully busy couple of weeks with William’s first birthday and my little sister’s wedding.  Both celebrations were so special, filled with family and friends and of course, delicious cake! Today’s recipe is the first time I’ve made Japanese classic ramen, this version simplified with chicken stock instead of pork stock or demi-glace.  The best part about the dish is the seared and … Continue reading Simple Pork Ramen with Vegetables

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