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

Ginger and Garlic-Marinated Steak with Pickled Cucumbers

Ahhh long time, no blog! Somehow July has almost passed me by without getting in a post but here I am with a simple, versatile marinade recipe.  This marinade stars some of my favorite ingredients, garlic and ginger.  Don’t worry about mincing either too finely and you don’t need to scrape the bits off before cooking.  You’ll want to keep them from burning by adding enough olive oil … Continue reading Ginger and Garlic-Marinated Steak with Pickled Cucumbers