Greek Orzo Salad

It’s picnic season! Everyone get out their checkered blanket, picnic basket, paper plates and perfect picnic foods. Actually, now that begs the question: what is the perfect picnic food? Sandwiches? Potluck? Chips and dip? Hot vs. cold? As you make up your mind, consider this delicious, easy, orzo salad. It can be made ahead, served…

Turkey Burgers with Avocado and Goat Cheese

Introducing your new favorite dinner! Fantastically spiced turkey burgers, roasted sweet potatoes with old bay and a simple Mediterranean salad – what’s not to love? I admit this is not the best food photo I’ve taken but give me a chance to explain. That food you see below was hot and ready to eat. We…

Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette

It’s the latest trend in our house. I make different vinaigrette’s, they taste great and last for about a week. We eat a salad with almost every dinner so this comes in handy! The best part is that the recipe is super flexible so you could add different vinegars or ingredients to turn out a…

Roasted Vegetable Orzo Salad

This past weekend we hosted a salad party. No, it wasn’t lame. And yes we did feel less guilty about eating the desserts. Now that those two questions are out of the way I have to really praise the creativity of what people brought! A Mediterranean chickpea salad, an orzo salad with balsamic vinaigrette and…

Walnut Cranberry Chicken Salad

I had a few chicken breast left over after making a chicken caesar salad last night. I needed to find a recipe with the following requirements: low hassle prep and clean-up, few ingredients and tasty (of course). Jackpot! Smitten Kitchen’s chicken salad recipe was just what I was looking for. I had all of ingredients…

Walnut Goat Cheese Salad with Roasted Red Peppers

Recently James and I have been thinking about being vegetarian. Not that we’re going to stop eating meat right away, but we’re beginning to learn and understand the benefits — both personally and environmentally — of eating less meat. The goal isn’t necessarily to become a vegetarian, just be more aware of what we eat…

Caesar Salad with Chicken

This blog is on a roll! I missed cooking and writing so here we go — day number two! Not much to say about caesar salad other than we all know that it’s fabulous. Ingredients Salad and Dressing romaine lettuce 5 cloves crushed, minced garlic 1 egg yolk 1 T. dijon mustard 1 T. lemon…

Beach Recipes

Hi folks! Yes it’s been about two weeks since the last entry and may be another two weeks before we get another. Here’s the deal: The last week and a half or so I was on vacation. This week I’ve been preparing to go to Denver for the conventions and next week I’ll actually be…

Buttermilk Baked Chicken, Cumin-Coleslaw and Cottage Cheese Pasta

The chicken and coleslaw come from Everyday Food: Great Food Fast By Martha Stewart Living. This is an excellent cook book with quick, easy recipes based on foods that are in season. The pictures are beautiful and the recipes delicious. The cottage cheese part of this post is a family recipe that comes down from,…