Smoky Orange Vinaigrette

1/4 cup rice vinegar 2 tbsp orange marmalade 1 tbsp water 1 tsp honey 1/2 tsp paprika 1/2 small shallot – minced 1/4 cup olive oil Kosher Salt Freshly ground pepper I love homemade salad dressings, but some of the recipes are hit or miss. Tried this one over spinach, goat cheese, cashews and baked…

Cold Quinoa Salad

INGREDIENTS: Salad: 1 english cucumber – chopped 1 can drained garbanzo beans (chickpeas) 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese 1/4 cup shelled pistachios 2 cups chilled cooked Quinoa 1/4 cup chopped basil or mint 1/2 cup grape or cherry tomatoes 1/2 cup diced red onion Dressing: 1/4 cup olive oil 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 2…

VOTE NOW! Maple Pecan Sweet Potato Mash

My sweet potato mash is in a Thanksgiving Side contest on one of our favorite cooking sites – 12tomatoes.com/recipe-contest please go vote (its toward the bottom)!! INGREDIENTS:  3 Pounds Sweet Potatoes (4-6 medium) 3 slices of bacon, chopped 1 tbsp bourbon (I use Makers Mark) 1/2 cup heavy cream, warmed 6 tbsp cold salted butter,…

Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich 2.0

I have found the ultimate grilled cheese combination! 1 slice Provolone 1 thick slice of gruyere 3 small square slices of cheddar 2 tbsp sauteed onions Spreadable butter grated parmesan 1 – Spread butter on the outsides of two slices of bread.  Sprinkle parmesan on top of the butter and spread (these will be the…

Mel’s Red Beans & Rice

INGREDIENTS: 6-7 slices of bacon – chopped 1/4 cup olive oil 1 diced yellow onion 1 diced bell pepper (we used green) 2 stalks celery diced 1 bayleaf 1 tbsp paprika 1/2 tsp of your favorite hot sauce (we used Tabasco and did about 4-5 shakes) 1/2 packet of pickled pork 8 cups chicken stock…

Chili Recipe 2.0

INGREDIENTS 1 pound ground beef, chuck preferred 1 small-medium onion, diced 2 large cans diced tomatoes 2 cans dark red kidney beans, drained 1 can condensed tomato soup 1 can green chili peppers (4oz) 2 tsp cumin 1-2 cloves garlic 2 1/2 tablespoons regular chili powder 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 tsp black pepper…

Product Review: EggPod

I eat 2 hard boiled eggs as a snack everyday. Unfortunately, I was never good at timing the boiling of the eggs well. They would always be IMPOSSIBLE to peel, and either over or under cooked. Alas, the EggPod, an infomercial-worthy product, has actually solved all three of these problems for me! I was skeptical…

Turkey Meatballs

I absolutely love turkey meatballs served over cooked zucchini noodles with a little bit of tomato sauce and Parmesan! This recipe will not disappoint! INGREDIENTS: 2 pounds ground turkey 93% lean 1 cup bread crumbs or panko or rolled oats 2/3 cup onion minced 1/2 cup fresh parsley minced 2 large eggs 3 cloves garlic…

Ginger Cashew Chicken (Spicy!)

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup salted, roasted cashews, divided 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 4 teaspoons sambal oelek, divided Kosher salt 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into ½-inch pieces 1 large onion, chopped Freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons finely minced ginger 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 2 cups milk DIRECTIONS: Coarsely chop ½ cup cashews….

Sheet Pan Gnocchi

Ingredients 1 pound fresh, shelf-stable, or frozen potato gnocchi 1 (12-ounce) bag mixed baby bell peppers (or 2 medium bell peppers), cut into 1-inch chunks 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes 1 small red onion, cut into 1-inch chunks 4 cloves garlic, smashed 1 teaspoon coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt Freshly…