Chicken Salad with Walnuts & Grapes

My favorite chicken salads always have fruit and nuts in them, and this one is a recent favorite. Ingredients 1 lb. shredded rotisserie chicken 2/3 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup finely diced red onion 1/2 cup quartered red grapes 1/2 – 1/4 cup chopped walnuts salt and pepper to taste Instructions In a large bowl add…

Praline Bacon

I’ve been trying to perfect this for a while, and this recipe finally masters it.  The perfect combination of sweet and salty, it’ll be hard to imagine Sunday morning brunches without this pseudo-delicacy. Ingredients 1/2 Lb bacon (8 slices) 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans Directions Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheet with…

The Perfect Seasoning Salt

The perfect seasoning salt is simple and delicious!  By adding onion and garlic powder it helps decrease the amount of salt you’d regularly use (or at least we hope it does).  This seasoning is particularly great on meat!  But we like it on veggies too. INGREDIENTS: 3 Tbsp Kosher or Iodized Salt 1 Tbsp &…

Vodka Sauce with Shrimp

Ingredients 12 ounces dried linguini pasta, cooked al dente & well drained 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup minced shallots 1/2 cup vodka 1 can (14 ounce size) diced tomatoes, drained 2/3 cup heavy cream salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/2 pound large…

Easy Lentil Soup

Ingredients: 2 cups chicken broth 1 yellow onion diced 3 cloves garlic 1 bag lentils 1 tsp garlic powder salt pepper Directions: In a medium saucepan cook down the onions and garlic until fragrant and the onions are clear. Add lentils, 2 cups of broth, and add water so that the lentils are fully covered….

Crock Pot Taco Soup

It can’t get any easier than this recipe!  Delicious and easy = win win! INGREDIENTS: 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed 1 (14.5 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes, drained 1 can sweet corn, drained 1 (10 oz.) can green enchilada sauce 2 (14 oz.) cans chicken broth…

Onion Brisket

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 1/2 pounds yellow or red onions (about 2 large onions), sliced into half moons 3 1/2 pounds beef brisket Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 6 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups beef broth 2  tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari, if gluten-free) Directions: Heat a deep sauté pan or cast iron skillet over medium heat with the olive…

Mimi’s Creamed Cauliflower

INGREDIENTS: 1  head of fresh cauliflower 1  pkg  McCormick Original Country Gravy 2 cups Half and Half Grated Pepperjack Cheese DIRECTIONS: Steam cauliflower until tender.  Follow instructions on McCormick pkg.  I USED HALF and HALF INSTEAD OF THE WATER. Salt, pepper and Grated Pepperjack  cheese to taste

Chef Simeon’s Tomato Confit Butter Sauce

This sauce is great on fish, especially drum! INGREDIENTS: 1 pint cherry tomatoes (halved) 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper 5 tbsp butter ¼ cup white wine 1 tbsp garlic Juice ½ lemon Kosher salt & pepper DIRECTIONS: In a small pan heat the garlic until it becomes aromatic. Add butter, cherry tomatoes, crushed red pepper,…

Chef Simeon’s Simple Pasta Sauce

Being a mom that likes to avoid buying canned and jarred sauces, I have been working on a pasta sauce for a while.  Turns out it was a pretty simple combination of ingredients for the perfect tomato based pasta sauce (I did have to use one can of tomato paste to thicken – try to…