Mexican Street Corn Chicken Chili

I’ve been entering cooking contests now for about 18 months, so it’s a really big honor to be featured on CookingContestCentral.com, the premiere website for cooking contesters, for winning the Member’s Only Chili Cooking Contest this month. The win qualified me for a Golden Ticket to the World Food Championships-you can only get in by Continue Reading…

Spicy Falafel Butter Lettuce Tacos

I recently participated in the Better Butter Lettuce Contest by Hollandia Produce, and I am trilled that my recipe took third place in the main dish category.  I’ve been using Live Gourmet, Hollandia’s living fresh butter lettuce for years in my dishes because it makes a handy and pretty, no-carb, no-fat, crunchy wrap for all Continue Reading…

Goodbye Summer, Hello Soup!

I set out to have a great summer with my little family.  One full of memories, all spun on a tight budget and woven in between busy work schedules and summer camps.  I have to say, think we did a really great job of relishing plenty of sun-soaked mornings and balmy late nights this season.   Continue Reading…

Beef Sausage and Tomato Ratatouille

Oh, my heavens thank goodness back to school week is over!  I always hate to see my kids go back to school because to me, there is just something comforting about having them safe at home, even though Chad and I work all day.  I never look forward to the homework, the worrying I do that Continue Reading…

Luke’s Strawberry Neapolitan Pizzettas

Luke submitted an entry  in a kid’s cooking contest this weekend through California Strawberries over Twitter.  See the #KidsCookoff hashtag.  The rules were that you could only use strawberries and four other ingredients and you had to Tweet a video or photo of the child making the dish.  Luke was just not in the mood to Continue Reading…

Spiral Waldorf Salad with Walnut Palmiers

I spent the day today doing something I love to do…creating a new recipe from an old classic.  I will say it a hundred times over that classics are classics for a reason.  When a dish is not only remembered, but made, ordered, and enjoyed for decades, it’s because it has a tendency to not just Continue Reading…

Manhattan Meatball Sliders

You all have heard me talk about the dinner Chad and I had at Joey Campanaro’s restaurant The Little Owl in Manhattan last November.   If not, be sure to check it out here.  It was a night just filled with delicious food that truly inspired me. One of the dishes that Chef Campanaro is famous Continue Reading…

Happy Birthday Haluski!

It’s my birthday today and I’m hanging onto the tail end of the 30’s with a death grip.  Well, I was this morning and then after a nice cup of coffee and a decision to sluff work, I felt much better and was able to embrace it. I used to want to go shopping on my birthday and Continue Reading…

American Chop Suey

My father in law, Raymond, is from the East Coast, and this is one of the dishes his Mom used to make for him when he was a kid.  It’s a dish that’s popular in Canada too, and the recipes are as varied as the regions in which it’s popular. I would describe this as a bit of a Continue Reading…

How to Properly Poach Chicken

How many times have you picked out a yummy recipe to make for dinner only to find it starts out something like this: Ingredients: 2 Cups chicken, cooked and diced Well, great. That easy recipe just became not so easy after all and might be just a smidge more than you want to deal with Continue Reading…