Gochujang and Thai-Chili Pork Stir Fry

 

Last year, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and was told to eliminate all carbohydrates, processed sugars, and dairy from my diet. The reality of that wasn’t very exciting as you can imagine for a foodie like me, and I found it very challenging when eating out or cooking for my family.

Fast forward to a year later having learned to experiment with my limited ingredients and you get this tasty, healthy stir-fry.

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Mini Cinnamon Cupcakes with Snicker-doodle Frosting

 

Some days I just want a small bite of something sweet, so these mini cupcakes are perfect.  It’s also fun to bring mini-sized desserts to a family dinner or holiday get-together where there’ll be several sweet options from which to choose.  Mini desserts mean you get to try them all! Continue reading

Ridiculously Easy Home Made Ricotta Cheese

 

No, you didn’t misread my recipe title. I have honestly found the most ridiculously easy way to make fresh ricotta cheese. In fact, now having made this three ingredient, sweet, creamy delight, I can say without any hesitation that I will never buy pre-made ricotta cheese from the store ever again. EVER! The level of texture and flavor in this ricotta was, well….ridiculous!

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Grilled Scallops with Bacon-Shallot Vinaigrette

 

 

Have you ever eaten a bacon wrapped scallop?  If your experience was anything like mine, either the scallop was sweet and tender, and the bacon was raw and chewy, or the scallop was annihilated and the bacon perfectly crispy.  It’s pretty obvious the dish is virtually impossible to master.

As an alternative, this recipe still gives you the flavor pairing of the scallop and the bacon, except the bacon is crispy as it should be and the scallop is still tender and sweet.  The tangy vinaigrette also adds a nice level of acid to even out some of the fat from the bacon. I served the scallops with prepared couscous as an entrée. However, this would work well as an appetizer too.

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Citrus Marinated Chicken with Grilled Pineapple and Pickled Jalapeno Relish

 

While I was staring at the jar of delectably pickled jalapenos I used for my last food blog; I decided to use them again here and marry them with some grilled pineapple to make a sweet/spicy relish to accompany the citrus flavor in the grilled chicken.

The ingredients list here looks long, but the recipe is really quick and easy to put together aside from the marinating time for the jalapenos and chicken breasts. I guarantee it’s worth the wait!

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Heirloom Tomatoes with Citrus Salsa and Pickled Jalapeno

 

As summer winds down and the season’s harvest of delectable tomatoes comes to a close, I managed to snag a few remaining heirloom tomatoes from the produce stand down the street this week and created this gorgeous masterpiece. It was so visually stunning when I prepared it, I hesitated eating it.

The tomato is a variety called a Lime Green Salad and this was the first time I’d seen it. The fruit is only 3 to 4 ounces in size, yet they literally burst with intricate, sweet refreshing citrusy flavor when you bite into them. So, of course, it was the perfect match for the sweet acidity of the citrus salsa and the spiciness from the pickled jalapeno.

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Chipotle Plum Sauce

 

While out shopping one day, I went into a store that had a section of random food items, one of which was a bottled chipotle plum sauce. So out of curiosity; I bought a bottle. I served the sauce with broiled tilapia for dinner one night and my daughter loved it. Actually, she raved about it. Unfortunately, when I returned to the store to buy more bottles of the sauce, there were none left. So I decided to make it myself.

This sauce is so flavorful and versatile; its uses are limitless. We’ve used it with chicken, fish, pork, as a dipping sauce for egg rolls, crab Rangoon, toasted ravioli, basically anywhere we’ve wanted something sweet, spicy and slightly sticky. The sugar to acid ratio is just right, and not as overly sugary as some bottled sauces can be. Even more importantly, its daughter approved!

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Cajun Chicken and Andouille Fettuccini Alfredo

 

What do you get when you give a sixteen-year-old girl who loves pasta free reign in your kitchen? You get spicy, flavorful, creamy, luxuriant pasta bliss!

I love cooking with my daughter, and this recipe is great for a young cook. The directions are simple and easy to follow, and cooking the pasta in the liquid uses the starch from the noodles to naturally thicken the sauce. It’s a one pot meal. Brilliant and delicious!

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