Blood Orange and Jalapeno Mexican Martini

Blood oranges are like fresh figs. They appear suddenly in the produce section of your local grocery store, then the next thing you know, they’re gone. This year, when I saw the blood oranges appear, I eagerly put several of them in my cart so that I could use them in a new recipe. And as fate would have it, I had tequila on my grocery list that week, so one thing led to another, and this sweet and spicy cocktail was the result.

I like to use silver tequila which is usually clear and un-aged, where the true flavors and intensity of the Agave are present. What’s nice about the blood orange juice is not only does it add beautiful color to the drink it’s sweeter than a naval orange, so the natural sugar keeps the heat from the jalapeno under control.

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Brazilian Grilled Pork Kabobs with Vegetable Quinoa and Brown Rice

Kabobs are one of those foods that are easy to make and fun to eat.  As I was thinking about this recipe, my first thought went to chicken or beef for the protein, but then I asked myself, “Why do you always limit your choices between chicken or beef?  What about pork?”  And I realized I had never made a pork kabob before!

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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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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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Honey and Smoked Chipotle Butter Grilled Shrimp

This week’s tantalizing dish is using the honey and smoked chipotle butter recipe I posted last week, which has become my family’s favorite flavor. Even my daughter, who is picky about eating shrimp, absolutely loved these grilled, glazed beauties. They were tender, sweet, smoky, and had just the right level of spicy.

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Buttering You Up

Variety is the spice of life, especially when it comes to food. So what better way to add spice to your plate than these, sweet, savory flavor infused butters? Each option is super easy to make and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks while your imagination explores creative ways to cook with them. I’ve added a few suggestions for each flavor to get you started.

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