Mexican Street Corn Salad

It’s true this is the quintessential summer salad.  When fresh corn, tomatoes, and lettuce are plentiful and full of sunshiny good flavor and the cilantro is bursting out of the herb garden this salad just can’t be beat.  But it turns out it’s a flexible little salad, and as the weather grows cold, it pairs wonderfully with a hearty bowl of beef or chicken chili.  It has garlic, lime, chili powder and jalapeno for spice and tartness, plus salty Cotija cheese crumbs and creamy avocado chunks for more tastiness.  Try adding some chili-lime powder from Trader Joe’s for an extra kick! Read More


Citrus Chicken with Almonds

This is a bright and colorful salad bursting with summer flavor.  The chili-cumin rubbed chicken complements the sweetness of the clementine segments and almonds, and the cucumber and bell peppers add satisfying crunch and texture.  The honey-citrus dressing is delicious but not overwhelming or heavy.  Perfect for lunch,  light supper or an afternoon picnic. Read More


Southwest Baked Beans

No barbecue or picnic is complete without a tasty side dish or two of baked beans, and this flavorful version is a worthy contender!  It uses canned beans, (which might make a purist frown, but the saved time brings a smile to a cook’s face… ), and using a combination of beans makes it more interesting and visually appealing.  Bake it long enough for caramelization and for the flavors to deepen. Read More


Margarita Chicken with Mango Salsa

Ahhh, summertime.  Barbecues,  patio dining, fruity cocktails, smoky grilled food, and a recipe for you which can combine all of these delicious attributes.  This healthy and simple recipe requires marinating time, but after that, it comes together in a jiffy.   Chicken breasts are marinated in lime, tequila, garlic and spices,  glazed with honey and topped with a citrus mango salsa.  Serve it with a cilantro-lime rice pilaf, and a spinach salad and enjoy! Read More


Spicy little chicken wings

Good news– these drip free chicken wings can be consumed while wearing your best white clothes… or at a business lunch… or maybe out on a first date.  They are covered in a garlicky and spicy rub, which bakes into the wings for good flavor, but there is no sauce to run down to your elbow or stain your fancy new picnic napkins.  And despite their tidy demeanor, they are also tasty and juicy enough to be a hit at a block party or potluck.  All-in-all, a welcome addition to your appetizer repertoire.   Read More


Creamy Chicken Chili for Carlos

This is Carlos, who is as sweet as the ice cream he loves.  He does love his rich food but sadly it shows on his handsome physique and also in his lab results.  Such a challenge… how can he get those rich flavors without the fat and pesky calories?   Halo Top ice cream deliciously satisfies his sweet fang, and he is now resigned to diet cat food for the duration.

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