Chicken and corn chowder

This is a simple but satisfyingly flavorful chowder that will come together in minutes and be on your table in no time.  It is rich and creamy, but thanks to the use of cream style corn, it is surprisingly low in calories and fat!  Rotisserie chicken saves time, and you can sneak in diced carrots, or white beans to add more healthy tastiness. Read More


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


Ropa Vieja (Cuban Shredded Beef )

Ah, Havana!   So much to see, to hear, to smell, and take in…street performers on stilts leading parades of festive cigar- smoking women; turquoise, pink and lime green buildings; palm trees and the sea beyond the Malecon; uniformed school children, and of course the beloved vintage cars.   The food is simple, but robust and equally memorable, with Spanish and Caribbean flavors.  A favorite is “Ropa Vieja”, or shredded beef.   The name means literally “shredded clothes” because after slow cooking, the meat will fall apart into the delicious sauce.  Serve it with rice and beans and fix yourself a Mojito! Read More


Banh Mi Bites

Could there possibly be a better sandwich than the Banh Mi? Crispy pickled vegetables, spiced pork or chicken, chili sauce, cilantro, maybe pate or sriracha, all on a baguette roll; the list of ingredients is somewhat debatable but always delicious.  Such strong and fresh flavors are also perfect for an appetizer.  Here is a recipe for some cute little bites which pack a lot of flavor and will look festive on your platter.  They do have a few steps, so start them ahead of time, but none of it is complicated, and making the won ton cups couldn’t be easier or more satisfying! If you haven’t made them before, you will want to use them for all kinds of other fun little treats. 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


Korean chicken wrap

This loose adaptation of a NY Times recipe may not be authentically Korean, but it is still a quick, tasty, healthy and otherwise satisfactory summer meal!  Marinate your chicken early in the day, come home and grill it, chop it up and toss it into a tasty slaw.  Wrap it up taco style and sit out on your patio enjoying every spicy morsel…  Read More