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

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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


Ginger Garlic Skillet Chicken

This quick and easy chicken dinner is so flavorful that you won’t even notice it lacks fat and calories. Ginger, garlic and tomatoes combine with honey, mango chutney and curry to give it a gently spicy sweet and sour vibe.

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Korean spiced beef and rice

This super quick and very easy beef recipe will be a welcome addition to your busy weeknight repertoire.  Ground beef is sauteed with garlic and spices, garnished with green onions and sesame seeds and served with rice.  It also makes a delicious filling for lettuce wraps. 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


Mozzarella-Spinach Chicken Rolls

This is a chicken recipe for the cheese lover!  Chicken and spinach is rolled around ricotta, Parmesan and shredded mozzarella cheeses, topped with fresh mozzarella and more Parmesan and then baked in marinara sauce.  It can be assembled ahead of time and baked just in time for dinner. Read More