Tomato-ginger chicken thighs

Here’s a quick and very tasty dinner– great for hot summer evenings when you want standing over the stove time to be short.  This Indian inspired entree features fresh ginger and garlic,  chopped tomatoes, a dash of cinnamon and cayenne, and a goodly amount of curry powder and garam masala simmered with chicken thighs.  It will come together in no time, leaving more time to sit outside and enjoy starry night skies. 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


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


Whiskey Pork Chops

Quick, easy, richly delicious and low fat– this recipe is a winner and one you will definitely want to add into your week night rotation!! Sauteed mushrooms complement the peppery pork, whiskey adds fruity smokiness and then sour cream for richness– yum, yum, yum.

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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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Jambalaya

Could there be a better comfort dish on a cold autumn evening than jambalaya?  This most appealing one pot meal with bold southern flavors is chockful of sausage, shrimp, chicken and rice.  It will fill your kitchen with mouth watering smells and since it can be multiplied with ease, it can fill the bellies of lucky guests with New Orleans deliciousness.  This is a recipe for a great “red” version, as it uses tomatoes.  Saute the onions, celery and peppers in the sausage drippings for rich flavor. Read More