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


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


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


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