recipes: Classic French Ratatouille - 05/17/16 11:23 PM

Classic French recipes such as this ratatouille seem intimidating because they require specific techniques, but that’s what makes a good cook. Perhaps you don’t try this mid-week because it requires a whole lot of chopping, but ratatouille is a great Sunday afternoon recipe listening to great music and maybe even having a glass of wine…or two.
While it’s considered a summer dish found throughout the Mediterranean coast, it’s also great in colder weather because it’s warm and comforting without the heaviness of braised meats or stews.
Plus it’s a one-pot recipe, so if you’re a lazy dishwasher like I am, it makes Sunday evenings so … (1 comments)

recipes: Salmon and Summer Veggies - 05/15/16 08:15 AM

This salmon is packed with flavor, full of nutritious ingredients, it’s easy to make and clean up is a breeze! I love cooking with ingredients that are in season, and we all know this summer everyone will be overflowing with an abundance of zucchini, squash and fresh from the vine tomatoes, so why not make a dish that combines all of those?
This recipe can also easily be made on the grill!
Pair it with a glass of Pinot Noir.
INGREDIENTS
4 (5 - 6 oz) skinless salmon fillets 2 small zucchini sliced into half moons 2 small yellow squash sliced into half moons … (3 comments)

recipes: Beer and Honey BBQ Chicken Skewers - 05/10/16 03:08 AM

We've been dying to fire up the grill, and now that it's finally warmed up I've been searching for and trying out new summer recipes. This recipe for beer and honey BBQ chicken skewers was one of the first that I tried out, and it's been one of my favorites so far! They're incredibly delicious and perfect for a weekend or even a busy week night. Just prepare the night before, let marinate overnight and grill when ready.   INGREDIENTS 3 cloves garlic, minced ¾ cup beer ⅓ cup honey 1 tsp red pepper flakes 1 tsp Dijon mustard ¼ cup low … (0 comments)

recipes: Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole - 05/04/16 12:55 AM
Are you looking forward to celebrating Cinco de Mayo but just don't have enough time to throw a full-blown fiesta? Then I've found the perfect recipe for you! With only four ingredients, you can throw together the perfect Mexican dish - even the kids can follow the simple directions. If you'd like to add more ingredients or toppings, it's incredibly easy to customize! Serve this spicy, cheesy, sinfully delicious casserole with a side of chips and salsa or queso and pair it with a cool, crisp Rosé.  INGREDIENTS 1 14 oz jar or can enchilada sauce 2 to 3 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, … (1 comments)

recipes: Spicy Shrimp and Grits Casserole - 04/25/16 06:28 AM

As far as Southern comfort foods go, shrimp and grits is one of my favorites. That's why when I came across this spicy shrimp and grits casserole, I knew I had to share it! This recipe takes about 20 minutes of active cooking time, and the rest is done by the oven. If you're looking ahead to a super busy week, it can also be made ahead of time; it's even freezer-friendly!
I hope you enjoy this spicy, cheesy, delicious shrimp and grits casserole as much as I did. Pair it with a glass of champagne.
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons butter, plus more for baking dish 1 … (1 comments)

recipes: Easy Tomato Basil Soup - 04/19/16 01:06 AM
This soup could not be simpler to put together. Roasted tomatoes, onions, and garlic are blended with fresh basil into the most luxurious and fresh tomato soup you’ve ever tasted. Even the pickiest of eaters will fall in love!  Pair it with some crunchy bread or grilled cheese and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.  INGREDIENTS 8-10 tomatoes, halved 2 medium onions, quartered 4 cloves garlic 2-3 Tbsp olive oil ⅓ cup sliced fresh basil salt and pepper, to taste INSTRUCTIONS Place halved tomatoes, quartered onions, and garlic cloves into a large bowl. Add oil and season well with salt and pepper. Stir … (1 comments)

recipes: One Pot Pizza Pasta - 04/07/16 04:28 AM

One pot meals will change your life if you haven't already been enlightened. They take less time and energy, require few steps, and dirty a minimal amount of dishes. There are hundreds upon hundreds of one pot meals out there, and my family always loves to try new ones.  This one pot pizza pasta has been a recent obsession of ours. You just can't go wrong with cheese and pasta!
This may not be the most extravagant dish you've ever eaten, but I think everyone likes a good comfort food dish every now and then.  Plus, it's a recipe that comes together in a … (0 comments)

recipes: Stuffed Steak Rolls - 04/04/16 07:47 AM

These stuffed steak rolls somehow look both fun and sophisticated at all at once!  These little things are packed with flavor--grilled onions and mushrooms, fresh baby spinach, and buttery provolone cheese all wrapped up in a savory steak spiral.  And would you believe that they take less than 45 minutes to make?  Believe it!  All it takes is a few minutes of searing and the oven will take care of the rest.  Pair it with a full-flavored Merlot and serve with a side of grilled asparagus and creamy mashed potatoes.
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided 3 tablespoons chopped garlic … (0 comments)

recipes: Chicken au Champagne - 03/24/16 02:06 AM

This chicken au champagne is going to blow your mind!  The flavors are absolutely amazing. Even if you're not crazy about champagne, when combined with chicken and tarragon, il est magnifique! Impressive, elegant, delicious, and simple to prepare, this is a restaurant quality meal that will surely impress dinner guests. 
Serve with a side of brown rice and French green beans. Be generous with the bubbly both in the dish and in your glass.
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon olive oil 4 organic chicken breasts or thighs, skin on, bone in sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste 1 large shallot, minced 1 cup Champagne 2 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 cup … (2 comments)

recipes: Thai Baked Salmon - 03/21/16 11:36 PM

The Lenten season is almost over, but there's still time to try out this sweet and spicy Thai baked salmon!  Trust me, you won't regret squeezing this into your meatless menu before Sunday.  The juicy, tender salmon fillets practically melt in your mouth, and the homemade Thai sauce gives the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.  This recipe does require the salmon to be marinated for a few hours, but it'll be ready in less than 20 minutes of active cooking time!  Serve this dish with a side of roasted asparagus or a crisp green salad.  Pair it with a glass … (0 comments)

recipes: Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup - 03/02/16 10:53 PM

We've reached the point in the season where spring is right around the corner, and it's teasing the heck out of South Louisiana.  Temperatures are ranging from the mid 40s to mid 70s in just one day—make up your mind, Mother Nature!
In any case, it isn't quite warm enough to not enjoy a hot bowl of this cheesy chicken enchilada soup.  Thick and hearty and packed with flavor, it's hard to believe how simple it is to make.
The secret behind the thickness is masa harina, or corn flour, which can be found at any grocery store in the baking aisle and gives the soup a … (2 comments)

recipes: Caprese Stuffed Garlic Butter Portobellos - 02/23/16 02:46 AM
Caprese is one of my all time favorite Italian dishes—one of my favorite dishes, period!  Creamy mozzarella, juicy tomatoes, and fresh basil are a flavor trifecta.  The sharp, refreshing taste of caprese salad and its striking simplicity are incomparable. You can see why I get excited any time I see a caprese recipe.  Naturally, I was just as equally excited when I stumbled upon this caprese stuffed garlic butter portobello recipe.  My goodness, the name alone made my stomach growl! This dish is delicious on its own, but it can easily be eaten as a side dish as well.  It's so incredibly easy to make and only takes minutes … (1 comments)

recipes: Honey Chipotle Chicken - 02/17/16 11:34 PM

Too often, easy dinner recipes are synonymous with bland.  Sure, they may be easy to throw together, but the wow factor is missing!  Where's the taste?!  Are there any "easy" recipes that are worth your time and your taste buds?
Yes, there are, and here's one of them!  This juicy grilled chicken shimmering with a honey chipotle glaze will take about 20 minutes to assemble, though it'll taste like you slaved over the stove for hours.  It's versatile too; you can serve it with your favorite side of vegetables, over mashed potatoes, rice, quinoa or top a big green salad.  Pair it with … (1 comments)

recipes: Baked Coconut Shrimp & Pineapple Dipping Sauce - 02/11/16 03:41 AM
You’ve got your sweater on and your heat cranked up. It’s freezing outside and all you can think about is the warmth of spring that seems months away. The thought of venturing outside makes you want to crawl in a hole…a very warm hole.
This recipe will make you feel like you are on an island somewhere, lying in the warm sun, snuggling your toes in the hot sand. Although these coconut shrimp can be enjoyed as an appetizer, I often turn it into a meal by adding a simple green salad and pairing with a sweet Riesling. Don’t feel too guilty eating these as … (3 comments)

recipes: Pork Schnitzels - 01/28/16 12:03 AM
I cannot get over how easy and and yummy this recipe is!  Seriously, you'll want to make these schnitzels multiple times a week because they're so simple and require a handful of ingredients you already have.  Pork schnitzels are a popular German dish, but I can recall eating them quite often growing up.  My mom always served them with mashed potatoes and veggies, and I would clean my plate! I think the best part of making pork schnitzels is the stress relief you get from pounding them down until they are nice and thin.  It's so therapeutic, and being able to enjoy the … (1 comments)

recipes: Orange-Rosemary Glazed Salmon - 01/25/16 05:43 AM

An easy salmon recipe that is full of flavor? Yes please! This skillet salmon makes for the perfect weeknight meal yet it’s something fancy enough to serve to guests on the weekend. It’s full of vibrant orange flavor which pairs perfectly with the fresh rosemary. And the best part – you can easily have this ready in 30 minutes!
This dish is perfect paired with a sweet Moscato.  I recommend serving this salmon with a side of rice or couscous and some steamed asparagus or broccoli. It makes quite a bit of sauce so the extra sauce goes perfectly over the rice. Take advantage … (0 comments)

recipes: Make Your Own King Cake! - 01/21/16 12:52 AM
You know it's Carnival season in Louisiana when all your local bakeries start advertising their king cakes!  Even supermarkets hop on the wagon and put out the delicious, colorful cakes.  You can't celebrate Mardi Gras without having at least one king cake at your party.   Did you find the baby in your slice of king cake last year?  That means you're in charge of bringing this year's cake! Why not add a personal touch and make it yourself?  This king cake recipe may seem a bit lengthy, but it's actually really easy to follow and fun to make.  The best part … (2 comments)

recipes: Bang Bang Shrimp - 01/12/16 04:54 AM

Shrimp is my absolute favorite seafood.  It's such a versatile ingredient, and it's so tasty no matter how it's cooked. 
Whenever I go to a restaurant, I always look for a yummy shrimp dish.  When bang bang shrimp is on the menu, I'll almost certainly order it.  There's something about battered, crispy fried shrimp smothered in a spicy and creamy Asian sauce that I simply can't resist!
This recipe is a copycat for Cheesecake Factory's bang bang shrimp.  I must say that it tastes nearly identical, and it's much cheaper to make yourself!  You can fry these babies up in half an hour.  Serve with a … (1 comments)

recipes: Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Casserole - 01/11/16 02:45 AM
There's nothing quite like a hot, creamy casserole to combat the frigid winter weather.  This chicken and mushroom casserole really does the trick!  Your whole family is sure to love this traditional Ukrainian dish.  In fact, you may want to make two batches, because you'll all be craving it the next night!  Pair it with a rich white and enjoy!
Ingredients
Casserole:
4 -5 large chicken breasts, trimmed and cut into 1 -inch thick strips Salt and Pepper to taste 1 cup all-purpose flour to coat the chicken 6 Tbsp olive oil, divided 1 pound fresh mushrooms, thickly sliced 1 medium … (3 comments)

recipes: "No Work" Citrus & Herb Chicken - 01/02/16 12:45 PM

In only 10 minutes you can dress up your boring weeknight chicken with a fresh citrus and herb pan sauce! This “No Work” baked chicken recipe is a healthy, clean eating dinner that takes advantage of seasonal ingredients for a nutritious and FAST family meal.  Serve it with a glass of pinot noir or another light red wine and enjoy!
INGREDIENTS 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or about 8 chicken thighs) ½ cup honey ½ cup Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed orange juice 2 sprigs fresh rosemary 2 sprigs fresh thyme 1 orange, sliced into rounds 1 lemon, sliced into rounds Salt … (5 comments)

 
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