Hi guys! I hope everyone is having a safe and happy end of Summer! Last week I shared my family’s new obsession, Greek Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki Sauce, and I’d like to introduce it’s best friend, Greek Salad with Herb Marinated Feta. This incredible salad has been on repeat almost weekly (sometimes twice in a week) ever since we went into quarantine 865 years ago, and knowing that it’s on the day’s menu immediately brightens our mood. Who knew that a salad could make anyone so happy? Yes, it’s perfect with the chicken skewers, but it’s also amazing with some orzo tossed in for a filling main dish salad, and it’s customizable with whatever fresh vegetables you have on hand.
I know, I know, it’s almost Fall, so why am I posting a refreshing Summer Salad? Because, despite the oppressively rude heat and humidity, I can’t let go of the Summer and the safety of everyone staying home a little while longer, and also this salad is so dang good that sometimes I don’t care about seasonality. (Read more… )
Hey guys! How’s it going? I know haven’t checked in much lately, but things have been a bit chaotic in our little corner of the universe for a while now. Most days you’ll see me post something delicious on my Instagram account, and I try to get a recipe up on the blog once a week, but over the past six months it’s been progressively more difficult to keep up with that schedule. Even though I’m not out there with The Boy on the frontlines, it feels like I can never get a moment to catch my breath these days, you know? Regardless, The Boy has to eat, and so do I, so I’ve been cooking nearly every day and sharing our meals on my Instagram Story. Even if you haven’t been keeping up with me there, here’s some good news: I have a backlog of popular recipes that you’ve been asking for, and I’m ready to start sharing them! First up is a recipe that I’ve made at least half a dozen times in the past few months and have even shared with my daughters for recipe tests in their home kitchens. Great reviews all around! My girls and The Boy are all over the moon for it, so now I’m giving it to you!
This is a good one guys! My Greek Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki has been on repeat all summer long. Tender yogurt-marinated grilled chicken, fresh summer veggies grilled to a caramelized golden brown, all served with a tangy tzatziki; we just can’t get enough! Let’s go!! (Read more…)
So this is what happened. The Boy was studying for something at work. An exam. Grown up stuff. But he forgot he had bought all the ingredients to make his Sausage and Peppers. This is a meal that only he cooks. I don’t mean that traditionally he’s the one who cooks Sausage and Peppers, I mean he’s the only one allowed to cook sausage and peppers. Ever. But he’s busy now and the rest of us are hungry, so… I made them. Gasp!! 😱 I know!! But, it was Sunday, and Daughter #3 and I were binging something or other on Netflix, and I didn’t want to stand at the stove nursing vegetables and sausages. So I went the sheet pan supper route, and oh boy did things go crazy! The Boy emerged from his study cave, sat down, examined his Sheet Pan Sausage and Peppers sandwich, took one bite and said it was… better than his! 😳 And he looked VERY disgruntled when he said it. And then he ate every bite. And then he got a second sandwich. And then he came back with an extra serving of plain Sausage and Peppers. I’m sorry (not sorry) for stealing his “King of Sausage and Peppers” crown but this went over REALLY well, is what I’m saying. You should try it too. Maybe there’s an Italian Nonna you want to make mad? (Read more…)
I don’t recall eating a lot of fish in my childhood. I know I had fried catfish when I visited Grandma Olga Mae in Mississippi. I remember my brother and I lying that we caught some rainbow trout in Yellowstone (we paid a guy five bucks for his) and our mom cooking it. I also recall my mom catching a bucket full of sun perch in Canyon Lake, Texas when I was a kid, but I think I was too traumatized by her killing them by hitting their heads on a rock to remember if I ate any. So yeah, other than whatever fish they use in the Fish and Chips at Long John Silvers, I really don’t remember a lot of fish in my life.
And then I moved to Oregon and ate salmon. Oh my, TheSalmon. My gateway fish. The fish that opened the the flood gates for fish to enter my life. And still my absolute favorite fish to cook and eat. This recipe is kind of an homage to the Parmesan Baked Salmon my oldest daughter loved from The Mesquitery in Hood River, Oregon. It’s lightened up with lemon juice and fresh herbs, but I think she’ll like it. I think you will too! (Read more…)
America. We love our shrimp. I read a statistic once that said the average American eats over 4 pounds of shrimp per year. Per person. Amateurs 🙄. But I get it, shrimp has a lot of things going for it. It’s a relatively inexpensive seafood that has a kind of luxury reputation. It’s also high in iodine and protein, and has a ton of those fancy omega-3 fatty acids everyone is talking about, so it’s a bit of a nutritional show off! From a culinary standpoint, shrimp has a great sweet flavor, is available year round and is easy to prepare. It can be served hot or cold, poached, baked, fried, grilled… the choices are endless. As Cady Heron said in Mean Girls, “The limit does not exist.” (Read more…)
In the chicken wing world, there are two distinct camps: dry rub or wet wings, or as I like to call them: Right or Wrong. With the exception of Korean Fried Chicken, which is its own category that we will explore in depth in a future post, I am firmly on Team Dry Rub. With wet wings you fry or bake your wings in advance and toss them in a sauce. Big whoop 🎉 With Dry Rub Wings, you are curating a blend of seasonings and spices, with just enough heat and the perfect balance of sweet, and cooking them into the wings with the intention of developing an exceptionally textured and flavorful wingsperience 🔥 Or you can, you know, flop your wings in some wet stuff. Your choice (pick dry rub! pick dry rub!) (Read More)
I thought I hated tomatoes (I’m not crazy about red sauces either, except my mom’s spaghetti sauce and my own marinara 😋). I’m not alone. In fact, I hear variations of “I hate tomatoes” from a lot of people. I think the actual problem is most people haven’t eaten fresh tomatoes. The ones we get from the Mega Market don’t count. Those are unripened tomatoes, shipped from who knows where, that are then force ripened using SCIENCE 👩🏻🔬🧪! But I live in New Jersey! Don’t laugh. It’s called The Garden State for a reason and we are famous for our… wait for it… TOMATOES 🍅 At first I was skeptical. I was as afraid of eating tomatoes someone had grown as I was to eat fish caught in the Hudson River. But the difference between Mega Market tomatoes and home grown or farm fresh tomatoes is unbelievable. Game changer. And I use them with amazing results in these Individual Tomato Tarts. But I’m still not eating Hudson River fish (Read more…)
When my kids were little and we were living in San Diego, one of our favorite places to eat was El Torito. I know, I know, we’re in San Diego, home to the best Mexican food intheworld, why would we go to a chain restaurant? This Mexican Caesar Salad (and their sweet corn cakes, but I’m still breaking the code on those)! Even my then 3 year old daughter could finish off almost an entire bowl of this fantastic salad byherself! Well, when we moved to New Jersey, El Torito was no longer an option, so I had to break it down for myself. What results is, if memory serves, an incredible rendition of the best salad I ever ate! (Read more…)
Ranch Dressing is a classic. There is even an actual Hidden Valley Ranch, where it was originally developed. I’ve tried ranch dressing over the years. It was fine, though kind of plastic tasting to me. But Ranch Dressing was never something my Korean mom kept in the house. As a matter of fact, I can’t remember my mom having very many American style condiments in our refrigerator. We had soy sauce, and gochujang, and things soaking in solutions of soy sauce and gochujang. I even remember fried Spam sandwiches on white bread with mayo that must have been stored somewhere. But Ranch? Nope. So I never developed that All-American love of ranch dressing. And neither did my kids. Because I raised them like my mom raised me. So, if I was going to serve Ranch Dressing, it wasn’t going to come out of, and taste like, a plastic bottle. I was going to make it myself. (Read more…)
Where do my recipe ideas come from? Sometimes I’m inspired by reading cookbooks and magazines, or watching food shows on Netflix or Food Network. Sometimes I wake up having dreamt something delicious. And sometimes inspiration strikes when one of my daughters comes for a visit and bombards me with all the foods she wants to eat! We had just eaten a fantastic tomato salad with fresh ricotta on semolina toast and had some leftovers. The next day, I asked my daughter what she wanted to have with the leftover toast and tomatoes, and she suggested steak with chimichurri and I thought “maybe I can make it Italian!” I looked on the Interwebs, but couldn’t find what I was looking for, so I created my own!
Chimichurri is a traditional Argentinian condiment made with parsley, vinegar, and garlic. It is usually served with beef, and is a staple on most family dinner tables in South America. I wanted something with that fresh brightness, but with Italian flavors to compliment a tender grilled steak and the vibrant tomatoes. Utilizing Italian herbs, and Calabrian chilis, this is a new take on a classic (Read More…)