How to Make Egg Rolls

I know I often complain about share my annoyance with good food gone bad... when restaurants mess up fried rice, breakfast burritos, pork chops or overcook fish (Wait -- I haven't complained about the fish yet? -- give it time). Well, for me, egg rolls should be added to this (ever-growing) list.  Too often, [...]


Garlic Stuffed Mushrooms

Since Dustin and I have been together, he has shared how much he loves stuffed mushrooms. Whenever we go to a new Italian restaurant, he eagerly checks the menu to see if they have stuffed mushrooms.  It's actually pretty cute -- how excited he gets when he sees the restaurant has them.   He mentions, nonchalantly, [...]

Cucumber Salad Recipe

I told you I really wanted some Cucumber Salad, didn't I?  Well, here it is!  Hooray! In my last post on Salmon Teriyaki, I talked about how much I love a good cucumber salad when I go out for Japanese food. But, wait...  Why must I go out to get this tasty little dish when [...]

Beet Salad

Beet Salad

Recipe Title Alternatives: Baby Beet Salad, Fresh Beet Salad, Feta and Beet Salad with Shallot and Orange Vinaigrette, Feta and Beet Salad... I think you get the point.  "Beet Salad" just kinda sums it up. For four weeks straight, our CSA included a (deceptively) small brown bag full of baby beets.  Did I mention this [...]

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I love water chestnuts. There, I've said it. Heehee. If you share my love, you'll probably really enjoy these chicken lettuce wraps. I combined ground chicken, chopped water chestnuts (yum!), garlic (of course!) and some other goodies, like hoisin sauce, fresh ginger and sesame oil. My original intention was to recreate the chicken lettuce wraps [...]

Spicy Mini Crab Cakes (and a Giveaway!)

If you already follow me on twitter or on facebook, **hint hint** you probably know I entered the "I am a Saucy Mama" contest offered by Barhyte Specialty Foods.  To participate in the contest, you needed to be a food blogger and be willing to create a recipe using at least one of their ingredients.  [...]

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad with Garlic Balsamic Vinaigrette

For last week's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), we got some beautiful heirloom tomatoes and fresh sweet basil.  Now, I don't know about you, but my mind goes two ways with these two fresh ingredients sitting on my counter: (1) Bruschetta or (2) Caprese Salad.  Since I also got some tasty organic grape tomatoes I could [...]

Best Crab Cakes with Lemon-Dill Aioli

Would you believe I had never tasted a crab cake until earlier this year? Crazy, right? Oddly enough, it happened in Las Vegas. Dustin and I went out to a nice seafood restaurant called Chart House while our friends watched Jordan at the hotel. Mind you, this was our first night out without Jordan. Ever. [...]

Tomato Bruschetta

I love bruschetta. Bruschetta is one of those foods you can eat as an appetizer, snack or meal. It also presents as super impressive even though it's not that difficult to make, which is totally my kinda dish!  In fact, I can't see fresh tomatoes, especially home-grown tomatoes, without thinking how great they would be [...]

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