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[16 Aug 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Lemonade Chicken and Bacardi Hand-Shaken Daiquiri

This is such a wonderful chicken dish because it is both salty and a little bit sweet. Whether you are having a BBQ, picnic or party this chicken dish goes wonderfully with the Bacardi Hand-Shaken Daiquiri cocktail.

[10 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Zucchini Pancakes

I made these zucchini pancakes last night as our side dish for dinner and they were amazing. The kids loved eating a vegetable that was a pancake and they were very easy.

[17 Jan 2011 | One Comment | ]

This is a recipe I received from my mother-in-law which I thought was perfect to pass along for Superbowl. The further ahead you make this dish the better it gets as the flavors blend beautifully together.

[7 Nov 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Fried Avocados

Our family loves avocados. We probably eat guacamole at least once a week, if not more. And avocados in a family salad is a given on any weeknight. However, without a doubt, fried avocados are our favorite avocado treat!

[17 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]

My family and I recently attended a family reunion and we had some wonderful food.  My favorite dish was the Roasted Vegetable Orzo Salad.  The orzo and roasted vegetables made an excellent side dish to the steak and smoked pork that was served.  This salad is a great side dish for a large gathering because it can be made ahead of time and served at room temperature.  You could also add grilled chicken or shrimp and make an entire meal out of this dish as well!
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  …

[7 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

This is a great salad because the vegetables can be grilled ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. This salad is full of wonderful vegetables and looks beautiful on the table because of all the vibrant colors.
In a large grill skillet on the stove or a grilling basket on the BBQ, cook:
2 trimmed bunches of asparagus, cut into thirds
1 red and 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into strips
1 6oz. package of portabellini mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Grill all vegetables for about 10 minutes …

[11 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Pear, Avocado and Gorgonzola Salad

The pear, avocado and gorgonzola salad is a great salad! The pear and Gorgonzola cheese compliment each other so deliciously. This is a great starter salad or you could put grilled chicken or shrimp on top and make it into a meal.

[21 May 2009 | One Comment | ]

Baked beans are a great side dish to serve at any picnic or BBQ.  They are an easy side dish to make and go great with burgers or ribs.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  In a medium sized casserole dish, mix together and set aside:
3 cans white beans, such as navy (rinsed and drained)
1 and 1/4 cup chicken broth
In a large skillet, over medium heat, cook:
4 slices of bacon, roughly chopped
Once bacon begins to release it’s fat, add to the skillet:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
Cook bacon, oil and …

[1 May 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Mint Julep

With the Kentucky Derby coming up, I just had to post a recipe for the famous Mint Julep.
In a tall glass, muddle together:
4 fresh mint sprigs
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
2 teaspoons water
Once mint leaves, sugar, and water are a paste like substance, fill glass with crushed ice and:
2 1/2 oz. bourbon
Garnish with a mint leaf if desired.
Makes 1 serving

[16 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

I love scallops and this is a great way to prepare them.  It’s a simple recipe and very fresh taste.  You can make these scallops as a starter course or as the main course.

In a small bowl, combine:
20 grape or cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
In a large skillet, over medium heat, add:
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of butter
Once butter has melted into oil, add:
1 cup chanterelle mushrooms, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
1/4 teaspoon sugar
Allow to …