Category Sides and Salads

Chili-Lime Mango Dressing

Sweet, Spicy, Tangy, Creamy – this dressing is a sure fire way to liven up any medley of mixed greens.  Add sliced oranges, dried cranberries, an avocado, some walnuts – whatever suits your fancy – and you’ve got yourself a unique and amazing salad. Ingredients  5oz full fat plain Greek yogurt (2% will work fine […]

Antipasto Salad

This salad is a meal in itself.  Variety is the key here:  Do what you like, but be sure to include lots of different veggies, greens and Italian deli meats.  Also, be sure to make the dressing from scratch – the dressing really livens up the salad, and since you’re having salad for dinner, you […]

Tuscan Style Roasted Red-Pepper and Tomato Basil Soup

This recipe is a riff on classic tomato soup, but the addition of fresh basil and roasted red-peppers bring it a superior depth and a fresh, vegetal brightness that truly elevates this dish to the next level.  Serve with grilled cheese, in a bread bowl, with a rustic hunk of French bread, with soup crackers […]

Southern Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad is one of those things that people apparently have really strong opinions about.  That should come as no surprise, considering the number of different versions there are out there; there’s chunky chicken salad, smooth chicken salad, Napa Almond chicken salad.  Some people like to add grapes, some people like to add Indian or […]

New Mexico Sopapillas

I love these guys – puffy, airy little pastries designed to do one thing: be a delivery mechanism for awesome flavors.  They are a staple of New Mexican cuisine, and as far as I can tell, almost exclusive to it as well. Sopapilla literally means “little soup pillow” and that’s what they are best at […]

Caesar Salad

This Homemade Caesar Salad is tangy, delicious and the perfect compliment to almost any meal. Time: 10 minutes Level: Easy Cost: About $4 (for the whole thing!) Serves: 4- 6 Ingredients 1 Egg (Coddled, if you wish, or 2 egg yolks) 3-4 cloves garlic. minced 2 teaspoons dry ground mustard 2 teaspoons Anchovy Paste (optional, […]

Classic Marinara Sauce

This classic Italian sauce is a staple for many dishes and can easily be enjoyed on it’s own over pasta.  It can also be used as a dipping sauce for bread, calamari, or mozzarella cheese sticks.  It can also be used to make classic dishes such Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs or Chicken Parmesan. Time: 60 – […]

Arugula Salad with Lemon and Olive Oil

This is my go-to salad for serving alongside barbecued or grilled meat.  The pepperiness of the arugula, combined with the jolt of fresh acidity from the lemon juice and the sharp flavor of freshly grated Parmesan cheese is the perfect compliment to a smoky savory piece of meat or poultry fresh off the grill.  And […]