Watermelon, Basil, & Mint Summer Salad

It may be the heat outside but currently all I want are fresh, cooling salads like this one with watermelon.  It’s a great side dish that looks impressive but is super easy! I made it for a small dinner party and it was a hit 🙂 You’ll need the following ingredients: Watermelon (can buy it…

Pomegranate, Feta, & Dill Salad

Loved the mix of flavors and textures in this salad so much I had to share it here!  This is a great salad on its own as a side dish or with some grilled chicken.  I basically threw everything together quickly during my lunch break so I don’t have exact measurements but please see below…

Turkey “Sloppy Joes” on Sweet Potato Buns!

Recreating a classic dish such as a sloppy joe was a pretty tough feat.  I really never ate sloppy joes as a kid and can only remember preparing them once in the kitchen with my mom.  I remembered though that it was pretty simple to make – some ground beef, spices, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and…

My Version of the Whole Foods “Kalelicious” Smoothie

I know some people cringe at the thought of green juices or smoothies but they’re actually very good for you and when made with the right ingredients they can be super tasty too! It sounds weird but I just love the Whole Foods “Kalelicious” smoothie to the point that I had to drive to Whole…

Two Too Easy Appetizers

Yes you read that correctly, here are two too easy appetizers that look and taste very gourmet. For the watermelon appetizer, all you need is, of course watermelon (can buy them already in cubes from the store and cut them to your liking), feta cheese (better to buy a solid square piece than the crumbled…

My last cooked meal of 2014

It’s been about 2 weeks since we said goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015! And I finally have a chance to post about the last meal I cooked for 2014.  I think it was pretty successful! I saw this recipe in my Food & Wine magazine and knew I had to try it.  It…

Benefits of Fresh Figs

There’s nothing like ripe fresh figs! They’re sweet and delicious. Just the other day I picked up a couple of packs of 2 varieties of figs; brown turkey and kadota figs.  The brown turkey figs are a dark purple/brown color & the kadota have a light green color on their skins. Some of the most…

Meatballs Stuffed with Dates

I haven’t made these meatballs in years but the other day I got inspired thinking of how much fun my dad and I would have in the kitchen.  He was the best at mixing ingredients and making new creations.  These meatballs were just one of his creations and I always loved them! I tried to…

1 Tequila, 2 Tequila, 3 Tequila, Floor!

Some hate it, some love it, some can’t remember much about it and some vow never to drink it again.  But let’s face it, some bad experiences with tequila were probably because of lack of knowledge of the spirit itself and poor purchasing choices at the liquor store.  So, let’s get down to the basics…

Pork Chops with Mango Salsa

What do you do when your house is overflowing with mangoes?!? Well, you find any way to eat them and make them a part of your meals! I was inspired to make pork chops more lively with a mango salsa on top.  I looked up a few recipes and decided to use the main ingredients…

For the Hummus Lovers!

Are you hummus obsessed like me?  I pretty much always have hummus in the fridge because it’s such a yummy snack.  I love it with any variety of Stacy’s Chips but by the time I realize it I’ve gone through the whole bag! They are so good and so addictive! Seriously, what do they put…

Homemade Margaritas

 When you have all the ingredients for a great margarita why go out?  Stay in and have some fun making them at home (and save money too ;))! Here’s what you’ll need: limes, a good tequila (I used Herradura Tequila), Triple Sec (Cointreau works well), sugar, club soda, coarse see salt for the rim, and…