All posts filed under: Gourmet Cooking & Recipes

Food: Chicken or Beef Tacos – Another Version Added To My Collection of Taco Recipes

Tacos it is – again – but I am not complaining and after testing out this recipe, I doubt the family will complain either. Except for one thing – I do not like ground chicken – I preferred pulled chicken instead. So, that’s how this recipe will go down in my household. Feel free to add you favorite protein. INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 pound ground chicken, beef, or turkey 1 yellow onion, chopped 2-3 teaspoons chipotle chili powder use to your taste 2 teaspoons smoked paprika 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper use to your taste 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon kosher salt 12 hard shell tacos 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese CILANTRO LIME RANCH 1 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt 3/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños, chopped + 2 tablespoons brine juice from 2 limes 1 teaspoon kosher salt  {more} On another note – would you take a trip to New York just to see this Broadway musical – about Princess Diana?  

Food: Valentine’s Day Desserts and Would You Eat Tacos Everyday

So you’ve planned dinner for Valentine’s day but have no idea where to turn for desserts, and sure you’ve considered a ready made alternative, or perhaps discussed a personalized sweets of sorts. But have you considered making your own dessert, and really it doesn’t have to be only for Valentine’s day but for any special date night at home. Here are some of my favorite which are also the easiest to make – for the rest go here: Would you eat Tacos everyday – I would, if it was dinner for one, and I’d try all 42 of these taco recipes – which of course would be on rotation in my kitchen  

Holiday Series: Gathering Up The Week Long Celebration Menu

I’m hosting many guests over the holiday week, and finding just the right recipe is probably the funnest task I embark on, because you see, I love a good dinner party, and a conversations, and even followed by a board game. So, here are some of the dishes I intend to make this week: What are your favorite recipes? Here’s a fun article about how to feed your hungriest house guests 

Holiday Series: In The Baking Mode

I am partly hosting a holiday-ish party next weekend and although most of the catering has been established, and deposits made, the snowflake cookies we envisioned isn’t going to happen – from a bakery. So, I volunteered to bake – for the first time – the said cookies and decorate them in time for the Saturday event. Then of course, I stumbled upon this list of 12 simple and delicious baking recipes for this holiday season to gift all the wonderful beings in your life past the immediate family.  Check out some of my favorites and for the rest go here: And since I usually tweak whatever recipe I want to try, I had to add my take on each one below: Whatcha ye baking?

Holiday Series: Thanksgiving Appetizers

Normally my appetizer set-up trumps the actual ‘non-turkey’ oh alright, a sliver of turkey dinner.  The reason for that is, most folks arrive at my doorstep very hungry, and very thirsty for a cocktail, so the ritual begins, munching away at appetizers while cocktailing.  So by the time dinner rolls around, folks are too full to indulge. I haven’t yet figured out how best to settle this matter except perhaps try an array of light appetizers. But that doesn’t mean I won’t share some of the appetizers that are making their way to my list for this year’s dinner gathering. For the rest of of the 123 recipes which by the way are great suggestions for any parties, including Christmas, or New Years, go here   And how to host Thanksgiving or any party without the stress – although I welcome the stress – it is invigorating I think

Holiday Series: Thanksgiving Preliminary Prep

I start out with one menu – and then shift it throughout the week leading to Thanksgiving, so with that mindset, here’s what I am considering for the holiday, perhaps even leading to smaller dinner parties up to New Year’s eve. {featured source and inspiration for this blog post}

Food: Dinner Tonight – Grain Free Burrito Bowl

Craving Mexican tonight, I decided to search for a grain-free alternative for dinner tonight and will be introducing the concept to my mother. Here’s hoping she’ll appreciate the cuisine. Ingredients Grain: White rice, brown rice, or cauliflower rice (Green Rice would be amazing, too!) Protein: Shredded Mexican Chicken (omit and double up on beans if vegan / vegetarian) Legume: Black beans (or, let’s be real, canned) simmered with sea salt and spices and slightly smashed for a “refried bean” effect Veggies: Stir-fried peppers and onions + roasted sweet potatoes Sauce: Fresh salsa (or, let’s be real, store-bought) Guac: Our favorite garlicky guacamole Garnish: Fresh cilantro. {more} {recipe and featured image source and inspiration for this post}

Food: Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Another easy recipe for the family – and to also satisfy my cravings for chili – this variation is for dinner tonight: CHICKEN optional One 8-ounce chicken breast (boneless, skinless, organic, and pasture-raised when possible)  SOUP 2 tsp avocado oil (or sub water) 1 ½ cups diced white or yellow onion (or sub shallot or red onion) 3 cloves garlic (minced) 1 tsp fresh minced ginger 1 medium jalapeño, minced (seeds and stem removed) 1 small sweet potato, diced (skin on) 1 15-ounce can diced fire roasted tomatoes with green chilies 1-2 cups vegetable or chicken broth 1 ½-2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp chili powder (or add more to taste) 1/4 tsp ground coriander (optional) 1 14-oz can light coconut milk (or sub full fat for a creamier soup) 1 cup canned pumpkin pureé (or add more for more pronounced pumpkin flavor) 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained {more} {photo and recipe credit} On another note – what’s your plans for the weekend? And what has made you tear up recently? 

Food: Fall Harvest Salad

Oh the delight of cooking with seasonal fresh ingredients and the idea of Superfoods, or mostly plant-based, which I am testing out recently is the inspiration for tonight’s dinner. INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 small butternut squash, halved, peeled, and cut into 1/4 inch half circles 2 tablespoons honey 1/2 cup raw pepitas 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 head kale, shredded 4 cups shredded brussels sprouts arils from 1 pomegranate 4-6 fresh figs (optional) 1/2 cup shredded gouda cheese  {no cheese for me or feta if you twist my arm dear family} POMEGRANATE VINAIGRETTE 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 shallot, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage 1/4 cup pomegranate juice 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons honey kosher salt and black pepper 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes {more} {featured image source} In case you are also wondering what to watch on television tonight – here’s a couple of suggestions now streaming on Amazon Prime or otherwise. 

Food: Thai Chicken and Noodles

I love Asian fusion or simply Asian inspired food and this recipe for Thai Chicken and Noodles is something worth sharing in today’s ONLY Food series: INGREDIENTS 8 ounces wide rice noodles 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce or liquid aminos 3 tablespoons oyster sauce 1 tablespoon Thai fish sauce 2 teaspoons honey or maple 2 tablespoons sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil 1/2 pound boneless chicken breast, cut into strips (optional) 2 shallots, thinly sliced 3 cloves garlic, minced or grated 1-2 red Fresno peppers or jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped 4 green onions, chopped 1 medium zucchini, cut into ribbons or chopped 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced 2 carrots, cut into ribbons or chopped 1 cup fresh Thai basil or regular basil, roughly chopped {more} What’s your favorite Asian Dish?