Main Course

Beef Stir Fry

While I was in college I was introduced to BD’s Mongolian Barbecue. From the first time I tried it, I was hooked. It’s basically a long buffet of meats, seafood, vegetables and sauces to construct your own stir fry or noodle dishes. I used to really have fun mixing different proteins with different spices, sauces […]

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Thai Drunken Noodles

I first tried this dish a few years ago when a friend of mine recommended it at a Thai restaurant. Being a huge fan of Pad Thai and Pad Sieu, it didn’t take much convincing to give it whirl. One of my favorite things about this dish is the balance, for a couple of reasons. […]

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Sweet Sriracha Salmon

Confession: before I met my friends Jeff and Stephanie I hated cooking and eating salmon at home. I would rarely order it at a restaurant either because I can’t stand any type of fishy flavor. Jeff and Stephanie introduced me to a rub they used when cooking ribs and salmon at home. This rub and Stephanie’s cooking […]

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Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Fettuccine

If you like Alfredo sauce, you’ll love this pasta. The sun-dried tomatoes and oregano really elevate the sauce to another level. As for the vegetables, you can completely customize this recipe to include your favorite vegetables. If you’ve read any of my posts over the last few weeks, you’ll remember that I’m really trying to […]

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Asian Noodle Bowl with Salmon & Veggies

When I’m visiting Chicago, I love to visit a small restaurant called Doc B’s. They have the freshest ingredients and the most interesting flavors profiles, paired with a healthy serving of vegetables. This dish is my version of their Wok Out bowls. The salmon is moist and sweet and really goes nicely with the sweet […]

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Korean Short Rib Tacos

A few years ago I was introduced to Korean flavors with a dish called Bibimbap. I immediately fell in love with the dish and the sauce that is drizzled on top of it. The sauce is primarily Gochujang with similar additions of sugar and sesame oil. The sauce for these tacos was inspired by this delicious […]

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Braised Short Ribs

This dish is the ultimate comfort food. If you haven’t had short ribs before, they are really similar to a chuck roast but with a more robust flavor and a tender texture. Short ribs can be dressed up or down, I’ve used them for something as casual as tacos but for this dish I decided […]

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Creamy Tortilla Soup

I’m a huge fan of tortilla soup, but a while ago I had an enchilada soup that was a nice twist. It was creamy, cheesy and delicious. This version isn’t cheesy but is still rich and creamy. The roasted pepper, spices, and crushed tortillas really give this a good Mexican flavor, while the cream makes it […]

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Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice

This dish just reminds me of vacation. When my husband and I visited San Juan a few years ago, I was addicted to this chicken and mango salad. While day dreaming of tropical destinations today that salad inspired my dinner idea. This coconut rice is so good, the coconut milk gives it a richness that […]

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Garlic Pasta with Italian Sausage and Roasted Broccoli

This dish is a combination of some fantastic pairings. I’ve joined them all together to make a delicious pasta dish that tastes like it took hours to make. You can really customize this dish by using your favorite sausage. I happened to be at an Italian grocery store and picked up a fennel, mild and […]

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Chicken Fajitas

This recipe is from my very first cookbook, I bought it when I was in college. It’s not a particularly fancy dish but it’s a staple in our house and one of my personal favorites. Back in the 90’s Chi-Chi’s Restaurant was one of my favorite places to go. They had the best fajitas, salsa, […]

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Chicken Greek Salad

One of my favorite salad dressings of all time is this greek salad dressing. I first had it at Zef’s Coney Island in Bay City and was instantly hooked. It took me forever to figure out what was in it. I was absolutely stumped by the pink color. I tried many times to recreate it […]

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Shrimp Scampi

This summer I took my first trip to Europe… first stop Barcelona, Spain. Of course any vacation of mine is filled with delicious food and drinks. This is one of those delicious dishes, along with the famous spanish croquettes, patatas bravas, and iberico ham sandwiches. In Spain this dish is called gambas al ajillo, meaning garlic […]

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Baked Salmon with Coconut Curry Sauce & Mixed Vegetables

This dish was inspired by one of my favorite thai dishes, Gang Gai. I usually order it with chicken, but it’s a coconut curry sauce with mixed vegetables, served over rice. It’s amazing and incredibly addicting. Looking for a new way to prepare salmon, I thought I’d bring those thai flavors over and try making […]

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Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes

This dish was definitely one of those strange ideas that came to while lying awake at night, thinking about food. My thoughts were, I like hot wings with sweet potato fries – what about making it healthy by using rotisserie chicken and sweet potatoes. Score! This is amazing, you have to try it for yourself.

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Shrimp Tostadas

This fresh and delicious mexican dish makes me feel like I’m on a tropical vacation. The shrimp and guacamole just scream beach to me for some reason.  You definitely have to try making the shells yourself, it just takes a few minutes and it’s sooo worth the extra work!

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