Simplicity at this best describes this classic Tuscan dinner. The key is using the freshest, organic ingredient you can find. With only a few basic ingredients this quick and easy dinner will wow your family and friends. Serve with your favorite side salad.
This is an easy summer grilling recipe for chicken done right in a matter of minutes. With a little prep work early in the day or the night before, you can toss this dinner on the grill and have it on the table in no time. We prefer boneless, skinless chicken thighs but this would work on breasts or with the skin on if you prefer.
This is not your average chicken recipe. It is loaded with tons of flavors but made with simple ingredients your kids will love. If they don’t like eggplant they will after this recipe. The key is the sweet and sour taste of balsamic vinegar, which marinates the eggplant. With a little fresh mozzarella cheese this dish will be a family hit.
We were craving a creamy pasta dish but since we are cutting back on our calories I needed to look at the creamy craving a little differently. This recipe makes a creamy sauce without the cream using feta cheese to trick your palate into thinking you are eating a decadent pasta dish but without all the fat. The jarred roasted red peppers make this a snap to put together on a weeknight. My son couldn’t get enough of it and we all loved the sweet yet smoky pepper taste.
I have fallen in love with grilling over all different kinds of woods, which impart their smoky goodness into meats. In this recipe, I have used apple wood on my gas grill (because I am too lazy to use a non-gas grill). It is really simple. All you need to do is soak the wood for 30 minutes prior to grilling. Then lay them down over hot lava rock* which is usually placed at the bottom of gas grills. The lava rock creates a more even heat and the soaked wood chips release the fragrant smoke. This time of year, all different types of grilling woods can be found from your local hardware shop to big box stores. Apple wood is nice because it does not impart such as intense smokiness as mesquite but choose the grilling wood you prefer.
My all time favorite Mexican Restaurant is La Taqueria in San Francisco’s Mission District. They make the best carne asada taco I have ever had. My husband and I were in the city a week ago and decided to drive another 30 minutes out of our way just to go eat tacos at La Taqueria. While sitting there gorging on our tacos my husband looked up at me and said that I need to recreate these at home. So, here is my recipe for Carne Asada tacos—La Taqueria style.
If you love the sweet taste of fennel you will love this recipe. Fennel scented three times over, this grilled chicken recipe is alluring and reminiscent of a typical Tuscan dinner. Not only is this a quick, easy and healthy recipe but also it is perfect for the grill on a warm summer night.
We love to have dinners where we eat everything with our fingers. Chicken in a bucket is a great start to what can be a fun and silly dinner the whole family will love. This oven-fried chicken is so great you won't miss any of the fat from traditional fried chicken. The ground almonds closely attach to the chicken to make a sweet crust around it while the panko give the chicken that extra crispy crunch. For sides, use your imagination. We love sliced vegetables and sweet potato french fries with our favorite condiments. I have even included my homemade ranch dressing recipe following my oven-fried chicken recipe. It is a family favorite and is easy to make not to mention so much healthier than anything you can buy in the store.
Being the bacon fanatic that I am, I have to admit one of my most favorite pasta dishes is carbonara. But I have been so inspired by this warm spring and all the bounty from my garden and the farmer’s markets that I wanted to twist around the traditional carbonara to make it healthier and lighter using asparagus and making it vegetarian. The sauce is raw so I do use raw eggs, but the key to using raw eggs in any recipe is to use the most farm fresh cage free eggs available. Don’t be afraid to use fresh raw eggs. As with any carbonara, the heat of the pasta cooks the eggs as you toss all the ingredients together leaving a silky, smooth sauce that gently coats to the pasta. In no time you will have spectacular meal that screams “Spring is here!”