Aji Verde

Time: 15 minutes And another great side dish to lead a fun and spicy weekend with great weather and BBQing and celebrating! Music Selection: Dan Fogelberg – Leader of the Band Ingredients: 1 cup mayonnaise 2 cups packed cilantro (washed, and torn up) 1 jalapeno (more or less to taste), remove seeds and dice 3…

Baked Potato with Broccoli Cheese Sauce

Time: 45 minutes Only you can love this dish this way… so good, so filling. Yum Music Selection: Keith Urban – Only You Can Love Me This Way Ingredients: 4 – 6 medium potatoes 2 cups milk ¼ cup flour ¾ c. butter, split in 3 x ¼ c 1 tsp smoked paprika ½ tsp…

Perfect Potluck Pasta Salad

Time: 1 hour So easy, so good… perfect in fact to share with those that belong to you… the more, the merrier Music Selection: Jacob Lee – I Belong To You Ingredients: 6 – 8 cups cooked pasta (macaroni, radiatore, fusilli) – at room temperature 1 cup cooked ham, cubed 1 cup cheddar cheese (old),…

One-Pan Baked Gnocci

Time: 1 hour Still haven’t found what you are looking for supper tonight? Look no further – one pan, full hearty meal (or side dish) and healthy! Music Selection: U2 – Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For Ingredients: 1 kg gnocci ½ cup butter 1/3 cup flour ¼ tsp nutmeg ¼ tsp cayenne 1…

1-2-3 Easy As Can Be Peas

Time: 3 minutes Having spent a wonderful week in the Okanagan with some great friends, we went to many wineries. One place a friend of mine wanted to go to was a place that made vinegars… While the place was closed and we couldn’t go, my friend shared that growing up her mom made wonderful…

Mascarpone Grits

Time: 30 minutes You will LOVE this recipe for so many reasons – it is great for a quick, healthy breakfast with a runny egg on top, or as the base to put chili or stew on top of! No matter what you decide to do with this recipe, you will love it! Music Selection:…

Baked Arancini

Time: 90 minutes These little balls of goodness are like sunshine on your face on a wonderful summer day – enjoy! Music Selection: James Taylor & Yo-Yo-Ma – Here Comes the Sun Ingredients: 4 cups chicken broth 2 Tbsp olive oil ½ cup finely chopped onion 2 cups arborio rice ½ cup freshly grated parmesan…

Lemon Garlic Broccolini

Time: 15 minutes You will absolutely “Need” to make this recipe again and again, while listening to Jon Batiste… This is a quick, healthy, side dish – great for every day or special occasions. Music Selection: Jon Batiste – I Need You Ingredients: 2 packages broccolini (12 oz) Zest from one lemon 2 cloves garlic…

Cheesy Cauliflower Grits

Time: 25 minutes Get ready for a new twist on grits – a healthy, delicious version that sneaks a few extra vegetables into your family! We love this dish served with a hearty stew or red braised lamb shanks… Music Selection: Pitbull (featuring Blake Shelton) – Get Ready Ingredients: 2 shallots, diced finely 2 Tbsp…

Spinach Puffs

Time: 45 minutes If you haven’t watched this funny movie, you should! Kronk was one of my kids’ favorite characters. He is fun loving and an excellent cook. He also makes spinach puffs in this movie… so even when many years after my kids stopped watching the movie, they always remind me of Kronk when…