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Spinach with Crispy Pancetta and Shallots

Spinach with Crispy Pancetta and Shallots

  This is an amazing way to eat spinach as a side dish with it’s salty bites from the pancetta, the light flavor added by the shallots and the fresh lemon squeezed over top at the end that brighten the flavors.  You will love this […]

Horchata

Horchata

  Horchata is a drink with origins that are believed to date all the way back to the 8th century.  Many countries have their own version of this drink which utilize their countries native ingredients.  This recipe is inspired by the Mexican version of horchata […]

Soft Pretzel Knots

Soft Pretzel Knots

Soft pretzels have been an item that my family has loved for years and I never  thought they could be made at home.  I just assumed it was something that was too complicated and not for the home chef.  Well, I am here to tell […]

Chili and Cumin Brioche Croutons

Chili and Cumin Brioche Croutons

  Well, I am again trying to make sure I am not wasting food in the kitchen and trying to find ways to use up all of my ingredients from previous meals.  This brioche was from some amazing french toast I made the other morning!  […]

Quick Cranberry and Grapefruit Shrub

Quick Cranberry and Grapefruit Shrub

​ Shrubs️️️ are of one of my favorite drinks over the last few years, in fact I didn’t even know it had a name until this year. It is a mix of vinegar, sparkling water/soda and juice/ fruit and it just makes you feel alive […]

Roasted Green Beans with Rojo Chimichurri

Roasted Green Beans with Rojo Chimichurri

  Roasted green beans with rojo chimichurri is such an amazing way to make green beans that are usually (to me) quite bland!  This dish idea came from my laziness of not wanting to create another spice blend for my green beans on a day […]

Chimichurri Rojo

Chimichurri Rojo

Well I have been on a roll making chimichurri and let me tell you it is well worth it!  This post is all about the rojo (red) chimichurri and it is one that doesn’t get a lot of attention and it should.  This is very […]

Chimichurri Verde

Chimichurri Verde

Today I wanted to share with you one of my all time favorite sauces for just about any food, chimichurri.  If you have never had this before, chimchurri is made with parsley, garlic, some sort of acid (lemon, vinegar or both) and some spices.  This […]

Olive Oil and Parmesan Bread

Olive Oil and Parmesan Bread

Well, I do not know about you but when I go to a restaurant, one of the things my family and I enjoy is the amazing bread that comes out before a meal.  We usually have to be careful not to eat too much so […]

Poppadoms

Poppadoms

  Poppadoms were just made for tonight’s Indian Curry Dinner. We absolutely love these in our house! These are made from Indian lentil flour so they are a healthy side to add to your meals. Although not traditional, we use these in place of Naan […]