Simple Summer Panzanella

Panzanella is Italian bread salad. Vinegar lovers – this one is for you. Super easy, super versatile and a great way to use up stale bread. Grab a rotisserie chicken and then clean out the crisper drawer in your fridge. Voila! Dinner done in 15 minutes. This simple panzanella recipe is a perfect weeknight mealContinue reading “Simple Summer Panzanella”

Summer Recipes – Episode I

It’s mid-August in South Louisiana and it is just freaking hot. The garden is 99% empty, partly because of the heat but mostly because I lose my motivation to maintain it around this time every year. I need super fast, easy, cool but satisfying meal options that won’t weigh me down or heat up theContinue reading “Summer Recipes – Episode I”

Jenny’s Homemade Vanilla Ginger Coconut Granola

This delicious homemade vanilla ginger coconut granola is a pantry staple. I absolutely love the little zingy surprise of finely chopped candied ginger and the freshness of toasted coconut. Bake Once – Eat For Weeks! My homemade granola preps in 10 minutes with a little help from the food processor. I pulse the pistachios aContinue reading “Jenny’s Homemade Vanilla Ginger Coconut Granola”

Soy-Ginger Black Eyed Peas with Bacon Wrapped Tuna

That’s a mouthful….and a delicious one! Bacon-wrapped tuna seasoned with a little cumin and lime meets a cool black eyed pea salad marinated in soy sauce and ginger. Serve with fresh greens and sliced avocado. A great summer supper! Chill On The Chickpeas Chickpeas get so much of the attention. It feels like they areContinue reading “Soy-Ginger Black Eyed Peas with Bacon Wrapped Tuna”

Easy Tomato Eggplant Sauce

As we creep toward the middle of summer, motivation to keep up with the vegetable garden starts to dwindle. When you find that your tomato plants have gotten a little out of control, grab a bowl and start collecting the damaged or overripe fruits. Time to make a rich roasted tomato eggplant sauce that youContinue reading “Easy Tomato Eggplant Sauce”

Homemade Corn Tortillas

On the list of things I have never even attempted to make at home (along with pasta and sushi) are homemade corn tortillas. The ingredients must be too exotic to find, right? It must take hours. You probably need special equipment. So I keep buying store bought corn tortillas when I plan to make tacos.Continue reading “Homemade Corn Tortillas”

Real Tuna Salad

Do you love tuna salad sandwiches like I do? Everyone has a preference on what makes a perfect tuna salad. There are also a million adaptations – yogurt instead of mayo? Hard boiled eggs? Pickles? Capers? BBQ sauce? (YUCK – but I’ve seen it). I learned a recipe for “real” tuna salad in college whenContinue reading “Real Tuna Salad”

Corn & Black Bean Burgers

I’m a fan of bean burgers. Cruise the freezer aisle of Whole Foods and be blown away at all the options. In general, they are all pretty good and are easy weeknight eating. I’m still on a quest to find a delicious, easy to make bean burger of my own. This corn & black beanContinue reading “Corn & Black Bean Burgers”

Tips: Growing and Maintaining Tomato Plants

The idea of growing garden fresh tomatoes is so appealing in the spring. You turn over your garden and get fresh dirt and bask in the joy of all your little starter tomato plants peeking up at you just promising to produce perfectly ripe fruit by summer. But around the first week of July, yourContinue reading “Tips: Growing and Maintaining Tomato Plants”

Roasted Eggplant, Red Pepper & Cherry Tomato Linguine

Summer’s hottest days are here….and so is summer eggplant! I can’t resist the dark purple beauties when I see them at the market. Roasting eggplant until it is gooey and caramelized is my favorite way to prepare it. Throw some crisp, red bell pepper in the mix and some roasted cherry tomatoes and you’ve gotContinue reading “Roasted Eggplant, Red Pepper & Cherry Tomato Linguine”

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