Lime Chimichurri Chicken

Chimichurri anything is a favorite in our house.  Partly because it is fun to say, and partly because it is so dang delicious.  Spicy and tangy and scrumptious, chimichurri adds a little zip to whatever you make with it.  I’ve chimichurried everything from burgers to steak to potato salad, so I’m not sure what took me so long to introduce chimichurri to chicken, but better late than never!
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Zucchini Gazpacho

When I was a kid, my mom had a huge vegetable garden full of lettuce and tomatoes and pumpkins and green beans and peppers and other veggies.  She is a magical gardener, and the item she always seemed to grow the most of was zucchini.  Piles and bushels and mountains of zucchini.  She made zucchini bread and zucchini pancakes and zucchini muffins, and my brother and I quickly learned that in the months of July and August it was wise to check anything we ate for stray zucchini.  She is wily with the zucchini, my mama is.  And so if there are any of you out there preparing for the annual summer zucchini storm, here’s a cool, quick gazpacho that features not tomatoes but…say it with me….zucchini!
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Cheese and Honey Pizza

I know, I know, you are thinking whaaat??  She’s putting honey on her pizza?  But bear with me for a minute while I say three words to you.  Sweet And Salty.  The familiar cheesy melty salty taste of a thin crust white pizza, mixed with just a teeny hint of a drizzle of sweet honey.  I owe this all to the Southern husband, who loves white pizza above all others, and is a devoted to honey above all other sweet things.  One day it hit me that maybe, just maybe, those were two great tastes that could taste great together.  And Sweet and Salty came through for me again!
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Warm Potato Green Bean Salad

We are in the height of potato salad season these days!  And since do love potatoes but I do NOT love the classic mayo-dressed potato salad, I have these basic guidelines when putting together potato salads.  First, no mayo.  (You probably guessed that.)  Second, no peeling, because who wants to be in the kitchen peeling potatoes in the middle of potato salad season?  Third, find something interesting to toss into the potato salad along with the potatoes.  Fourth, when it comes to potato salad, mustard is your friend.  Welcome to warm green bean potato salad! Continue Reading …

Brown Sugar Pound Cake

I have to say for the record that I am not usually tempted by pound cake.  I can walk right by those giant slices of golden pound cake in the dessert case at our local diner without even batting an eye.  Not even a twinge of longing for the pound cake.  But there’s something between me and brown sugar that makes me long for things I don’t usually long for when brown sugar is part of the mix, and in this case, putting the words Brown Sugar with Pound Cake turned me into a pound cake lover.  Or at least, a brown sugar pound cake lover, anyway! Continue Reading …

Grilled Tuna with Sesame Noodles

The Southern husband and I love us some seafood in the summer.  It’s light, it’s delicious, it’s good for us and in the case of this particular recipe, it involves cooking some tuna for exactly one minute per side.  Yup.  One minute.  When you put this fact together with my favorite sesame noodle recipe (also super-fast) and a little lettuce – well, summer suppers don’t get too much better. Continue Reading …

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