Pineapple Shrimp Gazpacho

pineapple cucumber shrimp gazpacho

This cool and easy pineapple shrimp gazpacho may just have ruined all other gazpachos for me, at least for the time being.  One pineapple, one cucumber, some chopped shrimp, a few other things and about 10 minutes is all that stands between you and a sweet and spicy bowl of summer soup deliciousness.  The first time I made this I couldn't even wait for the chilling down in the fridge part...we proceeded right to the eating (and it's pretty wonderful at room temperature too, I'm here to tell you!).  The second time I exercised extreme patience and let it hang out in the fridge for a few hours first, and the only thing better than freshly made pineapple gazpacho is cold pineapple gazpacho.  Let's get to making it! Read More & Get the Recipe

Roasted Salmon with Mango Salsa

salmon with mango salsa

Before I get started on this recipe for roasted salmon with mango salsa, I need to say this: I don't know about you, but in the heat of summer I like to get myself in and out of the kitchen as soon as possible...but I still stubbornly want a hot dinner.  Oh sure, I can go for a nice cool soup or salad now and again, but most of the food = dinner.  So I am constantly on the prowl for things that I can make in August while still looking like a virtual blur in terms of in the kitchen and then rapidly out of the kitchen.  Things that are warm and wonderful, but that still taste like summertime.  Things like this tender flaky roasted salmon topped with a cool and slightly spicy mango salsa, all nestled in a bed of warm baby spinach.  Good and good for you and fast in and out of the kitchen and ahhhh... Read More & Get the Recipe

Cashew Chicken with Spinach

cashew chicken with spinach

The Southern husband and I are trying to stay on the healthy and delicious road we were on last summer when the Southern daughter was around, eating good and good for you chicken and fish and eggs with lots of delectable veggies, and only a little detouring here and there for bowls of ramen noodles in cheese broth (don't tell her!).  And high on my list was figuring out a stir-fry recipe that didn't call out for being poured over a nice big mound of rice.  With this conglomeration of chicken and cashews in a scrumptious sauce poured over baby spinach, I am here to tell you that we didn't miss the rice One Little Bit. Read More & Get the Recipe

Honey Chicken Stir-Fry


I love a good stir-fry!  They are usually quick (yay!), reasonably healthy (yay!) and scrumptious (triple yay!).  The perfect quick/healthy/scrumptious thing to make at the end of a long and not so scrumptious day.  So break out the skillet (or if you are fancier than me, kitchen equipement-wise, the wok) and away we go! Read More & Get the Recipe

Bittersweet Chocolate and Cashew Cookie Brittle


There is something about the words "cookie" and "brittle" that just mesmerize me.  Throw in "chocolate" and "cashews" and I am helpless...I walk directly into my kitchen and start making it.  Luckily for me it was somebody's birthday (I won't say whose birthday in order to protect the innocent), and so right after they were ready I put them all in a nice gift basket and whisked them out of the house. Well, maybe not ALL of them.  Maybe I held back just a few.  Purely in the name of science, and chocolate, and cookie brittle. Here's what you need to know: this is basically a spin on chocolate chip cookie dough, but because of the particular mixture of ingredients, it cooks up to be a little crunchier and more, well, brittle-like.  Once you have mixed up all the ingredients you press it into one thin layer onto a foil-lined cookie sheet (the foil will both make the brittle pop up easily and if you are really lucky, save you from washing the cookie sheet.  Things like that are my Read More & Get the Recipe

Bacon Cashew Caramel Popcorn


Now you have to admit, I have been very well-behaved in terms of the bacon recipes lately.  I didn't put any bacon in the pumpkin granola, or the marshmallow frosted cupcakes, or even in the spaghetti tacos.  I am practically going through bacon withdrawel over here.  And the only antidote might be this CRAZILY good popcorn.  Bacon, cashews and popcorn, all held together with just a little bit of caramel and with a little red pepper tossed in just to keep you on your toes.  It's hard to describe how completely, totally, addictively good this is.  All I will say is, one minute that jar was full up with popcorn, and the next it was empty.  It's all kind of a blur to me.  A happy, sweet, salty blur. Read More & Get the Recipe