Feta Artichoke Pizza

feta artichoke pizza

This recipe for feta artichoke pizza came about once again from my "no ingredient left behind" rule, which stipulates that if I buy something for a recipe and don't use all of it up, I need to figure out another recipe that uses up the rest of whatever it was.  In this case, I had a lovely hunk of feta cheese in the fridge, and a bowl of cheery, sweet cherry tomatoes on my counter.  And so my mind goes where it frequently does in "no ingredient left behind" situations, and that is directly towards pizza.  Visions of pizza topped with feta cheese and pan-roasted cherry tomatoes began dancing in my head, and in the vision it was topped with marinated artichoke hearts and fresh chopped thyme and drizzled with olive oil. THE VISION HAD TO HAPPEN. Read More & Get the Recipe

Shrimp Marinara Soup

shrimp marinara soup

My favorite place to buy shrimp is not a specialty seafood store, or even the fabulous seafood counter at our local supermarket.  Nope, the only place I will buy shrimp is...Costco.  Because the shrimp from Costco is simply and reliably the most delicious I have ever tasted.  However, Costco being Costco, you can only buy it in giant bags, which is no problem for me.  It comes frozen, so I break it up into smaller portions, pop them in freezer bags and keep it in the freezer for the next time I get a hankering to make shrimp for dinner.  And not wanting EVER to be without shrimp in the freezer, I guess I bought one too many bags, because recently the Southern husband mentioned that there was no room in the freezer for anything else because it was Full Of Shrimp.  So I kicked my shrimp-recipe-making into high gear, and that is how this shrimp marinara soup came to be. Read More & Get the Recipe

Warm Green Bean and Farro Salad

green bean farro salad

This recipe was born out of a conglomeration of different events, which is how some of my favorite recipes happen.  You aren't planning them, but then you realize that you have an odd assortment of leftover bits and pieces in your fridge and pantry, and you start to get this feeling.  The feeling that they just might work together as a delicious taste sensation.  That's what happened here, with a side of me doing my January New Year New You thing, which means that the Southern husband and only have S meals during this month. Seafood, Soup and Salad.  This mash-up is a warm salad full of whole grains and veggies with a little zing provided by a little feta cheese and a few other things.  Good and good for you can also taste pretty dang good! Read More & Get the Recipe

Whipped Feta Dip

feta cheese dip

Here we go everyone...shifting into high holiday gear!  It's a shoppingwrappingdecorating blur, and if you are the chef, or even part of the kitchen crew, it's time to finally finalize that festive holiday dinner menu!  Mine is pretty much locked down, but I have to say that the hardest part of the whole thing for me is always figuring out the appetizers.  You want something that is going to be just the right amount of scrumptious, but also just the right amount so that they won't get all filled up before you roll out the main course.  And easy.  You are about to spend enough time in the kitchen on everything else that you don't want your nibbles to take more than a few minutes to whip up.  So let's whip up some whipped feta cheese dip! Read More & Get the Recipe

One Bowl Suppers: Shrimp with Watercress, Feta and Sugar Snap Peas

shrimp with watercress, feta and sugar snap peas

Here's my latest in the series of one bowl suppers that the Southern husband and I have been experimenting with over the last couple of months.  Just as a reminder, the one bowl suppers combine a green veggie or two, a whole grain and some kind of protein along with a few garnishes in one bowl...all of which sounds very science-ish until you realized that this actually means shrimp, watercress, feta cheese, sugar snap peas, sliced apple and brown rice garnished with honey roasted peanuts and drizzled with yogurt ranch dressing.  Oh yes. Read More & Get the Recipe

Stifado, Otherwise Known as Greek Beef Stew

Stifado

Approximately one million years ago when the Southern husband and I were young and foolish, we had a lot less, well, stuff than we have now.  We had one television, one car, one teeny antique house and no hound dog.  We didn't have Iphones or digital cameras or laptops.  (Neither did anyone else...we are talking the Dark Ages here.  We are talking pre-Internet.  We are talking phones with curly cords. ) One thing that we DID have, however, was a very fine cast iron cooking pot, which has somehow escaped over the years.  We loved that pot, and among other things we made this wonderful Greek stew over and over and over in it, so whenever I make it these days it zaps me back to those olden days. Read More & Get the Recipe