Easy Cheese and Corn Salsa

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Before I get into the whys and wherefores of this ridiculously easy and delicious cheese and corn salsa, I wanted to explain myself.  I meant to mention this before I left, but I missed posting over the last week or so because the Southern husband and I were helping our newly minted college graduate daughter move to her new apartment.  More on that below, but as any of you who have ever packed and unpacked a moving box know, moving is EXHAUSTING.  Which means that sometimes you might only have the strength to have chips and salsa for dinner.  And if you are going to have chips and salsa for dinner, you might as well go all out and have this ready-in-5-minutes cheese and corn version! Read More & Get the Recipe

Bake and Scoop Chicken Fajitas

bake and scoop chicken fajitas

I love getting fajitas in a restaurant.  As a matter of fact, I like when ANYONE gets fajitas in a restaurant.  The smoky, sizzling drama of it all - "Be careful!!" Very Hot Plate!!" - in combination with the spicy deliciousness of it all is just plain delicious in every way.  However, the thought of recreating the smoky sizzling part at home seems like a direct invitation to my over-zealous smoke alarm to do its thing, and so I came up with a little less dramatic, still just as delicious version of fajitas...a version that bakes up in the oven and lets you scoop it right out of the baking dish into your tortilla.  Bake and scoop fajitas! Read More & Get the Recipe

Shrimp Salsa!

shrimp salsa

This time of year I am ALL about using all the fresh local veggies I can get my mitts on.  No ear of corn or local tomato or fresh sweet-smelling herb is safe around me, because once September starts it is use-it-or-lose-it time, fresh local veggie-wise.  And one of the things I like making most of all is fresh salsa of all varieties.  This particular version includes some roughly chopped shrimp, which not only gives it a nice twist, but in my book makes it totally acceptable to serve for supper.  Who's with me? Read More & Get the Recipe

Taco Pasta!

taco pasta

I do love a good taco.  I do not like the crunchy shells that shatter on first bite though.  I like the taste of them...it's the shattering part that gets me.  And yes, I know I can eat tacos with soft tortillas, but recently it occurred to me that good old everyday pasta would make an excellent stand-in for the taco shell...AND I would be able to eat it with a spoon.  Somehow, things taste just a little bit better when a spoon is involved.  Which is the convoluted way that my recipe for taco pasta was born! Read More & Get the Recipe

Fresh Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salsa


No, no, no, no, no!  That is my official statement about the fact that the heat is kicking on at night instead of the air conditioning, and that it's dark out by 7:30 now, and that the Southern daughter is now three football games into the fall season.  Along with everything else, the clock is ticking on local fresh corn and tomatoes, and so I am figuring out every last way I can use them before I lose them.  So if autumn really HAS to start, at least I can toss together some fresh corn, tomato and avocado salsa to go along with it. Read More & Get the Recipe

Chicken and Cheese Flautas


A little while ago I made this recipe for roast chicken from the wonderful Leite's Culinaria website.  It was without question the best, easiest roast chicken I've ever made in my life, and it made for a perfect Sunday dinner.  But it was just me, the Southern husband and the teenager (Home from college for winter break!  Happiness!) and hungry as we were, we were no match for an entire perfect chicken.  So, what to do with the leftovers? Read More & Get the Recipe