Thai Grilled Cornish Hens

It got to be about 100 degrees today.  I pulled out the blow up pool for the kids and put it under the swing set slide.  All the neighbor kids were over to join in on the fun, and I decided to keep the heat outside today and cook dinner on the grill.  My latest…

Stir-Fried Shrimp and Broccoli

One of our favorite things to grow in our garden is broccoli.  All my kids love broccoli, and it’s the best when you can just go outside and cut a vegetable from the garden to serve with dinner.  I stepped out into the garden today and noticed the garden broccoli that we have been anticipating…

Sauteed Snap Peas

I forgot about the sugar snap peas in the garden for a few days, and when I went to check on them today there were way more than we could eat in one sitting.  Not necessarily a problem since they keep well in the fridge, but I remembered seeing a recipe for sauteed snap peas…

Corn Fritters

It’s corn season!  Just plain ol’ corn on the cob is great, but I also love to cook with fresh corn.  Tonight I made some corn fritters that had the perfect amount of whole corn kernels the consistency wasn’t too runny or soggy or greasy.  Credit goes to my latest issue of Cooks Illustrated for…

Hoisin Glazed Grilled Pork Kebabs

I love the idea of pork, but often times find it bland and kind of dry.  I was flipping through summer issues of Cooks Illustrated and saw an article with a recipe for grilled pork tenderloin kebabs.  They boasted tender meat with a great flavor.  The reason for the kebab was to get bite size…

Napa Cabbage Slaws

Last week I was reading through one of my old Cooks Illustrated magazines and came across a recipe for coleslaws using napa cabbage.  It thought that sounded fun, so when I was at the grocery store I picked up some napa cabbage.  Then, I had some left over grated ginger from another dinner earlier this…

Mu Shu Pork

Mu Shu Pork always used to be just a fun thing to say and read about on Chinese menus for me, but it was never what I typically ordered.  The first time I finally tried the dish I think I was at P.F. Changs.  They make a big show of it there.  If you order…

Chow Sauce for Stir Fry

We love stir fry in our home.  We consider it a good healthy meal with lots of veggies, and I love that it’s a whole meal in one dish/pan.  This is a version that I like to make because it’s less spicy for my kids.  If you like more heat you can always drizzle Sriracha…

Waldorf Salad

Credit for the Waldorf Salad is given to Oscar Tschirky.  This salad was supposedly first created and served in 1893 at a charity ball for the St. Mary’s Hospital for Children held at the Waldorf Hotel (thus the name) in New York where Tschirky was employed as Maitre D.  My Mom always used to make…

Garlic Smashed Red Potatoes

Was trying to come up with an accompaniment to my neighbor Jay’s smoked meat he volunteered to bring us from dinner (so good), and I had a bunch of red potatoes that needed using so I sort of followed a recipe on Allrecipes.com/ made a few variations of my own.  They turned out good.  Derek…

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pine Nuts

A few Christmases ago my Mom and George and George’s two kids joined my family at our place for Christmas.  Now I like brussel sprouts to be begin with, and I’m a huge fan of all roasted vegetables.  But Christine’s boyfriend at the time treated us to the best roasted brussel sprouts, and he threw…

Lemon Pepper Red Potatoes

I have to give another shout out to Jenny Sarantis for this idea.  She served these to us for dinner one night, and I thought they were so good.  She basically just boiled red potatoes and dressed them with olive oil, lemon pepper, and fresh dill.  I never would have come up with that combination…