Creole Peas in the Instant Pot

Well, I have become a pressure cooker convert. Like thousands of others, I jumped on the Prime Day bandwagon and ended up with an Instant Pot (IP). I was amazed by the hard-boiled eggs, with shells that slipped off effortlessly in one piece. I fell in love with the 7-inch cheesecake, perfectly creamy and done… Continue reading Creole Peas in the Instant Pot

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Honey Mustard Wings with a Kick

I have a definite weakness for sticky-sweet-spicy chicken wing sauces, and this might be the ultimate. I know, I say that every time, but when you have to keep tasting the sauce “just to make sure it’s still ok” while the wings cook, you realize that some good things are about to happen to your… Continue reading Honey Mustard Wings with a Kick

Weekday Chili with Black and White Beans

So to celebrate, I made a pot of chili. I have a few versions of this up my sleeve – there’s the kind of chili that takes all day to cook, and there’s fast chili that you can throw together in 15 minutes and have on the table in an hour. This particular recipe is quick and versatile – just right for a weekday meal.

Cheddar Bacon Biscuits (grain-free)

These savory little shortbread cookies will taunt you until you have eaten every last one – I’ll warn you now!  I had to make batch after batch of these because I “forgot” to take a photo, and next thing I knew, they were all gone. I first set out on the path to make plain… Continue reading Cheddar Bacon Biscuits (grain-free)

Crispy, Baked Sweet Potato Fries (gluten-free)

Over the weekend I went on an internet mission to find the secret to sweet potato fries that are crispy, baked (vs fried), well-seasoned, and gluten free.  I wrote down what I thought were the best ideas from a multitude of recipes, added seasonings I like, and put it all together in a Hail Mary,… Continue reading Crispy, Baked Sweet Potato Fries (gluten-free)

Pan-Seared, Blackened Flounder

The secrets to a really tasty piece of blackened fish are 1) a really tasty Creole seasoning, and 2) not overcooking the fish.  I use a slightly modified version of  Emeril’s recipe for Creole Seasoning – because he should know, right?  The seasoning is easy to make fresh with your own spices, and it’s really… Continue reading Pan-Seared, Blackened Flounder

Fudgy Chipotle Brownies (Grain-free, Gluten-free)

Most nights, we treat ourselves to a small square of dark chocolate for dessert.  It is not too guilty of  a pleasure, since dark chocolate is packed with cell-protecting antioxidants, known to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.  Of course, that is  exactly what I’m thinking about as I savor my portion and… Continue reading Fudgy Chipotle Brownies (Grain-free, Gluten-free)

Jerk Chicken

Recipe from Food & Fire, slightly modified Last week, our Whole Foods had a sale on locally raised, pastured, whole chickens.  I got four of them since the price was so good!  However, my ability to cut up a raw chicken (or rather, lack thereof) is an insult to the bird and a danger to… Continue reading Jerk Chicken

New Mexico Carne Adovada

Modified from The Border Cookbook : Authentic Home Cooking of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico (Cheryl A. Jamison and Bill Jamison) One of our favorite places to eat in Santa Fe is Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen.  Maria’s is primarily noted for their VAST selection of margaritas crafted for every tequila out there.  In fact… Continue reading New Mexico Carne Adovada

Thai Chicken Curry

I admit, I probably could have taken a better photo of our Thai Chicken Curry.  The recipe itself was truly stellar….we mmm’d and exclaimed during the entire meal, exalting the symphony of flavors and textures.  The next morning I dutifully wrote down the ingredients while they were fresh in my memory, then viewed the memory… Continue reading Thai Chicken Curry