Curried Ginger & Lime Mahi Mahi

Put the lime in the coconut… then you feel better…. But first add some curry! Some flavors just have real harmony together. Fresh grated ginger and lime juice are key for the vibrant flavors of this dish. I used Mahi Mahi, but you can use other moderately fatty fish with firm, flavorful flesh that is…

Lemon Dill Grilled Swordfish

Summer is here, and that means grilling season. The grill is often reserved for steaks and burgers, but seafood on the grill is exceptionally tasty. As I’ve mentioned in the past, my brother Jay and my sister-in-law, Kelly, are incredible cooks. So here I am last night at the gym, and I get a text…

Pesto Zoodles!

Zoodles! How can you not get excited about such a fun word? It just makes you smile. I received a spiralizer for Christmas, and I’ve been loving making these delicious and healthy “noodles” a regular in my meal rotation. The flavor is so fresh, and there are no guilty feelings when you go back for…

Garden Basil Pesto

Nothing quite says “Welcome Spring” like homemade pesto. Right from the blooming garden, freshly picked basil packs full flavor of the warmer months. Pesto can seem intimidating, but it’s just about finding the balance of ingredients and blending them all together! Adjust to your taste, and have fun with it! Ingredients 2 Cups Fresh Basil…

Summer Fish Bake in Parchment

Today’s post comes from a good friend of mine, Erin. Erin has been a DIVA for years, and let me tell you … she’s a pro. I remember the first time she hosted at her home, and wow did she take it up a notch. Not only did she have a beautiful, themed set-up, (and…

Messy Josephs

Everyone knows Sloppy Joe. This is the cousin. Just as messy, but with a new twist. Savory and sweet, this is a dish that you’re grateful you can “overflow” over the edges of the “bun”.   The balsamic acts like the brown sugar in the sloppy joe, adding the depth of sweetness. The traditional bun…

Smoked Three Bean & Tri-Colored Pepper Chicken Chili

I ate chili for the first time at the age of 20 years old. Wendy’s was the chef, and my college roommate insisted it was the best. Having been scared of the meat & bean concoction up until that point in my life, I had decided to trust her. Good thing I did because chili…

Summer Salmon Pasta

Salmon is one of my family’s go-to meals. It is not only delicious, but considered to be healthy due to it’s high levels of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D content. As such, my mom and I have created a few standard ways to prepare salmon. This particular dish uses lox, which is a…

Mexican Fiesta Enchiladas

I was living in my first apartment, sub-terrain unit #8, and a good friend and I decided we were going to tackle a Mexican dinner in my little galley kitchen. It was so little, when you opened the refrigerator, you could not get through as the door touched the opposite counter. None the less, we…

Harvest Pork Tenderloin

One of the greatest fall activities in Michigan is apple picking. You gather up a group of friends on a sunny yet crisp Sunday morning, and you head out to the local orchards. They load everyone onto tractors and take you around the various sections of the orchard to fill your giant bag with the…

Turkey Lasagna with Goat Cheese

The following lasagna is a variation of a turkey lasagna that Ina Garten features in Barefoot Contessa, Family Style. Ingredients 2 tablespoons Olive Oil 1 cup Yellow Onion, chopped 3 Garlic Cloves, minced 1 1/2 pounds Ground Turkey 1 (14-ounce) can Crushed Tomatoes 1 Jar of Dave’s Gourmet Butternut Squash Spaghetti Sauce 1/2 cup fresh Basil Leaves, chopped…

Parmesan Chicken with Tomato Balsamic Angel Hair

Ina Garten makes an incredible breaded chicken, and then tops it with fresh greens, homemade lemon vinaigrette and freshly shaved parmesan. I love making this dish on a warm spring day. I wanted to create a heartier meal though with her chicken for a cozy winter night. Hope this Chicken Parmesan warms up your evening!…