ROASTED CHICKEN AND FINGERLING POTATOES

ROASTED CHICKEN AND FINGERLING POTATOES

I recently received a challenge from Bon Appetit to create a meal that costs under $10 using items exclusively from ALDI. I’ve heard of ALDI and have passed by one over the years but never ventured in so this was a new experience for me and I didn’t know what to expect. ALDI is a supermarket that prides itself on selling quality ingredients at low prices. Some of the ways that they keep the costs low by are having you...Read more …
COCONUT CRAB CURRY

COCONUT CRAB CURRY

I love curry!  I’m sure that isn’t a surprise to many of you who have followed me on this blog as I have shared countless curry recipes.  Crab curry is one of my absolute favorites.   This isn’t your everyday curry, and growing up it was definitely a special occasion curry as it was a bit more time consuming than any other type of curry.  Cooking crab curry in Guyana meant buying fresh crabs at the market, then taking them home...Read more …
GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH

GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH

So it’s apple season. I must admit that it’s been creeping into many of my recipes but I don’t mind one bit because it’s fall and it’s time for all things apple. Grilled cheese is something that I’ve always had a love affair with; there’s something about the buttery, toasted bread and the gooey cheese that gets me every time. Most of my grilled cheese sandwiches are pretty simple, it’s typically white bread and American cheese but sometimes I use...Read more …
SMOKED TURKEY WING AND CORN SOUP

SMOKED TURKEY WING AND CORN SOUP

What’s not to love about soup? It’s a one pot dish that versatile and warms you up from the inside out. Every time that I make soup it’s always a different combination; I almost never make the same soup twice! I’ve shared a different corn soup, a beef soup, chicken tortellini soup and a split peas soup in the past. I usually add whatever vegetable or meat that I feel like eating at the time. For this soup I used...Read more …
AUTUMN SALAD

AUTUMN SALAD

     There’s no surprise that I am about all things fall and this includes apples! So far I’ve made apple pie, apple cake and apple sangria, so you know the love is real. One of my favorite ways to eat apples is in a salad; almost every year, I serve some version of an autumn salad for the holidays. Today I’m sharing one of my go to autumn salads using SweeTango® apples, Brussels sprouts, dried cranberries and almond with...Read more …
CHICKEN UN-FRIED RICE

CHICKEN UN-FRIED RICE

  Here’s my dilemma. I love fried rice but I don’t love those pesky calories. So I came up with a solution and created a Chicken Un-Fried Rice that has all the flavors and not the calories! I did this by reducing the oil content and skipped the frying all together. I focused more on getting flavor from the seasonings and boy is this un-fried rice amazing! It was definitely a hit and we certainly didn’t miss the fried element....Read more …
US WEEKLY’S FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

US WEEKLY’S FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

This Post is sponsored by Orville Redenbacher’s. This past weekend my family and I headed to US Weekly’s Family Movie Night and we had a blast! It was being held at Avalon, The Plaza in Alpharetta, which was a beautiful space. When we arrived, I went straight to the Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn stand, which was giving out free unlimited popcorn. With popcorn in hand we found a spot to put our blanket that had a nice view of the screen....Read more …
TURKEY AND POTATO PUFFS

TURKEY AND POTATO PUFFS

I made these Turkey and Potato Puffs over the weekend to take as a snack on while we watched a movie in the park which I will recap later in the week. This recipe is inspired by the samosa which deep fried or baked pastry with a savory filling like potato, peas or meat. I used puff pastry as the crust because I wanted a light and airy crust and the best part is I didn’t have to make it...Read more …
EVENT: US WEEKLY’S FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

EVENT: US WEEKLY’S FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

This post was sponsored by Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn. I’ve always been that person, you know, the one in the back row of the movie theater munching down on something that I clearly didn’t buy at the theater. For as long as I can remember, I always carry my own snacks to the movies.  I love being able to snack on what I choose to and not be forced to choose from what’s available at the movies and pay their exorbitant...Read more …
BEEFY BAKED PENNE

BEEFY BAKED PENNE

Beefy Baked Penne (or ziti) is one of my favorite dishes. It’s very easy to prepare which is a plus; pasta, meat sauce and cheeses are all baked together until bubbly. When making the meat sauce, I add finely chopped vegetables to the sauce which makes it undetectable for the vegetable detective that lives in my house, my 3 year old. I added zucchini and carrots but peppers, spinach and even mushroom would be great also. One added bonus is...Read more …