Spicy Chickpeas with Spinach

I’m always buying spinach in the hopes I can get my family to LOVE it.  I mean, really LOVE it.  It’s not like kale (which I hate).  It’s a dark green leafy vegetable that makes you strong, like Popeye.  So, three out of the four of us like creamed spinach.  But let’s face it, that


Crab and Corn Chowder

It’s definitely soup weather!  Cold, crisp days and nights where you’re chilled to the bone and there’s nothing quite like a bowl of soup to warm you up.  I love soup weather.  It’s a time to throw anything in a pot with broth and call it soup. Chowders are one of my favorite kind of


End-of-Summer Salmon (aka Garlicky Basil Salmon)

The end of summer brings the end of my garden.  This year, it was pathetic.  I planted 3 cherry tomato plants, 1 jalapeno plant, 1 habanero plant, 1 Trinidad scorpion plant (don’t even ask me how hot these were), and a variety of herbs including chives, basil, rosemary and thyme.  Every year I swear I’m


Cheesy Chorizo Stuffed Jalapenos

It finally feels like it’s fall.  The weather has really changed over the past week or so.  Gone are the 80 degree days and sweltering heat.  It’s 40 degrees out and there is a chill in the air.  It seems like it’s been an endless summer.  Fall happens to one of my favorite times of


Spicy Chorizo Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

I have a little love affair with chorizo.  I’d love to put it in everything if I could.  There’s something about the flavor and the spice that kicks up an ordinary meal just a notch.  I never get any complaints when I add it to a meal.  I’ve added it to eggs, Thanksgiving stuffing, you


Country Potato Salad

Potato salad is one of those side dishes that can either be hit or miss.  I don’t normally make potato salad for my family for that very reason.  I think also because it’s normally a side I would make for a barbecue or during the summer for a picnic.  I don’t normally think to make


Curried Chicken Salad Wrap

I’ve been big into sandwiches this summer.  Not really sure why…maybe it’s because I went through a big veggie burger phase while the kids were still in school and now I’m sick of them.  It’s weird because I can eat the same thing every day for weeks and then all of a sudden it’s over


Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Two weeks ago was the Fourth of July.  And every single Fourth of July I make home-made ice cream.  Not that the extra work makes it taste any better.  But maybe it’s the extra love that does it.  I’m not a huge fan of ice cream in general, so I pick and choose when I


Caprese Sea Scallops

I love sea scallops.  Nothing better than a large, juicy, fresh sea scallop…seared in butter and topped with a fresh salsa, salad, or relish.  Reminds me of summer and reminds me of the sea.  Of course, I’m a Cali girl at heart and even though I grew up in the desert, the ocean feels like


Healthy Bruschetta Chicken

I know there’s probably about a million variations on bruschetta chicken.  It’s a twist on bruschetta…which is the appetizer that puts a little salad of tomatoes and basil on a grilled piece of bread with a balsamic vinegar glaze on top.  It’s quite yummy and it always reminds me of summer.  Sitting on the patio