Kung Pao Chicken Chopped Salad; Because, Why The Heck Not?

Kung Pao Chicken Chopped Salad; Because, Why The Heck Not? post image

I'm not quite sure why this is, but I really get a kick out making a salad out of pretty much anything that I can. I mean, why not? Right? I totally adore a “main-meal” type of salad; so if a main-meal dish can be turned into a salad, even better—leave it to me to find a way to do just that. Take Kung Pao chicken, for example: I love that flavorfully spicy and peanut-y dish, and order it whenever we go to a favorite Chinese ... {more please!}

Raspberry Swirl & Greek Yogurt Cake, and a Woman’s Attempt At Relaxation

Raspberry Swirl & Greek Yogurt Cake, and a Woman’s Attempt At Relaxation post image

Many months back when my husband and I knew that my parents would be coming to visit with us from Europe for the summer, my husband had a wonderful idea of taking a special “boys” trip with our son and my dad. See, my hubs is a beautifully, wonderfully sentimental type, and that's one of the very things that I love best about him. We both realized that this would be one of those unique summers where all of us would be together, possibly for the ... {more please!}

The Reuben “Roll”, A Grill’s Take On A Tasty Deli Sandwich

The Reuben “Roll”, A Grill’s Take On A Tasty Deli Sandwich post image

Just a few weeks back, we got a spankin' new, outdoor gas grill. Our old one had been on its last legs for a while now, and so we thought it best to put it out of its misery and send it off to “grill heaven” where it could frolic with other rusty-grated and barely-smoldering old-geezer grills. The one we have now isn't a fancy-shmancy expensive behemoth (which I'll admit are pretty darned awesome if you have the space plus droves of family members/guests to feed—we ... {more please!}

Summer Berry & Crispy Chicken Chopped Salad, Berry-liciously Delicious

Summer Berry & Crispy Chicken Chopped Salad, Berry-liciously Delicious post image

The bright-red and slate-blue little jewels of the the summer season absolutely jump out at me each and every time I pass them in the produce isle of my local market. They're so very eye-catching and beautiful, these juicy vibrant strawberries, ruby-red raspberries and plump-round blueberries that sit perched oh-so proudly there in their little baskets and clear containers wonderfully enticing me to pluck them up and bring them home—I always give in to their beckoning. Summer wouldn't be summer without these gorgeous and sweet fruits; ... {more please!}

Zesty Chili-Lime Chicken Taquitos, and a Little Edible Magic

Zesty Chili-Lime Chicken Taquitos, and a Little Edible Magic post image

Have you ever thought about just how “magical” cooking really is? Just consider: cooking is taking a number of items in their unprepared—or raw—state, combining them in unique ways (with healthy sprinklings of love, of course); and then putting them through a process of change that makes them completely different. And if done successfully, what you've preapred is utterly delicious. As a personal chef and recipe developer, purchasing bags and bags of fresh produce and other culinary items is par for the course; and I've more ... {more please!}

Lemony “Sunshine” Cheesecake Bars, and Putting a Little Light Into Our Lives

Lemony “Sunshine” Cheesecake Bars, and Putting a Little Light Into Our Lives post image

A lemony dessert just makes me want to smile. It also makes me want to pucker up and then perhaps even use that very pucker to smooch someone, and tell them that I love them. A sweet and tangy lemony treat brings out the kid in me; it brings out my innocent side, my whimsical self that wants to finger paint and draw silly faces and big, bold and brightly yellow-gold suns with long reaching, arm-like rays that mischievously tickle the people below. A lemony summertime ... {more please!}

Grilled Summer Veggie Dip, Boldly Going Where No Dip Has Gone Before

Grilled Summer Veggie Dip, Boldly Going Where No Dip Has Gone Before post image

My hubby and I are both dip-a-holics. We love cool, creamy dips; hot and cheesy dips; hummus-style dips and everything else in between that we can plunge a little toast-round, cracker, chip or fresh veggie spear into. And with summer's garden bounty here tempting us to think outside the box when it comes to using all that it has to offer us, we're craving bold, smoky flavors inspired by grilling, coupled with eye-popping colors and cool, creamy textures that can be whirled together into some glorious ... {more please!}

Apricot-Pineapple “Sticky” Chicken, All Glossy And Slathered In Some Good Stuff

Apricot-Pineapple “Sticky” Chicken, All Glossy And Slathered In Some Good Stuff post image

I'm a very touchy-feely sort of person. From a young age, I have always felt quite comfortable offering someone that I know a little rub or pat on the back, or a quick peck on the cheek, if I'm more familiar with them. I love hugs, kisses and the radiating warmth of a caring touch on my own shoulder or arm, or even a playful tousle of my hair; I appreciate my hands meeting with someone else's and being clasped together in a friendly grip in ... {more please!}

Lemon-Basil Pasta Salad, Summer’s Cool Poetry Twirled Around My Fork

Lemon-Basil Pasta Salad, Summer’s Cool Poetry Twirled Around My Fork post image

There's a divine beauty in the summer season that can be experienced through our sense of taste when we place certain vibrant flavors onto our tongues so that they may awaken our palettes. And awaken them they do! The juice of a yellow lemon is at its sharpest and cleanest when tasted in the direct glowing hue of a golden sun ray; and the flavor of fresh, delicate basil is made more fully green and freshly grassy when partnered with that particularly good and tangy friend. ... {more please!}

Crispy Cauliflower Burger, and For Everything There is a Season

Crispy Cauliflower Burger, and For Everything There is a Season post image

The melody and the words to the famous song, “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by The Byrds floats quietly yet pointedly in my mind as I sit here reflecting on how very quickly life seems to go by, and all of the changes that it brings along with it. My husband and I just recently had our yard slightly re-landscaped and covered with fresh green sod; and during the process it struck me, as I looked at the who-knows-how-old-by-now yellowed and thatchy grass that sat in dry clumps ... {more please!}