Sriracha Lime Chopped Chicken Salad

There is something truly fun about living in the midwest – when the seasons start to change, the weather releases the last bit of over night frost and SUMMER has arrived! Grilling becomes second nature during these months. I’m often envious of those who have outdoor kitchens in warm climates who can grill and entertain…

Classic Mojito

Making mojitos can be almost as much fun as drinking them, with the muddling of the ingredients and then enjoying the freshness of the mint and lime with the rum and sparkling soda.   To me, Mojito’s scream summer and bring back fun memories with great friends. Whether it’s a patio party day, where we…

Pineapple Avacado Salsa

You may start to see a theme right now in the recipes that I am posting.  That theme would be SPRING!!!  It is time for every last bit of snow to be gone and the outdoors to be nice and warm.  I want to sit on my patio with a glass of wine while my…

Summer Pasta Salad

This is a recipe that came not from entertaining others, but more in trying to find something different for lunches during the work week.  Believe it or not, I actually take frozen meals for lunch.  They are just easy, but I’m not really a fan of them.  My typical other options would be leftovers of…

Watermelon Rum Punch

This memorial day weekend truly made everyone forget the last six months of snow and cold.  It went straight from bitter and unrelenting cold to ‘hello summer!’  What better to ring in the wonderful weekend, but a refreshing watermelon punch…with just a touch of rum.  Watermelon Rum Punch Ingredients: 2 cups watermelon 4 Tbls coarsely…

Grilled Stuffed Brussel Sprouts

Hint here – this recipe is not going to be much different than the Stuffed Mushrooms recipe.  Making this the same night gave me the same base stuffing for the ingredients, with very few adaptations. One thing I have realized lately is that I would post a recipe almost every week on a Brussel Sprout…

Pineapple Mozzarella Salad

Simple is always good, especially when it doesn’t look simple. This light summer salad works as a side dish for breakfast an appetizer or anything that you’d want it to be.   It is not always that we can get super fresh fruit, so when the opportunity comes up, it’s time to grab! This was a…

Spicy Raspberry Steak Salad

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the temperatures are slowly but surely on the rise.  What does this mean???   It means that salad season is upon us and it’s time to fully bust out that grill.  This recipe allows for both grilling and enjoying the freshness of summer vegetables.  I can’t wait to…

Grilled Romaine Salad

I have always believed in hard work, especially when it comes to my career and definitely when it comes to my cooking.  Where I may have had a shortcoming is with my eating….I’m sure you’re all aware at this point that I LOVE FOOD!  And, not just the actual food, but the concept, the presentation,…

Cream of Mango Soup

I am going to start off with….I know this sounds rather weird – Cream of Mango Soup??? Really???The answer is yes! yes! yes! This is so refreshing and perfect for summer. It involves so little time to put together and pairs nicely with a refreshing salad. I will say that this soup alone does not…