Monthly Archives: July 2016

Caribbean Jerk Chicken & Pork Meatballs

Caribbean Jerk Chicken & Pork Meatballs are served with grilled pineapple & bell peppers & topped with Honey Lime Dressing for a super flavorful dish!

Jerk Chicken & Pork Meatball Recipe

I was excited by the idea of Caribbean Jerk Chicken & Pork Meatballs, but the actual result was even better than I imagined!

If you haven’t tried Caribbean Jerk Seasoning before, it’s a Jamaican hot spice mixture, generally rubbed on pork or chicken. In this meatball recipe I combined both pork and chicken with a Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Paste that I have absolutely fallen in love with!

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Grilled Tomato & Kale Salad

Grilling tomatoes & kale puts a totally new twist on a traditional kale salad, it’s vegetarian, gluten free & perfect as a summer side dish or entree!

Grilled Tomato & Kale Salad Recipe

Since it’s summertime and all I want to do is grill everything, that’s exactly what I did this week!

From Caribbean Jerk Meatballs to Korean BBQ Grilled Salmon (I seriously can’t stop eating this dish!) to this Grilled Tomato & Kale Salad recipe, it was a grilling kind of week at my house!

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Watermelon Lime Sherbet Float

Fresh watermelon and mint are combined with lemon lime soda and poured over lime sherbet in this delicious sherbet float recipe, perfect for summer!

Watermelon Lime Sherbet Float Recipe

Did you know that August 3rd is National Watermelon Day?

I know, I know, who comes up with these national food holidays? Kurt (and I’m sure a few other people) think they’re totally ridiculous, but as a foodie, I love any excuse to celebrate my favorite foods like National Ice Cream Day.  Yes, please!

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General Tso’s Broccoli & Shrimp Recipe

Easier & healthier than takeout, this General Tso’s Broccoli & Shrimp recipe is made in 20 minutes, in only one pot, right in your own kitchen!

General Tso's Broccoli & Shrimp Recipe

I love me some General Tso’s Chicken, and apparently so do a lot of other people!

My recipe for Gluten Free General Tso’s Chicken is one of the most popular recipes on the blog. It’s quick and easy to make, really delicious and much healthier than take out, I totally get it’s popularity!

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Slow Cooker Dessert Fruit Taco Cups

This scrumptious crock pot dessert is made by filling easy, homemade taco cups with slow cooked summer fruit, vanilla ice cream and caramel syrup!

Crock Pot Dessert Fruit Taco Cups

Alright y’all, it’s time for a moment of honesty here, I’m totally obsessed with slow cookers!

Yes, it’s true, I am now the proud owner of SIX slow cookers!

I literally own a slow cooker from the 80’s, a slow cooker from the 90’s and now four slow cookers from this decade! And no, I’m not giving any of them up, no matter how many times Kurt tells me it’s ridiculous to have so many slow cookers! 😉

For every party I throw, I cook up at least one, usually three or four recipes in my slow cooker. Slow cooking for parties allows me to prep everything the night before, then let the slow cooker do all of the work while I enjoy the party!

My Superbowl party is the perfect example of this. Each year, I prep 4-5 slow cookers the night before with different meats. Chipotle Honey Pulled Pork, Smoked Chipotle Brisket and Beef Barbacoa are always on the menu! I slow cook them overnight, then set up a taco bar for the party. This means people can eat whenever they would like and I get to watch the game!

This week I decided to put together the perfect summer crock pot fiesta, featuring an appetizer, entree and dessert, all made in crock pots!

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Coconut Crab Cakes with Mango Arugula Salad

Coconut Crab Cakes are topped with a Mango Arugula Salad in this tropical inspired recipe, perfect as an appetizer or entree!

Coconut Crab Cakes

Over Memorial Day weekend, my boyfriend Kurt & I headed to Philadelphia for his cousins wedding. Since it was my first time in Philly, I had to check out the food scene!

Of course I tried several Philly Cheesesteaks (you can read all about that in my Food Bloggers Guide to Philadelphia!) but I also tried some local restaurants that were recommended by friends from the area.

One of these recommendations was Cuba Libre, a Cuban restaurant where we indulged in an unlimited tapas brunch!

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Slow Cooker Carnitas Tostadas

In this recipe, a pork shoulder is slow cooked in herbs & spices, then shredded & pan fried to give it that delicious, crispy carnitas texture!

Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos Recipe

Is there really anything better than Fridays in the summer? How about Fridays in the summer that also include Carnitas Tostadas?! Yes, those Fridays are the best Fridays & that Friday is today!

Could I mention the word Friday anymore? Friday Friday Friday! Yes, I’m super excited that it’s Friday and I’m super excited for beach picnics this weekend and catching up with friends and enjoying the super lovely summer we’re having in San Diego, all with a side of Carnitas Tostadas!

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Slow Cooker Green Chili Queso Dip

Pepper jack & cream cheese are combined with fresh jalapeños, avocado & cilantro in this Slow Cooker Green Chili Queso Dip recipe, perfect as a side or snack!

Slow Cooker Green Chili Queso Dip Recipe

If you thought about putting your Crock Pot away for the summer, think again!  Summer is the perfect time to use a slow cooker because it eliminates the need to turn on the oven and heat up your entire house.

Today, I’m sharing a delicious new recipe twist on queso dip, with no velvetta or rotel required!

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Buffalo Chicken Dip Taco Cups

Crispy baked tortillas are filled with Buffalo Chicken Dip to make individual Buffalo Chicken Dip Taco Cups, perfect for Taco Tuesday, parties or game day!

Buffalo Chicken Dip Taco Cups

Hello from Chicago Midway! I’m currently hanging at the airport waiting for my flight home to San Diego and thought I’d take a few minutes to share my most recent recipe obsession with all of you, TACO CUPS!

I first introduced these delightful little cups in a Ceviche Taco Cup recipe before Cinco De Mayo. I then introduced these Dessert Fruit Taco Cups for summer. Now I’m gearing up for football season with Buffalo Chicken Dip Taco Cups!

Yes, I know football season is 51 days away, and yes, this football loving girl is counting down the days! 😉

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