The Very Best Creamy Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad

This post is sponsored by Hebrew National. Light, refreshing and crisp, the Very Best Creamy Cucumber Salad is a lightened rendition of a family favorite.  Fresh cucumbers are tossed with a tangy dressing made with Greek yogurt and combined with peppery red onions.  Simple and satisfying. I never thought I was a picky eater as a child…but raising a picky eater has made me look back to my childhood and analyze the foods I loved while growing up.  The list was short….surprisingly short … [Read more...]

Grilled Chicken Fajitas

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Marinated chicken breasts, peppers and onions, grilled quickly and served with corn tortillas make a great weeknight dinner option.  So easy to make and with minimal mess, they are simply the BEST chicken fajitas ever. Have you seen them?  The back to school commercials?  They're starting to pop up here and there during your weekly binge-watching sessions of all things Bravo TV.  Everyone's talking about it and it's going to happen soon...kids everywhere are going back to school and I can … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Beating a Mid-Day Energy Slump

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This post is sponsored by Starbucks Refreshers Making through the day with a consistent energy level is a challenge sometimes. By 3:00, I’m losing motivation to power through the day and just want to lie on the couch binge-watching Netflix.  But the work won’t get done itself, dishes won’t miraculously become clean and a daily workout will definitely be just a daydream if I don’t find creative ways to boost my energy. So, here are five ways that I use to give myself a quick boost when all I … [Read more...]

Easy Seafood Cioppino

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Loaded with fresh seafood and swimming in a mildly spicy tomato broth, Easy Seafood Cioppino is healthy meal that's easy to prepare.  A perfect alternative to a calorie laden chowder and ready in under 30 minutes. How's everyone's summer so far?  Hopefully it's as fun as mine and everyone has their toes in the sand pretty regularly.  I've been hopping back and forth between the suburbs and the shore for most of the season with frequent visits to all the farm stands in between.  It's my … [Read more...]

The Very Best Fresh Tomato Salsa

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Fresh summer tomatoes chopped then tossed with onion, cilantro, jalapeño and lime juice.  The simplest and best way to enjoy summer's bounty.  The Very Best Fresh Tomato Salsa is bright, juicy and irresistible. Last night, I found myself with a giant heaping pile of nachos in front of me for dinner.  It was hot, sticky and I was wearing a long-sleeved black shirt.  (The shirt was really soft though....it didn't help.) I didn't feel like cooking and my sister wanted to go out, we had … [Read more...]

Country Style Ranch Grilled Chicken

Ranch Grilled Chicken

Country Style Ranch Grilled Chicken will soon become a dinnertime staple for easy dinners on busy summer nights. Skinless chicken thighs are marinaded in tangy ranch seasoning and then tossed on the grill for an easy weeknight meal. Minimal cleanup, maximum flavor. We’re beaching it this week.  I can’t wait.  We’ll be heading down in a few days…for a few days and I’m looking forward to no messes in the kitchen for a bit.  I’ll still be working but dinners need to be quick and easy so I’ve … [Read more...]

The Very Best Barbecue Baked Beans

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Topped with crisp bacon and blended with TWO secret ingredients, these are definitely the VERY Best Barbecue Baked Beans ever.  Tangy, sweet and slightly spicy these beans are baked until bubbly and a great side dish for any occasion.   Here's where my tinkering in the kitchen started.  Baked beans.  It was the first time in my life that I realized things don't always have to be "as is".  As in...straight from the can without any additional intervention.  My mom used to doctor up … [Read more...]

Grilled Fajita Nachos

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by VELVEETA®.  All opinions are my own. Smokey cedar planks are the perfect backdrop for these easy Grilled Fajita Nachos.  Chicken, steak, peppers and onions are all piled onto crisp tortilla chips and topped with creamy, melty VELVEETA®.  The perfect snack for summer and tailgating season.   Nachos for dinner.  It’s pretty simple.  I have had a pile of nachos for dinner countless times.  My obsession began when I lived in a tiny suburban … [Read more...]

Fajita Seasoning Mix

Fajita Seasoning

Skip the seasoning packets at the store loaded with preservatives and other unknown ingredients and make this simple Fajita Seasoning Mix at home.  Just a few flicks of a whisk and you're ready to season everything from chicken to veggies. I feel guilty posting this "recipe" that's not really a recipe.  I mean, it's only a few ingredients thrown into a bowl and whisk together to combine.  And that's all.  There's no cooking, no waiting, no eggs.  It's just a seasoning mix.  But what's … [Read more...]

French Dip Burger with Havarti, Swiss and Bourbon Fried Onions

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Take your burger to another level at your next cookout!  The French Dip Burger with Havarti, Swiss and Bourbon Fried Onions is served with a horseradish sauce and savory beef broth much like the classic French Dip Sandwich.  Juicy and flavorful, this is one for the record books. I live with a bunch of picky eaters.  And I can never keep track of their long lists of dislikes because they're constantly changing.  The little guy doesn't like anything anymore, despite being a pretty amazing … [Read more...]