rice and corn with cilantro & avocado

this side dish makes me so happy, i’d probably eat it for the main course. it is light, refreshing, and the perfect thing to go with anything on the grill. it’s ingredients lean southwestern and mexican, so it goes really well with chips & fresh salsa or a big cheesy plate of enchiladas. i even…

black bottom cupcakes

we had a little dinner party the other night that consisted of lemon pepper grilled chicken, corn & rice with cilantro and avocado, cheddar-green onion muffins and then we finished the meal with these: chocolate cream cheese cupcakes. i mean, after such a healthy meal, you need some cupcakes like these. it’s genius really –…

spicy pinto bean dip

now that football season is upon us, it’s only natural for one to crave nachos, chips and dips. for me, the first dip i crave is this one, a spicy & creamy bean dip. and it’s just a little bit sinful. but worth every chip you dip in it. spicy bean dip ingredients 1 8-oz package…

cake batter bars

i. love. batter. anything i make that consists of batter, pre-baking – you can betcha i am licking that bowl and spatula until they’re dry. (besides, a good friend told me once that it doesn’t have calories until you bake it. bless her.) that is why i fell in love with these cake batter bars……

olive my love potato salad

this ain’t your grandma’s potato salad, y’all. i made this gloriousness you see the other night and it was a big hit with the husband. and my stomach. it’s not mayo- or mustard-based, so it’s lighter and refreshingly saltier. i am a big sour-taste fan and i love olives… and this potato salad made all my…

gwyneth’s B.L.A.T. sandwich

we all know gwyneth. and we all love gwyneth. i especially love her – not only for the way she sings “forget you” in that episode of glee, but – for her love of food. she makes this delightful sandwich called the BLAT, that she shared in her GOOP newsletter: bacon, romaine lettuce, avocado & tomato….

speedy tomato soup

tomatoes and i don’t always have the best of relationships, i’d have to say. BUT there are quite a few instances where i simply adore the red fruit (yes it is a fruit), such as tacos, a B.L.A.T. sandwich, and a GOOD tomato soup. and this weather we have been having lately is making me excited…

pulled bbq chicken sandwiches

tender pieces of chicken… dripping in barbeque sauce… cheese melting on top… all on a crunchy toasted kaiser roll… can you tell my mouth is watering as i type this? i don’t make many sandwiches for dinner, but this is one of my all-time favorite homeade sandwiches. it’s super easy and doesn’t have a long list…

seven layer tostadas

this recipe is simple. easy. delicious. i love the rich creaminess of the guacamole and spiced sour cream paired with the big crunch of the tostada shell. it is mexican cuisine at it’s simplest, yet finest. it was a huge hit with the little she and the husband. and i definitely had more than my…