southern bbq ribs | easy fall-off-‘da-bone

This is a funny story. Well, there are two funny stories here. First. We had been vegan {to get on a healthy track and lose weight <– read more here} for about 3 weeks when the Hubs runs up to me in the grocery store with a huge smile on his face. Shaking a pack…

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Stacked Corn Fritters with Red Hot Chili-Tomato Jam

  Crisp and comforting corn fritters, stacked with layers of homemade red hot chili-tomato jam, arugula, and salty prosciutto.  This easy appetizer is playful yet stunning, in both appearance and taste.     From what I understand, Corn Fritters originated in the South. So as a Northern girl living in the South, I thought I…

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Grapefruit, Avocado & Prosciutto Breakfast Salad

Happy New Year! We all take time to look back on the last year as we look forward to what the new year has to offer. How did 2015 turn out for you? As I reflect on last year, I realize that 2015 brought on changes, triumphs and hardships. 1. I began my journey as…

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Mango-Basil Chicken with Freekeh

Succulent chicken is cloaked in a sweet and savory mango-basil sauce and served with freekeh. Let me paint the picture. The chicken breast is pan-seared to seal in its juices and then baked in the oven at a high temperature, leaving it extremely moist. Fresh mango is simmered in dry white wine and chicken broth,…

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Shaved Melon and Prosciutto Salad with Grana Padano

This vibrant summer appetizer harmonizes sweet and savory flavors. The nutty Grana Padano cheese echos the salty punch of prosciutto, while the sumptuous melons add sweet notes. Garnished with mint, this dish is delicately refreshing and healthy. Ingredients 1/2 honeydew melon, seeds removed 1/2 cantaloupe melon, seeds removed 2-3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint 1/2…

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Blackened Chicken Tacos | Fiesta Bean Salsa | Kickin’ Fruity Salsa

Whether it is Mexican Monday, Taco Tuesday or Fiesta Friday, you’ll be ready to party with these must-have recipes. The salsas and purple cabbage can be prepared ahead of time, while the blackened chicken takes only a few minutes on the sizzling grill. Mix and match these salsas with your favorite meat or seafood, then…

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Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza

You’ve feasted on brick-oven pizza and grazed on home-baked pizza, but have you ever noshed on Grilled Pizza? I’m not talking about cooking pizza on a pan in the grill, that’s lame. This homemade pizza dough sears directly on the sizzling grill grate, scoring golden brown grill marks. Savory barbeque sauce is topped with juicy…

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Chicken-Pecan Meatballs with Charred Nectarine Passata

  If you read my last post on Roasted Tomato Passata, you know about my new cookbook Mad Delicious. This cookbook teaches home cooks “the science behind making healthy food taste amazing”. As someone who cooks from the heart, I like to know why a certain ingredient or cooking method is used over others in…

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Grandma’s Italian Chicken Soup

Today has been a tragic day, as at 6 am this morning I found out that my 93 year old Grandma passed away in her sleep. She was like a second mother to me. This whole post is dedicated to her beautiful life and all the wonderful memories I have of her. One of my…

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Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

Golden. Crispy. Baked. Wings. What more do you need to know? Oh yea, they’re much healthier and cheaper than those greasy fried wings at your local pizza joint. A go-to quick and easy way to get this favorite finger food into your belly. Chicken wings. They are my husband’s absolute favorite comfort food. Extra crunchy…

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