When I was a kid, one of my parents favorite meals was blackened salmon. I always remembered that meal because the first time we tried it as a family, we didn’t realize how spicy the seasoning was going to be!! It was so flavorful, but I remember downing glasses of milk try to keep my mouth from catching fire. In subsequent trials, my parents learned the right amount of seasonings to use, and used it sparingly for us kids. Today blackening seasoning is still a favorite of mine, so I decided to try it in one of my favorite foods, fish tacos. These spicy blackened fish tacos with lime crema were a hit at my house! Continue reading →
Have you started making plans for the total solar eclipse yet? I am lucky enough to live in southern Illinois, the only place in the world to experience totality (the greatest duration)! It is so exciting to watch the hustle and bustle of town preparing for 50,000 (+) tourists interested in seeing this spectacular event on August 21st. I decided to bring the eclipse to my blog by making eclipse themed food, and finding a local giveaway for my readers! My total solar eclipse tostadas recipe has a dark moon (refried black beans) over the sun (tomato and corn salsa). For the giveaway, you have the chance to win a southern Illinois total solar eclipse t-shirt and eclipse viewing glasses (See photos and contest entry below)! Continue reading →
How many ways do you think we can use a tortilla to make a delivery system for Mexican flavors? Sure, there are tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, and even burritos. How about tortilla pie? This tex-mex black bean tortilla pie is layered with Mexican flavors in a simple format – stack it up and pile it on! It is ready for all your favorite toppings and fillings. Continue reading →
I always tell my husband, any food that is a delivery service for cheese and salsa is my favorite food. These black bean corn and spinach quesadillas are just that! We cut ours into wedges for easy dipping into salsas and sour cream. This is one indulgent meal that you can whip up in no time, and feel good about because it is loaded with veggies. Check out my other favorite Tex-Mex style, cheese and salsa delivery systems below! Continue reading →
Last summer one of the few vegetables I grew in my garden was spaghetti squash. Gardening is a pure delight for me, and the joys can last all season long with vegetables like spaghetti squash that will keep for months. I love how versatile spaghetti squash are for making all kinds of meals. Spaghetti squash can go way beyond spaghetti and meatballs, like this black bean and corn enchilada spaghetti squash boats recipe. Continue reading →
I love to eat salads at restaurants. They are always so much more indulgent than the salads I tend to make at home. After trying blue cheese wedge salad at many restaurants, I couldn’t resist remaking the recipe at home. This salad recipe is made with iceburg lettuce. This is the only time I use iceburg in my kitchen. Other lettuces don’t hold up to my standards for a wedge. The crispness and texture are perfect, and I can indulge in my blue cheese obsession. The only true down side to iceburg lettuce is that it is not nutritious like other leafy greens. Continue reading →
Some girls are over the moon chocolate fans. Or they swoon over a slice of decadent cake, or a soft and chewy cookie. I’m not that well acquainted with my sweet tooth. It’s there, but when I crave something indulgent, it is usually savory. This blue cheese dressing comes to the rescue for me. Sharp, salty and creamy, and all the more, ready and waiting to dress a salad or dunk a veggie stick! Yum! Continue reading →
I love watching football all season long. Football Sundays are cherished for us when the fall rolls around. It is special because there are so few games to the season, in comparison to other sports. We huddle around the couch, spending time together enjoying copious amounts of football food! I love to experiment with all kinds of foods, finding the most fun and creative to eat for those special days! Continue reading →
Tacos are considered a kings food in my house. Tostadas are flat tacos, right? Well, not really. Tostada means “toasted.” It’s kind-of hard to toast a taco because all the ingredients are wrapped up inside it’s crunchy shell (or soft shell depending on your preference). Tostadas and tacos have very similar (if not the same) ingredients, therefore, we are making room for toasty tostadas at the king’s table! Especially these avocado tostadas!
Happy New Year Friends! This is my first post in 2016, and I’m very excited to start my first full calendar year of blogging. Creative cooking is one of my largest inspirations in the kitchen. I love meals that smash together two ideas to create something new and different, like these vegetarian taco stuffed shells!