Tag Archive: Lunch | Dinner

Recipe for My Mom’s Baked Thanksgiving Dressing Balls, aka Stuffin’ Muffins

Holiday meals evoke different memories for different people, but nearly every memory has something to do with the meal itself. Whether you prefer turkey to ham or are all about the tofurkey, these two side dishes and one dessert will…

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Fresh Watermelon Recipes for Summer

If your family enjoys fruit salads or sweet summer treats, you should probably add watermelon to the grocery list. Dubbed “nature’s candy,” watermelon hits the trifecta: nutritionists, dietitians and children adore it. Watermelon is said to boost self-esteem and jumpstart…

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Easy Peasy Homemade Mac n Cheese

For so many, macaroni and cheese is a hands-down favorite comfort food. A specialty dish that was introduced to America by Thomas Jefferson, it was his cousin Mary Randolph who popularized it in her cookbook “The Virginia Housewife,” published in…

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Watermelon Recipes for Father’s Day

I am lucky, I have the best dad. We are very much alike and have a similar goofy sense of humour. I did not realise what a joy that must be for him to “share a brain” with me until…

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Chopped Salad with Wasabi Dressing like Tao Tao’s Chicken Salad

When we lived in California, we dined at a great little restaurant called Tao Tao, serving Asian fusion cuisine. It was good, but the dish that had us returning with enthusiasm was Tao Tao’s chicken salad. We’re not the only ones. If you…

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Easy Homemade Salsa at Home

We make our own easy homemade salsa at home with my quick recipe which I use again and again. Here is the basic formula… Easy Homemade Salsa at Home 1 can chopped tomatoes (no herbs or flavours) 1 bunch of…

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Chicken Marbella from The Silver Palate Cookbook

My friend Julianne is an amazing cook and mom. She is a nurturer, style maven, and true New Orleans woman who makes any recipe shine. One of my favourites in her rotation is Chicken Marbella, made using the classic recipe from…

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My Holiday Menu with Links

I am preparing my Christmas dinner a day early because we have a master plan. On Christmas Eve, I am preparing the turkey along with the sides that reheat well. On Christmas Day, I will reheat the Christmas Eve foods…
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Herb Chicken Crumble

Something about the autumn crispness that awakens cravings for casseroles and pies. Warm subtle sweetness from sautéed red onions blended with the tender nuggets of chicken lightly coated in chopped tarragon and sage. Broccoli brings a colorful balance with healthy…

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Mascarpone Chicken and Irish Cheddar Bake with Vine-ripened Tomatoes

Inspired by Herb Chicken Crumble, my 2010 entry in Chef Factor, and a low-carb low-gluten spring craving, we chose some fresh ingredients and picked up the chicken at the English Market then crafted a sweet yet savory dinner that has good flavor. Originally, we…

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Spinach-Artichoke Dip Quiche

I love artichoke dips. Love them. Like Hot Artichoke & Pepper Cheese Dip or Spinach-Artichoke Cheese Dip, but when there needs to be an actual meal with protein I thought a quiche version would be nice. My friend Carlota gave me wonderful…

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Squash Without the Squish: Deliciously Simple Zucchini Recipes

Spring is like a feast for the eyes and for the palette. There are so many wonderful fruits and vegetables to enjoy! One of my all-time favorites is zucchini squash, also known as courgette on this side of the pond….
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Squash Without the Squish: Deliciously Simple Zucchini Recipes

Spring is like a feast for the eyes and for the palette. There are so many wonderful fruits and vegetables to enjoy! One of my all-time favorites is zucchini squash, also known as courgette on this side of the pond….
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Sun-dried Tomato Mascarpone Cream Sauce with Pasta & Chicken

This is a favorite at our dining table and the results seem like more effort than actually went into it. Any pasta works for this, though we like it with penne because it restricts the splash issues that come from…

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Buffalo Mascarpone Chicken

What possessed me to pair the elegant creamy Italian-inspired mascarpone cheese with the rough and tumble New World Buffalo wing sauce? Well, they ARE two of my favorite foods on Earth. I honestly and truly believe that chicken is just…
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Jamaican Beef Patty Recipe & Bridal Shower Menu

Today, I threw my best friend Arlene a bridal shower and because she’s Jamaican, we decided on a tropical theme for the menu. Before I show you the menu all written down, let’s peek at the table! Menu: Signature cocktail:…

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Beetroot Burger with Quick Aïoli

Four years ago, I went to Chef du Jour’s Final Challenge at Fenn’s Quay where Sarah O’Riordan’s menu had beef & beetroot together in a slider as the amuse bouche. Inspired! I love beetroot, so this was a match made in heaven….

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Simple Old Bay Chicken

I’m a Maryland girl. You know how you can tell? In my purse, I carry a container of Old Bay Seasoning (available from fine grocers as well as Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk). Except for when my purse is too small but usually that’s when I…

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First Date Lemon Rosemary Chicken Sandwich

About a decade ago, I married my husband. But before the wedding, we had to meet and go on a first date. I still remember the day like it was yesterday. I started my day with yoga overlooking Lake Washington then…

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Pasta and Salmon with Garden-fresh Veggies

I love cooking with fresh ingredients, if I’m lucky they’re from a nearby farmer or roadside produce stand. One of my favorite recipes to make with garden- or farm-fresh ingredients is from a neighbor who whipped it together when we had an impromptu lunch…

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Homemade Crab Cakes and Corn Pudding

Growing up in Maryland, summer means fresh Blue Crab and lump meat crab cakes next to sweet corn on the cob. Old Bay and butter are often the only toppings needed if the ingredients are fresh. This past weekend, we…
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Vegan Beet & Orange Salad

Tomorrow, I’m going to the fabulous Fibre Feis in West Cork so time to whip up some pot luck yumminess. I invented this simple salad with some of my favourite flavours. It is easy to make ahead of time and…

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Julie’s Dijon Vegan Potato Salad

This is one of my favourite dishes to make and bring to a pot luck BBQ or party. It is easy to prepare ahead of time, suitable for a broad range of diets, and pairs well with all kinds of…

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Grilled Marinated Eggplant & Bell Peppers

Summer has a way of making me crave more vegetables and fruit. I thought what better excuse to eat healthier than to eat my five-a-day in more delicious ways than just steamed or baked. And with grilling season firming in…

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Cooking with Ramps, aka Allium tricoccum

The settlers of the southern Appalachian Mountains were among the first to use the term “ramp” to describe the potent little plant otherwise known as Allium tricoccum. Indigenous to the southeastern United States, it is almost an exclusive group who knows…

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Old Bay Cornbread

I’m from Maryland so if I am a little obsessed with Old Bay Seasoning, it’s ok. You probably picked up on my reverence for the spice if you’re a regular reader of EvinOK since I’ve posted such items as Old…

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Beet-dyed Pasta with Grilled Brussels Sprouts

We’ve established my love of crafting and creativity, but I also adore Brussels sprouts and beetroot (aka beets), so it should come as no surprise that I wanted to try them together. One day, I decided to make a pink and green dish…

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Mom’s Garden Fresh Vegan Potato Salad

For me, a summer tradition growing up was my Mom’s potato salad. To this day, I’ve never seen her have a strong relationship with mayonnaise. It may not seem important to some but I’ve seen the woman use just about…

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Vegan Chickpea & Olive Salad with Fresh Lemon Dressing

Spring is all about fresh ingredients and for meat-free options for Friday meals in Lent, so this recipe is a perfect mix of the two with fresh flavours to boot! It works equally well as a side dish. But as…

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Sometimes a Girl Just Needs a Tea Party

You know how some people are with occasionally just needing a good stiff drink? Well, I’m that way about a tea party. Occasionally, I just need one. For whatever reason, the festivities revive my spirit, especially when I’m the only…

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