Ceviche Tostadas

For the last week, the temperature has wavered between 105° and 110° and it’s way too hot to eat heavy meals. Tonight I prepared a light, refreshing dinner featuring raw marinated fish on pre-made tostada shells. To prepare this dish properly, be sure to purchase high-quality sushi-grade fish. Ceviche Tostadas 1/2 pound sushi-grade tuna, mahi…

Mediterranean-Style Garbanzo Bean Salad

While my family enjoyed some spicy beef tacos, I chose a healthier option without sacrificing flavor. This Mediterranean-style salad with garbanzo beans provides a light, fresh protein source. Make this salad at least 4 hours ahead of time so that the flavors have time to blend. Mediterranean-Style Garbanzo Bean Salad 1 16-ounce can garbanzo beans,…

Shrimp Boiled in Beer

Summer in Texas means fresh Gulf shrimp. Shrimp are one of the most versatile protein choices around. You can use them in pasta, curry, or stir-fries, or you can serve them fried, grilled, baked, sautéed—in pasta, over rice, or even in a salad. But perhaps the single best way to enjoy shrimp is hot, fresh,…

Potato-Cheese Pie

My family loves mashed potatoes, but because I don’t like cooking (or eating) the same thing over and over, I try to vary the flavors or presentation while still offering my family the comfort food they love. These dressed-up mashed potatoes are perfect as a side dish for company or as a meal on their…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chipotle-Infused Olive Oil

For Father’s Day, we toured Central Texas Olive Ranch in Georgetown, Texas. In addition to golf-carting through the groves, we also sampled six flavors of infused olive oils. It was impossible to pick the best, so we bought a sampler, with one of all six kinds. This recipe uses the chipotle-infused extra virgin olive oil,…

Lemon-Blueberry Bread

Still trying to use up a crate of fresh ripe blueberries, I created this treat using blueberries, lemon juice, and cream. It will make for a light summer dessert tonight and a delectable breakfast tomorrow morning. Lemon-Blueberry Bread 1-½ cups flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp sea salt ⅓ cup butter, melted and cooled…

Roasted Tricolored Potatoes with Garlic & Herbs

My husband bought a 5-pound bag of tricolored potatoes with hopes that I would roast them as a complement to a steak dinner tonight. Not only are they beautiful, but these potatoes taste great too. The key to a crunchy outside and tender inside is to parboil them before baking. Roasted Tricolored Potatoes with Garlic…

Blueberry Pancakes with Lemon & Ricotta

Last weekend I bought a crate of blueberries since they’re in season and especially good right now. I’ve made pies and muffins with them, and this morning I created these delicious blueberry pancakes with ricotta cheese and lemon. This recipe makes a lot of pancakes. My guys are still snacking on them hours later. Blueberry…