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…

Homemade Strawberry Preserves

My 17-year-old son’s face lit up when he sneaked the first spoonful from the bottom of the Dutch oven. He said these were the best strawberry preserves he ever had. He enjoyed the last of the warm, rich flavors before I took the pot away to wash. Made from vine-ripened fruit, these preserves catch the fresh…

Shrimp with Harissa & Squash

In an effort to eat more healthfully using ingredients I had on hand without running to the store, I created this delicious, quick-fix dish featuring shrimp and homegrown squash and zucchini. We served it over cheese grits, but it would be equally good over brown rice or couscous just on its own. Shrimp with Harissa…

Green Curry Lentils with Spinach

Understanding that diet can contribute to all sorts of health conditions—including rheumatoid arthritis (of which I was diagnosed today), I created this healthful and flavorful meatless meal featuring easy-to-cook green lentils for dinner tonight. This meal is influenced by the flavors of Thailand and India. It’s packed with all kinds of goodness. Green Curry Lentils…

Pork Egg Rolls

Egg rolls are easy enough to buy frozen at the grocery store or pick up by the dozen at your local Chinese restaurant, but they’re really not that hard to make. Like most things, they taste even better when made hot and fresh at home. Here’s an Americanized version of quick-ish pork egg rolls, using…

Award-Winning Homemade Salsa

Our go-to recipe for making salsa at home, this restaurant-style salsa is super easy to make. In fact, it’s so easy that in the summer when tomatoes are plentiful, we make it every day. This salsa is a winner: It won 1st Place in our parish men’s salsa cook-off. Woo-hoo!   Award-Winning Homemade Salsa 5…