chickpeas and chorizo

25 Minute Chickpeas and Chorizo

This has got to be the easiest recipe in the world – aside from pouring a bowl of cereal or making a sandwich. Actually no, making a sandwich takes more technique than this delicious Chickpeas and Chorizo dish. When making a sandwich you have to make sure the tomato is not touching the bread so the bread does not get soggy, and you to think about what kind of meat and cheese pairing you want, and which condiments go together. And if you’re going to cut it in half you need to make sure the insides don’t get squished out. But this Chickpeas and Chorizo dinner? No skills needed. Whatsoever.

chickpeas and chorizo

I realize that most people who are looking at food blogs are capable of more than this recipe (heck, they can even make a sandwich!), but sometimes a recipe is so good you just have to share it, no matter how simple. (more…)

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Top Mates Finishing Sauces Giveaway

I’ll be straight up with you – this sponsored post is a review of the Top Mates Finishing Sauces and a sauces giveaway. Why did I decide to do a review and a giveaway? Because these sauces are just SO DARN GOOD I was excited to be able to share them with my readers!

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I received three different sauces to try from Top Mates. I have to be honest I had a hard time selecting which three I wanted to try – they all sounded so good! And when I got them and tried them all, I had an even harder time choosing my favorite out of the three:

  • Caramelized Garlic
  • Onion & Shiraz
  • Savory Cherry

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Each one is like a sweet-savory jam/glaze, and each bottle lists the suggested use: ham, BBQ, veggies, etc. But I decided to try something different: add the sauces to some pan-fried chicken breast. I figured if the sauces can make boring old chicken breast amazing, then they are a winner for sure.

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I ended up putting the Onion & Shiraz sauce on top of our chicken breasts one night, (more…)

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BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese

I am excited to partner with Rumiano Cheese again for this post just in time for Grilled Cheese Month! I entered this BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese recipe into the Rumiano Cheese Grilled Cheese Contest, and you should enter too! (More on the contest later)

So guys, Croatia and Slovenia were AMAZING. I knew they were beautiful countries from photos I’ve seen here and there, but I had no idea just how incredibly beautiful they were!! It also didn’t hurt that we had perfect weather most of the time – mid-70’s and clear skies during the day – it was like paradise! We visited several cities in Croatia along the coast of the Adriatic Sea and then spent a day in Zagreb. In Slovenia we visited Ljubljana and spent 2 nights in gorgeous Bled. Oh, and we took a day trip to Montenegro. It was such an incredible trip! I am highly recommending Croatia as a destination to everyone – it is like a cleaner, less crowded, cheaper Italy & Austria experience! I’ll add some photos to my {neglected} travel blog Nonstop from JFK whenever I sort through them all. 🙂

But now that we are back home, it’s back to real life – work, laundry, cleaning, cooking. Although I do actually miss cooking – as much as I like breakfast buffets with croissants and prosciutto (hey I am not complaining!!) I did miss being in the kitchen while we were on vacation.

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I made this BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese with leftover chicken, and my oh my it came out so delicious. (more…)

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Spices from around the world

Infographic: Spices from Around the World

Hey guys! Aldo and I are on a fabulous vacation traveling through Croatia, Slovenia, and Montenegro so I haven’t been posting or doing blogging stuff as much. But I did want to take the time to share this infographic about spices from around the world.

We have been eating a lot of amazing food here – really fresh seafood, amazing pizza and Italian food, delicious truffle pasta. But it’s quite interesting that I came across this infographic now because I was just saying to Aldo that as much as I love the food here, I really miss the variety of ethnic restaurants that we have in the US, and I really miss different spices and flavors aside from the typical herbs of parsley, thyme, and oregano.

This infographic has many spices that I regularly use and love, but also has a few that I have never heard of or never tried! Apparently I really need to try some middle eastern spices.

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cajun okra

Roasted Cajun Okra

Every once in a while when I go food shopping I like to get a totally new to me ingredient and try cooking with it. I usually don’t have a plan for what I am going to do with it – I figure the internet can help me out with that. Sometimes if the vegetable is totally obscure, even the checkout people ask me what I plan on doing with it. It always feels a bit awkward to admit that I don’t know yet. Oh well!

Recently, I picked up some okra. Okra might not be too exotic or obscure, but I have never cooked with it before. I’ve definitely had okra before – in gumbo (yum!), and at a cafeteria buffet (not so yum), so I was curious to see if I can make something delicious out of it. I knew from the cafeteria okra that it can get really slimy and kind of gross, so I turned to the internet to see if I can avoid that. Obviously, it’s not a big deal if okra is slimy in a gumbo because you won’t feel the slime, but if you want to enjoy okra on its own you really want to reduce the sliminess.

cajun okra

Here are some tips to make sure your okra is not slimy:

  • Get younger, small okra instead of older, larger pods. (more…)
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