POTATO SALAD WITH ARUGULA, PEAS, & DILL

Potato Salad with Arugula, Peas, and Dill is a fantastic potato salad perfect for any season; made with sliced Red Potatoes, Peppery Arugula, Red Onions, Feta cheese, Sweet Peas, garden Fresh Dill weed,  dressed in a creamy deliciously thick Greek Yogurt sauce.

A few years back my friend and Author of Erica’s Recipes Blog made a wonderful potato salad that I used in a Blogger Roundup called, “20 Salads to remember this Summer” on my blog. I fell in love hardcore with her salad called Spring Potato Salad with Arugula, Peas, and Dill to the point of instantly being inspired to make a revamped version of my own for you guys.

spring-potato-salad-with-arugula-peas-and-dill2What did I keep?…

Erica was brilliant combining  Red Potatoes, Peppery Arugula, Sweet Peas, and Fresh Dill weed herbs,  those, of course, would stay. Heck, those are the ingredients that drew my attention from the start after seeing her recipe. Continue reading

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Green Goddess Dressing

Green Goddess Dressing is a beautiful minty colored green blast from the past made with plain Greek yogurt, buttermilk, Duke’s mayo, chervil, chives, anchovy, tarragon, lemon juice, and freshly ground pepper. It’s perfect for your Springtime freshly made salads.

It has been said in the past that Green Goddess Dressing’s origin points to the Palace Hotel in San Francisco in 1923 when the hotel’s executive chef Philip Roemer wanted something to pay tribute to actor George Arliss and his hit play, The Green Goddess. He then concocted this dressing, which, like the play, became a hit.

I have to admit I am an avid collector of anything vintage, including recipes.This dressing is right up my alley and definitely a delicious blast from the past on a wonderful crisp and cool salad. I adore the natural minty tinted color as well as the flavor of this dressing.

Green goddess dressing

I bet a few of you are wondering a few things…

What is Chervil? : Chervil, aka French parsley, is a delicate annual herb related to parsley.It is commonly used to season mild-flavored dishes and is a constituent of the French herb mixture fines herbs. Continue reading

Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup

It’s becoming that wonderful time of the year again, where I crave the warm deliciousness of Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup that’s simmered to perfection and layered with simple flavors of Cauliflower. broccoli, onions, celery, carrots, chicken stock,  cream, butter and the perfect cheesy goodness we all love in our warm belly filling bowls of Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup.

It’s also back to school for the kids, and mom’s everywhere are looking for the perfect lunch and dinner meals to serve on those slightly cooler days coming our way. Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup hits the spot in every way with its thick rich base of cheese, butter, broth, cream, and fresh herbs. The Cauliflower and broccoli are cooked to perfection; not too soft, not too crisp, but just right to please the families palette.

Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup 2Everyone has their favorite comfort foods and this Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup seems to hit the spot with everyone that eats it. I find that really it’s not a bunch of crazy, odd spices that make the best Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup, it’s all the layers of flavor and the method used to cook the Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup. Honestly, a pinch of fresh herbs will go a long way when making this wonderful warm inviting soup, however, the kosher salt and fresh ground peppercorns are the star seasonings in this recipe. Continue reading

Southern Oven-Fried Lemony Pepper Chicken

Southern Oven-Fried Lemony Pepper Chicken is the best of both worlds, juicy boneless chicken thighs marinated in freshly squeezed lemon juice, buttermilk, seasoned to perfection with a delicious homemade lemon pepper seasoning,  coated with one of the best Southern chicken batters, then smothered in a Lemon and Cream based Gravy made from the perfect roux.

Have you ever really had a serious craving for something? Now let’s get a bit more intense, have you ever craved two different things at once? The day that I came up with my recipe for my Southern  Pepper Chicken I was craving  Fried Boneless Chicken thighs with gravy, but I was also craving Lemon and Pepper Chicken. I almost drove my entire house crazy trying to decide which I wanted more, my husband finally got a bit annoyed and told me, “Just make both of them already, I’m tired of hearing this!”

Southern Fried Lemony Pepper Chicken 1I don’t know about y’all but I really don’t want to make two different recipes in one night because I can’t make up my mind which craving is worse, so there has to be a happy medium for this dual craving of mine, then it hit me I could satisfy both cravings with a few adaptions to my recipe for  Oven-fried Chicken with white gravy. Continue reading

Pork Piccata with lemon and Capers

Pork Piccata with lemon and Capers is a deliciously simple Italian-American  classic dish made from tender pork tenderloin slices that have been simply seasoned with kosher salt, freshly ground peppercorns, dredged in all-purpose flour, then sautéed in a combination of authentic olive oil and unsalted butter. The pan drippings are used to make the delicious sauce by adding chicken broth, white table wine, lemon juice, and capers.

Every time I look at the prices of quality veal at the market anymore I just want to cry. I eat chicken so often, I really am not feeling the Chicken Picatta idea today. Then it hit me I remembered my grandmother telling me that during the late 30’s and 40’s they often used pork cuts to make piccata. Which is perfect since my favorite market has pork tenderloin roasts on special.

Pork Piccata with Capers

The real origin of the dish Piccata remains unsolved; by many. It is not a dish easily found in authentic Italian restaurants around Italy and seldom in  found in homes in Italy. Piccata may be difficult to pinpoint due to lemon and butter being used in many classic Italian sauces that may have different names in different regions of Italy. Continue reading

Couscous with Cremini Mushrooms, Rosemary, and Parmesan

Couscous with Cremini Mushrooms, Rosemary, and Parmesan is easy to make  yet the fabulous menu item you have been waiting for. Simple and deliciously made from Couscous, cremini mushrooms, low-sodium chicken broth, authentic olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and rosemary to have you in and out of the kitchen with ease.

Quinoa and couscous look very similar, however, they differ somewhat in nutritional value. Couscous looks healthy and to an extent it is,  yet couscous is  considered to be a simple carb, with nutritional value similar to a white pasta. Couscous is said by food critics to have a trendy reputation as a health food because of its popular use among vegetarians and Hipsters alike.

CousCous Cremini mushrooms Rosemary ParmesanI have to tell you I’ve been eating couscous for years; not because  I’m a Vegan, trendy Hipster, or anything remotely similar, I grew up with this delicious menu item lurking in my pantry and loved every minute of it. Continue reading

NOLA-Style BBQ Shrimp

NOLA-Style BBQ Shrimp is the one Louisiana dish you don’t want to miss; rich in taste from being cooked in a deliciously sinful, spiked buttery sauce of Worcestershire sauce, real unsalted butter, a splash of hot sauce, lemon juice,  minced garlic and herbs and spices for that decadent flavor you have come to expect from and NOLA-style recipe.

The NOLA-Style BBQ Shrimp recipe we all know and love dearly; really isn’t true to its name in any shape or form. There will never be any hickory, mesquite wood or hot coals involved in this delicious shrimp recipe. That rich spiked buttery sauce will never see the light of any BBQ sauces that have been sweetened with honey, brown sugar or even black strap molasses.

new-orleans-bbq-shrimp-5Like all good recipes, there seems to be a bit of a legend behind this recipe; it’s been said this recipe was created in during the 1950s in the kitchen of none other than an Italian family 100-year-old restaurant named Pascal’s Manale, at  1838 Napoleon Ave, New Orléans, LA 70115. That’s right if you’re in NOLA you can still order that fantastic recipe from their menu.

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