We are always game for a salad for dinner and this Chinese Chicken Salad using April's Basting Chicken is perfectly delicious. You can use cabbage, or romaine, or whatever green you like, but be sure to add some cilantro leaves and a bunch of crunchy things, like toasted almonds, peanuts, or cashews, (or all three), toasted top ramen noodles, sesame seeds, celery, radishes, and chow mein noodles. the wonton strips in this salad, too! Garnish with a few more nut sprinkles, a sprig of cilantro.
Fan-favorite flavor profile: (try to say that 10 times!) ... toasted pecans and pure maple syrup! Mix it all up in a beautiful scone, glaze with maple syrup icing and you have a breakfast hit! We’ve been known to eat them for dessert, too! Toasting nuts not only makes them crunchier and enhances the flavor, but the aroma is heavenly! Always toast the nuts!!!
This is a fun twist on the traditional sweet and tangy coleslaw, using sesame oil and soy sauce stirred into your favorite blue cheese dressing. We love yogurt-blue cheese instead of the more typical mayonnaise-based dressing, but pick your favorite homemade or packaged blue cheese and add a dash of rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame oil for an Asian flair. Not only is this slaw colorful, but it's delicious and pairs so well with tacos, burgers, spicy wings, teriyaki, or barbecue. Toasted slivered almonds and toasted sesame seeds add the perfect crunchy accents. We like to mix the red and green cabbage, but you can use just one or the other, along with the carrots, if you prefer!
One night after my daughter's performance in Wicked the Musical, we went to Yard House on Waikiki, where the Chicken Tortilla Soup was beckoning to us! We so enjoyed this soup made with plenty of peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, chicken & warm spices that we returned the next night for seconds! Although the restaurant would not give out the exact recipe, they offered up a few key ingredients, and we created one that is pretty darn close! Soooooo yummy!
On cold wintry nights, there is almost nothing that satisfies like a good hearty soup! We recently made a super-delicious spicy black bean and grilled veggie soup that was posted on The Rogue Brussel Sprout food blog, and decided to make a yummy corn focaccia bread to go along with it. We also added fresh barbecued corn to our bread with thinly sliced red onions on top and oh my gosh, it was a perfect marriage to this cozy, yummy soup. Comfort food for chilly winter nights, for sure!
Delicata squash is delicious no matter how you slice it, and it’s especially good roasted with brown butter and a tiny sprinkling of brown sugar. You can eat the entire thing, skin and all and it’s delicious what paired with dried cranberries, blue cheese and toasted pecans on a bed of arugula. Drizzle with your best olive oil and red wine vinegar over the entire salad and you have a great head start on dinner.
Don’t eat this and try to talk at the same time! This mud pie with homemade chocolate fudge filling and java chip ice cream and Oreo cookie crust will transport you from the table to nirvana in seconds! Simply savor until every last bite is gone, then resume conversation. Or, go back for seconds! It's an edible note on top to remember where each flavor begins and ends! Merry Christmas!
The vanilla bean may be the most exquisite part of this drink made with frothy steamed milk, hot apple cider, amaretto (or spiced rum) and cinnamon stick, but the combination is indescribably delicious! And, it’s so light for an after-dinner drink on Christmas night … or any other wintery night! The thinly sliced apple garnish is beautiful, but also fun to munch on while you enjoy your cocktail! But, did we mention how much we LOVE that vanilla bean!
The enticing aroma of cinnamon-raisin Enlish muffins toasting in the oven will have you running to the breakfast table! I was looking for fun and unusual breakfast breads when I stumbled upon this great recipe for English muffins on Valerie’s Kitchen cooking blog. It sounded like such a fun thing to do and so I went straight to it! They were delicious and the only thing I could think of to improve the recipe was to add raisins and cinnamon to her plain English muffins for a different kind of breakfast treat. The result was amazing and I think that you could probably add dried blueberries, cranberries, or whatever dried fruit you like to create your own version. You won’t want to live another day without these English muffins once you’ve tasted them!
We love the spectacular color and the fresh taste of pink grapefruit and when complemented with perfectly ripe avocado, it's salad perfection! And, since pomegranate seeds are just so charismatic, we decided to add a little extra flavor along with color and texture by tossing in fresh pomegranate seeds and radicchio. Drizzle a good champagne vinaigrette over the top and it doesn't get much better! Besides, for all you Wicked lovers out there, you already know that "pink goes good with green"!