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Smoked Salmon Pitas with Hummus and Tzatziki

It has been HOT and muggy here in Orange County. It’s always right about now that I really start to crave fall weather. I love cooking (and eating)  soups, stews, and chiles all throughout fall and winter. One pot meals are my favorite! But alas…the forecast tells me that it […]

The Perfect Margarita

This puts the “Happy” in Happy Hour… Last week was the first week of school for my boys. It was a little hectic for us all to adjust to the new schedule and give up our lazy summer days. By Friday I was ready for happy hour in a big […]

Chopped Salad

You can’t beat a simple & flavorful chopped salad! Hi Juicy Readers! I feel like I dropped the ball a little on my summer salad posting. I had the best of intentions to make many and post them all, but sadly…time got away from me and we were busier than […]

Thai Rice Noodles With Ground Chicken

Let me start out by saying that I am by NO means an expert at authentic Asian cooking. I do love Asian flavors and so does my family. One of their fave dinners is my Asian Chicken Meatballs. If we are in the mood for super authentic Asian food, we […]

Lasagna with Heirloom Tomatoes, Spinach and Kale

Lasagna in the summer? I don’t usually think of making lasagna in the summer, but I’m still trying to find ways to use up our delicious home grown heirloom tomatoes. When you add a couple layers of these juicy slices of heaven, suddenly lasagna is transformed into a summer dish! […]

Greek Chicken Meatballs

My mom and step dad were visiting over the weekend and requested that I make my Mediterranean Quinoa Stuffed Peppers for dinner while they were here. I love those stuffed peppers, but wanted to add something to the meal to make it a little more substantial for the manly men […]

Heirloom Tomato Pizza

Funny thing about growing tomatoes…you get a lot of them. Then…you gotta use them up! Even when I don’t feel like cooking dinner and I am thinking about picking up take-out from somewhere, I look at the pile of tomatoes in the kitchen and think…I gotta make something with those […]

Pineapple, Coconut, and Spinach Smoothie

Have you tried Coconut Butter?? How could I have not discovered this stuff sooner? I love coconut, I cook and bake with coconut oil (and use if for a moisturizer sometimes), I love coconut milk, I drink coconut water and use it in my smoothies…BUT where has this coconut butter […]

Garden Tomatoes & My Heirloom Tomato Pasta

Serious Tomato Heaven!! After many trials and tribulations, my husband has successfully grown some heirloom tomatoes. It was way more work (blood, sweat, tears and a few choice words), than he thought it would be…but WELL worth it! If you haven’t had a home-grown tomato, whether it be from your […]