Lamb Chops with Garlic and Rosemary

One of the most exciting things about moving into my new home was the thought of having my own herb garden. I’ve never had a green thumb, but I still wanted to try my hand at this. I hate buying a whole bunch of herbs from the grocery store, to only use it once that week and then end up tossing it out. So who new with some sun and water, my herb garden exploded and is actually thriving! At one of my recent trips to the meat counter, we…

Honey Sriracha Chicken Thighs

On days I’m at home, for some strange reason I feel compelled to make an elaborate meal. Maybe it’s cause I have extra time on my hands? I don’t know, but I feel I owe it to myself to make something extra delicious. And since my husband and I recently decided to do a strict Paleo way of eating for a month, I need to clear out my pantry of non-Paleo approved items. So I found a big jar of sriracha in my pantry and just looked at it longingly.…

Shrimp and Avocado Salad

Over the weekend, we had our first dinner guest over at the new house. I normally cook an Asian meal for groups, simply because it’s what I’m most comfortable with. I wanted to do something a tad bit different and put to use all the great counter space in my brand spanking new kitchen; so I opted for a Mexican themed dinner. The spread included chipotle marinated chicken and flank steak. I was very generous with the chipotle seasoning, I love spicy food! I also wanted to make a dish…

Paleo Asian Beef Short Ribs

I love Asian cuisine, much to my husband’s chagrin. I think I could eat some type of Asian dish 3 times a day, 7 days of the week. But it’s hard to indulge in my passion and follow the Paleo way of eating. Asian food is chocked full of rice and noodles. So a goal of mine lately has been to make more Paleo-friendly Asian dishes. I’m starting with one of the quintessential dinner entrees, beef short ribs. And instead of serving it with rice, I’m opting for sautéed veggies.…

Korean Spicy Pork Belly

I was strolling through Lotte last night looking for some whole lobster and was really disappointed to find they were out! So walking up and down the aisles, I was at a lost for what to make for dinner. I saw some pork belly at the meat counter and figured I’d try to make spicy pork belly again. Especially since Lotte carries premade kimchee, spicy radish and pickled daikon, I thought it would be fun to have Korean BBQ at home. The trick with cooking with pork belly is getting…

Clams in Garlic and Wine Sauce with Water Cress for the Spring

The weather is definitely taking a turn and we’re hopefully finally saying goodbye to winter and hello to the spring! And for me personally, nothing says welcome warmer temperatures quite like grilling and seafood. Unfortunately though, our grill is currently in the process of being repaired. So I’ll go to my second favorite spring time meal, seafood; more specifically clams! Words cannot describe how much I adore linguine with clams. My husband in fact gets annoyed with me sometimes because I’ll order it pretty much whenever I see it on…

Roast Chicken in a Dutch Oven

I love getting weekly deliveries from Washington’s Green Grocer! Not only am I getting fresh, natural and organic products, but I’m also supporting local farmers and their craft. Another bonus is that it’s teaching me to cook with what I have on hand. So whatever comes in my box that week is what I’ll be using to prepare meals. This week, I added a pasture-raised, free range whole chicken to my delivery. It took me a few days to figure out what to make with it; then it dawned on…

Coconut Chicken to Start of the Grilling Season

I was looking through some recipes I had pinned on Pinterest and my husband happened to be looking over my shoulder and he expressed a lot of interest in a picture of some grilled chicken. The recipe was for Hawaiian grilled chicken and it looked extremely simple. And what made me want to make it was that surprisingly I had all the ingredients already on hand! I thought the name of the recipe was a little bit of a misnomer though. I had expected to incorporate pineapple, either fresh or…

Embracing the Flavors of the Caribbean with Jerk Chicken

Looking through my pantry, I noticed how I just have a lot of spices laying around. I find that I’ll buy a jar and only use it once or twice. This is especially true with my large jar of coconut oil. Since I’ve been trying to make more Paleo friendly recipes, I went and bought a huge jar. Now in an attempt to make the most of what I have, I needed to make something for dinner using the ingredients I already have on hand. And of course I went…

Chicken, Spinach and Cannellini Bean Quesadillas

Sometimes I find it very hard to incorporate a good variety of food into our dinners. I tend to either make an Asian or pasta dish. I really haven’t ventured out of my comfort zone too often when it comes to cooking. So one of my goals is to try and make more a range of cuisine, cause variety is the spice of life! I’m really particular when it comes to Mexican food and can never find anything that I feel is healthy and won’t feel like I packed on…