Homemade Granola Bars

My husband, Tuan, is starting to be more active again and trying to hit the gym on a regular basis. I know I should be helping him watch his weight, and baking lots of super fattening goodies in the kitchen probably isn’t the best idea. But I do want him to still be able to snack on yummy baked goods. So I decided to make some granola bars for him; kill two birds with one stone, the granola bars would serve as a delicious and healthy snack! Yields: 12 pieces…

Fruit Tart with Fresh From the Farm Berries

At my friend’s cookout over Memorial Day weekend, she made this amazing fruit tart with the sweetest blueberries and strawberries. I never realized how easy it could be to make a tart. So for my  mother in law’s birthday, I wanted to make a tart for her. She’s in love with the fruit tarts from Pastries by Randolph, so I wanted to try and replicate one for her in my own kitchen. Serving Size: 8 Cook Time: 15 minutes Crust Ingredients: 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour,…

Lemongrass Grilled Shrimp

My mother in law makes an amazing marinade that she uses for her pork chops; I like to refer to this sauce as the magic marinade. Luckily for me, she made a big container of the marinade; and since it’s grilling season, I’ve been using the sauce on just about everything to make a super easy meal after a long day at work. For this meal, I had a pound of large tiger shrimp and recreated my own marinade to make a delicious grilled dinner. Ingredients: 1 lb large tiger…

Pan Seared Mahi Mahi with Pesto and Sauteed Spinach

With the weather being unbearably hot, we are forgoing the grill and cooking up our meals inside instead. And I wanted to prepare something that was light, refreshing, and really healthy. So here’s my attempt to recreate the meal I had down in Lexington, VA — pan seared mahi mahi with a basil pesto on top of garlic sauteed spinach. Luckily for me, I have some great basil and parsley growing in my herb garden; this made me super excited about making a pesto sauce for the first time. Serving…

Homemade Chimichurri Sauce

One of my favorite steak places has to be Ray’s the Steaks in  Arlington. I can always come here and count on getting the best cuts of beef cooked to perfection! On my last trip there, I discovered a chimichurri type sauce that completely blew my mind. It was chocked full of parsley and had an amazing tangy flavor. So for dinner, I wanted to recreate the sauce using fresh parsley from my own garden. Ingredients: a large handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped 6 garlic cloves, minced 1 tbsp…

The First Burger of Grilling Season…Made with Freshly Ground Beef!!

One of the main reasons behind why I began cooking in my own kitchen was so that I could use all the neat kitchen gadgets I’ve been buying. As you may know, I’m in love with my Kitchen Aid mixer and finally got the meat grinder attachment. After reading up on what makes up ground beef and how it’s prepared, I was flabergasted! So I’ve turned a page and want to start grinding my own meat. And to be honest, the price per pound of some of the lesser cuts of…

Holy Smokey, it’s Guacamole!!

I’ve never really been a fan of avocados, except if they were a part of my sushi roll. So it’s been quite a challenge for me to really enjoy it, even though I know it’s packed with nutrition and really good for you. But as of late, I’ve been having salads with slices of avocado mixed in and slowly, I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t completely hate them. I’m still acclimating to the taste and texture, but think that after a few more attempts, I just might acquire…

Rack of Lamb!!

One of my favorite meats of all time has to be lamb. And I actually think it was a recent discovery, cause I certainly don’t remember eating lamb so frequently a few years ago. But I think it’s one of the perfect meats to throw on the grill and it doesn’t require a lot of work, a few ingredients go a long way with enhancing the flavor of the meat. So tonight, in honor of the warm weather we’re getting, we decided to cook up some rack of lamb with…

It’s shrimpin time

On our way home today, we decided to make a quick run into Costco to get some gigantic shrimp. It was such a gorgeous day outside, and we both really wanted to break in the grill and start the grilling season early. The original plan was to grill them outside, I wanted to try making some sweet and spicy grilled shrimp. But by the time we got home, it was a little too dark to start up our Weber grill. So I figured, why not try out some salt and…

Who has a craving for some french fries?

There is an on going debate in our house about which place has the best french fries. I’ve got two overall favorites, McDonald’s and Popeyes. I think I like both because they are thin fries with just the right amount of salt! We were over our friend’s house Superbowl weekend and they made their own french fries! I don’t know why, but that idea never occurred to us. So my husband was inspired to try making them at home. Why go to some fast food joint when we can make…